Is Software Finally "Eating" the Car?

June 8, 2017

In 2011, Silicon Valley luminary Marc Andreesen famously wrote that “software is eating the world,” a sentiment one would have been hard-pressed to argue against even six years ago. We may say “cloud computing” instead of simply “software” these days, but there is no denying the effects of technological transformation, as once-strong brick and mortar mainstays like Blockbuster, Borders, and the neighborhood record store have fallen like so many bowling pins to the onslaught of digital bulwarks Amazon, Netflix, Apple et al.

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Vehicle Data and the Connected Driver

March 29, 2017

Initially connecting the phone to the car has been about displaying content from phone into vehicle.  With Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android focused on extending mobile content to the car, they are missing the real value of connecting the car and smartphone:  Driver Centric Data.

With the growth of vehicle centric APIs providing greater access to the vehicle data, the number of possible solutions expands to include vehicle health, diagnostics, roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, etc. combining the best of both vehicle and the smartphone services.  By combining both open vehicle APIs with the personalization of the smartphone, connected drivers can enjoy a personalized experience with remote climate control, smart radio and dynamic media.

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Bridging the Gap – Automotive Hardware in a Software World

March 14, 2017

With the emergence of the Connected Car, ADAS, and Self-Driving Cars, OEMs are asking one important question: How do we solve the paradox of a piece of hardware that will exist for 10 years in an industry where the preferred features and technologies of our users evolve every 3 years? According to SimilarWeb, nearly 60% of web traffic is coming from mobile browsers, so the odds are that you are holding the answer in your hand right now.

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How driver behavior analytics help insurance and fleet management companies

February 24, 2017

HERE and Abalta have partnered to provide Fleet and Insurance companies a better way to accurately capture and measure driver behavior.  To read more about the how we are partnering for enhanced driver behavior, please click on this link Here 360 

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How Indoor Maps Could Influence The Connected Car Consumer Experience

April 20, 2016

It seems like everyone these days is pretty heavily focused on how to make vehicle navigation systems better for the modern-day consumer. Anyone who's used the technology before to reach a destination knows that these improvements are long overdue and quite necessary.

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How Smartphones are the Future of the Connected Car Industry

April 6, 2016


Consumers hear about vehicle connectivity on a pretty regular basis these days. While for those of us in the industry the technology is familiar, the average driver might have little to zero hands-on experience with it. This fact can breed distrust of connectivity features, or at best make people wonder what all the hype is really about.

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How OEMs Can Avoid Costly Recalls with Smartphone Technology

November 3, 2015

Consumers are welcoming connected car technology for the added entertainment value, better mapping, and other features that connected car capabilities bring to the driving experience. However, OEMs have even more to gain from connected car systems, especially in the event of a recall. With the ability to gain direct remote access to cars, OEMs can maintain systems software and fix many problems remotely, thus eliminating the cost of an expensive recall. The question today is how to provide that access, through an on-board modem or via smartphone?

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The 5 Ws Of Connected Car Data

October 1, 2015


Today’s automobiles are rolling computers with internal systems reporting on everything from fuel efficiency to tire pressure, which means the data can be shared with OEMs, car dealers, software providers, and even other drivers. This raises a question that many OEMs, auto dealers, and drivers are pondering – what data should they be sharing, when do they capture it, and how do they use it?

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The Challenges In Driving Commerce Through The Connected Car

September 24, 2015

Connected cars represent a new and highly lucrative market for everyone, not just carmakers. Drivers will now be able to make purchases from behind the wheel, buying audiobooks, music, gas, food, movie tickets, or anything else. Being able to make easy, secure transactions from your car is going to be the next step in the evolution of connected car technology, but there are going to be some hurdles to overcome first.

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