Xanavi Chooses Wind River Technology for Next-Generation Telematics System
Nissan Adopts Japan's First Comprehensive Telematics Service for its CARWINGS Terminal in Mass-Market Vehicle
ALAMEDA, CA and TOKYO, JAPAN — January 8, 2003 — Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), the worldwide market leader in embedded software and services, today awarded Xanavi Informatics Corporation its "Cool Customer Design" award for the Xanavi CARWINGS terminal. CARWINGS is an innovative and complete telematics system developed with Wind River's VxWorks® real-time operating system and TORNADO® integrated development environment. Nissan recently adopted the CARWINGS system for its newly remodeled 'March' automobile, drawing enthusiastic attention in Japan as one of the first inexpensive vehicles to offer car infotainment and telematics features.
According to a recent IDC survey, the telematics market is expected to continue expanding steadily and to reach total worldwide sales of 2.3 trillion yen (approximately $19 billion U.S. dollars) by the year 2010. Compared to other telematics systems adopted in high-end, expensive vehicles, CARWINGS is simpler to use and costs much less to operate. This new demographic of telematics customers signals a market shift whereby more drivers will soon be "connected" while in their cars.
"Our development team was impressed by the integration of Wind River's software, development tools, extensive networking protocols and graphics capabilities for telematics development, resulting in a quicker development cycle to get CARWINGS to market," said Naito Masafumi, Manager, OS¥Middle Software Design Group Development Center, Product Research & Development Division, Xanavi Informatics Corporation. "Wind River's superb track record in various market categories, its extensive technological expertise in the integration of embedded systems, and its powerful support capabilities also prompted our decision to use Wind River technology for CARWINGS."
CARWINGS provides a comprehensive solution for users' telematic needs with innovative features, such as a steering switch that can be maneuvered while driving, a voice command system for hands-free calling, voice guides, e-mail access, and display of the vehicle's position using GPS. It also provides Drive Route AssistTM (DRATM) service as well as an automatic DJ service, and a wide range of information displayed interactively on a 4.2-inch LCD screen. The terminal takes advantage of the reliability, stability, and innovative technologies provided by Wind River's VxWorks and Tornado technologies to make state-of-the-art telematics services available to car owners.
"CARWINGS represents a significant step forward in bringing innovative car infotainment and telematics-enabled features and services to the average driver," said Scot Morrison, vice president and general manager, Wind River Automotive and Industrial business unit. "Wind River is pleased to help enable a unique telematics system with differentiating features and a low end-customer cost. We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Xanavi in the future, and to further enable the growth of the telematics market."
CARWINGS is offered as a manufacturer's option and sells for around $380 (49,000 yen).
About Wind River
Wind River is the worldwide leader in embedded software and services. It is the only company to provide market-specific embedded platforms that integrate real-time operating systems, development tools and technologies. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defense, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Wind River provides high-integrity technology and expertise that enables its customers to create superior products more efficiently. Companies from around the world are standardizing on Wind River, creating the most reliable products while also accelerating their time to market.
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About Xanavi Informatics Co.
Xanavi was the first Japanese manufacturer to supply markets in North America, Europe, and Asia with highly acclaimed car navigation systems that meet the needs of specific national markets. To transform itself into a global company, Xanavi, besides manufacturing complete systems, has been focusing on supplying system manufacturing companies all over the world with basic functional components for car navigation systems, including circuit boards (with pre-installed software), and core modules that utilize the latest mounting technology. For more information, visit http://www.xanavi.co.jp.
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