Suzuki Motor Corp. will install wireless information terminals made by Nissan Motor Co. in some of its cars this fall, the firms said Monday.
Suzuki, the nation’s No. 1 minivehicle maker, said it has not yet decided which models will be equipped with telematics system devices.
The deal is expected to boost the proliferation of onboard information services, a Nissan official said.
Nissan’s membership-based service, dubbed Carwings, allows drivers to use various information tools — including navigation, e-mail, and weather and restaurant searches — through a specially built information network.
Drivers can get this information by operating touch-panel displays or by calling operators at Nissan’s information center, using voice commands.
Nissan and Suzuki will consider forging a similar alliance on the high-speed, next-generation telematics system being developed by Nissan and NTT DoCoMo Inc., the automakers said.
With Nissan having started offering its Carwings service to owners of the March compact in March 2002, the system can now be installed in six other models, including the Teana luxury sedan.
Membership of the service stands at some 24,000, according to the company.
Toyota Motor Corp. installed its G-Book telematics system in the WiLL Cypha compact in October. It agreed earlier this year to supply Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., which makes Subaru vehicles, with the G-Book system.
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