Showing posts with label Telematics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Telematics. Show all posts

Monday, October 3, 2016

AT&T Signs Daimler Trucks North America

Detroit Diesel Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), has selected AT&T to provide IoT connectivity for the new Detroit Connect Truck Data Center platform, which provides capabilities such as over-the-air engine programming and power train electronic firmware updates and third-party telematics applications. Microsoft will support all Detroit Connect services with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

“Our collaboration with technology leaders such as AT&T and Microsoft further enhance our ability to provide advanced connected vehicle solutions that will deliver vehicle performance insights and update capabilities to our customers,” said Matt Pfaffenbach, director, connectivity for Daimler Trucks North America. “With the enhancements to Detroit Connect, we’re able to deepen the connection between our customers and their vehicles more than ever before.”

The connectivity platform will be available with start-of-production of the new Freightliner Cascadia in January 2017.

AT&T also noted that it now offers connectivity with 19 of the top auto brands and more than 50% of the new connected cars on the road in the U.S in 2015.

http://www.att.com

Monday, August 1, 2016

Verizon to Acquire Fleetmatics for $2.4 Billion

Verizon Communications agreed to acquire Fleetmatics Group PLC (NYSE: FLTX)for $60.00 per share in cash – representing a value of approximately $2.4 billion.

Fleetmatics offers software-as-a-service (SaaS) fleet management solution that provides operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce.

As of March 31, 2016, Fleetmatics served approximately 37,000 customers and approximately 737,000 subscribed vehicles throughout Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. The company has approximately 1,200 employees and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with North American headquarters in Waltham, Mass.

"Fleetmatics is a market leader in North America -- and increasingly internationally -- and they've developed a wide-range of compelling SaaS-based products and solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses," said Andrés Irlando, CEO of Verizon Telematics. "The powerful combination of products and services, software platforms, robust customer bases, domain expertise and experience, and talented and passionate teams among Fleetmatics, the recently-acquired Telogis, and Verizon Telematics will position the combined companies to become a leading provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions globally," Irlando added.

In June, Verizon Telematics also announced the acquisition of Telogis, Inc., a global, cloud-based mobile enterprise management software company based in Aliso Viejo, Calif. That transaction closed on July 29.

Verizon Telematics, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, operates in more than 40 markets worldwide and offers comprehensive wireless, software and hardware solutions to consumers, enterprises, automakers and dealers to power connected-vehicle products around the world.

http://www.verizon.com
https://www.fleetmatics.com/

Verizon Confirms $4.8 Billion Acquisition of Yahoo


Verizon confirmed a deal to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion in cash. The deal does not include Yahoo’s cash, its shares in Alibaba Group Holdings, its shares in Yahoo Japan, Yahoo’s convertible notes, certain minority investments, and Yahoo’s non-core patents (called the Excalibur portfolio). Yahoo will remain a registered, publicly traded investment company holding these assets, and will change its name once the deal closes. Yahoo, which was founded...

Verizon to Acquire XO's Fiber Business for $1.8 Billion


Verizon Communications has agreed to acquire XO Communications’ fiber-optic network business for approximately $1.8 billion. Verizon cited several financial benefits from the transaction, including a step-up in the basis of the assets as well as operating and capital expense savings. The net present value of the operational synergies is expected to be in excess of $1.5 billion. Separately, Verizon will simultaneously lease available XO wireless





Verizon Cites Mobile Content Strategy for AOL Acquisition


Verizon announced plans to acquire AOL for $50 per share -- an estimated total value of approximately $4.4 billion -- for its digital content and advertising platforms. Verizon said the deal further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy. The agreement will also support and connect to Verizon’s IoT (Internet of Things) platforms, creating a growth platform from wireles

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Verizon Hum integrates Vehicle Telematics and Concierge Service

Verizon Telematics launched hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that enables drivers on the road to make their car smarter through a simple solution regardless of their wireless service provider.

