Vehicle maker Ford has begun an investigation into the way that robots at the International Space Station communicate with Earth in an effort to improve its own connected-car offerings.
The manufacturer says much of its research is being carried out through a three-year partnership with St Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia, whose specific purpose is to analyze space-based robotic communications systems for vehicle mesh networks.
M2M module maker Telit has won a contract to provide receivers to data communications specialist Hirschmann Solutions, a unit of Germany’s Hirschmann Car Communication.
The deal will see Telit’s (London, UK) receivers included in GPS antennas developed by Hirschmann (Neckartenzlingen, Germany) and used to support telematics applications in the transport and logistics sector.
The receiver Telit is supplying is a so-called “ultra-compact” module designed for applications in the commercial, industrial and consumer segments, including wearable and handheld devices.
M2M module maker Novatel Wireless is to begin supplying telematics products to RAC Motoring Services, the two companies have announced.
The UK motoring organization – which provides roadside assistance, insurance, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services and traffic and travel information to approximately seven million customers – aims to cater to a broader range of drivers’ needs through the deal.
Satellite operator and M2M specialist Orbcomm saw second-quarter revenues increase at a double-digit rate thanks to growing subscriber numbers and buoyed by takeover activity.
The operator’s sales rose by 13.7%, compared with the same period last year, to $18.6 million, with the acquisitions of GlobalTrak and MobileNet contributing $500,000 to overall revenues.
Nevertheless, rising costs associated with the takeovers plus investments in product development triggered a 10.4% fall in net income, to $1.67 million.
Telit has teamed up with vehicle software specialist Danlaw and Driveprofiler, a provider of usage-based insurance (UBI) solutions, to promote the adoption of embedded or self-installed devices in vehicles over the use of smartphones.
The companies say their partnership is about developing best practice, and claim they want to provide more clarity to regulatory authorities and members of the automotive insurance value chain regarding UBI.
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Network operator Sprint has struck a five-year agreement to support usage-based insurance (UBI) services and telematics solutions on behalf of Himex.
Himex (Scottsdale, AZ, USA) – which claims to offer “the fastest and most complete route in the industry to the implementation of UBI” – appears to have chosen Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) largely because of its ongoing commitment to support 2G services, in contrast with larger operators AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA).
Telematics specialist Isotrak has signed a €2.2 million connectivity deal with M2M managed service provider Wireless Logic.
Engaging in what they describe as a “three year rolling contract”, the companies are targeting at least 50,000 SIM subscriptions in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.
Demand for connected-car infotainment systems will trigger a boom in usage of MirrorLink and GENIVI systems, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The report’s authors expect the number of MirrorLink and GENIVI systems in commercial use to rise from just 10,000 at the end of 2012 to a staggering 27.9 million in North America, Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific region by the end of 2018.
The number of fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets across Russia, CIS countries and Eastern Europe will rise from 2.2 million at the end of 2012 to 6.1 million by 2017, according to new research from Berg Insight.