Telematics Most Wanted Weekly Brief—11.26.2012

In this week’s Brief: The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Brake, Living Streets, Sustrans, the National Heart Forum, Mercedes-Benz, Garmin, Nissan, OnStar, BMW and Audi

Driver safety was the top theme on the telematics news ticker this week. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board released its 2013 Most Wanted List, an annual list of the independent federal safety agency's top advocacy priorities.

An important addition to the list this year was eliminating driver distraction, which caused multiple accidents investigated by the agency in recent years. Other board priorities include motor vehicle collision avoidance technologies, preserving the integrity of transportation infrastructure, and eliminating substance-impaired driving, the number one killer on the list.

"Transportation is safer than ever, but with 35,000 annual fatalities and hundreds of thousands of injuries, we can, and must, do better," says NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "We're releasing the list now so it is available to policymakers at the state and federal levels as well as industry groups as they craft their priorities for 2013.”

In the U.K., safety advocates organized Road Safety Week. In addition to events in schools and community gatherings, the week saw the launch of the Go 20 Campaign, which calls for more authorities to implement 20-mile-an-hour speeds limits across towns and cities and for drivers to pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops, even where the current default limit of 30mph remains.

The Go 20 Coalition includes the road safety charity Brake, as well as Living Streets, Sustrans, and the National Heart Forum.

In concert with Road Safety Week, Trimble released new enhancements to its Driver Safety solution. The latest enhancements include new report formats, an improved executive dashboard and driver scorecards, and real-time delivery of idling and speeding alerts, all increasing visibility into risky driving behaviour.

Fifty-one percent of businesses with fleets and mobile field forces consider the technology they use to manage safety on the road is in need of updating, according to Trimble research.

Mercedes-Benz announced that the next generation of the S-Class will come fully equipped with a package of ADAS features bundled under the name “Intelligent Drive.”

The S-Class suite will include steering assistance and lane detection, “cross-traffic assist," which can detect cross traffic and pedestrians and can boost the braking power applied by the driver accordingly, and “PRE-SAFE Brake,” which can detect pedestrians and initiate autonomous braking to avoid a collision at speeds up to 50 kilometers per hour.

In non-safety-related news, Garmin unveiled the CARWINGS MINI Telematics PND in the Chinese market. CARWINGS MINI combines Garmin’s navigation technology with connected services such as traffic information, friend finder, news, weather, SMS and a dedicated customer service button.

The detachable device will be available as a Nissan dealer option in China starting this month.

OnStar demoed two new apps to address the range anxiety of EV owners and the cost of public charging.

The Spark EV Waypoint tab, which will be integrated into the OnStar RemoteLink app, can quickly determine whether a driver can reach a destination on a single charge and plot a waypoint route with recommended charging stations if the route is beyond a single charge’s range.

The Park-Tap-Charge Prototype App will allow EV owners to simply tap their smartphone against a charging station, which will automatically show payment options that, once accepted, will initiate the flow of electricity.

BMW announced that it will offer DAB radio as standard across its entire range starting in January 2013. The 360-degree solution to the forthcoming digital switchover means no BMW owner of a modern vehicle will have to go without in-car entertainment when analogue radio broadcasts are discontinued.

Digital radio offers greater choice to the listener with better reception and superior sound quality. Currently 94 percent of the UK is covered by DAB signal with approximately 24 million listeners a week using the format at least once.

Lastly, Audi launched the Audi Computing Center, an always-on, energy-efficient hub that will host Audi connect services, which Audi drivers can use to call up current traffic information and access social networks on the Internet.

The new computing center also processes data for all computer users at Audi and serves all business units. The center is located in Ingolstadt, Germany.

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

For all the latest telematics trends, visit Content and Apps for Automotive USA 2012 on December 4-5 in San Diego.

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.

For exclusive telematics business analysis and insight, check out TU’s reports on In-Vehicle Smartphone Integration Report, Human Machine Interface Technologies and Smart Vehicle Technology: The Future of Insurance Telematics.


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