Hum features:

  • Pinpoint Roadside Assistance for breakdowns, flat tires, overheating, dead battery or virtually anything else that might require towing or roadside assistance.
  • Incident Alert & Emergency Assistance notifies the hum emergency response center if the system detects an incident. Help will be dispatched to the vehicle’s GPS location if an accident is confirmed or if there is no response from the driver for additional support. Drivers can also initiate a call at the push of a button to speak with a trained, live agent.
  • Auto Health & Diagnostics helps predict and prevent mechanical issues before they become bigger problems by giving subscribers’ insights into their car’s health via the hum web portal and smartphone app.
  • Mechanic’s Hotline connects subscribers with ASE Certified Mechanics providing personalized, immediate and unbiased consultation related to their vehicle’s repair and maintenance issues.
  • Parking & Meter Tools help drivers find where they left their vehicle — using the hum smartphone app — while also keeping tabs on how much time is left on the meter.
  • Maintenance Reminders and Alerts can be set for oil changes, tire rotations and more. Additionally, hum will automatically alert customers to vehicle troubles and general manufacturer recalls.
  • Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance is available at the subscriber’s request – hum can provide information to authorities in order to help locate the stolen vehicle.
  • Travel & Repair Discounts include hotels, vehicle rentals, related travel expenses, and auto maintenance.

Two year subscription plans start at $14.99 per month plus taxes, fees and equipment for the first vehicle (including the hardware, valued at $120) with the option to add other vehicles for less.

http://www.verizon.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Verizon Announces Connected-vehicle Service

Verizon introduced a new connected-vehicle service available directly to consumers in the U.S.

Verizon Vehicle, expected to make its commercial debut in the second quarter of 2015 as a subscription offer, provides in vehicle services such as diagnostic information and roadside assistance. It operates through an OBD reader that can easily be self-installed in the under-dash diagnostic port, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker attached to the visor and a complementary smartphone app.

“As one of the largest communications companies in the world, we are dedicated to providing consumers with innovative technology solutions that connect people, solve challenges and inspire change. Verizon Vehicle is a unique and truly holistic aftermarket solution available to over 200 million vehicles on the road today. It affords millions of drivers the power of knowing when things aren’t working well, potentially before a breakdown occurs -- fostering a safer, smarter and more economical way to drive and maintain a vehicle,” said Goldman.

Key features:

  • GPS-directed pinpoint Roadside Assistance for breakdowns, flat tires, overheating, a dead battery -- anything that might require towing or immediate repair. Dispatches are made to the exact location of a disabled vehicle.
  • Automatic Urgent Incident Alert System places a call to the Verizon Vehicle Member Care Center in the event of a suspected accident. Help is immediately dispatched to the location if an accident is confirmed or there is no response from the driver. The time saved can potentially save lives by delivering critical emergency assistance when a person may not be able to call for help.
  • One-Button SOS Assistance immediately connects the driver to a live agent for emergency aid.
  • Auto Health System with Predictive Diagnostics translates most “Check Engine” light occurrences into real terms, including the description and severity of the matter, the probable solutions for the problem – and the appropriate cost for the repairs. The system is also designed to provide early warnings relating to some vehicle functions, even before a warning light comes on, to help keep you off the side of the road.
  • Mechanic’s Hotline is staffed with A.S.E. Certified Mechanics providing members access to immediate and unbiased information related to their vehicles, and a professional analysis of trouble they may be experiencing. 
  • Parking & Meter Tools help drivers find where they left their vehicle -- using the Verizon Vehicle smartphone app -- while also keeping track of how much time is left on the meter.
  • Maintenance Alerts inform vehicle owners when scheduled maintenance is required. No more guesswork as to when to rotate those tires or change the oil.
  • Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance guides drivers when reporting a theft and helps authorities recover the stolen vehicle.
  • Travel & Repair Savings – Verizon Vehicle members will be entitled to substantial discounts on hotels, vehicle rentals, auto maintenance, repairs and related travel expenses.

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/announcing-verizon-vehicle/

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

AT&T to Power LoJack's Telematics

AT&T will provide network connectivity to power LoJack's current and future telematics solutions for vehicle theft recovery and advanced fleet management.

"As LoJack continues to build on its current portfolio of telematics offerings and our strong history in the automotive industry, we're excited to collaborate with AT&T to deliver new connected solutions," said Randy Ortiz, President and CEO of LoJack Corporation. "In an increasingly connected world, both companies can work together to empower businesses with innovative solutions that drive operational efficiency and customer service needs, while also improving driver safety. The safety, security and protection of our customers is paramount to what we do at LoJack, and AT&T's successful Texting & Driving…It Can Wait campaign is a perfect example of why this collaboration is a natural and compelling fit."

http://www.att.com

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Toyota Picks IBM to Build Platform for Advanced In-Car Services

Toyota Motor Corporation has selected IBM to build and design a new application development platform for in-car services.  The project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.

