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Telematics and the Crystal Ball - 02/07/2013

In the last couple of weeks I received several emails from Telematics Update - the organizers of the once yearly, now monthly telematics conferences - which wanted to sell me the “Telematics Connectivity Strategies Report 2013,“ a 90 pages reports...

Map Data Ownership: a Competitive Advantage? € - 01/21/2013

A persisting rumor in the LBS industry is the “possible“ acquisition of TomTom by Apple as if the ownership of map data would represent a competitive advantage per se. In the following article we comprehensively investigate the map data business and how map data ownership did not bring a competitive advantage to TomTom and Nokia in the last five years.

ESRI Acquires Geoloqi... Geo-what? - 10/17/2012

ESRI this week announced the acquisition of Portland-based LBS start-up Geoloqi. Geoloqi is a 7 people start-up that was born in 2010 with the intent to make life easier to developers willing to add LBS features to their app. Geoloqi raised about...

Apple and Mapping? - 06/20/2012

In this article, Michael Dobson, President of TeleMapics gives his opinion about the problem faced by Apple in entering the mapping business.

NAVTEQ Customers: Is Nokia Willing to Eat your Lunch? € - 05/21/2012

Three weeks ago, digital map maker NAVTEQ, now completely integrated into Nokia’s Location and Commerce division, held its annual European customer event, “Directions 2012“. The well attended event that gathered several hundred people was...

Should Automakers Build their Own App Stores? - 05/02/2012

In the last 12 months a number of automakers have announced and sometimes already launched new in vehicle infotainment systems that feature their own, built-in app stores. It sounded great and innovative at first sight, but the more I looked at it...

Canalys Pessimistic about Future of CE Retail - 04/19/2012

On the heels of U.S. consumer electronics (CE) store Best Buy announcing the closure of 42 of its stores, market research firm Canalys predicts that many more consumer electronics retailers will follow in the footsteps of Surcouf, Best Buy Europe,...

Connectivity in the Car: Educate Customers and Focus on the Basics € - 07/29/2011

The hottest topic for the automotive infotainment industry is connectivity in the car. Recent years have seen a flurry of vehicle manufacturers releasing connected services, and it seems clear this trend will continue. However, one key...

Podcast: Reflexions on M&A in the Location Market € - 07/05/2011

In this podcast GPS Business News spoke with Marc Prioleau, founder of Prioleau Advisors, a strategic consultancy and M&A boutique focusing on the location market. In this first installment of a Location M&A Podcast Series, he shared his thoughts on...

In-Dash Apps, a New Walled Garden? € - 07/05/2011

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a conference in Berlin named “Navigation Strategies Europe”. Having over 100 industry leaders in one room, brought up some very interesting discussion on the future of In Car Navigation. Hearing the Car Industry...

Google Retreats on Street View; Microsoft, NAVTEQ Just Get Started - 04/14/2011

The last few days saw both Google confirming it will not be collecting any more pictures for its Street View service in Germany and Microsoft/NAVTEQ announcing the collection of street pictures across Europe. Google, which launched Street...

GPS Business News: Over Half a Million Impressions in January 2011 - 02/02/2011

GPS Business News reached another milestone in January 2011 with 578,533 pages viewed, 72,265 visits and 26,165 unique visitors. The website also experienced its largest peak ever during the CES trade show in Las Vegas, counting over 39,000...
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