Telematics Munich Weekly Brief—11.5.2012

Telematics Munich Weekly Brief—11.5.2012

In this week's Brief: Telematics Munich 2012, CSR, Symphony Teleca Corporation, GENIVI, Luxoft, Monotype Imaging, the MIT AgeLab, MapQuest, Yelp and Qype

Senior executives and delegates from leading OEMs, tier 1 suppliers, and telematics companies convened to discuss the latest trends in the telematics industry at Telematics Munich 2012.

The conference, running for its ninth consecutive year in Germany, probed key topics like government regulations, mobility and safety, and content and connectivity through a series of presentations and panels.

On the exhibition floor, dozens of companies demoed existing solutions and debuted new products. CSR unveiled CSR8350, an enhanced Bluetooth and audio solution for in-vehicle infotainment systems.

The solution leverages aptX audio technology, which transparently delivers audio code source material over the Bluetooth link. It also combines dual-mode wireless connectivity and wideband speech with noise and echo cancellation to improve audio quality.

“The automotive electronics space is highly competitive and has an ever-increasing appetite for new approaches, features, technologies and applications that enhance the travel experience for drivers and passengers alike,” says Lars Boeryd, CSR’s director of automotive marketing.

Symphony Teleca Corporation launched an Echo Cancellation and Noise Reduction (ECNR) solution for use in GENIVI in-vehicle-infotainment platforms. The solution leverages advanced algorithms to provide high performance, robust noise suppression, and echo cancellation with minimum complexity and footprint.

Moving forward, GENIVI interfaces will be specified to control the runtime behavior of the ECNR; for example, to trigger certain profiles like switching from handset to hands free.

Xtime released a customer connection solution, “Xtime Teleservice,” aimed at returning customers to an OEM’s network of dealers for service. The solution allows OEMs to embed a link to Xtime’s cloud-based scheduling solution into all telematics-generated emails or texts (about service, maintenance, safety, etc.).

OEMs can also place a physical button inside the vehicle that connects the customer with a call center, where call agents can schedule the service appointment directly with dealers.

Luxoft introduced the iviLink Software Development Kit (SDK) for Android and Linux, free to download at The SDK gives developers the tools to create applications that can run on a mobile device and a car’s head unit, radio, or rear seat entertainment system.

iviLink is an open source in-vehicle infotainment connectivity platform that enables seamless connectivity between mobile devices and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

Monotype Imaging, in tandem with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab, presented results of a new study that sheds light on how optimizing typeface design can reduce driver distraction.

The study suggests that focused typeface design can enhance human-machine interface ergonomics to produce user interfaces that align with European Commission specifications. Initial results show that certain type styles can reduce glance time — the time away from watching the road when driving while interacting with in-vehicle displays.

Outside of Telematics Munich 2012, MapQuest upgraded its turn-by-turn navigation app for the iPhone with a new version that takes into account current traffic situations before delivering a route. Apple has struggled with its map app for the iPhone, and MapQuest’s enhancement may make it a preferred solution.

The app is free and optimized for the increased screen size of the iPhone 5. The announcement comes on the heels of an iPhone upgrade that introduces spoken directions, another perceived weakness of the Apple Map App.             

Yelp acquired Qype, Europe's largest local reviews site. Yelp’s goal is to accelerate its international expansion, bringing more than two million reviews and 15 million unique visitors per month across 13 countries.  

“With its strong local content in key markets like Germany and the United Kingdom, we believe that Qype will help Yelp become the de facto choice for local search in those markets," says Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp co-founder and chief executive officer. "Qype's established European sales force will also bring more local business owners into the Yelp ecosystem, which in turn will bolster our mission to connect people with great local businesses all over the world."

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Yelp acquired all of Qype's shares, for approximately €18.6 million.

For exclusive business analysis and insight about automotive apps, read Telematics and the future of automotive apps.

For exclusive insurance telematics business analysis and insight, read TU’s Smart Vehicle Technology: The Future of Insurance Telematics report.


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