Dubai, 500 meters ahead Weekly Brief—12.10.2012

Dubai, 500 meters ahead Weekly Brief—12.10.2012

In this week’s Brief: Municipality of Dubai, Garmin, The European Commission, MetroMile, Google, ERTICO, Imtech Traffic & Infra, Q-Free, Siemens, Swarco, Vialis, Xerox, CE-Traffic, TeleFOT Consortium, Content and Apps 2012, and UIEvolution

Further evidence that connected maps and navigation are becoming global expectations surfaced this week when Hussain Nassir Lootah, director general of the Municipality of Dubai, called a press conference to launch “National Coordinates,” a comprehensive navigation system in Dubai.

The system works by creating a national coordinate grid on a digital map and by developing applications and fixing plates that carry location information on all the buildings in Dubai, including government organizations, hospitals, parks, commercial buildings, houses, factories, and warehouses.

The government hopes the system will make Dubai a more attractive destination for tourists, businesses, and expos, as everyone with a smart device can identify exact places down to a matter of meters and easily navigate among them. Garmin is a partner in the project, which will be fully functioning in the first half of 2013.

"The GIS Department in collaboration with Garmin will distribute a special location number and barcode to each and every place and building in the emirate to identify the desired location with a single click on any smartphone, navigator or computer," Lootah said at the press conference.

The European Commission adopted a measure to ensure that by 2015 all new models of cars and light vehicles in Europe will be outfitted with eCall. According to some estimates, eCall could speed emergency response times by 40 percent in urban areas and 50 percent in the countryside, and save up to 2500 lives a year.

Despite its new measure, the Commission did not address how it will ensure the system’s ubiquity and keep its latest rollout promise free of the same delays that have mired past measures.

In Oregon, MetroMile launched a car insurance product that charges drivers a per-mile rate for the miles they drive each month, delivering significant savings to lower mileage drivers.

Drivers will receive an aftermarket proprietary device called the Metronome that they plug into their car. The Metronome extracts driving data and transmits it in real-time, providing an accurate report of miles driven, which is used to calculate the rate, not when, where or how someone drives.

Google updated its Google Maps Android API. The updated API features vector-based maps that load quickly and enables users to easily navigate 2D and 3D views, and tilt and rotate the map with simple gestures, making it easier for developers to fully utilize Google Maps.

The updated API also includes more layers (satellite, hybrid, terrain, traffic, and indoor maps) and the ability to create markers and info windows with less code.

In Poland, CE-Traffic released the Premium RDS-TMC service, an end-to-end solution designed for personal and in-car navigation systems. Real-time traffic data comes from the system’s Floating Car Data (FCD) technology, which fuses incoming flow information with data about accidents, road works, and closed lanes.

The system also provides a Location Table that considers not only major interconnecting roads and urban streets but also lower category roads commonly used by drivers pursuing shortcuts or alternative routes.

In response to a European Commission mandate for industry and governments to develop minimum standards for Cooperative Mobility services, six major infrastructure suppliers signed a statement agreeing to work in tandem to that goal. All six suppliers are ERTICO Partners—Imtech Traffic & Infra, Q-Free, Siemens, Swarco, Vialis, and Xerox.

Their cooperation is aimed at facilitating a future in which vehicles and infrastructure regularly communicate to improve traffic management and unleash a range of applications such as vehicle-sourced data collection, green light and speed advice, and automated hazard detection.

TeleFOT Consortium presented the outcome of a four-year study that assessed the impacts of driver support functions provided by smartphones, navigators, and other in-vehicle aftermarket and nomadic devices. The extensive research material reveals that intelligent transport systems allowed drivers to find quicker and less congested routes and prevented them from speeding accidentally.

Fuel costs and driving-related stress and anxiety dropped, while the drivers’ sense of safety and comfort increased. The study was based on extensive field trials, with almost 3,000 drivers covering a combined distance of more than 10 million kilometres in eight European countries.

At the Content and Apps for Automotive USA 2012 conference, UIEvolution announced plans to join the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), a non-profit business league established to facilitate the interaction of the entities involved in the vehicle communication environment. UIEvolution intends to support the CVTA in providing thought leadership for in-vehicle connectivity.

“Joining CVTA is part of a series of steps we are taking that support the rollout of next-generation solutions for connected vehicles,” says Chris Ruff, President and CEO of UIEvolution. “As we continue to expand our portfolio of in-vehicle communication technologies, we look forward to supporting the CVTA's mission.”

For exclusive business analysis and insight about telematics applications, see Industry Insight: Telematics and Apps

For all the latest information and trends in V2X and driver safety, visit V2X for Auto Safety and Mobility Europe 2013 on February 20-21 in Frankfurt.

Coming up in 2013: Consumer Telematics Show 2013 on January 7 in Las Vegas, V2X for Auto Safety and Mobility Europe 2013 on February 19-20 in Frankfurt, Telematics for Fleet Management Europe 2013 on March 19-20 in Amsterdam, Insurance Telematics Europe 2013 on May 8-9 in London and Telematics India and South Asia 2013 on June 5-7 in India.

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