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GPS Unit Leverages Cloud Technology

As smartphones and connected cars become more ubiquitous, companies in the PND (personal navigation device) market must find new ways to make their products as versatile and essential to everyday life as possible. Increasingly, this means adding all sorts of connected services and capabilities, turning GPS navigation devices into a hybrid between smartphones and in-dash infotainment systems.

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Trucking Avoids Detention with M2M

Anyone who’s gone through grade school probably has a negative gut reaction to the word “detention.” In the trucking industry, “detention time” may not mean staying after school or copying lines for the teacher, but it has an equally negative association. Detention time causes inefficiencies in the form of employee down time, which can negatively impact a company’s bottomline, as well as potential loss of revenue for drivers.

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Freescale Adds to List of RF Products

On the heels of their most recent product entry into mobile radio applications, Freescale Semiconductor, www.freescale.com, a leader in RF (radio frequency) technology, has now added a new 6W device to its Airfast RF family, which allows the company to meet power level requirements from 5W to 75W.

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It’s Not Pay-Per-View, It’s Pay-Per-Mile

MetroMile, www.metromile.com, a usage-based insurer, has launched a pay-per-mile auto insurance model and is providing its platform to consumers in Illinois. Combining hardware, software, and a cloud-based infrastructure, MetroMile enables users to obtain driving data and insights on their driving habits right from their vehicles.

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Fleet Management Gets Boost from Major Integration

A major integration between two prominent technology companies will provide fleet management customers with tremendous operational benefits.

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Connecting Your Car and Home

It might not be too far off before your home and your car talk to each other or at the very least they become more integrated. We are just beginning to see the next iteration of this from tech companies Zubie, www.zubie.co, and iControl Networks, www.icontrol.com, which recently announced a very unique partnership that involves their connected car and connected home solutions.

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Heavy-Lifting in the Hands of Telogis

Available in more than 100 countries, Telogis, www.telogis.com, the platform for business-based intelligence, is introducing Telogis for Heavy Equipment. This extension is cloud-based, enabling users to monitor the location and status of equipment while providing data to users to aid in informed-decision making. Telogis’ newest product uses geofences in which alerts may be sent to the user in case a piece of equipment leaves a location, reducing the risk of theft and abuse.

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Sprint into DriveSync

Sprint, www.sprint.com, announced that IMS UBI Intelligence will be provided by Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, through the Integrated Insurance Solution portfolio, specifically for auto insurance customers. Intellimec specializes in car technology, enabling drivers to be safer and smarter and now with its connection to Sprint and UBI, insurance carriers will benefit.

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Connected Car Roundup from MWC 2014

At Connected World, we can’t get enough connected-car news. Out of MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2014 in Barcelona last week, many interesting announcements were made that will inevitably further the market. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Standards Move Telematics Forward

It’s no surprise that in recent years, progress has been made in moving telematics forward. OEMs (original-equipment manufacturers) have been working with aftermarket suppliers to put technology into equipment, and now industry bodies have joined forces to develop standards for data exchange.

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GPS Unit Leverages Cloud Technology

Trucking Avoids Detention with M2M

Freescale Adds to List of RF Products



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