The Volkswagen Group is to take over WirelessCar, a Swedish telematics specialist, from Volvo, buying a 75.1pc stake to support its connected vehicle ecosystem. WirelessCar, founded in 1999 and based in Gothenburg, has developed a series of in-car services such as billing and concierge, safety and emergency, and remote diagnostics and breakdown: 3.5million cars worldwide Read More..
Geotab has built a software platform that provides fleet managers with information and analysis designed to improve all aspects of their operations. The Canadian telematics company, founded in 2000, offers software that can help improve safety, increase productivity and boost fuel efficiency. It provides its own hardware connector to vehicles’ OBD ports, but it is Read More..
Agero has unveiled smartphone-based software that could replace embedded telematics systems to provide automatic crash detection. The Medford, Massachusetts-based telematics services provider said its new “Driver360” software can be integrated into existing insurance providers’ and car manufacturers’ mobile apps. Bringing crash detection, response and prevention functionality into the car with the help of a smartphone Read More..
Ford Commercial Solutions – a business unit of Ford Smart Mobility – has launched an open platform called Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) for fleets to manage data flow to and from their vehicles. Aimed primarily at large company fleets, telematics providers and fleet management companies, the TMC uses the vehicles’ built-in modems to transfer data Read More..
Traffic camera services supplier Vizzion has developed a new platform giving access to live imagery from connected vehicles, which it has demonstrated at the TU-Automotive Detroit expo. This platform can provide dynamic on-the-spot information on factors such as traffic conditions, weather, roadworks or driver visibility, and extends Vizzion’s XML Web Service, effectively by turning connected Read More..
VerizonÂ has signed an agreement to buy Telogis, a location-based transportation software maker. The US telecommunications group said Telogis will enhance its telematics-based services offering for connected vehicles and other business areas. “Telogis brings a world-class software platform and new distribution relationships to Verizon Telematicsâ€™ already expansive suite of connected vehicle solutions for consumers and enterprise Read More..
ZF has developed a bluetooth-enabled tagging system that will let logistics companies monitor the state ofÂ cargo that is being transported. The automotive supplierâ€™s â€œdeTAGtive logisticsâ€ software will enhance ZFâ€™s fleet management platform, which is marketed by its Openmatics division. The new software can document details of sensitive transports, using so-called deTAGtive tags, bluetooth-enabled battery-powered 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..
General Motors said a Cadillac brand model it will start selling this year in China will mark the beginning of its rollout of fast 4G telematics systems in the world’s biggest car market. The connectivity will be provided by China Mobile, the country’s largest wireless company The faster mobile communications will improve GM’s existing OnStar Read More..
TomTom has acquired Fleetlogic, a leading Dutch provider of fleet management services, in a bid to strengthen its position in the European fleet market. The Amsterdam-based location and mapping services group said Fleetlogic will add 27,000 subscriptions to the installed base of TomTom Telematics. That brings the total of TomTom’s installed telematics systems to more Read More..