Visteon is revolutionizing the family road trip to be more safe, comfortable, convenient and enjoyable, because of Visteon's consumer-focused innovative technology. Visteon, a leading global provider of integrated automotive systems, is helping families get to where they're going and is creating some fun along the way. Visteon's innovations include voice-activated communication tools, rescue services at the touch of a button, controlled airbag inflation, a navigation system to avoid traffic delays, and enhanced night visibility. Entertainment is available with a state-of-the-art audio system that eliminates the need to carry CDs or tapes and a Rear Seat Entertainment system that allows kids to watch a movie, play a video game or listen to their own music. "Gaining greater consumer insight is what Visteon is all about," said Visteon President Craig Muhlhauser. "With this knowledge, we're able to develop the products and technology consumers are looking for, which ultimately makes our customers successful." Some of the technologies designed to make car trips safer and more enjoyable include: * Visteon Voice Technology -- the future for communication tools in the vehicle. Now available in six languages including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, Visteon's breakthrough technology can control features ranging from audio and climate control, to e-mails and navigation systems. Visteon has developed the only voice-activated system in the industry that understands continuous and natural patterns of speech. * Reconfigurable Projected Image Display -- the instrument cluster of the future, providing a revolutionary alternative to the conventional instrument display. The system can be voice controlled and integrated with Visteon's audio systems and the NavMate(R) navigation system. Parents can even keep an eye on children in the back seat on a small screen on their instrument panel with the help of a rear seat camera.
* NavMate(R) -- the navigation system with turn-by-turn instructions to a destination. The system provides detour capability and reroute calculation if a turn is missed. NavMate(R) is available in the U.S. as an aftermarket product and will be available in Europe by the end of the year.
* Flexible Audio -- the latest audio compression techniques and memory storage bring the consumer the capability to store their entire music collection within their car. With Visteon's technology, consumers can create playlists of their favorite music or audio books for long car rides. * Rear Seat Entertainment System -- the "Smart Fun" mobile entertainment system, designed to keep children and rear seat passengers entertained. The system features an in-console VHS video cassette player for movies, plug-and- play capability for Nintendo games and video camera playback, and premium audio through the vehicle stereo system or individual headphones. * Vehicle Emergency Messaging System (VEMS) -- a state-of- the-art telematics system which integrates cellular phone and satellite vehicle location technology. The system is currently available in the United States and will be launched in Europe early next year. VEMS automatically puts the motorist in contact with 24-hour rescue assistance and can be operated by voice activation or telephone. * Visteon Airbag/Restraint System -- determines the level of seat belt tension and airbag inflation depending on speed of impact, the position of the seats, and whether the seat occupant is a driver, passenger or child. Linked to Visteon's Vehicle Emergency Messaging System, it automatically contacts emergency services on impact. * Visteon offers a unique system for improving visibility while driving at night. This system uses a revolutionary "overlaid" image to retain the driver's eyes on the road ahead at all times. Using a near-infrared camera, the road scene appears as an enhanced image, superimposed onto the view through the windscreen. This gives the driver greater confidence while driving at night, when most accidents occur. Future developments will include voice control using Visteon Voice Technology. "Visteon is constantly looking to the future," said Muhlhauser. "We've spent considerable time gaining an understanding of the feelings, attitudes and changing preferences of consumers -- the result is our revolutionary technology that is changing the way people spend time in their car." With a global delivery system of more than 125 technological, manufacturing, sales and service facilities located in 21 countries, Visteon is leveraging the talents of its 77,000 employees to deliver innovative, consumer-driven systems solutions to its customers. ots Original Text Service: Visteon Automotive Systems Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Giavanna M. Palazzolo of Visteon, 313-317-9121, or gpalazzo@Visteon.com Web site: http://media.visteon.com Web site: http://www.visteon.com