According to DENSO Corporation Director Mitsuharu Kato, "DENSO is aiming for a leading position in the worldwide automotive navigation system market which is expected to experience rapid market expansions."
DENSO developed its CD map display system in 1987, and in 1991 introduced its advanced navigation system featuring route guidance.
DENSO currently is targeting its next generation development efforts at integrating in-vehicle equipment with advanced technologies such as electronics, information and communication, voice recognition and others, believing that car navigation systems will play a core role in in-vehicle display functions.
DENSO's car navigation line (DVD method) consists of an OEM system and the aftermarket product, "Mobile Navigation Master, NAVIRA DV-D30S Plus." Both offer high performance and ease of use. The aftermarket model is available only for the Japanese market.
KEY NAVIRA DV-D30S PLUS FEATURES
- DVD adapted to recording media of map.
- Basic map data of Toyota Mapmaster, Inc.
- Based on KIWI, world interface standard of car navigation systems.
Rocket Scroll & Route Search
- Effortless screen scroll due to no interuption in map display.
- Route search speed at top level in industry.
Real-Time, Three-Dimensional Map Display
- Displays sights of 270 cities real-time, utilizing three-dimensional display technology.
- Field of view centering around where vehicle is located can be scrolled 360 degrees.
- Sky, water area and window frame, building reflection is depicted realistically.
- Equipped with voice operation which recognizes approximately 180,000 words.
- Single-shot voice command for destination such as city and state can be input without difficulty.
- Equipped with touch operation; all procedures can be carried out by simply touching headings displayed on screen.
Complete Search Function
- Based on 26 million addresses registered, number of house, street and district can be looked up.
- DVD features guides to sightseeing locations, recommended drive courses, 100 scenic beauty spots and skiing locations.
- Using Info Unit and wireless telephones, Internet connection is easy and transmission/reception of email and websites available.
- Corresponds to real-time information service, "MONET" and provides various sources of information including traffic, restaurants and sightseeing.
"I-MODE" CAR NAVIGATION SYSTEM
This prototype system operates with the NTT Mobile Communications Network. With linked data, location information and navigation map, it enables an exchange of location information using emails and acquisition of dining-out information displayed on the car navigation map.
Since the "I-Mode" uses a packet communication method, its charge will only be affected by data volume with no need to worry about the length of communication time.
DENSO International America in Southfield, Mich., is North American headquarters for DENSO Corporation, the fourth largest automotive supplier in the world with operations in 25 countries. Global sales total $14.5 billion.
In North America, DENSO employs 13,000 at 21 companies. North American consolidated sales for 1999 are estimated at $3.6 billion.