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Posts tagged with 'Mercedes-Benz'

4 Mar, 2014

Apple Launches CarPlay

Posted by John Day

John Day   Good news from Apple this week for those with Lightning-enabled iPhones (iPhone 5s, 5c and 5) who are planning to buy a new car later this year. The company says its CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment alternative “gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.” Automakers expected to offer CarPlay include … Read More

Suzuki, Subaru, Nissan, BMW Group, Ferrari, Nvidia, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Siri, Apple CarPlay, General Motors, Kia, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, MirrorLink, Mitsubishi, Frost & Sullivan, iPhone, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Volvo

30 Jan, 2014

Audi Updates its Phone Box

Posted by John Day

John Day It’s comforting to know that sometimes things are just what you think they are. I noticed, for example, that Audi recently updated its phone box to include Qi wireless charging, and I wondered, what’s a phone box? Turns out it’s a box in a car where you put a phone when you’re driving. Just as I thought. Presuming it works, wireless charging in a car sounds like a great idea. The less stuff to have … Read More

Toyota Avalon, Telefonica, Audi, Qi, Sprint, Ssangyong Chairman, T-Mobile, AT&T, O2, E-Plus, phone box, Harrier, Porsche, China Mobile, Prius, Deutsche Telekom, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep Cherokee, NTT DoCoMo, Verizon, Volkswagen, Wireless Power Consortium

20 Feb, 2013

Smarter than a smartphone app

Posted by John Day

John Day You might think that a wireless phone company would be well-equipped to create exciting new ways for customers to use their smartphones in cars, but that’s not the direction Verizon and its wholly owned subsidiary Hughes Telematics are taking. “The smartphone has a place, but the driver will have a better, richer experience with systems embedded in the vehicle,” says Thom Russell, associate director, … Read More

mbrace2, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars, Hughes Telematics, OnStar, Telematics, Hyundai, Delphi, Toyota, Honda, vehicle diagnostics connectivity service

27 Mar, 2012

John Day You may have noticed that Mercedes-Benz dealers can now install the new Mercedes-Benz In-Vehicle Hot Spot powered by Autonet Mobile, so folks riding in cars equipped with Autonet’s Wi-Fi router can not only bring connectable devices into those cars but actually use those devices (up to four) – inside the car when it’s moving or outside when it’s stopped. The in-vehicle Wi-Fi connection supports laptops, … Read More

DVD player, in-vehicle hot spot, Autonet Mobile, Wi-Fi router, iPad, Mercedes-Benz

29 Nov, 2010

Tuning in to Internet radio

Posted by John Day

John Day In-vehicle Internet radio has such an air of inevitability about it that I almost wonder why it isn’t common already, but a moment’s thought and a glance at just one aggregation of Internet stations – iTunes, for example – brings the problem into focus. There must be a gazillion Internet radio stations out there, so once the Internet connectivity problem has been solved, how is the tuning going to work? Pandora … Read More

GM, iTunes, Alpine, Pioneer, Mercedes-Benz, Pandora

19 Jun, 2010

Worst case scenario

Posted by John Day

John Day If you weren’t watching as closely as Roger Lanctot was, you may have missed the significance of a recent announcement from telematics systems vendor ATX Group. ATX provided TeleAid services to Mercedes-Benz customers until last fall, when Mercedes switched to Hughes Telematics and launched mbrace. Mercedes wants customers to switch from TeleAid to mbrace, but ATX recently launched a downloadable smartphone … Read More

TeleAid, Strategy Analytics, Hughes Telematics, ATX Group, Mercedes-Benz, Roger Lanctot, iRoute, mbrace

24 May, 2010

John Day Time will tell how well this works, but Hughes Telematics says the platform underlying mbrace, its telematics system for Mercedes-Benz owners, is flexible enough to support expansion into new markets. Later this year the firm plans to announce a device that will plug into a vehicle’s OBD port and provide voice and data links to a call center. Hughes plans to market the device through auto clubs and … Read More

Erik Goldman, Hughes Telematics, American Medical Alert Corp., OBD port, Qualcom, mbrace, Mercedes-Benz

13 Nov, 2009

Who’s winning?

Posted by John Day

John Day Remember the Presidential debates a year or so ago? Or the race itself, for that matter. Think how much of the reporting focused on who won the last debate, or who was ahead in the race at the moment. Same with college football. We want to know who’s leading whom – even if we don’t have reliable metrics for determining the winner. This desire to keep score came to mind when I thought about the recent … Read More

4G, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Prius, Long Term Evolution, Fiat, Alcatel-Lucent, Daimler, Volkswagen, LTE, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Infotainment, Telematics Munich, Microsoft Auto, Ford, QNX Software, ng Connect Program, QNX CAR, Genivi Alliance

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