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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
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.
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