Archive for February, 2010 Weekly Round-Up

Didn’t have time to check-in everyday this week? For your reading pleasure we’ve put together a roundup of the everything that went live this week on Telematics Product Spotlight: Airbiquity VIAaq – A deeper look at Airbiquity’s managed services platform VIAaq. Product Spotlight: Airbiquity aqLink – A deeper look at Airbiquity’s data over voice […]

Product Spotlight: Airbiquity VIAaq

VIAaq is the other half of the service delivery infrastructure Airbiquity offers.  Yesterday we talked about Airbiquity’s aqLink data-over-voice in-band software modem and the strengths and weaknesses associated with the technology.  Today we’re discussing the other half of Airbiquity’s service delivery infrastructure, a Managed Data Services Platform, VIAaq. VIAaq is a connected services solution used […]

Will Toyota’s Issues Shine Spotlight on All In-Car Electronics?


Yesterday I spent some time listening to Ray Lahood be questioned in the Senate hearings over Toyota. Today I’m listening to the Toyota executives.  It’s pretty clear that this is not good for Toyota, but what the future holds nobody knows. The responses across the board are basically, We’ll start doing everything we weren’t doing.  […]

Product Spotlight: Airbiquity aqLink

So, you know that Ford Sync uses your bluetooth phone to connect to the outside world and deliver services from safety and security to infotainment.  What you may not know is that all that data is being transferred over the voice network, not the data. The Ford Sync system uses Airbiquity’s aqLink product to deliver […]

PopSci Takes Notice of a Telematics Trend has put out a quick hit post highlighting the trend in automotive to integrate the smartphone and the vehicle.  A trend that we’ve talked about extensively here at Click through for a quick hit on mBrace, Sync and OnStar. via [@connectedcar] via [popsci]

How is this for Driver Distraction? [Caption Contest]

This might actually be more distracting than talking on your cell phone while eating, reading the paper and shaving. Leave your best caption for this picture in the comments! via [gizmodo] via [Black and WTF]

Sync Named Top 10 Most Innovative Mobile Tech

Ford has been named one of Fast Company’s top 10 most innovative companies in mobile tech for the MyFord Touch infotainment and telematics system.  At #5 on the list Ford is the first and only automotive company to make it and is wedged nicely between hardware supplier HTC and web company Evernote (worth noting that […]

Telematics – Searching For the Business Case

Over at John Day’s Automotive Electronics News Ralf Hug does a nice job discussing some of the challenges of justifying and launching telematics services in major OEMs.  In any organization the business case needs to be developed for any project and although most major OEMs are offering some level of telematics services there are still […]

Spotlight: Mercedes mbrace Telematics System

mBrace is Mercedes-Benz’s replacement for their Tele Aid telematics system.  Based on a Hughes Telematics’ system mbrace will provide the standard telematics features (ACN, SVN, Remote Door Unlock, etc) as well as the ability for users to download applications to their car and/or smartphone to interact with their vehicles, what Mercedes is calling ‘connected services.’   […]

MyFord Touch Feature Spotlight: Navigation

Ford’s announcement that navigation features will come standard as part of the MyFord and Sync packages marks the first real foray by an OEM into the world of low cost navigation solutions. We’ve already discussed the Traffic, Directions and Information feature so today we’re focusing on the MyFord system which includes the more traditional method […]

Google Will Bring The Internet To You!

Sister site Tech To Live By talks about Google’s plans to rollout test fiber optic networks as test beds for ultra-high speed roll out and connectivity. The FCC is supposed to deliver the National Broadband Plan to Congress on March 17th and Google and many others have been very vocal in their thoughts on how […]

Spotlight: Kia Uvo

Uvo is Kia’s new infotainment and telematics package a la Ford Sync.  Based on the Microsoft Auto OS Uvo offers a number of the same features as Sync including the advanced voice controls.  Unlike Sync the system is not available without the 4.3″ color screen which is used to “detailed information on media content, phonebook […]

Chrysler’s Connected Vehicle

Over at Automotive Electronics News John Day talks about Chrysler’s connected vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show. Featuring FLO TV, Sirius Backseat TV, a media center, WiFi connectivity, and a bunch of screens it sounds like Chrysler is trying to answer back to the MyFord Touch system.  Chrysler’s system has some neat bells and whistles […]

Convergence is King

Convergence is king and that is no secret.  Driven by lower cost hardware, greater wireless bandwidth and coverage,  and increased consumer demand to stay connected, the world of consumer electronics is being led by the convergence of technologies.  Phones with live content, TVs with widgets, and of course, Google with everything. At first this trend […]

Embedded Mobile & M2M Device Revenues to Rise to $19 Billion by 2014

Juniper Research expects revenues from embedded mobile and M2M Devices to rise to $18.9 Billion by 2014. “Despite the ongoing downturn in the automotive sector in developed markets, the most promising M2M area remains the automotive industry”, says Anthony Cox, Senior Analyst at Juniper Research Other areas which will contribute significantly to M2M revenues include […]

Transportation Secretary ‘LaHood fears spread of in-car technology’

Detroit News reports: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is concerned that a host of technologies in new vehicles are distracting drivers. “Some of these car manufacturers are putting all these gadgets and bells and whistles that are going to distract people — and we’re trying to get gadgets and bells and whistles out of their hands […]

‘What is Telematics?’ Infographic

Telematics Update (there is no byline so I can’t give a shout out to the creator) has a cool little interactive infographic explaining the different layers and categories of telematics.  It’s not meant to be exhaustive, but it does cover the basis of telematics pretty well. From the  core of hardware and  providers to enabling […]

NAVTEQ Doubles In-Vehicle Penetration (By Model) in 2009

NAVTEQ reported that in 2009 their total model availability doubled from 66 in 2008 to 133 continuing the 100% growth from 2007 to 2008. That’s a pretty good growth curve though counting model availability is probably the least indicative way possible to count something in the automotive industry (obviously unit volume matters much more…I’ll see […]

MyFord Touch Feature Spotlight: Voice Controls

Everyone is scrambling to get voice controls squared away… They have been for many years and will be for years to come. At CES 2010 this year Ford announced an upgrade to their voice control system powered by Nuance Communications.  The updates will be launched with the MyFord Touch system in 2010.  The refined voice […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Send-to-SYNC

The Ford Sync Send-to-SYNC feature is another basic but value add feature of the system.  By allowing users to visit and send destination to the vehicle Ford has enabled another integration point for users to connect their regular web browsing with the vehicle.  This type of feature has existed in the marketplace for many […]

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