Delphi and Palm Demonstrate Mobile Multimedia Products
18 April 2000Delphi and Palm Demonstrate Mobile Multimedia Products and Services PRODUCTIVITY ON THE GO Delphi Automotive Systems' Communiport(R) Mobile Productivity Center, or MPC (featured), is a mobile docking station with advanced software. MPC will allow owners of Palm, Inc.'s handheld computing devices to use the units safely while driving. As shown here, the unit will fit into a vehicle cup holder and plug into a standard 12-volt source, like a cigarette lighter. Consumers will be able to purchase the MPC in retail outlets by the end of the year. (PRNewsFoto)[HD] NEW YORK, NY USA 04/18/2000 MORE PRODUCTIVITY WITH NO HANDS Later this year, owners of Palm, Inc.'s handheld computing devices will be able to move their "anywhere, anytime" need for information into the vehicle -- safely. Delphi Automotive Systems' Communiport(R) Mobile Productivity Center (featured), is a mobile docking station for the Palm devices that allows drivers access to Palm content while in the vehicle completely hands-free. Advanced software allows the driver and the Palm unit to talk to each other. (PRNewsFoto)[HD] NEW YORK, NY USA 04/18/2000
Companies Align to Deliver Hands-Free Products for Cars NEW YORK, April 18 Delphi Automotive Systems (NYSE: DPH) and Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) announced today an initiative to develop new multimedia products and services for vehicles. At a press conference here today, Delphi demonstrated a prototype of the Communiport(R) Mobile Productivity Center (MPC), that will dock and synchronize with a Palm V(TM) handheld using Palm's HotSync(R) technology, allowing drivers access to Palm content while in the vehicle. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000418/DETU010-a http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000418/DETU010-b ) Delphi expects to initially sell the MPC through traditional retail channels as well as next-generation models through automotive aftermarket and OE channels. The system is designed to be used hands-free in the vehicle through voice recognition and a text-to-speech engine to retrieve information from and load information into the Palm handheld. The companies are planning to coordinate the development of new content delivery and services for customers using the Delphi/Palm system. Customers will be able to access today's Palm.Net(TM) services which include news, weather, sports, financial information, e-mail and Web access as well as other new vehicle value-added services. As currently planned, the MPC will fit into a vehicle cup holder and plug into a standard 12-volt source such as a cigarette lighter. "First, the alliance leverages the strong market position held by Palm for handheld computing devices and the broad portfolio of emerging mobile multimedia products and technologies at Delphi," said Dave Wohleen, president of Delphi's Electronics & Mobile Communication sector. "Second, it joins industry leaders in connectivity, content and automotive mobile multimedia to support consumer demand for 'anything, anytime, anywhere' communication and information. And third, the alliance is focused on providing one-stop, end-to-end solutions to consumers by providing hardware, software and content services." "Our customers rely on Palm handhelds for mobile access to important information -- from appointments and phone numbers to critical business- specific applications," said Barry Cottle, chief operating officer of Wireless Internet Solutions for Palm. "By working with Delphi, a world-class vehicle integrator, we will provide our customers with safer access to the content on their handheld and the ability to update it while driving." The Delphi/Palm system will include two enabling software technologies. Palm's HotSync(R) technology will transfer data between the Palm handheld and the docking station. Delphi's voice technologies will enable users to listen to stored data through text-to-speech feedback and to input data into their Palm handheld through voice commands. With the Delphi/Palm system, users will be able to ask their Palm handheld to: -- Download and read e-mail messages, scheduled appointments, memos and other stored information; -- Dictate and send electronic mail; -- Record new appointments and memos; -- Download and read simple Internet text, including directions, breaking news, stock quotes, and sports scores. -- Request that a phone number recorded in the Palm handheld be dialed through Delphi's hands-free phone, as part of Delphi's integrated Communiport(R) technologies. "As with all of our Communiport technologies, we are very focused on the vehicle environment. Evolving from the 1988 innovations of EyeCue(R) head-up display and steering wheel controls, we are designing the Delphi/Palm system so that drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road," said Wohleen. "We are also enhancing the ownership experience for Palm handheld owners, who are used to being able to access their information at all times." The Mobile Productivity Center will be available before the end of 2000, with pricing information to be announced at a later date. Delphi is the world's leading integrator of vehicle systems, with $29.2 billion in sales last year. Palm is the world's most popular brand of handheld computing devices; more than 6 million people worldwide have purchased a Palm handheld. "Our alliance plan with Palm is another example of how Delphi is working to match our strengths as a vehicle integrator with the strengths of leading software and hardware suppliers," said J.T. Battenberg III, Delphi chairman, chief executive officer and president. "We are continuing to move very quickly to solidify our leadership position in the mobile multimedia market." MOBILE MULTIMEDIA MARKET The market for mobile multimedia technology is expected to grow by 30 percent each year over the next five years, Battenberg said. Since forming its Mobile MultiMedia Business Group in June 1998, Delphi has booked $2.9 billion of new MMM business through 2006. Delphi is expected to have more than $200 million in MMM revenue this year. According to Battenberg, the alliance with Palm gives Delphi leverage to accelerate sales of its Communiport(R) brand of mobile multimedia products. Today's announcement continues Delphi's commitment to aggressively grow its mobile multimedia business. On March 28, Delphi announced plans to establish the mobile multimedia business as an aggressive growth business line. Beginning with the first quarter of 2000 Delphi started reporting mobile multimedia business unit financial information separately. Last week, the company announced a strategic partnership with Ericsson Mobile Communications AB to integrate Ericsson embedded cellular phone modules with Delphi's telematics technologies. More partnership announcements are expected in the near term, Battenberg said. Multi-national Delphi Automotive Systems, with headquarters in Troy, Mich., USA, Paris, Tokyo and Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a world leader in transportation and mobile electronics components and systems technology. Delphi's three business sectors -- Dynamics & Propulsion; Safety, Thermal & Electrical Architecture; and Electronics & Mobile Communication -- provide comprehensive product solutions to complex customer needs. Delphi has approximately 213,000 employees and operates 176 wholly owned manufacturing sites, 41 joint ventures, 53 customer centers and sales offices and 30 technical centers in 38 countries. Delphi can be found on the Internet at http://www.delphiauto.com . Palm, Inc. is the leading provider of handheld computing devices (IDC, May 1999), including the Palm III(TM), Palm V(TM) and Palm VII(TM) series of handheld computers. The Palm OS platform is the foundation for the market- leading handheld computers from the company as well as products from its strategic partners such as IBM, QUALCOMM, Franklin Covey, Handspring, TRG and Symbol Technologies. Designed to support the increasingly mobile and geographically dispersed nature of information management, the company's handheld solutions allow people to carry their most critical information in their pockets. For more information, please visit http://www.palm.com . Forward-Looking Statements This press release, other than historical financial information, contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements are set forth in Delphi's Securities and Exchange filings, including without limitation, Delphi's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 1999. Notices Palm OS and HotSync are registered trademarks and Palm, Palm.Net, Palm III, Palm V and Palm VII are trademarks of Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other company, product, and service names may be the trademarks or service marks of others.