QUALCOMM Inc., a mobile communications company for the transportation industry, and Comdata Corp., a provider of transaction and information services for the trucking industry, on Oct. 29, 2001 announced the signing of a customer for QUALCOMM's CabCARD personal communications service, operated by Comdata. Long-haul truckload carrier CRST Van Expedited, Inc., signed a long-term agreement to use the CabCARD personal communications services.Introduced in 1996, CabCARD personal communications allows drivers to send and receive Internet e-mail directly from their cab using the OmniTRACS, TruckMAIL, or OmniExpress mobile communications systems. “This partnership will be a much welcomed one for CRST Van Expedited. The Comdata/QUALCOMM CabCARD alliance will mean more convenience for CRST because our drivers are already very comfortable with the Comdata card and its many services,” said Dave Rusch, president of CRST Van Expedited. "Driver satisfaction is crucial in today's economy, and we believe CabCARD will be an important compo-nent in our ongoing driver retention efforts."Funds for e-mail messaging and long-distance telecommunications services are deducted from the re-chargeable CabCARD, now managed through the Comdata financial network, or from a driver's Comdata Express Cash account.