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Toyota to Start CDMA2000 1x Information Service for Cars
Posted: 29-Aug-2002 [Source: AsiaBizTech]

[Toyota to offer 3G based information service called "G-BOOK" to car navigation systems over KDDI's CDMA2000 1X. All Toyota's equipped with car navigation systems to be G-Book compliant by late 2003.]

Tokyo -- "Toyota Motor Corp. revealed on Aug. 28 its new service called "G-BOOK," which distributes town and other information to car navigation systems through the third-generation mobile phone network.

The company plans to load the G-BOOK-compliant device to the new concept car to be released this fall, and start the service at that time. In the latter half of 2003, all the car navigation systems for Toyota's car are planned to be G-BOOK compliant.

The G-BOOK uses the special car navigation device jointly developed by Toyota, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd., and the communication module jointly developed by Toyota, Denso Corp., and KDDI Corp. The information will be distributed to users through the third-generation mobile phone network (CDMA 2000 1x standard) by KDDI. Some of the services to be offered in cooperation with partner companies include: (1) a service to send the location information of a car when it is in trouble and to request a rescue car, (2) a service to send the location information of a car via e-mail, (3) a service that searches the store information on town information magazines through the Internet and reflects the store location on the map of the car navigation system, and (4) a service where the car navigation system receives some news through the Internet, which is to be read out by the system itself."


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