DETROIT – Count Johnson Controls Inc. among the suppliers whose appetite for telematics business went unsatisfied. In the mid-1990s, the interiors mega-supplier wanted to launch a program similar to OnStar, with 2-way messaging, remote door unlocks, roadside service and perhaps even cellular phone service. "But we struggled on how to make money," says Jim Geschke, vice president and general manager of JCI’s automotive electronics unit. Specifically, JCI couldn’t elbow its way into the ...

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