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Industry insight: Telematics and apps

This special 'Industry insight' brings together TU’s comprehensive coverage of how the telematics industry is incorporating apps into its products and services.

Content and Apps for Automotive Europe 2014: Day One
The threat of Apple and Google making a play for control of the connected car space loomed large on the first day of Content and Apps for Automotive Europe 2014, a Telematics Update conference in Munich. Jan Stojaspal reports.

Content and Apps for Automotive Europe 2014: Day Two
Apple and Google continued to feature prominently on the second conference day as discussion turned to advancing the value of the connected car post-purchase, how to work with third-party developers, how to provide standout connected services and the future of DAB in Europe. Jan Stojaspal reports.

Bumps on the road to mHealth in the connected car

Suddenly, everyone is monitoring their heart rate and counting their steps – or so it seems. Can carmakers get in on this trend with telematics and help drivers stay safe, alert and healthy while driving? Susan Kuchinskas reports. 

State of the automotive app store, part I

In the first of a three-part series, Susan Kuchinskas looks at the evolving paradigm for delivering apps to the connected car. 

State of the automotive app store, part II

In the second of a three-part series, Susan Kuchinskas looks at the evolving paradigm for delivering apps to the connected car. 

State of the automotive app store, part III

In the third of a three-part series, Susan Kuchinskas looks at the evolving paradigm for delivering apps to the connected car. 

Is HTML5 the silver bullet for automotive app development?
Andrew Thompson and Pádraig McGarrigle report on the future of HTML5 in automotive infotainment systems and whether it will bring carmakers the diversity of apps they crave.

Content and Apps for Automotive USA 2013: Day One


On day one of Content and Apps for Automotive USA 2013, Susan Kuchinskas finds that, while app mania continues unabated in the automotive sector, business models remain murky.

Content and Apps for Automotive USA 2013: Day Two 

Susan Kuchinskas reports on day two of Content and Apps for Automotive USA 2013. 

The next step in in-vehicle infotainment: Distracting the passenger

As the private automobile becomes more connected, in-car infotainment providers have started to work in two opposite directions: limiting the ways content distracts the driver and looking to increase the distraction of the passengers. Siegfried Mortkowitz reports.

Third-party apps: Give them more to work with

As car makers ride the crest of the first wave of third-party applications and look to expand their offerings, Susan Kuchinskas takes a look at what's working – and what still needs work. 

Telematics and apps: Indentifying trends from the trendy

Frances Perraudin assesses the staying power of current telematics trends. 

Telematics and content sourcing strategies, part I

In the first of a two-part series, Siegfried Mortkowitz reports on ways to tailor in-car content to driver preferences. 

Telematics and content sourcing strategies, part II

In the second of a two-part series, Siegfried Mortkowitz reports on long-tail apps and the value of knowing the habits and preferences of end users.

SiriusXM: Ready for prime time?

Jenny Neill assesses the satellite radio broadcaster's chances of becoming the largest telematics service provider in North America.

From pay-per-drive to pay-per-click
Andrew Thompson reports on TeleNav's efforts to cash in on location-based capabilities of on-board apps with an evolution of pay-per-click.

Content & Apps for Automotive Europe: Beyond the app store

Jan Stojaspal reports on the first day of a Telematics Update conference in Munich.

Making the most of the app opportunity, part I

In the first of a two-part series, Susan Kuchinskas reports on making in-car apps pay. 

Making the most of the app opportunity, part II

In the second of a two-part series, Susan Kuchinskas reports on making in-car apps pay. 

The making of a social car, part I

In the first of a two-part series, Susan Kuchinskas looks at how making cars more social could enhance the driving experience - and make customers more loyal.

The making of a social car, part II

In the second of a two-part series, Susan Kuchinskas looks at how making cars more social could enhance the driving experience - and make customers more loyal.

TU Detroit 2013: Day One

The largest telematics conference of the year kicks off in Michigan. Andrew Tolve reports.

TU Detroit 2013: Day Two

Telematics Detroit swings into its second and final day. Andrew Tolve reports.

