TomTom winning streak continues with Uber deal

Latest in series of deals including Volkswagen and renewed contract for Apple's built-in iPhone navigation app


AMSTERDAM/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Dutch navigation company TomTom announced on Thursday a multi-year contract to provide Uber with digital maps and traffic data for the software used by its drivers.

It is the latest in a series of deals for the Dutch company, which also signed agreements this year to provide maps for Volkswagen and renew a contract to supply maps for Apple's built-in iPhone navigation app.

TomTom CEO Harold Goddijn said Uber had chosen the Dutch company because the ride-hailing app company wanted to have "total control" over its own products.

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Better late than never? Samsung IT arms push into autos

Rivals are already sewing up lucrative deals with an industry that is notoriously difficult to break into


SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics and group companies are trying a belated push into the business of supplying technology to car makers, while rivals are already sewing up lucrative deals with an industry that is notoriously difficult to break into.

Data compiled by Thomson Reuters IP & Science shows the world's top smartphone maker and other Samsung Group tech affiliates are ramping up research and development for auto technology, with two-thirds of their combined 1,804 U.S. patent filings related to electric vehicles and electric components for cars coming since 2010.

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New York to try out GPS-based meters on 1,000 taxicabs

Pilot program, which will run for up to a year, will begin when commission approves design for testing


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some New York City taxicabs will switch to using GPS-based fare calculators from current metering systems under a pilot program approved on Thursday.

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to pass a measure to overhaul technology systems in 1,000 city cabs, which currently require bulky televisions and credit card readers.

"It's just streamlined technology," commission spokesman Greg Gordon said.

AT&T, Uber to test college football streaming in connected cars

Since acquiring DirecTV in July, operator has stepped up focus on video content to mobile devices


NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Friday it has partnered with Uber to roll out connected car rides in four cities for a limited time to let passengers watch college football games live from tablets in the backseat during their trips.

Since wireless company AT&T acquired satellite-TV provider DirecTV in July for $48.5 billion it has stepped up its focus on offering video content on TVs to mobile devices. With this Uber initiative, AT&T is testing the appetite for video content in connected cars.

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.

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