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Verizon Has Big Plans the Connected Cars

Phone co. plants its flag with $612 million acquisition of Hughes Telematics.

by on Jun.07, 2012

From cafes to cars, Internet access is becoming ubiquitous, and with it, your kids may soon start asking, "Already?" rather than, "Are we there yet."

Verizon Communications Inc. has set its sights on the automobile business. The telecommunications giant has announced plans to acquire Hughes Telematics Inc., in what is described as a “definitive merger,” for an eye-catching $612 million.  It is also creating a new forum designed to aggressively promote in-vehicle technology.

Verizon has been an active proponent of the so-called “connected car,” and has actively pitched the potential of its high-speed LTE network to automakers that also see huge profit potential in giving motorists many of the same features and services available in home or office.

Your Connected Source!

Along with the proposed purchase of Hughes Telematics, or HTI, Verizon has formed the new 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars, a group that will work with a number of leading automakers in an effort to find even more telematics opportunities.


OnStar Under Fire for “Big Brother” Monitoring

Even after canceling subscription GM service retains right to track a vehicle.

by on Sep.22, 2011

Big Brother is calling?

A series of low-profile changes in the OnStar terms of service are generating a high level of anxiety among privacy advocates and others worried that the General Motors telematics service is turning itself into Big Brother.

The revisions mean that even after canceling service OnStar not only reserves the right to track a vehicle, collecting data such as speed and location, but also to sell that data to local governments, for example, or to companies that might want to use such information for targeted marketing.

Stay in the Loop!

“Under our new Terms and Conditions, when a customer cancels service, we have informed customers that OnStar will maintain a two-way connection to their vehicle unless they ask us not to do so,” the company confirmed in a press release.


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.