TAG: Uber

Driverless Conference sparks autonomous car development analysis

March 24, 2016By
Google_self-driving_car

GPS and GNSS have changed the world. Of that there can be no doubt. But in terms of sheer change, both qualitative and quantitative — we ain’t seen nothing yet. We now witness the creation of an industry. This will be very disruptive. We’ve had change instituted by GNSS; we know what that looks like. We haven’t yet seen a... read more

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

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

This article is tagged with , , , and posted in Latest News, Mobile, Transportation

German Auto Consortium Set to Buy Nokia Map Unit

July 23, 2015By

The value of accurate maps is not lost on the automotive industry as it transitions from connected cars to automated vehicles. Three German automakers are rumored to be making a multibillion-dollar investment in Nokia’s HERE mapping division. If the deal goes through as expected by late July, Nokia, which purchased HERE (then called Navteq) for $8 billion in 2007, will have spurned... read more

This article is tagged with , , , , , , , , and posted in Mobile, Opinions

Uber Takes 100 Microsoft Engineers, Mapping Tech

July 6, 2015By
The Uber app.

Microsoft will no longer collect its own map data, according to the website re/code. As part of the change, Microsoft is selling some of its assets to rideshare company Uber, including a data center, cameras, intellectual property and roughly 100 engineers. Uber is also buying a data center near Boulder, Colo. Microsoft plans to continue to offer Bing Maps using data... read more

This article is tagged with , , , and posted in Latest News, Mapping, Mobile, Transportation

Autonomous Vehicles Face Privacy, Security and Liability Issues

June 24, 2015By

Plus: Resurgence in indoor location-based marketing, ITS America annual meeting report
Autonomous vehicle technology has made industry-smart people pause and think what the consequences will be if cars and other platforms drive themselves. Will there be a huge increase in traffic when everyone decides to call their cars to grab a loaf of bread at a store? Many of these topics were discussed at the ITS America annual meeting held in Pittsburgh May 31-June 3. In other location news, there seems to be a resurgence in location-based marketing and indoor positioning conferences, leading one to believe that large retailers are finally taking notice. read more

Autonomous Vehicle Ambitions Behind HERE Suitors?

May 27, 2015By
Kevin Dennehy

A number of large companies are making bids to acquire Nokia’s HERE digital mapping company. At least one analyst believes the interest is fueled by future autonomous ambitions. In other location industry news, a new location-based analytics product hits the market. read more

Mobile World Congress Sees Rise in Indoor Location Companies

March 26, 2015By

This year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was the biggest ever, with 95,000 attendees and thousands of booths, conferences and people with sore feet walking a cavernous exhibition hall. While the Geneva Auto Show ran close to the same dates, connected vehicle companies and technology were prominently featured. What was interesting, however, was the rise of indoor positioning companies and mobile advertising agencies with interest in location. read more