Fiat introduces 'eco:Drive' Weekly Brief—9.5.11

Fiat introduces 'eco:Drive' Weekly Brief—9.5.11

In this week's Brief: AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Fiat, Qualcomm, MapmyIndia, TomTom, Bosch, Opel, OnStar, MiX Telematics, Basic Energy Services, INRIX, and ITIS Holdings

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

The department said the transaction would substantially lessen competition for mobile wireless telecommunications services across the United States.

The result would be higher prices, poorer quality services, fewer choices, and fewer innovative products for the millions of American consumers who rely on mobile wireless services in their everyday lives.

“The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices, and lower quality products for mobile wireless services,” says Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole.

AT&T says it is stunned by the news and plans to vigorously fight the suit in an expedited hearing in Washington, D.C.

Fiat unveiled eco:Drive, an integrated technology that connects drivers’ cars to their computers to improve fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

State-of-the-art analytic software allows eco:Drive to dissect and evaluate driving style through a stream of data. That data is transferred from cars to computers via a USB stick and Fiat's Blue&Me technology.

The eco:Drive app then analyzes acceleration, deceleration, gear changes and speed on the computer and awards a mark out of 100, according to how efficiently the driver has driven.

Consistent use of the application can help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent.

MapmyIndia and Qualcomm launched CarPad, a car navigation tablet with built-in 3G connectivity. The tablet is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S1 processor, comes with a seven-inch display and built-in GPS.

Android apps offer in-car navigation, entertainment, and connectivity to email, video, and more.

Navigation features include turn-by-turn voice guidance, augmented reality with 3D landmarks, buildings and terrain, house-level details, travel guides and nearby information and friend finders.

TomTom launched a new PND, the TomTom GO LIVE 1535M, that combines comprehensive road and traffic information with the insight of travel-related apps.

Using TomTom’s connected LIVE services, drivers can browse through travel apps from Yelp, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Twitter. With these apps, users can read restaurant reviews, find hotel availability or automatically tweet their arrival time without ever leaving the car.

Additionally, they’ll have access to updated fuel prices, weather forecasts, and Local Search.

Bosch redesigned the modular infotainment systems for Opel's Insignia, Astra and Meriva models. The new device generation combines navigation, a car radio, an audio player, and hands-free cell phone operation.

SD-card navigation provides navigation data for countries throughout Europe and offers the choice of an eco route to optimize fuel consumption. All devices in the new suite include a car radio equipped with a digital twin tuner for high-quality radio reception.

They can also play CDs or MP3 music files from CD, a USB stick, or an MP3 player.

OnStar introduced a new feature to its RemoteLink mobile app that expedites the navigation experience.

When drivers search for a destination on their smartphones, the app automatically sends that information to their vehicles, which will calculate the fastest route and provide turn-by-turn audible directions.

OnStar also announced that it has integrated Nuance voice recognition technology into its app, which is available for Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC owners with eligible 2010 or 2011 models.

MiX Telematics reached an agreement with oil and gas well site servicing company, Basic Energy Services, to assist with the company's fleet management solutions.

MiX Telematics' In-Vehicle Monitoring System will support Basic Energy's initiative to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes within its fleet, establish an electronic hours of service platform enhancing driver safety, and upgrade its GPS tracking system for more efficient vehicle routing and cost savings.

As part of the product's advanced features, the MiX Display offers in-cab visual and audible alerts that notify drivers when they are driving outside of the company defined safety standards, enabling the employee to take immediate corrective action.

INRIX completed the acquisition of ITIS Holdings, a UK-based traffic information company. The acquisition adds $27 million in revenue and 155 employees to INRIX, and extends INRIX's reach to more than 200 leading customers in 30 countries around the world.

With this acquisition, more than 150 million drivers will rely on INRIX traffic information to help them save time and money and use less fuel every day.

"The acquisition takes us one step closer to our goal of reducing the world's traffic congestion by providing better information globally," says Bryan Mistele, president and CEO of INRIX.

"As one company fueled by a talented staff and an unrivaled set of patented breakthrough technologies, we offer customers the best quality real-time, predictive and historical traffic information and services worldwide."


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