Posts Tagged ‘real-time traffic’

Smart Traffic Lights Could Reduce Congestion

PopSci has an article highlighting some research out of Europe talking about how advanced stop light control systems could improve traffic flow over the timers and scheduled patterns that are currently used. The solution is a decentralized approach that lets the traffic lights work together by figuring out how changes at each individual intersection would […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI)

Ford recently announced a the new Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) app for the Ford Sync system. From Ford’s Press Release: SYNC TDI leverages a customer’s existing mobile phone; includes an integrated GPS receiver to connect customers to real-time turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic reports and business searches; offers extra features and applications such as favorite […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: Service Delivery Network

Ford has launched their Service Delivery Network (SDN) to provide real-time access to information in a flexible, integrated, and affordable solution.  The system gives Ford Sync users access to voice-activated turn-by-turn directions, traffic, business, news, sports and weather information without the high hardware and subscription costs of many telematics solutions. The latest and greatest in […]

From TechtoLiveBy: Heat Index – 4 Technologies to Watch in 2010

Sister site TechtoLiveBy.com highlights 4 consumer technologies to watch in 2010: 4G Wireless, 3D, GeoLocation,  and Google. Of the 4 3D is the one that wont have any near term impact (if ever) on the automotive telematics market. We’ve already discussed one way Google is shaping the future of real-time traffic and the additonal handsets […]

Traffic Data Will Be a Battlezone in 2010

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Strategy Analytics’ Roger Lanctot talks about traffic data and it’s evolution in 2010.  In particular he highlights the need for better incident data and his view of the three technologies that will lead that charge. The solutions will come in 2010 from three key sources: mobile-phone-based crowd-sourced info, traffic cameras and, perhaps, vehicle-mounted cameras. The […]

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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