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Mio Technology and ATX Partner to Bring Real-Time Information to Modern Explorers4/1/2008
~ Joint Development of ‘Connected’ Personal Navigation Devices Planned for 2008 ~
Fremont, California – April 1, 2008 – Mio Technology, a leading worldwide supplier of personal GPS navigation devices, announced a services and development agreement with ATX Group, the world's largest independent telematics service provider to the automotive industry. Using ATX’s content delivery infrastructure, Mio Technology will create a pipeline of real-time content and services for its next generation of personal navigation devices, demonstrated as prototypes this week at CTIA in Las Vegas. By adding connected content and services to the navigation experience, users can search and navigate more effectively in an ever-changing landscape. Mio Technology’s ATX-powered connected devices will be available in the second half of 2008.
“Content is king in the future of PNDs – we believe the ability to deliver timely information about the user’s surroundings is a huge differentiator, creating a richer navigation experience,” said Kiyoshi Hamai, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Mio Technology Ltd. “By combining Mio Technology’s legacy of innovative portable devices with ATX’s information delivery capabilities, we’re laying the groundwork for a new era of modern exploration.”
Mio Technology’s prototype connected device, first unveiled in January at CES 2008, boasts a sleek form-factor with a look-and-feel that current Mio customers will find familiar. But when turned on, the device goes a step beyond simple navigation, presenting a line-up of personalized real-time information to enhance the user experience. Mio Technology announced intentions to deliver the following capabilities to market in 2008:
- Weather information and forecasting for your current and future surroundings
- Traffic updates that provide current information about conditions on the road
- Local information to explore your surroundings, including up-to-date address and phone listings for local businesses, and more
“With a decade of actual market experience in serving nearly a million subscribers in both North America and Europe through in-vehicle telematics programs, ATX has gained tremendous insight into the types of content users want when navigating the roads and how to present that information in a clear, intuitive way,” said Shiva Kalisetty, Vice President for Business Development, ATX Group. “Mobile Internet services extend the power and reach of personal navigation devices and makes points of interest even more interesting.”
Later this year Mio Technology will announce pricing and availability as well as additional product capabilities and services. The connected device demonstration can be seen in the Tele Atlas booth (#1337) at the CTIA show, running from April 1-3 in Las Vegas.
About Mio Technology Corporation
Mio Technology develops and markets products that enable users to take advantage of the latest developments in mobile services. The company was established in May 2002 and now has operations in Taiwan, mainland China, Europe, North America, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Mio Technology has more than 1,200 employees worldwide and sells and markets its products in over 47 countries and territories. The company offers a wide array of mobile navigation products, which today includes car navigation systems, handheld navigation systems, GPS PDA phones and GPS PDAs, all designed to enable people to explore and discover the world around them. Mio Technology is among the world’s top three vendors of mobile devices with integrated GPS. The company is online at http://www.mio.com/.
Based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Düsseldorf, Germany, ATX Group is the world's largest provider of personalized telematics services to the automotive industry, serving both North America and Europe. ATX telematics services are designed to provide enhanced safety, security and driving convenience to vehicle owners. These services include location-specific emergency and roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery, remote diagnostics and real-time traffic and navigation assistance. ATX also customizes telematics services to help automobile manufacturers and their affiliated dealerships to use telematics data to reduce costs, enhance vehicle servicing, and more closely manage customer relationships. ATX services are provided to vehicle owners through the brand names of its customers -- Mercedes-Benz, BMW, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Maybach, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. For more information, visit www.atxg.com.
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