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“Smart Access” Cloud Telematics Service for In-Car Use

Car audio and electronics company Clarion has created “Smart Access” Cloud Telematics Service for providing drivers with a more comfortable, safe and convenient driving environment.

The service will be launched in June in North America and Japan, and will be implemented globally in stages.

By developing its telematics service business through “Smart Access,” together with a new lineup of in-vehicle products delivering value-added connectivity, Clarion aims to transform from an “in-vehicle information equipment manufacturer” to an “in-vehicle information solution provider.”

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“Smart Access” is designed to offer wide support for essential items in the future such as: smartphone connectivity, which allows a wide variety of smartphone apps to be used in the car.

These include “VRM (Vehicle Relational Management System) service” which secures the car through maintenance and safety management as well as probe information.

And “CRM (Customer Relational Management System) service” which provides such information to the customer for their protection; and the “E Call” emergency calling system which is expected to spread globally in the future.

Furthermore, “Smart Access” is designed to function not only as the proprietary telematics system for Clarion, but also as a common telematics system for car manufacturers, says the company.

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Starting with after-market products due to begin sales in June, 2012, upcoming newly developed in-vehicle equipment such as car navigation systems will be equipped with a “Smart Access” connection interface that will add new value to these “Smart Access Connective” Clarion products.

Since frequent updating and addition of new application content is sustainable through “Smart Access,” it will be possible to continue to provide new value to the user even after purchase. Moreover, in the OEM business, the interface will be open-sourced so that car manufacturers can not only have connectivity with their own in-vehicle equipment, but also with in-vehicle equipment by other manufacturers.

In conjunction with the launch of “Smart Access,” Clarion has selected its new brand slogan “moves you, connects you.”

Clarion Corporation of America, headquartered in Cypress, California, is a subsidiary of Clarion Co. Ltd., headquartered in Japan, which has been a consolidated subsidiary of the Hitachi Group since 2006 and an international player in car audio and electronics since 1940.

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