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2001 Detroit Auto Show, Part I Page 3

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TAKING CONTROLS. Automotive systems supplier Johnson Controls took the opportunity on Sunday to introduce a variety of new interior concepts to the automotive media. Along with an announcement of several E-commerce initiatives that will better link JCI with its customers, suppliers and employees, the company hinted at some of the features that will be appearing in production cars soon. One of the technologies the company discussed was Bluetooth-enabled automotive interiors. By using the standardized networking protocol in the automobile, Bluetooth-enabled components, such as cell phones, can become car friendly by merely entering the vehicle. "As cellular phones become Bluetooth compatible, they will automatically become hands-free," said Mike Suman, JCI's Group Vice President of Marketing and E-business. Other concepts showcased included a Lego-themed vehicle interior, integrated removable backpacks and several new interior materials.

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