|Honda to Launch New Information Service Linking Car Navigation Systems with the Internet|
|Tokyo, July 7, 1998 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that from July 10 it will begin offering a new "InterNavi" information service that hooks up car navigation systems with the Internet. The company also plans to add positional information, such as longitudes and latitudes to its homepage. In conjunction with the new service, these moves will allow car navigation systems to guide drivers to their final destination more easily through information given in a new "InterNavi Positioning Information Format."
The new service is being run by a Honda affiliate, Honda Access Co., Ltd. Specially trained personnel will offer the "InterNavi" information service from a new InterNavi System Information Center. The service includes the following features:
The number of Internet users in Japan has rocketed in recent years. Honda plans to add global positioning information, such as longitudes and latitudes, to its home page in the form of an "InterNavi Positioning Information Format." When this information is added to another homepage, the data can be used by the InterNavi system. In turn this can enable the system to pinpoint accurately a destination and important waypoints. By harnessing the power of the Internet to car navigation systems, Honda believes this can make driving a more enjoyable experience.
To increase their utility, the "InterNavi Positioning Information Format" data will be made available through the Mobile Web Development Association, a new cooperative venture announced on June 30 by Honda in conjunction with Sony, IBM Japan, Pioneer and Mazda.
InterNavi-compatible navigation system is available as an option at present on 5 models like the Odyssey, Accord and Torneo series from Honda. This option will gradually be added to other commercially available car navigation systems from Honda. Other models that can be adapted to benefit from the InterNavi system have already been launched or plan to be launched by companies including Alpine, Sumitomo Electric, Pioneer, and Matsushita Electrical Industrial.
Mobile Link, an Internet homepage-based mobile data-terminal information service jointly managed by Sony, IBM Japan, Pioneer and eight other firms, also offers a positioning information service using the "InterNavi Positioning Information Format" global positioning data.
Main services available through the InterNavi System Information Center