Oki, Alpine, Runcom Develop WiMAX-Compatible Navigation System for Vehicles

Jan 10, 2008
Nikkei Electronics Asia
In-Vehicle Navigation System
In-Vehicle Navigation System
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Oki Electric Industry Co Ltd and Alpine Electronics Inc have joined forces with Runcom Technologies Ltd and have successfully developed what they claim is the world's first WiMAX compatible navigation system for vehicles.

The three companies demonstrated the car navigation system with streaming content based on mobile WiMAX technology at International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2008) in Las Vegas, January 7-10.

The companies worked closely together for the past several months to develop a mobile WiMAX in-vehicle navigation system with embedded broadband wireless communications capabilities to enable the system to upload information such as road maps, attractions, near-by events and additional location-based services, and to report car maintenance status and failures, and many other broadband IP applications.