Detroit and Silicon Valley Tech showcased at LA Auto Show

November 23, 2015By
Janice Partyka at the LA Auto Show with a car representing the GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit automotive industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an in-vehicle Infotainment open-source development platform. (Photo: courtesy of Janice Partyka)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo, held Nov. 20-29, puts LA at the intersection of Detroit and Silicon Valley. Cybersecurity garnered attention, as did the impact of the sharing economy on connected features. Caution was urged that these new technologies be carefully vetted for safety and reliability, as failures will impede market acceptance. And research shows safety to be one of consumers’ highest valued attributes that connected vehicles can offer. read more

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Uber’s recent deals expand its autonomous vehicle strategy

November 23, 2015By
Kevin Dennehy

Uber has made big moves implementing location technology by signing a deal with TomTom, buying Microsoft’s mapping technology, and outright purchasing deCarta this year. The company is working with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg to develop autonomous vehicle technology. In other location news, distinct technology is cropping up in the indoor location market to make widespread implementation possible. read more

FieldLogix releases ‘Goose’ fleet management app

November 20, 2015By

FieldLogix, a fleet management service company, has released its newest mobile application for iPhones, Goose. Goose allows dispatchers to optimize drivers’ routes and remain in direct communication. “It ensures that drivers have optimized routes, job details and navigation all on their iPhone,” the company said in a news release. “Goose simultaneously notifies the company’s clients of the driver’s ETA to ensure... read more

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Project Overlord keeps your wheels safe with GPS

November 18, 2015By

Project Overlord has launched RimTech in the U.S. Developed by former Nokia, IBM and Motorola executives, RimTech has a built-in GPS, motion sensor and camera, which attach to the tire and act as a security guard for automobile wheels. The vehicle owner controls the device through the accompanying iPhone and Android app, providing total control and surveillance at all times.... read more

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TomTom to provide data for Uber driver app

November 13, 2015By

TomTom has signed a global, multi-year agreement to provide maps and traffic data for the Uber driver app. TomTom’s advanced map-making technology, combined with its traffic information, will ensure Uber has a seamless navigation experience, accurate arrival times and efficient journeys in more than 300 cities around the world, according to a TomTom news release. “We are excited to provide... read more

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Omnitracs Updates Roadnet Anywhere Fleet Management Platform

November 10, 2015By

Omnitracs Roadnet Technologies has made available Roadnet Anywhere v3.8, the newest version of its SaaS vehicle routing, tracking, mobile workforce, telematics and fleet management platform. The updated software now delivers improved performance tracking with the Insight data visualization application and advanced capabilities to analyze Service Patterns in order to support strategic analysis, says the company. “In the past, fleets were forced to analyze... read more Adds Playback Feature to Fleet Manager

November 10, 2015By has enhanced Fleet Manager, its vehicle tracking and fleet management system, with new features that control how vehicles are displayed. Fleet Manager can now provide simultaneous playback of multiple vehicle trails as well as controls to turn on and off the display of landmark clusters on the map. The playback of multiple vehicle trails makes it possible for fleet... read more

GPS-powered advertising geo-targets moving vehicles

November 4, 2015By

MediaSignage has released GPS-powered, location-based services (LBS) for digital signage. The tool provides specific geo-targeting of advertising campaigns based on the location of the screen. The GPS-enabled location targeting works well for buses, taxis and trains, because advertisers can more easily target their digital signage content based on a targeted geographic radius, MediaSignage said in a press release. For instance, a taxicab may... read more