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CES 2014 Telematics Industry Press Release Round Up

The CES 2014 Telematics Industry Press Release Round Up can be purchased here. At this time we are only accepting credit card payments via Paypal.  Apologies for any inconvenience.  Please e-mail jeff@intelematicstoday.com if you have any questions.     Press Releases From: Airbiquity AT&T Audi BMW Chevy Continental DENSO Ford GM Gracenote Hyundai Inrix Kia […]

Connected Car Expo and LA Autoshow

  “Designed as a comprehensive “one-stop” resource to be held in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show, the CCE combines the global industry stature and media power of the LA Auto Show Press Days with a unique thought leadership forum consisting of the top influencers in the connected car space.” The Connected Car Expo […]

Blocking Smartphone Apps Doesn’t Solve the Distracted Driving Problem

I’ve come across a number of different applications that will limit the use of your smartphone while driving by blocking certain functionality based on the fact that you’re moving at a certain speed. This is a fine and dandy band-aid approach to the problem of distracted driving, but trying to limit the user is not […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com @ The LA Auto Show 2013 + Connected Car Expo

inTELEMATICStoday will be at the LA Auto Show and the Connected Car Expo this year! I’m not really sure what to expect from the CCE, but between the panels and the exhibitors I’m sure I’ll keep busy. Remember to follow @TechToLiveBy to keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest from the show. See you there!

Your Car Can Be Hacked And Its Going To Get Easier To Do

Connectivity is awesome.  Connections and communication between electronic systems, both wired and wireless, have allowed us to continue to advance technology to unimaginable heights. From TVs, to the internet, to satellite communication communication between technologies enables new and advanced functionalities for users.  Every telematics platform in existence is built upon this idea. Until recently, cars […]

Texting Bans, Can They Work?

Distracted Driving is the biggest buzzword of the automotive world and rightfully so.  The influx of technology and information available to drivers offers an almost infinite number of reasons to take your eyes off the road and that is the opposite of what any of us want.  To that end many states have enacted a […]

Ford Sync Fact Sheet

Download the Ford Sync Fact Sheet PDF 1-Pager or read it all below. Overview Ford SYNC®, co-developed with Microsoft and using Nuance Communications voice recognition technology, allows customers to bring digital media players and Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones into their vehicles and operate the devices via voice commands or with the steering wheel’s redundant audio controls. SYNC is an agnostic […]

Sprint Offers Android Based Distracted Driving App err… App to Reduce Distracted Driving

Today Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced, at CTIA, Sprint® Drive FirstTM . The android based app created by Location Labs will cost $2/month and is designed to: Lock the driver’s cell phone screen and redirect calls to voice mail. Block text-message alerts and auto-respond to the message sender that the driver is currently unavailable. Allow […]

It’s Jeopardy! My Dear Watson

A quick hit for you while I work on my CES coverage… IBM has created a super computer called Watson that it will pit against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a game of Jeopardy! in an attempt to demonstrate some of the most advanced artificial intelligence on the planet.  The three contestants will compete […]

Ford Sync Release AppLink to 2011 Fiesta; Apple iPhone Supported

At the recent Content and Apps for Automotive Conference (by Telematics Update), we talked a lot of about voice controls and the important role they will play in creating a safe and usable in-car infotainment experience.  A lot of the major products out there already feature voice controls of some sort, but today Ford announced the availability […]

Content and Apps for Automotive by Telematics Update Wrap-Up

Over the two days of Telematics Update’s Content and Apps for Automotive Conference there was a lot to be learned about the state of the industry and where people think it’s going.  We covered the industry from end to end and touched on all the leading technology frameworks and business models.  The event as a […]

LaHood Still Looking at Cell Jamming Technology for Cars

Ray LaHood has once again shown a tendency to want to completely block technology in the car. “There’s a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we’re looking at that,” Raymond LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation said during a discussion during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” This will never happen. Ever.  There are to […]

Content and Apps for Automotive 2010

It’s day one here in sunny San Diego and we’ve got over a hundred members of the automotive, telematics and smartphones industries in the room. The agenda is jam packed with interesting and relevant discussions about the future of the automotive telematics industry.  In particular we’re focused on the boom in smartphone applications and what […]

App Spotlight: SafeCellApp – Get Paid to NOT Use Your Phone While Driving

SafeCellApp (not to be mistaken with the ‘radiation blocking’ SafeCell) has taken an interesting approach to smartphone app usage and distracted driving.  Instead of blocking features, the SafeCellApp will pay you $1 per 100 miles (it’s really 1 point per mile and 100 points per $1 aka $.01 / mile) you drive without violating texting […]

MyFord Touch Review From Mossberg

We’ve spent a lot of time covering Ford Sync and the upcoming MyFord Touch systems. Grandpa Mossberg had an opportunity to spend sometime with the new MyFord system and his thoughts can be summarized in two lines from the article. The layout of most of the displays is clear and logical, and the voice-command system […]

QNX, chumby Bring Personalized Internet Experience to the Car

QNX has announced support of the Chumby application environment.  The QNX Car Application Platform will allow users to access apps in the same way Chumby users can. If you don’t know what a Chumby is, it’s a standalone open source internet enabled widget device (i know, that doesn’t mean anything to anyone)…basically it’s a little […]

Aha Mobile Acquired by Harman

Aha Mobile, is a provider of “on-demand mobile and location-based Internet content services,” that we spotlighted here back in March and has now been acquired by Harman International in an effort to bolster their mobile offerings. Aha Mobile launched its “Aha Radio” application for the Apple iPhone® earlier this year, which has since become popular […]

Smart Traffic Lights Could Reduce Congestion

PopSci has an article highlighting some research out of Europe talking about how advanced stop light control systems could improve traffic flow over the timers and scheduled patterns that are currently used. The solution is a decentralized approach that lets the traffic lights work together by figuring out how changes at each individual intersection would […]

OnStar Expands Mobile App Availability

OnStar will be offering smartphone control over some basic vehicle functionality to a broader range of 2011 model year vehicles including most of the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC models. Functionality will include key fob functionality (door locks, remote start) as well as the standard OnStar Remote Vehicle Diagnostics etc. It does feel like this […]

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