Auto electronics, sat nav

Intel Invests in the Car of the Future

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Intel Invests in the Car of the Future

Intel plans to invest in the automotive industry by launching the Intel Capital Connected Car Fund-- a $100M fund aimed at turning dreams of futuristic web-connected cars into reality.

Technologies the fund will cover over the next 4-5 years include in-vehicle infotainment systems, seamless car-mobile device connectivity, new and compelling in-vehicle applications and advanced driver assistance systems. Continue reading...

Charging Via Cigarette Lighter Socket

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Charging Via Cigarette Lighter Socket

Your customers will probably like the idea behind the Just Mobile Highway Pro-- a small cylindrical device turning the cigarette lighter socket into x2 USB charging ports.

The USB charging ports handle different outputs (1A and 2.1A), while the device comes complete with a fuse for surge protection. A green micro-LED lets one know when the Highway Pro is in operation.

It comes in two varieties-- Continue reading...

Garmin Navigates Towards CES 2012

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Garmin Navigates Towards CES 2012

Garmin announces a new set of navigation devices at CES 2012-- the nüvi 3500 series, the Smartphone Link Android app and the Approach G6 golfing GPS.

The nüvi 3500 series combines an ultra-thin form factor with a 5" glass display. Features include the Guidance 3.0 navigation engine, Digital 3D Traffic and compatibility with the Android App.

The series has 2 models-- the 3550LM (with free lifetime Continue reading...

Increasing Driver Safety Via Eye Tracking

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Increasing Driver Safety Via Eye Tracking

Tobii Technology says "eyes are the best gauge of a person's level of attention to the road" as it launches a driver drowsiness and distraction detection platform based on eye tracking technology.

The system detects eyes of all shapes, sizes and colours-- even through glasses and sunglasses, without the need for calibration. The in-car safety system receives a "constant, uninterrupted" eye tracking Continue reading...

TomTom Prays for Smoother Roads Ahead

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TomTom Prays for Smoother Roads Ahead

TomTom posts revenues reaching €314M (down from €362 in Q2 2010) in Q2 2011, with customer revenue losses reaching -23% Y-o-Y-- even if it sees growth of 34% Y-o-Y in automotive revenues.

However the company hopes the sales declines will stabilise, should customers start replacing devices with newer models.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, TomTom MD Corinne Vigreux says Q4 2011 will be "crucial" Continue reading...

Harman Supports Auto Androids

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Harman Supports Auto Androids

Harman announces support for the Android Open Accessory Protocol-- meaning users can control Android smartphone and tablet content (such as music or navigation apps) through dashboard or steering-wheel controls.

All Harman infotainment platforms will support the Android Open Accesory Protocol, extending Android email and SMS support.

The protocol-- available in devices running Android 3.1 and as Continue reading...

Ford Concept Drives on the Cloud

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Ford Concept Drives on the Cloud

The Ford Evos concept makes its debut at IFA 2011-- a hybrid 4-door 4-seat fastback concept Ford says connects to a "personal cloud" of information to ensure the best driving experience.

What does this involve? Ford says the vehicle will "learn" driver habits in order to adjust powertrain, steering, suspension and braking systems according to the driver's preferences-- overlaying all with cloud-sourced Continue reading...

Garmin to Buy Navigon?

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Garmin to Buy Navigon?

Garmin is planning to buy its Hamburg-based rival Navigon, according to a report by the Financial Times Deutschland.

The two companies could finalise the "mid-double-digit million euro" deal by June's end.

The FTD's source comments that the relatively modest price Garmin is to pay for Navigon reflects the industry's current problems.

The navigation device market is going through hard times, following Continue reading...

Quo Vadis GPS?

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Quo Vadis GPS?

With TomTom very much in the news for supplementing its income via selling road data so Dutch police could set better speed traps for motorists, we thought it is time to explore the direction of the GPS industry....

Like the mythical Icarus, one day the Portable Navigation Device (PND) industry sprouted wings and took to flying high...My most vivid recollection is on stage at an industry panel I was moderating, listening to Greg Spierkel, the CEO of Ingram Micro, explain to the audience about this exciting category of product that grew 70% in year-to-year sales... Continue reading...

Users Find their Right Nav System(s)

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Users Find their Right Nav System(s)

Both pure navigation devices and mobile devices with added navigation features will win out in the near future, GfK say following the results of its navigation devices survey (held in Germany, France and UK).

The analyst says ultimately customers will go for the device best suited for their specific needs.

Pure navigation devices (including portable and vehicle-integrated models) offer superior Continue reading...

In-Car Electronics Finally on Recover

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In-Car Electronics Finally on Recover

The W. European in-car electronics market shows signs of recovery in Q3, says Gfk Retail.

Q3 2010 car audio product demand is 5% below 2009-- up from -11% in 2010's first half. However, CD tuner and amplifier prices remain stable.

A new category of "Mechaless" devices (players with MP3 player, USB and SD-card connections but no CD drive) shows remarkable growth. This new device category now has Continue reading...

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