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Increasing demand for telematics
A majority of Japanese drivers have shown interest in using a telematics system, according to an Internet research survey conducted in January by NTT-X Inc. and the Mitsubishi Research Institute. “Telematics” is an automotive information system that would provide drivers with the ability to send out an emergency message in case of an accident as well driving instructions, etc. Some say that in order for telematics to become truly useful, the speed of connection and functions must be increased. The two corporations have collected over 12,000 survey responses, including 39 current telematics system users. Some telematics systems on the market currently include Toyota Motor Corporation’s G-Book, Nissan Motor Corporation’s Carwings, and Honda Motor Corporation’s Inter Navi.