Navizon's "Worldwide Micropositioning" Weekly Brief—11.7.11

Navizon's "Worldwide Micropositioning" Weekly Brief—11.7.11

In this week's Brief: Ford, Navizon, Shanghai OnStar, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Hughes Telematics, Volkswagen, Delphi Automotive, TeleNav, Telmap, INRIX, Garmin and TomTom

Ford unveiled a “Lane Keeping System” designed to help drivers stay in control behind the wheel.

The system uses a small forward-facing camera mounted on the windshield behind the rearview mirror, and is able to identify lane markings on both sides of the vehicle.

When the vehicle is on the move, the camera looks at the road ahead and predicts where the vehicle should be positioned relative to the lane markings.

Ford also added a feature to its MyKey technology called “Do Not Disturb,” which allows parents to block incoming phone calls or text messages from their teen’s Bluetooth-paired mobile phones, diverting calls into voicemail and saving text messages on the device for later viewing.

Drivers can still make voice-activated outgoing phone calls, and the SYNC 911 Assist feature can make a call in case of emergency.

Both features will debut on the 2012 Ford Explorer.

“Our dealers tell us that when they have a buyer with kids in the house and they mention the MyKey feature, every single one of them says, ‘How do I turn that on?’” says Andy Sarkisian, Ford Safety Planning and Strategy manager.

Navizon, a leading supplier of geolocation technology, released the Navizon Internal Triangulation System (I.T.S.), which enables room-level internal spot identification.

At this level of granularity, people can pinpoint exact locations in a building, and businesses can track assets down to the room.

The combination of the triangulation system with Navizon’s GPS solution allows for what Navizon calls “Worldwide Micropositioning”—that is, the ability for exact and easy-to-read geolocation wherever someone is on the planet, outside or inside.

Shanghai OnStar joined forces with Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell to develop telematics services based on the fourth-generation digital communication network in China.

The R&D process has entered the application testing stage.

Services being tested include comprehensive web access, in-vehicle videoconferencing, which allows drivers to connect to a videoconferencing system at the press of a button, and remote video monitoring, which provides firsthand visual information for security and rescue personnel in the case of a crash or carjacking.

Hughes Telematics signed an agreement with Volkswagen Group of America to deliver VW connected vehicle services beginning in 2013.

Hughes Telematics and VW will bring to market a comprehensive suite of connected services for safety and security, convenience, and diagnostics.

Hughes’ versatile architecture will provide the support for VW’s Connected Services portfolio with state-of-the art customer service systems and emergency support personnel.

Delphi Automotive selected TeleNav to provide its TeleNav Auto platform for the navigation component of a new connected infotainment system available worldwide.

The TeleNav Auto platform will be used to calculate turn-by-turn directions that incorporate real-time information from SiriusXM such as traffic and weather.

Navigation with integrated connected features will be accessible through voice commands and a full-color LCD touch-screen. The system's introduction is planned for 2012 in North America with a leading global automaker.

Telmap announced plans to use INRIX’s real-time, historical and predictive traffic information in its Mobile Location Companion service worldwide.

Telmap believes that integrating INRIX will enhance its product and increase usage by Telmap users, due to better routing, reduced travel time, and more accurate estimated time of arrival.

INRIX traffic information will be integrated into Telmap’s Mobile Location Companion by the end of the year.

Garmin announced its third quarter results. Total revenue came in at $667 million, down four percent from 3Q 2010.

The company posted growth in its outdoor, fitness, aviation, and marine segments, but revenue from its automotive/mobile segment offset that with a 13 percent decrease.

Sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa grew by 19 percent, while sales in the Americas and Asia Pacific dropped 15 and 10 percent respectively.

TomTom plans to roll out its PND “GO LIVE 1005 WORLD” in four more countries, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and United Kingdom.

The device, which features driver-friendly versions of Twitter, Expedia and TripAdvisor, and a map of the world, delivered successful launches with travel specific apps in the USA and Germany.

The device comes standard with pre-installed maps of Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and Southern Africa, so drivers can go wherever they want immediately.

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