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Verizon Wants to Connect Your Car

New Verizon Vehicle system offers an alternative to built-in telematics.

by on Jan.13, 2015

Andres Irlando, Verizon Telematics CEO, believes there is a significant market for aftermarket-based telematics services.

Most of the vehicles Chevrolet will sell in the U.S. this year will be equipped with 4G WiFi connectivity. Mercedes-Benz has made its connected mbrace emergency call system a standard feature. And there’s a growing list of competitors offering similar connected car technologies.

But what about the more than 200 million vehicles now on the road not equipped with some sort of built-in connectivity? Verizon thinks it has the answer, the telematics giant announcing plans to launch the new Verizon Vehicle system. The aftermarket system will be able to perform a variety of services, from alerting a driver to potential engine problems to helping police track a stolen vehicle.

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“Over 200 million U.S. drivers on the road today have vehicles that lack telematics and connectivity,” noted Andres Irlando, CEO of Verizon Telematics. The goal of the new system is to “bring the benefits of connected cars to millions more people.” (more…)

Honda’s Head in the Clouds with new HondaLink

New smartphone-based infotainment system to offer extensive apps list.

by on Jul.20, 2012

A HondaLink screen shows some of the available features with the new system.

With virtually every automaker now offering some form of high-tech infotainment system, Honda might have just seemed late to the party with the launch of its new HondaLink technology – were it not, that is, for the fact that the maker’s smartphone-based system will pull down data from the “cloud,” eventually offering the ability to access dozens, perhaps 100s of different “apps.”

The new HondaLink system will make its debut in the all-new 2013 Honda Accord and then expand to the Fit Electric, Crosstour and other Honda models.

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The basic concept isn’t all that different from what other automakers have begun offering, such as the Ford Sync and new Mercedes-Benz mBrace2.  HondaLink will not only feature such traditional infotainment sources as AM/FM, satellite radio, CD and iPhone/MP3, but will also allow a motorist to access music, news and other information sources that can be streamed through a smartphone.


Livio Aims to Put 1000s of Smartphone Apps into Every Car

New system would simplify process of adding new apps to systems like Ford Sync or NissanConnect.

by on Apr.18, 2012

Motorists are demanding access to smartphone apps like Pandora as they drive.

Long gone are days when drivers had to settle for scratchy AM radio on their daily commutes. It’s hard to find a new model in showrooms, these days, not equipped with FM, a CD changer, perhaps a hard drive and, more and more frequently, a system like Ford’s popular Sync that links to various smartphone applications to let them play through the vehicle’s speakers.

In fact, manufacturers have been racing to line up “app” partners, notably the Pandora music system and Stitcher news service, seeing a competitive advantage in the number they can offer customers.  But that’s not always easy.  It can require a significant amount of engineering resources to get an app and a system like Sync, the Mercedes-Benz mbrace2, or the new NissanConnect to work with one another.

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But a small start-up from the Detroit suburb of Ferndale believes it may have the answer.  Called Livio, it wants to position itself as a sort of software middleman.  Technology it has developed could simplify the process of connecting app to car – permitting motorists to access literally thousands of smartphone services, from music to social networking.

“My focus is to get apps into cars,” says Jake Sigal, the founder and CEO of Livio, which operates out of a small, one-story building about 10 miles north of the Detroit riverfront.


Mercedes mbrace-able You

Automaker teams with Hughes Telematics for iPhone app.

by on Nov.17, 2009

All new Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including the 2010 E-Class, will be equipped with the mbrace system.  You supply the iPhone.

All new Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including the 2010 E-Class, will be equipped with the mbrace system. You supply the iPhone.

You’ve just flown across country and now you remember all the things you forgot to do back home, like turning off the coffee and locking your car.

There’s not much Mercedes-Benz can do about the first problem, but its new iPhone “app,” developed in cooperation with Hughes Telematics, can handle the latter matter.

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“This is the next generation of telematics,” proclaimed Hughes president Erik Goldman, referring to Mercedes new mbrace service, which is based around an application you can install on not only the iPhone but the Blackberry and other smartphones.