Japan: Honda announces ‘Dots’; Links floating car data with social networks

Honda has decided to extend the sharing of floating car data, a unique technology of Honda, not just between cars, but from cars to people and to society, to connect people through social media and other technologies.

The company has announced to deploy its new project ‘Dots’ providing a broad range of Internavi Linc services and connect people through social networking platform.

At the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011,  Takanobu Ito, President, Honda Motors, said “Offering a variety of services for our customers that enhance the value and enjoyment of the automobile is as important as the new values offered by our products. Our signature service is the Internavi, which is an interactive car navigation service that utilizes Honda’s original floating car data (driving data).

This service has been widely utilized, and the “Traffic Information Maps”, which we released in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake to help people go in and out of the affected areas, received the 2011 Good Design Grand Award. In the future, we will extend the sharing of floating car data, a unique technology of Honda, not just between cars, but from cars to people and to society, to connect people through social media and other technologies.”

He further added that this new initiative to utilize Internavi is named as “dots project”, and will be sequentially expanded from end of this year.

Note: Dots, which stands for ‘Design Our Transportation Story’ is a two-way communications and information service, which has been independently developed by Honda “InterNavi”.  In March this year, Honda Motor  announced to offer the “Internavi Linc” service to all Honda vehicle users for free.

The Internavi Linc is a new service that uses the information network of the “Internavi Premium Club” and enables its users to receive traffic information, maintenance information, a history of fuel cost, etc by using a PC, mobile phone or smartphone.

According to the company, the first set of contents to be provided through this project will be Internavi information such as the most appropriate route to a destination, weather and disaster information. This information will be posted through social media platform like Twitter and Facebook and shared by customers.

Source: Honda.

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