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I'm not sure if this has been posted on this website, but here is an interesting article from honda on a future navi system.

Honda Unveils "InterNavi Premium Club", a New Information
Network Service Using a Voice-Operated Car Navigation System


Here is some of the text:

Tokyo, August 29, 2002 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that, by integrating its new voice-operated car navigation service with mobile telephone technology, it has succeeded in creating a new two-way information network, service providing customers with a level of information that only an automaker could offer. Known as InterNavi Premium Club, this service will be launched with the new Accord, which goes on sale in fall 2002. It will be offered free of charge for three years, from the date of the car's initial registration until the first mandatory vehicle inspection.

The platform for this new service is comprised of Honda's newly developed voice-operated onboard car navigation system, combined with InterNavi*1, Honda's information network system for drivers, launched in 1998. Integrating onboard car navigation functions with PC and mobile-phone access, plus an information center, InterNavi Premium Club delivers a full menu of services designed to make life easier for drivers. This menu features an on-demand Vehicle Information and Communication System (VICS*2), with nationwide road traffic report coverage, along with a wide range of maintenance and driving information.

The newly developed Honda onboard navigation system makes extensive use of voice-operated commands and system help, enabling the driver to access information without taking his or her eyes off the road. The system also enables the driver to operate the air-conditioning and the audio system using voice commands, to dictate notes, and to have hands-free conversations on the mobile phone. The wide range of safety features includes an erratic driving detection system and a driver assist system complete with curve sensing functions. Since the system is compatible with most popular mobile phone handset models, the user does not have to invest in a special connection device, which helps keep costs down. Thanks to its built-in modem and data terminal functions, the onboard system also acts as a high-performance information platform.

Honda envisages that by 2004, the new onboard navigation system required in order to use InterNavi Premium Club will be supported on most of its models, mini-cars excepted, and that the system will be factory-installed on 30% of all models sold (again excepting mini-cars), making InterNavi Premium Club available to a large number of customers.
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