Press Release 2001
AAA ANNOUNCES PILOT OF PORTABLE WIRELESS
Airbiquity GPS Accessory Enables Location Services Delivery
ORLANDO, Fla. --June 13, 2001--AAA, the nation's largest
motoring and travel services organization, today announced it is field
testing a portable location services device with Airbiquity, Inc. that
attaches to existing cellular telephone handsets. The technology puts
test participants in closer touch with the most trusted travel
information and roadside assistance network in North America.
The field test, being performed in conjunction with AAA's RESPONSE
Services Center, LLC, is designed to advance AAA's telematics strategy
of providing members and other travelers with ever more convenient and
useful access to AAA products and services. Test participants are 200
AAA and RESPONSE employees in 11 major metropolitan areas, including
Baltimore; Detroit; Columbus, Ohio; Los Angeles; San Diego; San
Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; Orlando, Fla.; Ottawa, Canada; and
Portland, Maine. The test is using seven different wireless carriers,
4 different air interface technologies, and 18 different wireless
phone types and is expected to conclude during the third quarter of
Airbiquity, a location technology company based in Bainbridge Island,
Washington, provides solutions for the delivery of GPS information to
wireless networks worldwide. RESPONSE Services Center is AAA's
state-of-the-art telematics call center in Columbia, Md.
"With more than 44 million members and one of the most trusted
brand names in the world, AAA is actively pursuing high quality,
affordable location-based services for members," said Marshall L.
Doney, vice president, AAA Automotive Services. "AAA's internal
field test with Airbiquity and RESPONSE is a major step to provide
members an entirely new and exclusive suite of safety, security and
convenience services available throughout North America."
"The AAA pilot test is a breakthrough application of our Global
Positioning System technology delivering roadside assistance and
travel information supported by location-enabled wireless
phones," said Airbiquity President and CEO, Dan Allen. "The
specific services piloted include location-based emergency
notification, AAA roadside assistance, and travel counseling;
including points of interest referral."
When pilot participants call the RESPONSE call center, operators will
be able to view the subscribers precise location on a computer map
display, allowing them to effectively deliver a variety of customized,
location services. Each participant will be provided a weekly schedule
of calls that must be placed, reflecting a variety of scenarios, such
as roadside assistance, directions and navigation, directory
assistance, and other services.
As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization,
AAA provides its 44 million members with travel, insurance, financial
and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, AAA has
been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all
travelers. For more information visit AAA's media Web site at
Airbiquity is the location technology company that delivers global
positioning system (GPS) data to any wireless network worldwide. The
company's patented aqLink(TM) software enables wireless carriers,
automobile manufacturers, commercial call centers and Internet portals
to offer their subscribers location-based services that enhance
productivity, manage assets, and deliver personalized content.
Airbiquity's premier product is the breakthrough GPS Accessory,
whichcombines their aqLink(TM) software with commercial GPS to
instantly deploy Location Commerce(SM) services on any wireless
network. Airbiquity's patented Push-to-Pinpoint(TM) technology puts
privacy first by allowing wireless subscribers to control the release
of their personal location with the touch of a button. For more
information visit Airbiquity's Web site at http://www.airbiquity.com.
A wholly owned subsidiary of AAA, RESPONSE Services Center, LLC is a
premier telematics service center, leveraging the vast service
delivery and travel database capabilities of North America's largest
motoring and travel organization. The RESPONSE service center is
capable of supporting numerous mobile client devices such as smart
phones, wireless personal digital assistants, in-vehicle telematics
units, and virtually any other device that can communicate data and
provide location. The RESPONSE web site is located at http://www.aaaresponse.com.
The press release includes forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Because these statements apply
to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.
Factors that could affect actual results include: the company's
limited operating history, the need for additional financing, variable
economic conditions and customer tastes, regulatory risks, and
restrictions imposed by existing debts and future payment obligations.
Airbiquity push-to-pinpoint, aqServer, and aqLink are trademarks of