Posts Tagged ‘Emerging Tech’

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 NYT.com 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: 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 […]

Hacker Uses Telematics System for Revenge

Alright, that headline is a bit much… It’s true though and re-raises some security concerns… Apparently Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20, was laid off from the Texas Auto Center and decided he’d use a telematics system installed on some cars sold at that auto center to be very annoying. He used the system to activate the horns […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: API and Apps (aka AppLink)

Update: Ford has announced the AppLink downloadable program which will be the in-vehicle application that manages the functionality discussed in this post.  It will be available first on the 2011 Ford Fiesta and will allow integration with Android and Blackberry apps. We’ve talked about the importance of apps in the future of the telematics landscape […]

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 […]

The App is the Future of Telematics

For a long time the biggest problem with connected mobile applications has been the ‘connected’ part.  The mobile web has existed for many years, but only since the broad adoption of 3G has a true mobile web emerged. In fact, things aren’t really even about the mobile web anymore, it’s an almost antiquated concept.  With […]

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 […]

Telematics Update Conversation with Gary Gale, Dir of Engineering, Yahoo! Geo Technologies

Telematics Update spoke with the Director of Engineering for the Geo Technologies group at Yahoo!, Gary Gale. Mr. Gale took a few moments to discuss the Geo Technologies group and his views on where technology is going.  In defining the GeoTech group he gave a great definition for what many location based service companies are […]

OnStar Mobile App Will Help Volt Owners Manage Their Power

At CES this year OnStar announced a mobile app for the iPhone and Android that will allow owners of the new Chevy Volt to monitor and interact with their vehicles remotely. To start off the app will be closely tied with the Volt in an effort to get the most out of Chevy’s new electric […]

LinkedIn Question: What’s driving the development of … infotainment systems?

Question from John Day: What’s driving the development of integrated communications/infotainment systems?  Have enabling technologies made it easy to develop in-vehicle systems or is real engineering expertise still necessary? Answer: I believe the need for these systems has been around for quite some time. As always-on connectivity has increased in people’s lives the expectation and […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: WiFi And Mobile Hotspot In The Car

The new MyFord Touch driver technology features a built-in WiFi receiver, built in browser, and support for USB broadband modems. WiFi Receiver The Wi-Fi receiver allows your vehicle, when parked, to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots within range, and to enable the built-in browser (accessed using the system’s 8″ touch screen).  This means each equipped vehicle […]

Twitter Is Poised to Lead Real-Time Incident Data

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Twitter recently purchased Mixer Labs and their GeoAPI.  The GeoAPI is a robust set of applications (web services for the technically minded) that will allow developers to actively create, query, and otherwise interact with geolocation data.  This means standardized geolocation lookups across all the different Twitter apps and access methods. The addition of these features  […]

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