Honda to use internet for car navigation system

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TOKYO -- Honda Motor will develop a car navigation system that uses Internet protocol (IP) to enable interactive communications from a moving vehicle.

The company also said that it will offer in a new Accord model, slated for release this fall, a car navigation system equipped with the world's first function that can detect when a driver is nodding off or otherwise becoming inalert.

Honda plans to price the IP-enabled car navigation system, which will be equipped with a six-inch TV monitor, at less than $1,680. The automaker will also start operating an InterNavi Information Center in January 1998 in order to provide drivers equipped with the system with the most up-to-date information.

Sophisticated car navigation systems are available for Mercedes-Benz and Toyota automobiles, but Honda's system will be the first to make use of Internet protocol.

Copyright August 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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