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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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com Weekly Round-Up

Check out what inTELEMATICStoday.com had to say this week… Apps and the Future of Telematics – Jeff Shariat comments on the growth of the application marketplace in smartphones and the importance of capitalizing on that trend for the future of telematics. Social Networking and Phone Apps Enable Smarter Carpooling – A great article by Kevin […]

Smart and Safe Automotive Electronics

George’s Blog Space.com 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 […]

Challenges with Telematics Adoption

We’ve previously discussed some issues with the telematics business case and while its clear to many that the market is there someone does have to make the numbers work before any feature can be broadly adopted. On Telematics Update, Andrew Tolve highlights that CES this year marked the first time OEMs were perceived to be […]

INRIX 2009 National Traffic Scorecard

INRIX’s National Traffic Scored 2009 Annual Report provides year over year insight into traffic patterns nationally. The high level point is that traffic dropped 30% starting in late 2007, bottomed in Q2’09 and is on the rise again.  This pace of this rise though is driven in large part ‘by the pace of economic recovery […]

Social Networking and Phone Apps Enable Smarter Carpooling

While the installation of telematics systems for OEMs is here and growing, the use and integration of smart phones apps, GPS and location based services combined with social networking are creating opportunities beyond the OEMs. Startups are emerging and gaining traction to serve carpoolers, vanpoolers, fleets and buses by integrating many of the same innovative […]

inTELEMATICStoday.com 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 inTELEMATICStoday.com. 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 […]

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

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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.  […]

PopSci Takes Notice of a Telematics Trend

PopSci.com 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 inTELEMATICStoday.com. 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]

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 […]

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