Telekon Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Celcom (M) Bhd has signed an agreement with two other companies to provide telecommunications facilities and content to a vehicle telematics system that could eventually find its way into Malaysian cars. The agreements signed with International Wireless Technologies Sdn Bhd (IWT) and might-Meteor Advance Manufacturing Sdn Bhd was for the introduction of ICAR, a small screen in vehicles which would give drivers and passengers navigation directions, Internet capability and anti-theft protection.
An agreement was also signed yesterday to have ICAR manufactured at Alcatel’s manufacturing plant in Penang. Thales Telematics Plc and Might-Meteor, a group member of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (Might) signed a technical collaboration in Kuala Lumpur to develop, manufacture, and sell ICAR products to the local market.
France-based Thales director Stephen Clark said ICAR would be available in Malaysia before the end of the year. Clark was confident that several hundred unit of ICAR would be sold here since it is popular in many European countries and South Africa. Thales is also using Malaysia as a launch pad into South-East Asia.