PathPartner Technology joins the GENIVI Alliance

March 29, 2013  by  

PathPartner Technology has joined the GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform.

“PathPartner Technology will soon address the product development challenges of companies looking at launch of GENIVI compliant products by offering design service and end-to-end solutions,” said Ramkishor Korada, the firm’s executive vice president and head of global sales and business development. “We are looking at nurturing our partnerships with automotive design and development ecosystem by offering industry ready product solutions and design services.”

Audiovox launches plug-in OBD-II monitoring device

November 14, 2012  by  







Audiovox Electronics Corporation said its Car Connection™ telematics device lets consumers monitor their driving habits and their vehicle’s health.

Car Connection features include:

  • Driver Scoring Monitor.
  • Fuel Savings Monitor based on daily driving habits (generates reports and gives fuel saving tips).
  • Online or smartphone Vehicle Location tracking (notice if a car has been moved or towed).
  • Android or Blackberry app to restrict driver phone use.
  • Safety Zones (boundaries for teenagers or aging drivers).
  • Vehicle Health.
  • Lot Spot™ (location of parked vehicles).

Sony aftermarket head units support MirrorLink™ smartphone connectivity

August 15, 2012  by  


Two new Sony aftermarket head units, XAV-601BT and XAV-701HD, are the first MirrorLink™-certified products available in US stores. The products were recently launched in Europe.

MirrorLink, a technology standard for safe control of smartphones in cars, was developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), which now includes more than 70 member firms (

“As more people view their smartphones as primary hubs for communications and entertainment, it’s critical we enable their car infotainment systems to support and enhance the smartphone features and services they use most,” said Taka Noguchi, business manager for the Mobile Electronics division of Sony Electronics Inc. “MirrorLink is ideal for this purpose because it allows communication between the two systems and enables the creation of applications that conform to auto industry guidelines for safe driving.”

Livio joins the GENIVI Alliance

July 24, 2012  by  

Livio ( has become a GENIVI member, joining 167 current partners on the open-source development platform.

Livio Connect is a technology that connects apps to cars, eliminating the need for one-on-one integration between apps and car stereos. It was first used in Livio’s consumer product, the Bluetooth Internet Radio Car Kit, now for sale at Walmart.

Livio is working on GENIVI platforms to include integration of Livio Connect with the goal of reducing work for car stereo manufacturers, automotive original equipment manufacturers, and mobile app developers.

Telematics Update webinar March 14: Harnessing Data

March 7, 2012  by  

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Telematics Update will sponsor a free webinar at 12pm EST on Wednesday, March 14. The webinar, “Telematics, the Next Step: Harnessing Data to Provide Value for Automaker & Customer,” will explore how to use vehicle-generated data to provide the next generation of dynamic connected vehicle services. To register, visit Additional information is available at

Telematics executives scheduled to participate include Scott Sedlik, vice president of marketing at INRIX, Martin Rosell, managing director at Wireless Car, and a speaker from Mercedes-Benz USA.

IMS predicts connected cars market to grow 650 percent to 40.5 million units in 2017

August 31, 2011  by  

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The world market for connected cars will see 650 percent growth from 5.4 million units in 2010, to exceed 40.5 million unit sales in 2017, according to IMS Research.

IMS Research qualifies the term connected car as any light vehicle that features a two way data connection either through a cell phone or embedded modem. Services may include, automatic emergency calling, live traffic and weather updates, internet, social media services, among others.

MIT research project helps drivers avoid waiting at lights

August 25, 2011  by  

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Increasing fuel efficiency with a smartphone–A network of dashboard-mounted phones can collect data on traffic lights and tell drivers how to avoid inefficient stopping and starting.

Where previous experimental traffic-light advisory systems used GPS data or data from traffic sensors, SignalGuru uses visual data from cellphone cameras. Graphic: Christine Daniloff


Written by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office

Ford tests live Operator Assistance for cloud-based SYNC

July 13, 2011  by  

Noting that about 70% of calls to Ford’s cloud-based SYNC services are for business searches and/or directions, the automaker is beta testing a live Operator Assist feature that will give all registered SYNC Services users complimentary access to a live operator for help with business searches and address entry for turn-by-turn directions. No additional software or hardware is needed.

David Gersabeck, product manager, SYNC Services, said Operator Assist will supplement Voice-activated SYNC Services, which provides access to information about traffic, news, sports, weather, horoscopes, stock quotes, and movie listings along with business searches and turn-by-turn directions. SYNC Services has more than 14 million business listings.

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