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  • Korean Automakers to Offer Car Information Services
  • October 22, 1998 (SEOUL) -- Daewoo Precision Industries Ltd., an affiliate of Daewoo Motor Co., Ltd., and Hyundai Motor Co. will start emergency communication and in-car information services within two years.
    The two companies announced their separate plans at an exhibition held in Seoul concurrently with the 5th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems.

    Daewoo will set up a new service company called DREAM-NET Service Center, and it will begin services in March 1999. Hyundai will begin similar services in 2000.

    Both companies will use a dedicated in-car device equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to deliver a variety of services.

    If a car breaks down or is involved in an accident, for example, the driver can immediately contact the service company by pressing an alarm button on the in-car device. The service company identifies the location of the vehicle from the transmitted GPS data, and alerts emergency services to be dispatched to the scene.

    The planned information services will include road and traffic reports, and news reports. Also, access to the Internet will be featured.

    At the Seoul exhibition, Samsung Motors Inc. demonstrated a prototype vehicle capable of delivering similar services. However, Samsung said that it has no plans as yet to set up a service company.

    Related stories:
    � Japan Aims to Complete Intelligent Transport Systems Architecture
    � Intelligent Transport System Congress Convenes in Seoul
    � Daimler-Benz Begins Cellular Phone Service for Accident Reports

    (Nikkei Electronics)


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    Updated: Wed Oct 21 18:25:20 1998 PDT