Volvo's first self-driving cars in UK will be 'unmarked'


It’s no big secret that UK drivers are wary of self-driving cars, with recent studies and research proving a general skepticism for the tech.

Over half would prefer to drive a flying car than a driverless one on the ground (who wouldn’t?) and a similar amount said they’d be uncomfortable

By Rachael Power, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps.

CalAmp launches new app for connected cars


CalAmp, a California-based wireless products, services and solutions provider, has launched its new mobile application, SureDrive by LoJack, that offers new connected car services for consumers. The app includes advanced security and safety technologies for vehicle owners.

The app utilises the company's telematics cloud service to integrate the vehicle with the connected life of the consumer. This app, when integrated with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, helps consumers protect...

By Connected CarTech, 08 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps.

Hyundai expands free rollout of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in US


Hyundai is expanding the use of smartphone integrations across the 2017 model year range in the US, with the software update compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto now available for free through

The 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are now being built with both CarPlay and Android Auto support and will arrive at dealerships soon. All other 2017 model Hyundai vehicles with eligible Display Audio or Navigation systems include both smartphone integration solutions from...

By Connected CarTech, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apps, CarPlay, Devices.

Connected car infotainment and telematics to comprise 98% of M2M data traffic by 2021


A new study from Juniper Research titled “M2M: Strategies & Opportunities for MNOs, Service Providers & OEMs 2016-2021” has revealed that data intensive applications such as internet radio, music streaming applications and information services will generate approximately 6,000 petabytes per annum by 2021. The figure corresponds to over 300 billion hours of music streaming.

Research author Sam Barker said: “The wider M2M market offers a reprieve from declining...

By Connected CarTech, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Contextual data, Data & Analytics, Infotainment.

New research argues the connected car opportunity is worth $14bn


A report from Publisher Research argues that connected car services will generate $14 billion in annual revenue by the end of 2016.

The forecast is inspired by a variety of applications, including but not limited to infotainment, navigation, fleet management, remote diagnostics, automatic crash notification, enhanced safety, UBI (usage based insurance), traffic management and semi-autonomous driving. The market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 31% between 2016 and 2020.


By Connected CarTech, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Ecosystems, Infotainment.

How a dealership’s customer loyalty can be improved using connected car technology


Most of us take part in customer loyalty programs of airlines, large retail chains and hotels, but very few use car dealerships’ loyalty programs.  Clients of car dealerships often benefit from such programs even without knowing it, and the programs themselves do not always offer sufficient incentives for clients to return and order services.

Telematics should change this situation by making loyalty programs work for both dealerships and clients and offering discounts to those...

By Robert Schuessler, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Data & Analytics, Telematics .

RealVNC partners with Hughes Systique for MirrorLink applications


Architecture and software engineering services provider Hughes Systique (HSC) is collaborating with virtual network computing (VNC) technology provider RealVNC for a set of MirrorLink and VNC enhanced-based products and applications.

RealVNC advocates open standards, and has published the VNC protocol, which is a core component of the MirrorLink standard, over 10 years ago.  The company is technology agnostic and readily embrace complementary standards such as Apple CarPlay and...

By Connected CarTech, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mirrorlink.

SmartDeviceLink creates new portal for developers of in car apps


A new developer programme has been created by SmartDeviceLink, which aims to make it easier for developers to access the information they need to build new apps and services for the connected car.

Created by Ford, the smartphone app interface SmartDeviceLink is the open source software on which the Ford AppLink platform is built. It enables consumers an easier way to access their favourite smartphone apps via voice command or touch screen interface.

As part of Ford Sync AppLink is...

By Liz Morrell, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps.

Comtech announces two Fortune 100 client wins to improve connected car experience


Comtech Telecommunications has announced the arrival of two major Fortune 100 customers to provide location, navigation and messaging to boost the connected car experience.

One of the customers is set to use Comtech’s navigation point-to-point routing and geocoding services. The platform centred on location functions with or without an Internet connection and combines real-time traffic to provide efficient routing. The other customer will use Comtech’s Family Locator to...

By Connected CarTech, 04 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Navigation.