Archive for the ‘Emerging Tech’ Category

Pearl Mobile DTV Is A Big Deal For Mobile TV

Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., ION Television, Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media today announced plans to form a standalone joint venture to develop a new national mobile content service. I don’t have much news other than what is in […]

Rear-Seat Entertainment Sales to Double by 2015

iSuppli is forecasting that by 2015 worldwide sales of rear-seat entertainment systems will almost double their 2009 level (of 3.1 million units) reaching 5.6million units (with the US accounting for ~50%). With the oncoming proliferation of apps and advanced connected applications the RSE market is a huge opportunity.  I’ve already spent some time talking about […]

App Downloads Will Near 6Billion in 2010

ABI Research reports they expect just under 6 billion mobile application downloads in 2010 (more than double 2009 volume).  To be clear, this is a forecast of downloads, not the total number of applications that will be available.  The iPhone is expected to continue leading the charge (> 3Billion downloads) by a large margin with […]

Product Spotlight: Continental AutoLinQ

AutoLinQ is Continental’s Connected Services Platform for the car.  Based on the Google Android OS the system will allow users to create and download applications directly to the in-vehicle system. Continental’s ‘Always On’ concept is built around allowing the user to interact with the vehicle through various ‘views': Mobile View The user’s view from their […]

Where Do Kids Fit Into Telematics Strategies?

Where do kids fall into the world of in-car apps? In the April 2010 edition of Fast Company Anya Kamenetz talks about how technology is impacting childhood creativity and the way kids learn.  It’s a great read and you should definitely click through the link at the bottom, but first I want to talk about […] Weekly Round-Up

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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 […]

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 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:

Sister site has a post on, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Startups Serve Travelers with Phone Apps and Networking

Carpooling and Vanpooling Meets Facebook Meets Smart Phones Meets Paypal Meets eBay Startups are emerging and gaining traction to serve carpoolers, vanpoolers, fleets and transit networks by integrating many of the same innovative smart phone tools and apps, GPS and LBS services, social networking strategies and even payment systems.  With gas price fluctuations, congested roads, […]

Smart and Safe Automotive Electronics

George’s Blog takes a broad look at smart and safe automotive electronics. In fact, on average automobile manufacturers spend $2000 on electronic systems for every vehicle that comes off the line — in incredible increase from the $110-per-car budget of the early 1970s. This huge increase in spending is reflected in everything from engine […]

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