Toyota and IBM will work together to create an onboard devices and application development environment for Toyota Open Vehicle Architecture. This single development platform will bring together an ecosystem of mobile app developers and content providers that provide content for T-Connect. Using the IBM platform, app developers and content providers will be able to better collaborate on building and designing apps for in-car services.

IBM Lotus Expeditor for Automotive is middleware that creates composite applications. It provides client integration tools to deploy and manage composite applications as part of a flexible environment.

"As the industry continues to move toward bringing fully connected vehicles to market, new requirements for leveraging innovations in technologies like mobile continue to emerge,” said Dirk Wollschläger, general manager, Global Automotive Industry, IBM. “The connected vehicle transformation will require collaboration across disciplines. We are proud to start on that path with Toyota and nurture the power of its thriving ecosystem.”

http://www.toyota.com
http://ibm.com/automotive

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tesla Signs with DOCOMO for Telematics in Japan

Telsa Motors has selected NTT DOCOMO to provide M2M connectivity and mobile communications for the Tesla Model S in Japan.

The in-car telematics include navigation using high-resolution maps, online music such as on-demand Internet radio, and communications via the vehicle's 17-inch touchscreen. Tesla anticipates first deliveries of it its Model S in Japan this summer.

Tesla selected DOCOMO after favorably evaluating its mobile network infrastructure's stable, extra-wide availability, including in downtown areas with skyscrapers and in mountainous regions, and extensive support for corporate customers.

http://www.ntt.co.jp


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

AT&T Will Add LTE-Connected Cars to Mobile Share Plans

Starting later this year, AT&T will allow customers to add selected connected cars to their existing Mobile Share Value plans for as low as an additional $10 per month. Essentially, the cost for connecting a GM car will be the same as a tablet, $10 a month when added to a Mobile Share Value plan.

OnStar will usher in a new generation of connected vehicles next month, starting with the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and followed by more than 30 other Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of the year.

http://about.att.com/newsroom/att_mobile_share_coming_to_your_connected_car.html

Monday, January 13, 2014

Qualcomm Sells Omnitracs Europe to Astrata

Qualcomm announced the sale of its Omnitracs Europe division to Astrata Group Private Limited.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Omnitracs Europe specializes in commercial vehicle telematics for the trucking industry.

"The Omnitracs Europe name is synonymous with quality and customer service at the highest level," said George M. Kappaz, Chairman and CEO of Astrata, and Chairman of CIH International Group, the private equity group that owns Astrata. "We are excited to significantly expand Astrata's presence in Europe with the acquisition of Omnitracs Europe. With highly complementary geographic presences, the combined operations will truly have a global reach and in-house access to best-in-class technologies, enhancing our product and service offerings to our customers throughout the world."

http://www.astratagroup.com/

In November 2013, Qualcomm completed the the sale of its Omnitracs subsidiary to Vista Equity Partners (Vista), a U.S.-based private equity firm, for approximately $800 million in cash.  The sale includes all of Omnitracs' operations in the United States, Canada and Latin America. The deal was first announced in August 2013.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Renault and Orange Team on 4G in Automobiles

Renault and Orange announced a partnership covering 4G technologies in automobiles. The aim is for both teams to test new uses made possible by very-high-speed mobile technology in real-life situations, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing.

http://www.orange.com/en/press/press-releases/press-releases-2013/Renault-and-Orange-join-forces-to-explore-uses-for-4G-on-future-vehicles


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sprint Expands Connected Vehicle Services

Sprint announced an expansion of its Velocity business unit, which delivers telematic services for automotive manufacturers, to cover more vehicle models.

Sprint Velocity Connect is an expanded capability that supports additional hardware on the Sprint Velocity platform, including TCUs (Telematics Control Units), OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostic) devices and embedded in-dash head units.

