Aupeo App Gets European Certification for MirrorLink

Aupeo, the provider of streaming audio for the automotive market (a subsidiary of Panasonic), announced this week the certification of the “Personal Radio by AUPEO!“ application for MirrorLink by the Car Connectivity Consortium.

Aupeo users can now seamlessly connect their Android application with their MirrorLink-enabled in-car infotainment system to listen to their personalized audio streams and on-demand content.

According to Strategy Analytics (Q3/2015), the MirrorLink technology is currently available in 5.5 million cars worldwide and this number is expected to grow to more than 12 million cars by 2017.

In the third quarter of 2015 Aupeo achieved the MirrorLink certification for the European market. The finalization of the worldwide certification process is expected in a few more months due to the different security standards for the North American market, the company said.

German Antitrust Authority Approves HERE Acquisition by German Carmakers

The German antitrust authority has completed its review of the acquisition of digital map maker HERE by the consortium of auto manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Audi and authorized the transaction.

The audit of the “Bundeskartellamt“ concluded that on the buying side car makers outside of the consortium are not denied access to map data. On the supply side the antitrust authority is not considering TomTom is denied access to car manufacturers.

With TPEG & DAB Garmin’s Traffic Granularity Goes Beyond TMC Tables

At the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, Garmin was demonstrating an updated version of its real-time traffic service.

The new service – to be available to their DAB (Digital Radio) connected PNDs – is coming via a new map release distributed this month.

GPS Business News gathered the details in a podcast interview with Olaf Meng, European senior product manager for real-time traffic.

Listen to (or download) the podcast below:

Frankfurt: TomTom Announced New Deals & €250M in Bookings

At the Frankfurt Motor Show TomTom announced deals with Alfa Romeo, Lancia, SsangYong Motors, a partnership with Tech Mahindra and €250 million in bookings signed up since the beginning of the year.

“Bookings for this year so far exceeded €250 million, which, together with earlier secured orders, will support growth in our Automotive business from 2016 onwards. This level of order intake is substantially higher than in previous years, and is a good indication that our strategy in automotive is taking hold. This is an exciting time for the industry and we will continue to innovate to play a significant role in shaping the future of the automotive industry,” stated Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia launched at the show will offer TomTom navigation and maps through the two Connect NAV systems with 6,5” and 8,4” screens, developed together with Magneti Marelli.

In addition, the new Lancia Ypsilon will offer Uconnect LIVE embedded infotainment system with TomTom navigation, including five years TomTom Traffic as well as speedcam notifications, local search and weather data.

TomTom also announced the extension of its cooperation with South Korea’s SsangYong Motors. TomTom’s maps and navigation software, already offered for the Tivoli model, will also be included on the new Korando model throughout Europe from September 2015. The system has traffic information (via RDS-TMC), but not from TomTom.

Pedestrian Detection App

Furthermore, TomTom is showcasing a pedestrian detection app for professional drivers in partnership with Tech Mahindra. The collaboration with Tech Mahindra includes a full line-up of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) services.

The Pedestrian Detection solution is enabled by the TomTom BRIDGE, a professional PND that connects business applications with TomTom technology. The built-in camera on the TomTom BRIDGE, as well as an external camera, can be used to provide the required video data for analysis and accident prevention. When driving in urban areas, the driver is alerted of the presence of pedestrians via visual and audio warnings on the Pedestrian Detection app.

HERE Maps to Power 91% Car Models Launched in Frankfurt

While the automotive industry is preparing to launch a plethora of new car models next week in Frankfurt HERE is making the count of the car models where its map will be featured.

The company, that will be formally acquired by a German car consortium in a matter of weeks, is claiming to have their maps in “49 of the 54 new car models (with the exception of concept cars) being presented by more than 25 marques at the show.“

“HERE has multi-year agreements with more than 25 of the world’s leading automotive companies for the supply of maps and location services. With more than ten of these companies, HERE is also partnering on automated driving projects in which the next generation HERE HD Live Map – consisting of highly precise map data and live road activity information — is playing an integral role,“ the company added.

HERE licensed maps and related software and content to more than 7 million vehicles in the first half of 2015.

Garmin’s NAVIGON App to Offer Street Parking Information in 6 German Cities

Last week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany Garmin announced that its mobile navigation app NAVIGON will be offering information about on street parking availabilities in six German cities.

