Sprint PCS and Ford to Offer Wireless for 2001

FRAMINGHAM (03/17/2000) - Sprint PCS and Ford Motor Co. have teamed to offer built-in digital wireless service in 2001 Lincoln cars that will automatically transmit a call for help upon deployment of the car's air bags in an accident.

The new service, built around a dual-band Motorola StarTac wireless phone, will also automatically transmit the location of the vehicle, Sprint said, thanks to built-in connections between the cell phone and the vehicle's on-board systems.

Brian Kelley, a Ford vice president and president of the company's ConsumerConnect division, said Ford expects to offer similar automatic safety and security services, as well as wireless Internet access, "to virtually every Ford Motor Co. customer" in the next several years.

Sprint PCS said the service it plans to offer in the 2001 Lincolns will also allow customers to access news, weather and other information over the in-car information system. Once parked, users can remove the phone from the car for use as a portable.

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