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Integration of Electronics Adds Value and Innovations In Concept Vehicles

10 January 2000

New technologies demonstrate the company's vision,
enhance the 'ride' with safety, convenience and more

    DETROIT, Jan. 9 -- Everywhere you look -- from living rooms
and offices to schools and homes -- electronics are enhancing peoples' lives.
The electronics revolution brings great benefits to automotive consumers too,
as reflected in Johnson Controls' exhibit at the 2000 North
American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
    In a display which debuted today, the company is showcasing its advanced
electronics products in a model-year 2000 Ford Expedition that has been
transformed into a virtual "family room on wheels."

    The luxury sport-utility vehicle (SUV) features an integrated DVD video
system, an electronic conversation mirror, a premium-quality sound system with
eight speakers overhead, a rear-vision video system to make backing-up safer,
a device to monitor tire pressure and more.

    "With electronic products and technologies, we can add new levels of
convenience, fun, safety and comfort to the traveling experience," said Jim
Geschke, Johnson Controls' vice president of electronics integration.
"Electronics deliver features that delight consumers and enable automakers to
differentiate their vehicles. We're bullish on electronics because of their
great appeal and market impact, and because of Johnson Controls' outstanding
capabilities in electronics technology and total interior integration."

    The electronics concept vehicle features advanced in-vehicle entertainment
with Johnson Controls' next-generation AutoVision(R) system. It offers a 7-
inch, active-matrix TFT (thin film transistor) display with an integrated DVD
player. The device flips down from the headliner for easy video viewing by
passengers in the rear of the vehicle. Inputs for video game systems and
personal headphones are available. The ceiling-mounted unit can be removed for
use as a portable DVD player.

    Audio entertainment is provided via Johnson Controls' Headline Audio(TM)
system. Eight compact speakers integrated into the headliner -- and a total of
12 on-board speakers overall -- deliver high-quality sound throughout the
vehicle interior. Headline Audio not only offers enhanced sound system
performance, it simplifies interior packaging for automakers, with the
placement of speakers overhead.

    Johnson Controls' all-new electronic conversation mirror debuts on the
electronics concept vehicle as well. It relies on a small, ceiling-mounted
video camera to transmit images of rear-seat passengers to a small display in
the front overhead console. Used in conjunction with TravelCom(TM), it enables
front-seat occupants to converse easily with those seated in the rear. Through
microphones and the on-board audio system, TravelCom amplifies speech in the
vehicle, so front-seat passengers don't have to turn around to carry on a
conversation with rear-seat occupants.

    A new, rear-vision safety technology also debuts in the specially equipped
luxury SUV. The rear-vision system offers the driver a "fish-eye view" of the
area directly behind the vehicle, shown on a "reconfigurable" overhead
display. A small video camera mounted in the center brake light (center high-
mounted safety light or "CHMSL") captures the view at the rear of the vehicle.
The system becomes operational automatically when the vehicle is shifted into
reverse gear.

    "Our rear-vision technology is a great asset, especially on a sport-
utility vehicle, van or minivan," said Geschke. "It provides an added measure
of safety and eases the process of lining up the vehicle to hook up a

    Other electronic safety and convenience products featured in the concept
SUV include PSI(TM) -- Pressure Safety Information system; TravelNote(R); a
hands-free cellular phone; and the popular HomeLink(R) Universal Transceiver.
With PSI, tire pressure in all four tires is monitored and the information is
indicated on an overhead display. PSI relies on RF (radio frequency)
technology to transmit "real-time" tire-pressure data and can be used with
either conventional or "zero-pressure" tires.

    TravelNote -- which debuted on several model-year 1999 Ford vehicles -- is
an on-board, digital recording/playback device for storing reminder messages.
The HomeLink Universal Transceiver -- integrated into the overhead module --
enables the driver to remotely operate garage door openers, as well as home
lighting, security and door-locking systems. HomeLink is one of Johnson
Controls' most successful, brand-name electronic products, and is on the road
as an installed featured in more than 6 million vehicles.

    Lighting in the electronics concept vehicle is designed to accommodate a
wide range of on-board activities. The interior is generously appointed with
more than a dozen strategically positioned lights, offering task, sconce and
ambient lighting.

    At this year's NAIAS, the electronics concept vehicle is one of five major
prototypes being exhibited by Johnson Controls. The other concepts focus on
the company's capabilities in safety and comfort, flexible automotive
interiors, acoustics technologies and vehicle personalization.

    The Plymouth, Michigan-based automotive business of Johnson Controls --
which employs more than 65,000 people at 275 facilities worldwide -- achieved
US$12.1 billion in sales for the 1999 fiscal year. In model-year 2000, it will
supply interior products for more than 22 million vehicles.

    Johnson Controls, Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and
facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major
supplier of seating and interior systems, and batteries. For non-residential
facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services,
energy management and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls,
founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its sales for 1999
totaled US$16.1 billion.