International telematics company Octo Telematics has expanded its operations into Canada with the launch of new usage-based insurance programs in Ontario and Quebec.
The company is well established in the US market as a provider of telematics systems and services to the auto and insurance industries, but has been looking for a new opportunity given the rising adoption of services by US auto insurers.
US MVNO Raco Wireless says it has won a contract to support German carmaker Audi with the rollout of 4G LTE services.
The news comes shortly after Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) teamed up with US telecoms giant AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) on the launch of the 2015 Audi A3 sedan, which is being promoted as the first car in the US market that will include 4G LTE connectivity.
Audi plans to launch the 2015 Audi A3 sedan this spring.
M2M company Gemalto has won a deal to provide secure connectivity services for a fleet-management solution developed by US telematics designer Morey.
Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) said its technology would provide “actionable intelligence”, allowing enterprises using the Morey (Woodridge, IL, USA) product to track assets, optimize utilization and manage inventory for mixed fleets.
Slovakian telecoms incumbent Slovak Telekom has launched a cloud-based fleet-management service in a clear sign of its interest in developing a portfolio of M2M services.
Branded Telekom Fleet, the solution allows enterprises to manage fleet activities, providing detailed information about the movement of vehicles, fuel consumption and driving behavior.
Telekom Fleet uses GPS technology to support the remote-monitoring functionality, and allows customers to view information through a web interface on computers and mobile devices.
More than 20 million connected cars will ship with built-in software-based security technology by 2020, according to a new study from ABI Research.
Although telematics safety services have typically focused on stolen vehicle tracking and diagnostics to physical protect vehicles, awareness is growing about the threat of cyber attacks and the risks these pose, especially given developments in vehicle-to-vehicle communications and autonomous vehicles.
In response, carmakers and suppliers are beginning to source security technology, says the market-research company.
Juniper Research has weighed into the M2M forecasting game with its own prediction that service revenues in the industry will reach $20 billion globally in 2015, as players focus on simplifying the process of rolling out M2M technology for end users.
However, in a new report, the market-research company says that monetization opportunities will differ significantly by vertical market.
Telematics player PeopleNet has incorporated a weight station bypass application developed by Drivewyze into its onboard devices.
The PreClear app comes with a complimentary weigh station cost-analysis too, a nationwide “Weigh Station Heads Up” notifications system and a bypass service subscription option.
PeopleNet (Minneapolis, MN, USA) said it was rolling out the app after conducting a successful beta test that included devices installed on trucks from some of the most well-recognized fleets in the US.
U.S. regulators are crafting a rule that would require all new vehicles to be able to "talk" to one another using wireless technology, which the Department of Transportation said would significantly reduce accidents on U.S. roads and alleviate traffic congestion.
A proposed rule mandating so-called vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology should be put in place before President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017, DOT officials said on Monday.
M2M player Sierra Wireless has agreed a $21 million takeover of In Motion Technology aimed at bolstering its position in the transit and commercial fleet markets.
The takeover is subject to normal regulatory sign-offs and the approval of In Motion (New Westminster, Canada) shareholders, but expected to close in early March 2014.
Sierra Wireless (Vancouver, Canada) plans to fund the purchase from its existing cash balance.
Sigfox claims to have deployed the world’s largest intelligent-parking service in Moscow in collaboration with smart-city partner Worldsensing.
The two companies teamed up in Russia in November 2013, deploying 4,000 sensors in Moscow to support the introduction of services aimed at reducing traffic in what is one of the most congested cities in the world.
They now claim to have installed a total of 11,000 sensors across the Russian capital.