Watch out! Your car may be getting smarter than you.
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How smart is your car? Lexus has an optional navigational systemso intelligent, it can steer you clear of ferries and toll roadswith a choice of three routes to your destination, display two mapssimultaneously on its 7-inch screen, and give address points foralmost 10 million locations-in French or English. The system,called Lexus Link, also has a dual-mode phone and a vocabulary of300 voice commands for its call center. Just announce,"I'm hungry!" and get a list of nearbyrestaurants.
State-of-the-art wireless telematics combine computing andtelephony to send and receive data for navigation systems, providevoice activation for cell phones and handle messaging. In addition,if a theft-deterrent system indicates the car is being stolen,telematics alerts the service center and tracks the vehicle'slocation.
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