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Nissan, Telecoms Provider Team Up On Car Internet Services

February 19, 2002

Japan's third-largest automaker, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., and mobile telecoms giant NTT DoCoMo Inc. said Feb. 19 they were teaming up to develop multimedia telematics services for cars, according to a Reuters report.Industry anlaysts say the move greatly boosts Nissan's potential in offering telematics -- Net-based car information and entertainment services -- while helping DoCoMo lay the groundwork for further growth in its third generation (3G) mobile network.3G's fast transmission speeds offer access torich Internet content such as video and music downloads. "Drivers and passengers will be able to enjoy the convenience of their own living room or office in their Nissan cars," Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn told a news conference.The pact puts the automaker, which has alsoannounced it will be offering a telematics service, called CarWings, in its new March subcompact -- the first in a basic small vehicle -- on an equal footing with or even ahead of rivals, according to analysts.
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