Nuance Communications, Inc. introduced a new generation of its Dragon Drive connected car platform, adding two new services to enable customizable content delivery for connected cars.
Dragon Drive, currently deployed with Audi, BMW, Daimler, Toyota, and others, is a part of Nuance’s Dragon portfolio, which allows people to engage their phones, tablets, TVs, cars, wearables and computers by using their voice.
In addition to Dragon Drive Speech, the Dragon Drive platform now includes Dragon Drive Connect, and Dragon Drive Link. The new services build on Nuance’s voice, natural language understanding (NLU), and personal assistant capabilities.
XAV-602BT features smartphone connectivity and optional XA-NV300T GPS module With TomTom® navigation
Sony (www.sony.com/car) introduced the XAV-602BT smartphone-connected in-dash AV receiver, which it said makes it easier and more convenient to experience music, navigation and smartphone applications while in the car.
Sony also announced the optional XA-NV300T navigation module with access to TomTom®’s user interface and mapping technologies.
The XAV-602BT AV receiver features Sony-exclusive App Remote™ technology for Android™ and iOS® devices, unifying entertainment and control functions for a simplified driving experience. The App Remote feature combines music and select smartphone apps into a single source list that can be safely displayed and controlled directly from the receiver. App content is displayed on the smartphone while audio content plays through the speakers.
TomTom will provide a new navigation solution for Fiat Group, continuing the four-year partnership between the two companies. For the first time, TomTom navigation will be built-in as part of the Fiat Group’s new Uconnect™ 5-inch Radio Nav infotainment system.
The new infotainment system will initially be available in Fiat 500L series models, and offers a 5-inch touch screen. Uconnect will feature many of the technologies found in TomTom’s PNDs, including maps, IQ Routes, voice control and Advanced Lane Guidance. The device also incorporates the TomTom user interface. The Uconnect 5” Radio Nav will be first rolled out with the Fiat 500L series, then extended to other Fiat Group brands and models.
Toyota Motor Europe (Toyota) will offer TomTom HD Traffic via OpenLR technology as standard in all vehicles with Toyota’s next-generation Touch&GO navigation and infotainment systems. TomTom’s traffic information will be rolled out from early 2014. TomTom will collaborate with its partner Harman to integrate TomTom HD Traffic into the next generation Touch&Go multimedia platform.
“We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Toyota and bring TomTom HD Traffic to drivers across Europe,” said Charles Cautley, TomTom managing director automotive. “Our real-time traffic information will help millions of drivers to get to their destinations faster.”
Major technology companies, such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, are beginning to battle for share of the in-vehicle navigation market, according to the Strategy Analytics report, “Automotive and Portable Navigation: Market Drivers and Forecasts 2011 -2019.” This may spell trouble for traditional tier one navigation manufacturers like Continental, Denso, Harman, as well as for Garmin and TomTom.
Manufacturers of portable navigation devices (PND) are making the right moves as the in-car navigation market is forecast to rapidly diverge into smartphone-based applications and dedicated in-car solutions, according to ABI Research. The total in-car navigation market is set to grow at a compound annual rate (CAGR) of 25.9% over the next five years, representing a strong market with plenty of opportunity, the research firm believes.
Much of this growth is in the perpetually commoditizing smartphone application market, reaching over 395 million downloads by 2016. However, there will continue to be a place for high-quality navigation services and features, particularly as car OEMS begin to support connected services, enabling applications to leverage information about the car and the driver.
TomTom has enhanced its Roadside Assistance program for portable navigation devices with the addition of a new Basic level of service. Basic service provides owners of VIA, GO LIVE and newly-launched START devices with quick and reliable dispatches of responsible and professional service providers with a simple phone call from anywhere in the U.S.
The TomTom Roadside Assistance Basic level of service bolsters TomTom’s existing Roadside Assistance services, which are supported by the Cross Country Motor Club. The Cross Country Motor Club provides TomTom customers with access to more than 1,800 customer service associates and a network of more than 30,000 towing and road service professionals around-the-clock.
TomTom and its joint venture partner AutoNavi Holdings Limited announced a seven-year agreement with Qoros Auto, a China-based automotive company, for real-time HD Traffic.
TomTom also announced that it will supply the navigation in the upcoming R-Link, Renault’s connected multimedia system.
TomTom’s HD Traffic combines information from multiple GPS probe data sources. Its Traffic fusion engine is said to produce precise delay times and indicate the exact location of congestion on the road network. HD Traffic uses industry standards TMC and OpenLR, TomTom’s open source dynamic location referencing technology.
Through the joint-venture TomTom and AutoNavi will enable their customers in automotive, wireless and enterprise markets to deliver solutions based on the most accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date traffic information.
“This agreement is an important step in enabling drivers to save time and money when finding their way to destinations on the increasingly congested Chinese roads,” said Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Head of TomTom Traffic Product Unit. “In addition to the cost savings, TomTom HD Traffic can help reduce CO2 emissions and improve driving experiences.”
Location and navigation systems provider TomTom said its automotive solutions are currently available on several models within the Fiat Group and the Toyota Group.
Within Fiat Group Automobiles, the Blue & Me TomTom has been made available as an option on the Fiat Punto EVO and Doblò, Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta, and the Fiat 500, Qubo and Iveco ECODAILY. Within the Toyota Group, TomTom solutions are available on the Toyota Yaris and the Toyota Aygo.
Fiat Group has just launched the new Punto EVO “My Life”, a special edition including the Blue&Me TomTom solution in every car. This model will be made available across Europe in the coming weeks.