Inrix has acquired US automotive software maker OpenCar in a move to get a bigger share of the dashboard in future connected cars. The traffic data specialist said the acquisition would allow it to offer more third-party content on a platform that is fully customizable by carmakers. Inrix cited the prospect of 250 million connected Read More..
LAS VEGAS – Toyota announced it is stepping up its effort to provide enhanced connectivity in its next-generation vehicles. As part of the plan, the world’s biggest automaker is establishing a Toyota Big Data Center that will help process the rising volumes of vehicle data. On the eve of the CES consumer electronics exhibition Read More..
Mobile computing is becoming ever more important in manufacturing, but many so-called “Industry 4.0” apps aren’t meeting the needs of their users. That’s one of the conclusions from a study conducted by management consultants Bestgroup and Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. The study polled both users and developers and found that their priorities differed. Users Read More..
AT&T is offering carmakers six new voice-enabled apps that will add features such as weather forecasts, parking updates and personalized radio to its its connected-car platform. The US wireless company said the apps were developed byÂ AccuWeather, Glympse, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Streetling and Tribune Digital Ventures. â€œEach of these apps provides an enhanced in-car experience for users Read More..
Smartphone apps are endangering corporate data security, according to a poll by the German Travel Association (DRV). The association, which represents the German travel sector, interviewed 100 CEOs and 250 employees who regularly take business trips. The poll found that 65 pc of the companies didn’t provide any guidelines for the use of smartphone apps Read More..
App downloads soared in Germany last year as consumers bought more smartphones and tablets. Bitkom, the country’s high-tech industry association, said app downloads jumped 80 pc to more than 1.7 billion in 2012. “The megatrend toward mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is unbroken,” said Tobias Arns, a mobile expert at Bitkom. “Smartphone programs Read More..
Ford Motor will work with the open-source GENIVI alliance to speed up independent app development for its in-car infotainment systems. The news follows an announcement earlier this year that independent app developers would get access to Ford’s systems. Ford said in a press release that it has learnt from the smartphone market that a “vibrant Read More..
A European-Union sponsored project will provide travelers with a new set of smartphone apps to make traveling within the 27-nation bloc easier. The Mobinet service platform will offer online access to new types of mobile services such as real-time multimodal travel assistance, parking guidance and Europe-wide ticketing for transit services. The platform’s features will include Read More..
LAS VEGAS â€“ Developers will be able to create in-vehicle apps for General Motors infotainment systems, after the US carmaker announced a software development kit for programmers. The kit will allow drivers to add apps and features to their cars after the initial purchase, which will mean infotainment systems can continuously be improved and upgraded. Read More..
LAS VEGAS â€“ Mobile app developers will gain easier access to Ford’s in-car telematics system, SYNC. The US carmaker announced at the CES here that it is launchingÂ an open mobile app developer program that provides a software development kit and technical support to programmers. Information on the program can be found at http://developer.ford.com. The Read More..