Archive for March, 2010

The Mobile Web vs Apps vs Both

As the mobile web (i.e. sites specifically designed to be viewed on mobile devices) is being replaced by mobile apps and sites that are dual purpose (i.e. the standard site can be viewed reliably in a mobile browser) Google seems to think that developers should be leverage the mobile web to create cross platform applications. […]

The Internet Radio Universe

Roger Lanctot offers a great overview of what internet radio is and isn’t. We know that in-car connectivity is on the rise and streaming music will be one of the major uses of that bandwidth. Pandora seems to have the buzz right now, but it is not the only player. The major music services are […]

The Dangers of GPS, ‘The Simpsons’-Style

Let’s kick-off the week with something easy on the eyes and the brain, shall we? In this clip from a recent Simpsons episode, Homer drives the kids to school, but reminds us to never blindly follow anyone (especially a GPS).  Now, maybe if the system he used had real-time data connectivity (or if he had […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com Weekly Round-Up

In the grand American tradition of not working to hard on Friday inTELEMATICStoday.com brings you the weekly roundup. We know sometimes it can be difficult to click all those buttons to read the site every day of the week so not only do we offer you the option of having each weeks articles delivered directly to your […]

Bringing Telematics To Cars Without Them

Your ’97 Accord doesn’t have remote diagnostic reporting, geo-fencing, trip logging, yada, yada yada?  Well, for $200, now it can! Motolingo’s Motoriety is a system to bring telematics features to your older car’s OBDII port and represents a creative little bit of tech. Using the vehicle’s OBDII data port and bluetooth connectivity Motoriety will collect […]

Smartphones and Embedded Systems

We know that apps are coming to the car and that movement is no doubt led by smartphones like the iPhone and Nexus One.  Over at Telematics Update Andrew Tolve discusses, ‘The Smartphone: Friend or Foe of In-car Infotainment?” My take away from the article is that the answer is, it’s both…and I would tend […]

Location Awareness Keeps On Rolling

In his article on NYT.com David Carr talks about the pervasiveness of location based services at South by Southwest. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple and more have introduced location enabled apps or features and we are just at the leading edge of adoption among users. In particular, Carr talks about Gowalla and Foursquare, to location based […]

Application Spotlight: AppSpace.com

Sister site TechtoLiveBy.com has a post on AppSpace.com, a recommendation engine for smartphone apps. The number of apps available for the iPhone, Android OS and Blackberry is rapidly approach a combined 200,000. Wading through the sewage that constitute most apps to find that diamond in the rough can be a daunting task.  For some of […]

Hacker Uses Telematics System for Revenge

Alright, that headline is a bit much… It’s true though and re-raises some security concerns… Apparently Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20, was laid off from the Texas Auto Center and decided he’d use a telematics system installed on some cars sold at that auto center to be very annoying. He used the system to activate the horns […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com Weekly Round-Up

In the grand American tradition of not working to hard on Friday inTELEMATICStoday.com brings you the weekly roundup. We know sometimes it can be difficult to click all those buttons to read the site every day of the week so not only do we offer you the option of having each weeks articles delivered directly to your […]

Application Spotlight: Aha Mobile

Aha Mobile bills itself as interactive personalized radio and aims to deliver a customized ‘radio station’ of streaming audio content created from web and local information relevant to the user.  That is, Aha Mobile will give you a customized traffic report, your facebook / twitter updates, yelp reviews and move all based on your preferences […]

Application Spotlight: Waze

Waze is a turn-by-turn navigation platform with it’s roots in real-time user provided data.  That is, it relies on each user’s phone acting as a probe in its network delivering flow data back to a central server for anonymization and distribution (much like Inrix and Dash) to the user community. It is a free service […]

Driving Distracted (With a Badge?)

Matt Richtel at the The New York Times talks about the ever growing number of police, fire fighters, paramedics, etc that are weaving through traffic at high speeds while talking on a cell phone or radio and typing on a laptop or navigation system. Ambulances and police cars are becoming increasingly wired. Some 75 percent […]

Telenav’s Top 10 Most Searched

The Telenav Blog posted top 10 usage statistics of their users and there are some noteworthy items… Los Angeles tops the list of cities where users are more likely to use GPS to reroute around traffic which is in line with Inrix’s Traffic Scorecard which placed LA as the most congested city in 2009.  LA […]

Twitter, Now With Geo-Location

Last year Twitter acquired Mixer Labs and the Geo API in an effort to continue boosting their location based functionality.  Twitter added a ‘local trend’ feature that allows users to see tweets based in a certain area, but the location was manually set by the user.  Now Twitter has announced the addition of a more […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com Weekly Round-Up

In the grand American tradition of not working to hard on Friday inTELEMATICStoday.com brings you the weekly roundup. We know sometimes it can be difficult to click all those buttons to read the site every day of the week so not only do we offer you the option of having each weeks articles delivered directly […]

Google In Position to Control Mobile Future

Jagdish Rebello of iSuppli talks about how Google is using it’s classic strategy of giving things away for free to turn the mobile advertising and search markets to their favor. By pursuing a strategy of working with the mobile chain rather than against it, Google Inc. has a strong chance of success in its bid […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Security

Convergence is awesome and our smartphones are becoming more and more the central hub of our technology ecosystem (particularly the mobile ecosystem).  That being said, I’ve always wondered how far we can go with convergence before losing my phone becomes a bigger problem then not being able to access x or y through my phone […]

The NextGen of Telematics

Most car shoppers know what telematics is, even if they’re not familiar with the term. Thanks to OnStar’s prevalence on GM vehicles and pervasive marketing efforts, telematics has become synonymous with the company’s services — in much the same way that Kleenex can stand for tissue and Xerox for copiers. Telematics is an awkward word used […]

TomTom Embraced Openness Once, Is It Time to Again?

Strategy Analytics Roger Lanctot talks a little about the declining PND market and how companies like TomTom and Garmin might turn things around by considering an open platform. It’s hard to overstate the power of the kind of customer connection TomTom achieved with the TomTom Live service. … TomTom was first in developing a connected […]

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