Telematics Apps

Telematics Update reports Google and Volkswagen are introducing a social driving app, as Panasonic and Navitel launch navigation solutions with social sharing.

SmileDrive,” the Google/VW app, is linked to the user’s Google+ account, so friends can be invited to follow trips online, commenting on photos and posts along the way.

Panasonic’s new portable navigation device called “Gorilla Eye” is an after-market device that captures parts of your route via the Gorilla’s eye’s camera. The navigation system features an automatic starter feature when the engine is started, and a wide 7-inch VGA liquid crystal display.

Navitel, meanwhile, released a new version of its Navitel Navigator for BlackBerry. The most notable feature is an interactive service called “Navitel.Friends” that allows users to see the location of their friends on the map in real time.

In other news, QNX has signed a deal with Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, to deliver QNX CAR-based systems to vehicles sold in North America, Europe, and Japan.

The QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment includes a wide array of QNX technologies: the QNX OS; a mobile connectivity framework; with acoustic, noise reduction, and hands-free solutions; an HMI framework supporting HTML5, Qt, and other native UI toolsets; and different app environments.

QNX says with support for both HTML5 and Android apps executing alongside the built-in HMI as well as an HTML5 framework, the QNX CAR Platform supports the industry’s broadest cross-platform mobile development environments.

Vehicle telematics incorporates GPS navigation, integrated hands-free cell phones, wireless safety communications and automatic driving assistance systems. Various manufactures have developed different systems, including BMW Assist
Ford Sync (which uses your cell phone), MyFord Touch (an integrated unit), Hyundai Blue Link, Toyota Entune, Kia Uvo, Chrysler’s UConnect, OnStar and others. Vehicle telematics is a fast growing field with a dozen different competitors.

Intel’s $100 million Connected Car Fund focuses on investing in automotive technology innovation.

Intel’s Automotive Innovation and Product Development Center will serve as Intel’s global hub for the development of products and technologies for in-vehicle infotainment and telematics.

The International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers says 63 million vehicles were sold in 2012. ABI Research estimates that the installed base of embedded and hybrid connected car systems is expected to grow from 45 million at the end of 2011 to 210 million by 2016. SBD forecasts that by 2015 (pdf) over 30 million new cars will be fitted with some type of connectivity box. Today over 30 vehicle manufacturers have launched telematics services in China, Europe and the USA – a 50% growth since 2010. Additionally, 9 more vehicle manufacturers are planning to launch new services over the coming year.

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