SERVING "PEOPLE IN MOTION"
The wireless communication revolution is taking the automobile industry by storm. Telematics--a broad term that refers to vehicle-based wireless communication systems and information services--is increasingly seen by the leaders of the U.S. automobile industry as the new cutting edge automotive innovation. As the automotive industry discovers that it can woo motorists with emergency response services, wireless carriers are discovering a huge untapped market for delivering wireless data services and Internet access directly to vehicles. Meanwhile, two upstart companies are developing digital satellite-based mobile radio systems--a technology that promises to do for the car radio what cable television did for home television. These companies also intend to give consumers the ability to make purchases directly from their cars. Admittedly, the telematics service industry is still in its infancy, and the ultimate winners and losers in this race are still unknown. However, one thing is certain: as telematics gains in sophistication and customer acceptance, it will dramatically enhance the connectedness of people in motion.
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- Publication Date: 2000-5
- Pagination: 2 p.
- Innovation Briefs
- Volume: 11
- Issue Number: 3
- Publisher: Urban Mobility Corporation
- ISSN: 1071-393X
- TRT Terms: Automobile industry; Electronic commerce; Emergency communication systems; Information services; Intelligent transportation systems; Internet; Radio; Satellite communication; Technological innovations; Telematics; Wireless communication systems
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Vehicles and Equipment; I72: Traffic and Transport Planning;
- Accession Number: 00792356
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: May 16 2000 12:00AM