Telematics and redesigning the navigation experience

Jan Stojaspal investigates the next generation of in-dash navigation telematics devices

Telematics and HTML5: Taking a closer look

Susan Kuchinskas unravels the hype around the emerging HTML5 standard

Bluetooth's smart future in telematics

Susan Kuchinskas looks at the longer-term prospects for the Bluetooth 4.0 standard in automotive applications—and what OEMs should do now to get ready

What CES trends mean for telematics

Susan Kuchinskas analyzes the automotive news coming out of the US Consumer Electronics Show and what it says about telematics

Telematics and apps: New displays for new kinds of content

Dashboard displays must evolve to support new content and services. Susan Kuchinskas looks at how that evolution will drive innovation

Telematics: What’s next for apps and services, part I

In the first of a two-part series, Jan Stojaspal outlines how the in-car experience is being enhanced through increasingly sophisticated telematics

Telematics: What’s next for apps and services, part II

In the second of a two-part series, Jan Stojaspal outlines how the in-car experience is being enhanced through increasingly sophisticated telematics

Telematics and network operator business models

Wireless network operators are moving aggressively into connected car services with acquisitions, platforms and apps. Susan Kuchinskas examines the business models that make sense.

Telematics and the app ecosystem

Susan Kuchinskas looks at how OEMs and developers are trying to safely replicate the thriving mobile phone ecosystem in the car

Telematics and global app solutions

Susan Kuchinskas looks at the technical strategies that enable app developers to provide global solutions while customizing user experiences to suit cultural differences

Telematics and the future of automotive apps

Susan Kuchinskas looks at the technology needed to expand the ways people interact with their cars

Telematics: Making the most of the app opportunity, part I

In the first of a two-part series, Jan Stojaspal explores how the car industry is finally starting to take content and apps seriously

Telematics: Making the most of the app opportunity, part II

In the second of a two-part series, Jan Stojaspal explores how the telematics value chain is trying to monetize the connected car

Why smartphones are still key to telematics in-car apps

Susan Kuchinskas looks at why phone-based apps combined with embedded services will remain the dominant telematics paradigm for the next five years

Telematics and the ‘built-in’ vs. ‘brought-in’ debate

Jessica Royer Ocken explores the best telematics data delivery options: embedded onboard system or mobile phone

Telematics and the Apple-Google battle over connected cars

Susan Kuchinskas looks at what Apple’s and Google’s forays into the connected car market mean for telematics

Telematics and the hybrid approach to content delivery

Can a hybrid approach to content delivery and software updates keep pace with consumer demand? Susan Kuchinskas reports

Can telematics infotainment services be future-proofed?

Susan Kuchinskas looks at the simplest strategy for renewing automotive content after the initial system install: the USB

How apps are changing the telematics value chain

Jessica Royer Ocken investigates the ways in which downloadable and Web-based apps are revolutionizing the telematics space

Telematics and the mechanics of the app store

Susan Kuchinskas discovers that there are firms out there just waiting to develop app stores for OEMs—they just didn’t know the auto industry was interested

Apple’s App Store as a model for telematics

Can Apple’s model of revenue distribution and supplementation of premium content be adapted for telematics? Susan Kuchinskas finds out

Will ‘freemium’ work for telematics apps?

Susan Kuchinskas looks at how the Web and mobile business model for apps could work in the automotive sector

Telematics and BMW’s appetite for apps

Eckhard Steinmeier, head of BMW ConnectedDrive, talks to TU’s Jan Stojaspal about BMW’s increasing emphasis on in-car content

Q&A: Telematics meets Tweddle

Andy Tweddle, CEO of Tweddle Group, talks to Susan Kuchinskas about what it will take to keep infotainment services fresh enough to meet consumer demand

Telematics and app development: The advantages of open innovation

Rudolf Streif, director of embedded solutions for The Linux Foundation, on the benefits of open innovation for the automotive telematics industry

Telematics, apps and in-car connectivity

TU’s Ursula Sautter talks to Leo A. McCloskey, vice president of marketing at Airbiquity, about how apps can enhance the driver experience while providing new revenue opportunities

Telematics and the rise of in-car Internet radio, part I

In the first of a two-part series, Jan Stojaspal looks at ways Internet radio can enhance in-car infotainment offerings

Telematics and the rise of in-car Internet radio, part II

In the second of a two-part series, Jan Stojaspallooks at ways Internet radio can enhance in-car infotainment offerings

