Cellport Chosen by Ford Motor Company to Supply Universal, Hands-Free Cell Phone System

Cellport 3000 Voice Command System

Provides Driver Convenience and Flexibility



Jul 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cellport Systems

    BOULDER, Colo., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In a major move to improve the
 ability of consumers to use personal cell phones in their vehicles, Cellport
 Systems, a leading provider of automotive wireless communications technologies
 and products, today announced that Ford Motor Company (NYSE:   F) will be the
 first automaker to offer the Cellport 3000(TM) with Voice Command, a
 breakthrough universal, voice-activated hands-free system that allows a driver
 to operate a cell phone while keeping both hands on the wheel and eyes on the
 road.
     The new Cellport 3000 with Voice Command product, also announced today,
 uses speaker-independent voice recognition, enabling any driver to use simple
 English commands to place or answer calls on their cell phones without having
 to look at or touch the phone.  The system's patented Universal Docking
 Station and phone-specific Pocket Adapters accommodate cell phones of various
 makes and models.  This means that drivers can dock different cell phone
 models to take advantage of voice-activated, hands-free operation.  Now all
 family members can use their own preferred cell phones while driving, without
 the bother or expense of installing different car kits.
    "Ford Motor Company is excited to offer the Cellport 3000 with Voice
 Command as the only universal, hands-free system that provides consumers with
 the added flexibility to use their own brand of cell phone," said Janine Bay,
 managing director, Global Vehicle Personalization, Automotive Consumer
 Services Group for Ford Motor Company.  "Cellport will work with Wingcast,
 Ford's telematics venture with Qualcomm, to develop future technologies for
 our customers."
     Ford Motor Company will begin offering the Voice Command product starting
 later this year for many 2002 model year vehicles.
     "Cellport's business model is built on creating safe in-vehicle hands-free
 systems," said Doug Daniels, vice president of business development for
 Cellport Systems.  "Our work with Ford is a key part of our goal to address
 consumers' needs for convenient, hands-free automotive wireless communications
 by providing a state-of-the-art solution."
     "Ford's decision to adopt Cellport's universal plug-and-play, hands-free
 cell phone solution demonstrates Ford's commitment to maximizing customer
 satisfaction," said Jonathan Lawrence, vice president and senior telematics
 and location-based services analyst for Dain Rauscher Wessels.  "With the
 majority of the 600 million wireless phones being used today in vehicles, and
 with the growth in cell phone safety legislation both in the U.S. and abroad,
 there is an opportunity for the global hands-free market to grow from
 $3 billion today to over $9 billion in the next five years."
 
     About Cellport Systems
     Cellport Systems is a world leader in providing in-vehicle wireless
 communications and telematics systems.  The company's products include the
 Cellport 3000, the industry's first universal hands-free platform and the
 Cellport 3000 with Voice Command.  The company's substantial patent portfolio
 positions it to continue its leadership position as the telematics industry is
 further developed and defined.  The Cellport Systems Global Partners program
 is rapidly expanding Cellport technology around the globe through unique
 strategic partnership and licensing relationship with partners in Europe,
 North America and Asia.  Investors include AT&T Wireless Services, Cisco
 Systems and Omron Corporation.  The company is privately held, with corporate
 headquarters in Boulder, Colo. and regional offices in Detroit, Michigan and
 Tokyo, Japan.  For more information, please visit the Cellport Systems web
 site at www.cellport.com .
     Cellport 3000 is a trademark of Cellport Systems.
 
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