Big Auto look to tech companies to fix cars over the air

Some carmakers, including GM, BMW and Mercedes, already use OTA for entertainment systems


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As cars increasingly resemble digital devices, a group of technology firms that can send wireless software updates to cars are in hot demand by carmakers scrambling to catch up to Tesla Motors in the arena of over-the-air updates, or OTAs.

Interest in the technology, through which certain car functions can be upgraded much the same way as an iPhone, comes as Tesla is set to deliver an OTA for hands-free cruise control this month, allowing its electric Model S sedans to drive themselves on freeways.

GM to tap into connectivity, expand car sharing services - CEO

GM has moved more aggressively than most rivals to put 4G LTE data connections in its cars


DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra said the automaker plans new efforts to capitalize on the connectivity built into its cars, expanding car sharing services, offering more autonomous driving features and enabling services through smartphone apps.

"Our goal is to disrupt ourselves, and own the customer relationship beyond the car," Barra told Reuters in a recent interview ahead of a meeting with investors and analysts.

Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom to offer in-flight broadband in Europe

DT to deploy 300 dedicated high-capacity 4G base stations, with Inmarsat satellite coverage over the sea


LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Passengers on European short-haul flights are to be offered high-speed internet access using a combined satellite and air-to-ground network to be built by Britain's Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom.

The platform will cater for travellers in Europe, which includes some of the highest density air-traffic routes in the world, and provide levels of speed and coverage comparable to home broadband services, the companies said at a joint press conference.

U.S. senators ask automakers for details on cyber security

Letter recipients included BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Toyota and VW


BOSTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators have asked the world's biggest automakers for information on steps they have taken to protect cars from being hacked, as attention on vehicle security has surged following the first car recall over a cyber bug.

Democratic Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal wrote to 18 automakers on Wednesday asking about efforts taken to secure vehicles including 2015 and 2106 models. They asked automakers how they test electronic components and communications systems to ensure attackers cannot gain access to onboard networks.

AT&T And Telogis Expand Efforts To Connect Fleets Across The Globe

Complete wireless network that enables two-way, real-time data communication between the vehicle and office

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LAS VEGAS, Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* and Telogis, a SaaS-based connected vehicle technology provider, have announced a collaboration to offer solutions for companies with mobile workforces. Connecting vehicles of all sizes from small trucks to 18-wheelers and heavy equipment, the combination of AT&T's global network and Telogis' telematics, compliance, and mobile and navigation software creates full-fleet solutions for businesses around the world.

TCS Introduces Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for TCS Messaging and Location Technology

New architecture is expected to enable customers to build specific and individualized networks that address their changing needs

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. and LAS VEGAS, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., a provider of secure wireless communication technology, today announced that by year's end TCS will offer Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for all of its technology solutions for location-based services and messaging. Integrating NFV enables TCS customers, including global wireless operators and enterprises, to virtualize entire classes of network node functions into communication services that will cost-effectively run on common off-the-shelf, non-proprietary hardware platforms.

Mosaik Solutions Empowers IoT Players with New In-Building Wireless Network Performance Testing Capability

Signal Insights enables mobile operators, system integrators, venue owners and M2M players to better manage indoor cellular and Wi-Fi user experiences

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LAS VEGAS – September 9, 2015 – Mosaik Solutions, a provider of telecom business intelligence and visualization services, today announces the new Indoor Mode for Signal Insights.  Launched at Super Mobility Week 2014, Signal Insights is the premier software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that analyzes the signal and throughput quality of cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The Indoor Mode is easy to use and scalable for companies that depend on quality cellular and/or Wi-Fi indoor connectivity for their guests, employees, customers or M2M services.

German carmakers buy Nokia maps to fend off digital rivals

HERE is the leading supplier of digital maps for most of the world's top carmakers


FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) to buy Nokia's maps business, beating out high-tech rivals for location services seen as key to the future of self-driving cars.

Germany's three premium carmakers joined forces and will hold equal stakes in the business, known as HERE, clubbing together to keep the assets from falling into the hands of Internet rivals in Silicon Valley or China.

Globalstar location-tracking network vulnerable to hacking

Unlike Globalstar's satellite phone services, data from the devices is not encrypted in transit


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Location-tracking devices that communicate with a major satellite network operated by Globalstar Inc can have their transmissions intercepted or mimicked with false data, a U.S. security researcher said on Thursday.

Globalstar, of Covington, Louisiana, has sold hundreds of thousands or millions of the devices, which are widely used for tracking valuable shipments and assets.

Researcher says can hack GM's OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine

More than 3 million people have downloaded the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app


BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely.

"White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service.

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