Livio Radio: How apps get into cars

Jake Sigal, co-founder of Livio Radio, discusses how in-car connectivity will evolve in 2012

Telematics and the cloud: 4 keys to in-car offerings

Guy Story, Audible’s chief technology officer and chief scientist, talks to TU’s Andrew Tolve about harnessing the power of the cloud in the vehicle

The great telematics face-off: Tablets vs. rear screens

Susan Kuchinskas looks at the market opportunities of brought-in devices versus installed screens for back-seat entertainment

Smartphones as an incentive for insurance telematics

Andrew Tolve explains how smartphones could help make the insurance telematics model work

Telematics, smartphones and the future of connected infotainment

Jan Stojaspal investigates how smartphones are starting to complement embedded telematics solutions

In-car telematics services: There’s an app for that

If apps are to catch on in the car, the automotive industry needs to build a thriving developer community. Susan Kuchinskas explains how

Six reasons the smartphone is key to auto telematics

Smartphones are more than an interim connectivity play. Susan Kuchinskas examines why

Telematics and mobile health: Meet your personal OnStar

Andrew Tolve reports on how telematics technology is opening up new business opportunities in the provision of mobile health services to consumers

Telematics: The demand for in-car apps

With the advent of 4G, Jeremy Slater discovers that the demand for apps is heating up on both sides of the Atlantic
 

Executive Viewpoints

Video: BMW on the relaunch of ConnectedDrive
Simon Euringer, head of ConnectedDrive, BMW, on the relaunch of ConnectedDrive, and how it marks the beginning of “a new era” for BMW’s connected services.

Viewpoint: Apps for connected cars? Your mileage may vary.

Stijn Schuermans, senior business analyst, VisionMobile, takes stock of the emerging market in automotive apps. 

Viewpoint: How to capitalize on mobile app developers' success

Brant Huddleston, principal of Danbra, on how mobile app developers successfully deliver innovative products at lightning speed, why car OEM's can't and three ways to solve the problem. 

Podcast: Blurring the line between cars and consumer electronics

Jörg Lützner, director – online services, interior division, Continental Automotive, on blurring the line between cars and consumer electronics.

Video: Managing the connected car experience without over-managing
Jon Bucci, executive vice president, Concannon Business Consulting, on the roles of ecosystem collaboration, Big Data and system logic when creating a unique connected car experience without falling victim to over-management. 

Podcast: TripAdvisor and the moving puzzle of content integration
Rory Kenny, director, mobile partnerships EMEA, TripAdvisor, on trying to solve the “moving puzzle” of content integration. 

Podcast: Of content providers and OEMs

Jean Cherbonnier, CEO and co-founder of NAVX, on how best to work with car OEMs when providing in-car content and obstacles to wider adoption of connected services. 

Video: Airbiquity on embedded telematics and brought-in devices

Keefe Leung, director of product management, Airbiquity, on integrating embedded telematics and brought-in devices. 

Podcast: Harman's Aha moment

Siegfried Schuler, Harman’s director of technical sales for connected services in Europe, on mitigating driver distraction by presenting web content as personalized, on-demand radio stations.

Q&A: Designing in-vehicle infotainment for the non-premium car owner

Emmanuel Bonbon, general manager for ADAS, telematics and multimedia, Renault, on designing in-vehicle infotainment for the non-premium car owner. 

Q&A: GM on the need for flexibility when designing app-based IVI 

Nick Pudar, director of developer ecosystems for GM’s Global Connected Consumer group, discusses GM's plans to launch an automotive app store later this, and how to engage third-party developers to help with the job.

Viewpoint: Who pays for in-car apps?

Timo Salminen, head of automotive, Ixonos, on why OEMs and content providers will need to pay for in-car apps, and how they can mitigate the cost.

Q&A: Telematics, infotainment and the future of the smartphone

Lars Boeryd, director, automotive marketing at CSR Technology Inc., on the impact of the smartphone on telematics and infotainment

Q&A: Telematics, apps and making connectivity cool

John Waraniak, vice president of vehicle technology for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), talks to TU’s Susan Kuchinskas about why OEMs need to focus on context as well as content

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