Eighty software developers participated in a two-day “hack event” at the BMW Technology Office in Mountain View, CA April 27-29. Main sponsors were the car-sharing service DriveNow and the charging services provider ChargePoint. Fifteen mobile apps competed in seven award categories. A total of $3,000 in prize money was awarded.
Connected services specialist WirelessCar supported BMW and its local service partner China Unicom to introduce ConnectedDrive services to China. BMW’s services include emergency, breakdown, and concierge calls as well as remote door unlock, traffic information and further internet-based services. BMW now provides vehicles incorporating connected services to the Chinese market – following Europe, North America and the Middle East, where BMW has already utilized WirelessCar’s capabilities.
BMW and MINI announced four new Apple iPhone app developer partners for BMW Apps and MINI Connected. The new apps include Audible (downloadable audio books and other spoken-word content), Glympse (location sharing), Rhapsody (subscription music service), and TuneIn (Internet radio).
Users can share their locations with calendar, contacts and social networks
Mobile app provider Glympse Inc. announced a partnership with BMW Group to provide mobile location sharing for drivers with BMW Apps ready vehicles and MINI Connected.
Telematics Update will bring together companies from across the mobile, digital, consumer electronics and automotive industries, including Ford, General Motors, BMW, Honda, Facebook, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz at Telematics Detroit 2013 Conference & Exhibition (June 5-6, Novi, MI, USA) to debate the future of the connected car.
Rollout begins in ’14 with AT&T in North America
Customers can use connected services without a smartphone
The automotive industry faces three important challenges, according to Martin Schleicher vice president of Infotainment Products and Platforms, at EB (Elektrobit) Automotive Software, a developer of embedded technology solutions. The challenges are:
American Business Conferences’ Connected In-Vehicle Infotainment Global Summit California will be held February 12-13 2013 in San Francisco.
The Summit will assess strategic approaches and best practices for enabling seamless connectivity and enriched in-vehicle infotainment experiences though integration of devices, apps and features.
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