Owners of the Fiat Punto with the New CONNECT Off Board Navigation System Can Get Routing, Traffic and Directory Services with Just the Push of a Button
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2003-- Autodesk Location Services, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), today announced it has provided Fiat division Targa Infomobility with the technology behind the location services available via the first commercially available wireless car navigation system now being offered with the latest Fiat Punto model. The new CONNECT Off Board Navigation (OBN) system is part of Targa Infomobility's bCONNECT offerings, and it features such services as maps, driving directions and real-time traffic information as well as weather and concierge services. This integrated GPS/GSM system is the first device that does not use CD-ROM maps for navigation because all of the information is sent out by a centralized system at the Targa Infomobility Milan Service Centre, adding convenience and lowering costs to consumers. This centralized set up also enables the information to be offered in 12 different languages.
"This comprehensive service revolutionizes the field of off-board
telematics by offering drivers wireless navigation data that
eliminates the need for cumbersome CD-ROMs," said Joe Astroth,
executive vice president of Autodesk Location Services. "The CONNECT
OBN is another great example of Autodesk Location Services and Targa
Infomobility teaming to deliver end-users with mobile information at
the point and moment of need."
The navigation system can be set in two ways: customers can
manually input requests by using a keypad or simply press the green
bCONNECT key in order to have it done by an operator. In both cases,
the route is downloaded onto the display screen so that the user can
follow pictogram instructions on the screen and voice commands.
Because the CONNECT OBN provides users with a constantly updated,
comprehensive map of Europe, users no longer need to purchase costly
CD-ROMs whenever they travel to another country within Europe. They
can also avoid the cost of update CD-ROMs that include the latest road
The new CONNECT OBN system complements all of the bCONNECT
services offered by Targa Infomobility and powered by Autodesk
Location Services. These include an on-board navigation system
available in various Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati models and
location services available via mobile phones and PDAs. The
partnership between Targa Infomobility and Autodesk Location Services
began in early 2001, and currently there are more than 20,000 bCONNECT
service subscribers in Europe.
About Autodesk Location Services
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division of Autodesk, Inc. provides wireless network operators and
enterprises worldwide with a robust solution for location enabled
wireless services. The Autodesk LocationLogic platform and Location
Connect suite of applications offer personalized, localized and
actionable wireless services that increase productivity and
convenience for mobile individuals. Autodesk is the world's leading
design software and digital content company, offering customers
progressive business solutions through powerful technology products
and services. Autodesk helps customers in the building, manufacturing,
infrastructure, digital media, and wireless data services fields
increase the value of their digital design data and improve
efficiencies across their entire project lifecycle management
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About Targa Infomobility, a division of Fiat Auto
Targa Infomobility is focused on telematics and wireless services,
with personal assistance and vehicle behavior tracking services. Targa
Infomobility is the leading infomobility service provider in Europe.
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