“With more than 14 million vehicles sold in the United States yearly, auto manufacturers are in a constant race to bring the newest, most versatile and technology-packed products to market,” said Ben Vos, vice president and general manager, Sprint Emerging Solutions. “Sprint Velocity makes it easier for automakers to win that race by offering the most advanced connected services available today, supported by unsurpassed telematics integration and consumer-focused resources that can translate into increased revenues and stronger customer loyalty.”

Sprint Velocity Connect applications for automotive manufacturers could include:


  • Fleet Management: Vehicle manufacturers could help fleet operators easily adopt value-added services provided by the manufacturer at any time after the vehicles are purchased. This includes applications that track and monitor vehicle locations, improve dispatch and routing, evaluate driving behaviors, and more efficiently manage vehicle maintenance.
  • Rental Car Features: Automakers might offer rental car companies the opportunity to learn more about the status of their cars, such as distance traveled and vehicle maintenance needs.
  • Dealership Sales: Auto manufacturers could consider using Sprint Velocity Connect to add services for its dealership network, including new ways to differentiate previously owned vehicles with connected services.


http://m2m.sprint.com/m2m-solutions/velocity

Monday, July 29, 2013

Audi Integrates LTE into S3 Sportback

Audi announced its first car with embedded LTE capability.

Starting this month, the Audi S3 Sportback may be ordered with integrated LTE. All other Audi model variants of the A3 premium compact car will be available with embedded LTE from early November.

Audi says the advantage of LTE in automobiles is better communication between the car, the driver, the environment and the Internet. LTE enables the exchange of large amounts of data via the Internet, such as music and films in HD quality. Commercial LTE networks already exist in many European countries and in the USA. In Germany, LTE is available in a few large cities, but is primarily active in many rural areas. 

To use LTE, drivers will need to provide their own SIM card with a flat rate data plan.  The SIM card is inserted in the Audi MMI navigation plus unit. The MMI navigation plus uses LTE to deliver the tailored services of Audi connect to the driver - from navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View to Audi music stream web radio and online traffic information.

The Audi S3 Sportback is equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple passengers to surf the web independently.

Audi is also making Facebook and Twitter vehicle-friendly with a text-to-speech function and a text function with prepared text modules. In addition, there are over a dozen Audi connect services, including a text-to-speech function for e-mail and a dictation function for text messages (SMS). And the range of services is expanding rapidly.

Monday, July 22, 2013

AT&T Delivers Audiovox Vehicle Diagnostics/Tracking

AT&T is partnering with Audiovox Electronics to provide a telematics and location-based service system to help consumers monitor, manage and maintain vehicle health and safety.

The system is a do-it-yourself plug-in On-Board Diagnostic (OBDII) device that will work on all post 1996 model year vehicles.  The device will use an embedded HSPA wireless modem to send telematics and location data that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

Audiovox plans to market its telematics solution through its nationwide distribution network.  Key capabilities include:

  • Vehicle maintenance alerts and reminders sent to a smartphone
  • Cell phone restriction while driving, 
  • Vehicle tracking 
  • "Lot Spot" -- feature that shows a Google map of cars location in a parking lot
  • Coaching -- helping young drivers to monitor fuel consumption
  • Vehicle lock/unlock for remote access and remote start 

"Audiovox is on the leading edge of a wave of connected products that deliver advanced services to cars that would not otherwise be connected," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility. "Combining the power of the AT&T network with Audiovox's telematics solution unlocks amazing sets of capabilities for our customers."

http://www.att.com
http://www.mycar-connection.com/

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nissan USA Picks AT&T + SiriusXM for Telematics

Nissan has selected  AT&T and Sirius XM Radio to provide mobile connectivity to support a suite of security and services for Nissan automobiles in North America.

SiriusXM's in-vehicle telematics solution will provide Nissan vehicle owners 24/7 emergency support for accidents, stolen vehicle tracking and roadside assistance by using a combination of satellite and cellular networks. The architecture will allow SiriusXM to take advantage of both one-to-many and one-to-one network connectivity.

"Your future car is going to be a smartphone with four wheels with powerful capabilities specifically built for a safe and enhanced customer experience," said Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships Organization. "By adding fast, reliable and built-in mobile internet for SiriusXM's forthcoming in-car experience, we are powering a connected experience inside Nissan automobiles for both drivers and passengers."

http://www.att.com
http://www.siriusxm.com/

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