Archive for January, 2010

Telematics Update Conversation with Gary Gale, Dir of Engineering, Yahoo! Geo Technologies

Telematics Update spoke with the Director of Engineering for the Geo Technologies group at Yahoo!, Gary Gale. Mr. Gale took a few moments to discuss the Geo Technologies group and his views on where technology is going.  In defining the GeoTech group he gave a great definition for what many location based service companies are […]

OnStar Mobile App Will Help Volt Owners Manage Their Power

At CES this year OnStar announced a mobile app for the iPhone and Android that will allow owners of the new Chevy Volt to monitor and interact with their vehicles remotely. To start off the app will be closely tied with the Volt in an effort to get the most out of Chevy’s new electric […]

LinkedIn Question: What’s driving the development of … infotainment systems?

Question from John Day: What’s driving the development of integrated communications/infotainment systems?  Have enabling technologies made it easy to develop in-vehicle systems or is real engineering expertise still necessary? Answer: I believe the need for these systems has been around for quite some time. As always-on connectivity has increased in people’s lives the expectation and […]

LinkedIn Question: In-Car DVR, A good idea?

Q: From – Young Gi Song: Car DVR, Is it good time to enter or already dead market? I want to receive any feedback from you to decide to manufacture Car DVR. A: From inTELEMATICStoday.com I’d say neither…and I’m not just trying to be difficult! The use case for watching TV in the car isn’t […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI)

Ford recently announced a the new Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) app for the Ford Sync system. From Ford’s Press Release: SYNC TDI leverages a customer’s existing mobile phone; includes an integrated GPS receiver to connect customers to real-time turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic reports and business searches; offers extra features and applications such as favorite […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Service Delivery Network

Ford has launched their Service Delivery Network (SDN) to provide real-time access to information in a flexible, integrated, and affordable solution.  The system gives Ford Sync users access to voice-activated turn-by-turn directions, traffic, business, news, sports and weather information without the high hardware and subscription costs of many telematics solutions. The latest and greatest in […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: HD Radio with iTunes Tagging

At CES this year Ford announced the first OEM HD Radio with iTunes Tagging (amongst a million other things).  Ford is continuing to squeeze new technologies into the car and the introduction of HD Radio adds to an already packed technology suite (i.e. standard AM/FM radio, satellite radio, and Bluetooth audio streaming). Now if you […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: WiFi And Mobile Hotspot In The Car

The new MyFord Touch driver technology features a built-in WiFi receiver, built in browser, and support for USB broadband modems. WiFi Receiver The Wi-Fi receiver allows your vehicle, when parked, to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots within range, and to enable the built-in browser (accessed using the system’s 8″ touch screen).  This means each equipped vehicle […]

Ford Sync – The Basics

What is Sync? Launched in 2007 and based on Microsoft’s Auto OS is a factory installed system ($395) designed to streamline the integration of cell phones and media players into the vehicle.  Sync primarily utilizes USB and Bluetooth to connect devices to the system and allow voice controls of the attached devices. The Sync team […]

Ford Launches MyFord Touch – Next generation of in-vehicle connectivity

At CES this year Alan Mulally took his opportunity as they keynote speaker to spend almost two hours talking about Ford and a good bit of that talking about Ford Sync and the new MyFord Touch. It’s an impressive system that makes use of 2 4.2” full-color LCDs, an 8-inch LCD, WiFi capabilities, navigation and […]

From TechtoLiveBy: Heat Index – 4 Technologies to Watch in 2010

Sister site TechtoLiveBy.com highlights 4 consumer technologies to watch in 2010: 4G Wireless, 3D, GeoLocation,  and Google. Of the 4 3D is the one that wont have any near term impact (if ever) on the automotive telematics market. We’ve already discussed one way Google is shaping the future of real-time traffic and the additonal handsets […]

InTelematicsToday.com is Headed to CES!

Wasn’t sure I’d make it, but I’m heading out tonight and will be there for the Mulally’s keynote. Can’t wait to link back up with some of my old colleagues and meet some new ones. See you there!

FCC to Discuss 700mhz Spectrum

Urgentcom.com has noted that the FCC has added discussions of devices that interfere with the 700mhz spectrum to the Agenda for January. This is one of many meetings that will need to take place as the FCC works to establish the regulations necessary to govern the recently freed up bandwidth. If you don’t remember the […]

Traffic Data Will Be a Battlezone in 2010

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Strategy Analytics’ Roger Lanctot talks about traffic data and it’s evolution in 2010.  In particular he highlights the need for better incident data and his view of the three technologies that will lead that charge. The solutions will come in 2010 from three key sources: mobile-phone-based crowd-sourced info, traffic cameras and, perhaps, vehicle-mounted cameras. The […]

Twitter Is Poised to Lead Real-Time Incident Data

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Twitter recently purchased Mixer Labs and their GeoAPI.  The GeoAPI is a robust set of applications (web services for the technically minded) that will allow developers to actively create, query, and otherwise interact with geolocation data.  This means standardized geolocation lookups across all the different Twitter apps and access methods. The addition of these features  […]

Big Week in Telematics – CTS + CES Will Be Important

This years CTS and CES will lay the foundation for the next 3-5 years of automotive telematics.

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