Transportation Information Distribution System
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
This article describes a system that utilizes the processing power on board a car to gather, retain and make available transportation information. In recent years microcomputers have established an essential role in automotive applications. Areas such as entertainment, comfort, convenience, instrument panel and transmission controls have assumed a growing importance in addition to the initial major application of engine controls. Considerable growth is expected in automotive electronics such that some future car modules will have ten to twenty microcomputers. Products such as satellite navigation systems, high quality displays, touch-sensitive panels, radio telephone voice and data communication, voice synthesis and recognition, and greatly improved theft-deterrent systems will be part of future automobiles.