Vision of Mobile Information Services
As wireless technologies evolve, in-vehicle information services are becoming more and more essential to vehicle users. In contrast with information services in the home, in-vehicle information services emphasize the use of information to make driving more comfortable, rather than simply displaying information during driving. In particular, traffic information is, unlike other kinds of information, effective in getting to a destination and therefore, must be real-time to be useful. In Japan, car navigation systems have a large market penetration; dynamic route guidance systems (DRGS) operating in concert with navigation systems have been popular since 1995. This paper discusses mobile information services including DRGS. The focus is on the Japanese market where navigation technologies are the most advanced.