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Toyota and Mazda offer telematic service

Toyota Motor is to provide its G-Book in-vehicle network information service to Mazda owners in Japan from next year.

G-Book provides vehicle owners with a wide range of services, including vehicle location/navigation information, maintenance notifications, music and games, emergency roadside assistance and e-commerce opportunities.

The onboard implementation of the G-Book service features a data communications module, a touch-screen navigation terminal and a GPS antenna.

Toyota, which hopes to make its telematic service the industry standard, began providing G-Book to Daihatsu Motors in August and has already announced similar agreements with Fuji Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Motors.

Toyota and Mazda said they reached the agreement based on a mutual belief that car makers and the information industry should work together to promote an industry standard.

"Our goal is to help to standardise the network and infrastructure so we can together offer customers lower cost and higher quality service," said Toyota spokeswoman Trina Visceglia.

Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld

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