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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 […] Weekly Round-Up

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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 […] Weekly Round-Up

Check out what 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 […]

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 […]

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


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.  […]

Sync Named Top 10 Most Innovative Mobile Tech

Ford has been named one of Fast Company’s top 10 most innovative companies in mobile tech for the MyFord Touch infotainment and telematics system.  At #5 on the list Ford is the first and only automotive company to make it and is wedged nicely between hardware supplier HTC and web company Evernote (worth noting that […]

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 […]

Spotlight: Mercedes mbrace Telematics System

mBrace is Mercedes-Benz’s replacement for their Tele Aid telematics system.  Based on a Hughes Telematics’ system mbrace will provide the standard telematics features (ACN, SVN, Remote Door Unlock, etc) as well as the ability for users to download applications to their car and/or smartphone to interact with their vehicles, what Mercedes is calling ‘connected services.’   […]

MyFord Touch Feature Spotlight: Navigation

Ford’s announcement that navigation features will come standard as part of the MyFord and Sync packages marks the first real foray by an OEM into the world of low cost navigation solutions. We’ve already discussed the Traffic, Directions and Information feature so today we’re focusing on the MyFord system which includes the more traditional method […]

Google Will Bring The Internet To You!

Sister site Tech To Live By talks about Google’s plans to rollout test fiber optic networks as test beds for ultra-high speed roll out and connectivity. The FCC is supposed to deliver the National Broadband Plan to Congress on March 17th and Google and many others have been very vocal in their thoughts on how […]

Spotlight: Kia Uvo

Uvo is Kia’s new infotainment and telematics package a la Ford Sync.  Based on the Microsoft Auto OS Uvo offers a number of the same features as Sync including the advanced voice controls.  Unlike Sync the system is not available without the 4.3″ color screen which is used to “detailed information on media content, phonebook […]

Chrysler’s Connected Vehicle

Over at Automotive Electronics News John Day talks about Chrysler’s connected vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show. Featuring FLO TV, Sirius Backseat TV, a media center, WiFi connectivity, and a bunch of screens it sounds like Chrysler is trying to answer back to the MyFord Touch system.  Chrysler’s system has some neat bells and whistles […]

Embedded Mobile & M2M Device Revenues to Rise to $19 Billion by 2014

Juniper Research expects revenues from embedded mobile and M2M Devices to rise to $18.9 Billion by 2014. “Despite the ongoing downturn in the automotive sector in developed markets, the most promising M2M area remains the automotive industry”, says Anthony Cox, Senior Analyst at Juniper Research Other areas which will contribute significantly to M2M revenues include […]

Transportation Secretary ‘LaHood fears spread of in-car technology’

Detroit News reports: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is concerned that a host of technologies in new vehicles are distracting drivers. “Some of these car manufacturers are putting all these gadgets and bells and whistles that are going to distract people — and we’re trying to get gadgets and bells and whistles out of their hands […]

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