Ford Motor Company and Qualcomm Incorporated have created a new company, known as Wingcast, that will develop and deliver wireless mobility and information services that will bring voice, entertainment, Internet access and safety services into cars and trucks.
Ford Motor Company cars and trucks will be the initial recipients of these newly developed products and services. Ford expects more than a million of its new cars and trucks to be equipped by the end of 2002, three million by 2003 and virtually all of its cars and trucks by the end of 2004, with the level and depth of services increasing each year during that period.
Combining Qualcomm’s Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless technology with Ford Motor Company’s telematics and consumer expertise, Wingcast will bring to consumers access to applications and services including communication, information, navigation, entertainment, safety and security from their cars and trucks as well as any compatible mobile device or computer.
Located in San Diego, Calif., Wingcast plans to introduce its first services in cars and trucks in late 2001. Harel Kodesh, formerly of Microsoft, has been chosen to lead Wingcast as its president and CEO.
Nissan is also working with Ford Motor Company and Qualcomm to bring Wingcast services into certain luxury vehicles too. Nissan may extend the use of these applications to a broader selection of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in the future.
Ford and Qualcomm each will own equity in Wingcast, but terms have not been disclosed. Additionally, Cartell, a Romulus, Mich.-based supplier of telematics equipment to automakers, is a minority equity stakeholder in the company.
Wingcast services will be available initially in North America over cdmaOne digital wireless networks. Advanced offerings using high-speed wireless data will become available as third-generation cdma2000 and WCDMA networks roll out.
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