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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

iPhone Most Popular Camera On Flickr, Can Cars Learn Something?

It’s no surprise that the iPhone is the most popular camera used to take pictures hosted on Flickr.  It’s probably the single most popular consumer device that has a camera, the quality has improved, and it’s connectivity as a phone allows it to upload directly to Flickr (rather than meaning to upload all those pictures […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com LinkedIn Group

inTELEMATICStoday.com has launched our LinkedIn group.  Join in for the latest news and conversations in the world of automotive telematics.  inTELEMATICStoday.com is going strong and now we can interact on the largest business networking social media site in existence.  Check in regularly for news and discussions from around the telematics, wireless, automotive industries and much […]

Attenzione Prostitute – Hilarious Road Sign

A little chuckle to end your week… A road sign only the Italians could bring us.  Something might be lost in translation, but I doubt it. via [jalopnik]

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 […]

A Brief History of Location Finding Technology

Mashable is running this great infographic / timeline of the history of technologies used to find location.  From smoke signals to the modern day smartphone we’ve come a long way.  Check out the graphic below (click to enlarge). via [mashable]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ford Sync Has The Lead, Will It Hold On To It?

It’s a new foundation for the ultimate mobile device. The automobile will never be the same. 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 […]

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 […]

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