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Microsoft, 5 others to cooperate in new car info system.

TOKYO, Sept. 19 Kyodo

Six companies, including Nevada-based Microsoft Product Development Ltd., Clarion Co., Denso Corp. and Mitsui & Co., said Tuesday they will cooperate to develop a car information system that can be operated by voice and automatically read e-mails.

The six said they will launch the Windows CE For Automotive Forum to promote information exchanges among related industries. The two other firms are Aisin AW Co. and Xanavi Informatics Corp.

As the operating system (OS) for the new car information system, the six companies will adopt Microsoft's Windows CE, an OS for small information terminals.

The system is expected to enable drivers to listen to e-mails while driving, operate car navigation systems by voice and automatically make phone calls by saying the name of the person they want to call, the firms said.

Clarion and Microsoft have developed a similar car information system in the United States for marketing from the end of 1998. A Japanese version of the system will be introduced.

Microsoft, whose OS for personal computers is the world standard, aims to do the same for its OS for car information systems.
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Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 25, 2000
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