Other applications that will become available in cars by 2000 include personal guidance on a journey and low-cost in-car systems telling you where traffic congestion is worst.
New cars being built by Vauxhall will include a "black box" called Onstar, which will integrate a mobile phone system with the car's electronic engine management system chip and a Global Positioning System (GPS) location finder.
Using data beamed via the mobile phone, the car could alert breakdown services when problems developed - and if the airbag was set off it could also call out ambulances. The system will cost about pounds 600. Leading article, page 21Reuse content