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Information Services for Greater Driving Enjoyment

A prototype navigation system with cellular phone access to an information service center was constructed and evaluated. Center personnel can also operate the system remotely, in addition to providing traffic information and information for more enjoyable travel. Real-time conversation with a center operator is also possible. The system was rated positively by most of the subjects, especially the real-time voice service. This paper describes the car navigation market and cellular phone market in Japan, the system configuration, evaluation results and possible solutions to problems in the system. It also touches on the outlook for future car navigation systems and information services.
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A Study of a Telematics Communication Method Involving Switching Signals to Voice and Data Lines

This paper proposes a new voice and data wireless communication method for telematics services. Data-voice (DV) modems have conventionally been used for simultaneous transmission of voice and data. With this method, however, one line is split between the data part and voice part. Lost data are retransmitted, but the voice signal is not resent because voice communication requires a real-time characteristic. The new voice and data wireless communication method proposed here switches voice to a voice line and data to a data line.
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Partial Download Function for Automobiles

It is obvious that the quality of telematics services depends in particular on the radio wave environment of the cellular phones used as the communication infrastructure. There is a need to develop the technological capabilities for enabling users to enjoy stable communication without being conscious of changes in the surrounding radio wave environment. As one solution to this problem, this paper proposes a partial download function that divides the desired content data into smaller quantities for transmission and also selects areas with a good radio wave environment for downloading data while suspending communication in places where reception is poor. The results of driving tests are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of this partial download function.
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Failure Prediction for Robot Reducers by Combining Two Machine Learning Methods

There are many production robots used at car manufacturing plants, and each of them is fitted with several reducers. A breakdown of one of these reducers may cause a huge loss due to the stoppage of all production lines. Therefore, condition-based maintenance is currently being used to predict failures by predetermined thresholds for average and standard deviations. However, this method can cause many false alarms or some false negatives. There are some ways of suppressing false alarms, such as detecting a change in the probability density function. However, when false alarms are suppressed using the probability density function in the operational range, some false negatives may occur, leading to a breakdown of a reducer and huge loss. A false negative is caused by overlooking an anomaly with slight changes and it is difficult to detect using only the probability density function.