HomePlug Powerline Alliance announces support from global German auto manufacturers for HomePlug Technology

At its event at COMPUTEX Taipei Wednesday, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced support from Germany’s major car manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen – for its HomePlug Technology.

Toyota cars to be "friends" with driver

Reuters

Toyota Motor Corp (Japan) and cloud computing company Salesforce.com Inc (San Francisco, CA) will build a social network service that will enable owners to become "friends" with their cars and get friendly, tweet-like reminders for maintenance checks and other notices.

The deal marks the second tie-up between the world's biggest automaker and a software company in as many months. Toyota and Microsoft Corp last month announced plans to bring Internet-connected services to Toyota's cars across the world.

M2M to generate $35bn in service revenues by 2016, driven by automotive telematics and consumer electronics

Automotive applications to account for over 40% of M2M service revenues in 2016

Juniper Research

M2M (Machine to Machine) connections will be the catalyst for over $35 billion of service revenues across a diverse range of industry sectors by the end of 2016, finds a new report by Juniper Research.

Sectors identified by the report as having particular potential included: Consumer and commercial telematics; smart metering; Point of sale; Retail; Banking; Mobile health monitoring; Smart buildings and security.

Telenor Connexion expands executive team to match emerging M2M service growth in the Americas

Telenor Connexion, M2M service provider, Monday announced the expansion of its executive team in North America to meet the growing demand for M2M services in the region.

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto deploy BMW telematics for emergency call service

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto today announced that BMW automobile is embedding their Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solution in its latest car models to enable emergency call (eCall) services. Deutsche Telekom is the first network operator whose automotive MFF-SIMs solutions are built into an industrial product series.

Touchscreens drive profit at chipmakers as PC sales slow

Reuters

Rising sales of smartphones and tablets boosted profit at touchscreen chipmakers Cypress Semiconductor and Synaptics Inc even as their traditionally strong PC market continued to slow down.

Cypress Semiconductor gave a blowout forecast for the current quarter as it expects its touchscreen business to double in 2011.

ITU, ISO form joint standards initiative on intelligent transport systems

Organizations pool resources to address bottlenecks

Leading global standards organizations ITU and ISO have announced the creation of a partnership in the burgeoning field of intelligent transport systems (ITS).

Telematics fleet management applications hitting the road

Truck manufacturers are deploying more telematics technology for fleet management, as shown by announcements within the past week from Hino Trucks, Freightliner Trucks, and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group company, today announced Hino Insight, a web-based location and telematics product. Hino Insight provides GPS-based remote fleet management capabilities to fleet operations of all sizes.

Airbiquity to provide connected vehicle consumer device with OnStar

Mirror-mounted telematics device available via retail in 2011

Airbiquity, a provider of wireless connected vehicle services, last week at CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida, announced the company's selection to provide data-over-voice technology to OnStar's retail product, OnStar FMV. OnStar's mirror-mounted retail device will bring connected vehicle services to virtually any vehicle.

Telit introduces HSPA+ LGA module for industrial and consumer M2M applications

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., a specialist in machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, announced the launch of HE910, the worldwide smallest module featuring 5-band HSPA+ Tuesday at CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida,. The module is designed to be used in any 3G network worldwide without the need for regional variants. The small footprint Land-Grid-Array (LGA) form factor is suitable for compact devices, e.g. e-readers or PDAs, with data-rich applications like multimedia.

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