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Omron, Mobilecast announce telematics alliance.

In brief: Omron and Mobilecast of Tokyo announced that they will team up in the telematics field to produce a server for cars. The server would contain a CDMA2000 1x module from KDDI and provide an array of entertainment and security services, the companies say. The first service, to be on the market next May, would allow drivers and passengers to request songs by voice--a service called on-demand radio, an Omron spokesman said.

*** COMMENTARY: Cars are quickly becoming entertainment centers, and Omron's latest venture will add to the list of titillations available when you're on the road. Nothing wrong with that. But we're more interested in the safety and security measures Omron cam develop. It already has a very interesting anti-theft system that contacts your keitai as the thieves make off with your car and traces the car's whereabouts via satellites. Also look for a system that uses sensors to give your car a routine checkup--it's in the works and sounds useful.
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Date:Dec 1, 2002
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