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.
Drivers with BMW Apps and MINI Connected will be able to broadcast their location quickly and easily to their friends through Facebook and Twitter, as well as their calendar contacts and their entire contact list. The app includes elements like the Glympse Timer and the ability to send an estimated time of arrival (ETA) and destination to calendar event attendees.
The Internet radio service Pandora said it has increased its automotive footprint via a new relationship with Scion and an expansion of its relationship with Ford Motor Company where the service will be available in 10 Ford vehicles and two Lincoln vehicles.
Currently, Pandora has in-vehicle integrations with BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, MINI and Scion. Additional automotive manufacturers who have announced plans to integrate Pandora into their vehicles include Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Hyundai and Toyota. The popular personalized radio service is also available via integrations in popular aftermarket automobile radios made by Alpine Electronics, JVC, Kenwood and Pioneer, with additional radios from Sony coming soon.
Have you tried TuneIn (formerly known as RadioTime)? If it has flown under your metaphorical radar, as it did mine, it’s a free (or $0.99 for the premium version) smartphone and/or Internet radio service that provides access to more than 50,000 FM, AM and Internet radio stations around the world. That’s content in 173 languages and user interface support for more than 20.
I saw the service demoed in a BMW by TuneIn founder and CEO Bill Moore at Telematics Update Detroit earlier this month. It’s impressive, as befits a service that’s been in development for nearly a decade and ranks at or near the top of app store download lists.
By Paul Hansen, Editor & Publisher, The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics http://hansenreport.com
While it’s not yet back to where it was in 2007, the automotive electronics industry in North America is certainly better off this year than it was last year. North American light vehicle production
plunged 32% in 2009 and North American suppliers, who are more or less dependent on North American car production, saw double-digit declines in revenues. Some companies this year are expecting sales gains between 6% and 20%. Our industry, at least in North America, should be back to normal by 2011.
WebTech Wireless Inc., which provides vehicle fleet location-based services (LBS) and telematics technology, said it is participating with Garmin and SAP® in a telematics demonstration that includes an electric Mini,® WebTech’s GPS Locator,™ a Garmin nüvi® satellite navigation device, and software from SAP.®
In the demo, precise vehicle location data is reported to the driver and to the back-end software application via cellular networks. The application can catalog battery-charging facilities and their availability, and transmit this information to the driver through the WebTech Locator and Garmin device. Drivers of electric vehicles will be able use their nüvi to locate the nearest charging facility, make a reservation if required, plan their route, maximize their vehicle’s remaining charge, and view billing details after charging – all designed to save time, money, and provide greater convenience for drivers of electric vehicles.