Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

Ford Sync Release AppLink to 2011 Fiesta; Apple iPhone Supported

At the recent Content and Apps for Automotive Conference (by Telematics Update), we talked a lot of about voice controls and the important role they will play in creating a safe and usable in-car infotainment experience.  A lot of the major products out there already feature voice controls of some sort, but today Ford announced the availability […]

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 […]

iPhone OS 4.0 Has Automotive Implications

The recent release of the iPhone OS 4.0 included at least a few new features that will benefit the automotive industry. Multitasking has gotten the headlines and rightfully so.  It is a powerful addition and something that has been significantly lacking from the iPhone arsenal (much like copy and paste was lacking for so long). […]

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 […]

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 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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