Posts Tagged ‘mobile’

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 […]

App Spotlight: SafeCellApp – Get Paid to NOT Use Your Phone While Driving

SafeCellApp (not to be mistaken with the ‘radiation blocking’ SafeCell) has taken an interesting approach to smartphone app usage and distracted driving.  Instead of blocking features, the SafeCellApp will pay you $1 per 100 miles (it’s really 1 point per mile and 100 points per $1 aka $.01 / mile) you drive without violating texting […]

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 […]

Aha Mobile Acquired by Harman

Aha Mobile, is a provider of “on-demand mobile and location-based Internet content services,” that we spotlighted here back in March and has now been acquired by Harman International in an effort to bolster their mobile offerings. Aha Mobile launched its “Aha Radio” application for the Apple iPhone® earlier this year, which has since become popular […]

OnStar Expands Mobile App Availability

OnStar will be offering smartphone control over some basic vehicle functionality to a broader range of 2011 model year vehicles including most of the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC models. Functionality will include key fob functionality (door locks, remote start) as well as the standard OnStar Remote Vehicle Diagnostics etc. It does feel like this […]

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). […]

Eric Schmidt Says, “Mobile Is The Future”

Google’s Eric Schmidt has been on the campaign trail for mobile technology for I don’t know how long.  His talk at Atmosphere (Google’s come-to-cloud-computing conference) was about mobile and the future of technology. He didn’t talk about it’s impact on automotive, but we will. “We understand that the new rule is mobile first,” Schmidt said. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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