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Press Release 2001

AAA ANNOUNCES PILOT OF PORTABLE WIRELESS LOCATION-BASED SERVICES
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 2001.

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.

About AAA
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
http://www.aaa.com/news.

About Airbiquity
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.

About RESPONSE
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 Airbiquity Inc.
 

 

 
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