Through a software update to be available early October on iPhone and Android (on the following apps: NAVIGON EU, NAVIGON DACH, NAVIGON EU10 und NAVIGON select Telekom Edition) the app will indicate with green, orange and red colors the likely availability of parking spots in the city center of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart and Bonn.

The service has been developed using floating car data in partnership with parking information supplier Parkopedia.

For more details watch below our video interview with Martin Treiblmayr, product manager content and services in charge of “street parking.“

At IFA Samsung Bets on MirrorLink with “Car Mode for Galaxy“

While Google is pushing hard Android Auto towards car manufacturers, its Android licensee Samsung is playing its own game to differentiate from the search giant.

At the IFA trade show in Berlin the device manufacturer demonstrated Car Mode for Galaxy, its own smartphone interface dedicated to the driver. Like Android Auto or CarPlay it provides with large button the key services that can be used safely by a driver: essentially maps, music, phone calls.

Car Mode for Galaxy works with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones in any car supporting the MirrorLink standard, or as a standalone app in cars without MirrorLink.

Samsung also partnered with Volkswagen to make a dedicated Car Mode app – called Car-Net E-Remote – for the vehicles of the German brand.

This interesting announcement might be the beginning of an alliance between car makers and Samsung to balance the expected weight of Android Auto in the marketplace.

Sygic Reaches 100 Mio Downloads of Navigation App

Mobile navigation software vendor Sygic has announced today to have reached 100 million downloads of their navigation apps.

Sygic has a freemium business model where the application is free to download, but turn-by-turn voice guidances, 3D views, Dashcam, etc. are coming as in-app purchases.

Last year around the same period (read here) the company had 55 million downloads. At that time, in an interview with GPS Business News Sygic CEO Michal Stencl was already planning to reach 100 million mid 2015.

Data from App Store monitoring platform Priori Data shows that the acquisition of the Be-On-Road app last year has significantly helped Sygic to reach this 100 million goal.

To celebrate this success Sygic is offering two weeks free connected services to its users, another opportunity for the company to let its users test and buy the additional services.

Volkswagen Announces 2016 U.S. Line up with CarPlay, Android Auto & MirrorLink

Volkswagen of America announced yesterday the introduction of its all-new MIB II infotainment system with car-Net connected services, available later this year on most model year 2016 Volkswagen products.

The VW Car-Net connected vehicle services are divided into three key areas, "Security & Service" includes connected car services and telematics, "Guide & Inform" for navigation and infotainment, and "App-Connect" providing smartphone integration through three interfaces: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

For 2016, four head units will be available, depending on the trim level of the vehicle.

Entry-level VW models will feature a Composition Color touchscreen radio with a 5.0-inch resistive 400 x 240 color display and AUX-in, SD card slots, and a USB multimedia interface with Apple iPhone and iPod compatibility, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth technology.

The Composition Media unit incorporates the features from the Composition Color unit, and adds an 800×480 capacitive color touch display with proximity sensor, with either a 6.5-inch screen for the Golf family or a 6.3-inch screen for all other Volkswagen models. The head unit features CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink, as well as SiriusXM Radio and HD Radio.

Higher trim levels feature the Discover Media unit, which offers the features available in the previous two units and adds 2.5D Navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, additional electric vehicle functions, predicts possible destinations based on often used routes, and Destination Entry with Quick Search and Auto-complete, and Car-Net Guide & Inform.

For 2016, the e-Golf SEL Premium model will receive the Discover Pro unit which adds an 8.0-inch color capacitive touch display, one-shot Point-Of-Interest (POI) entry, 3D SSD navigation, wireless connectivity, and a simplified route editing features for the navigation which allows the user to drag and drop waypoints directly on the display.

Car-Net

Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with VW Car-Net will receive a no-charge trial for six months after purchase. To extend the benefits of this connectivity system, customers can choose from a number of VW Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99.

Car-Net offers a number of features:

– Automatic Crash Notification

– Roadside Assistance

– Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance

– Remote door lock and unlock

– Remote honk and flash

– Last parked location information

– Family Guardian (speed alert and geofencing)

– Remote Fuel & gaz level consultation

– Diagnostics and maintenance information and dealer visit scheduling

e-Golf drivers can access the vehicle’s climate control system remotely in order to pre-heat or pre-cool the vehicle before they return. In addition, electric vehicle drivers will be able to set up remote charging times right through the mobile app or Customer Web Portal. Driving data is also available, allowing customers to see information including range, state-of-charge, vehicle status, and maintenance information.

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