November 1997 Newsletter
Honda's Drowsy-Driver Warning
Honda introduced a navigation system that senses when a vehicle is wandering off course, due to driver drowsiness. The Inter Navi System is available in Japan.
Flat-Panel Clusters Have Another Go
Flat panel, solid state instrument clusters are reintroduced in Japan. The reconfigurable displays may replace analog clusters as navigation and driver information systems proliferate. Feature article, includes table, "UT Automotive's Relative Evaluation of Available Display Technologies."
UT Automotive's Relative Evaluation of Available Display Technologies
Evaluation of properties of CRT, VFD, LCD, Electroluminescent and Plasma displays.
Behr GmbH & Co., The Company Profile (11/97)
Company Profile of Behr, a leading supplier of air conditioning and engine cooling systems to most European carmakers. New products include multiplexed climate control. Miniprofile of GKR (joint venture with Bosch)
Vehicle PC Update
Auto PCs, with Internet access and speech recognition are coming to Japan. Toyota, Daimler Benz and Honda are the leaders. Online services are available through Monet and ITGS. UT Automotive licensed Microsoft's Windows CE.
Worldwide Automotive Electronics and Automotive Semiconductor Markets, 1996 through 2002
Motorola's forecast of growth in electronics modules and semiconductor content from1996 through 2002 - short, with graph
Security Systems Standard on Big Three Models
Table excerpted from Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association's "OEM Policy Guide for Radio, Cellular and Alarm System" shows which Big Three models have security systems a standard feature.
J.D. Power Report: Desirability of Electrical/Electronics Features
J.D. Power surveyed car buyers for its 1997 APEAL Feature Contenting Report. Consumers ranked ABS high; navigation low.
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