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In announcing last week the names of 25 car makers who joined its Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) Google marked a milestone in the auto industry. This is clearly a huge, strategic mistake for these automotive companies who are hindering long term value for short term benefit.
Today many commentators are understanding Android Auto as a direct answer to Apple’s CarPlay. Surely it is, but this is anecdotical compared to the big picture. Here is why.
Confirming earlier rumors (read here), Google announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Skybox Imaging for “$500 million in cash, subject to adjustments.“ “Skybox’s satellites will help keep Google Maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team...
IDC published this week their quarterly mobile phone tracker that gives estimates about the current sales and forecasts into 2018. Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of 1.2 billion units in 2014, marking a 23.1% increase from the 1.0 billion units shipped in 2013. From there, total...
Google is not a newbie in self-driving car technology, but yesterday the Mountain View company went a step further in introducing its first home-designed driverless car. The car will seat two people, propulsion will be electric, and at the start it will be limited to 25mph (40km/h) to help ensure...
Google has released yesterday a new version of Google Maps for iOS and Android. Now the turn-by-turn GPS navigation mode gives lane guidance and quick access to route overview. In navigation mode the software now simultaneously display travel time, distance, and estimated arrival. Let’s be honest,...
John Hanke is a well-known veteran of Google, for those who follow Google's geo products. Indeed Hanke sold his start-up Keyhole to the Mountain View-based company in 2004. Keyhole became the founding stone of Google Earth and Hanke ended up vice president of product management responsible of the...
This week at the Geneva Motor Show Apple unveiled CarPlay, its technology to emulate iPhone apps on a car screen. This announcement has been seen by many as an answer to Google that announced at the CES show in January its Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), “committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014.“
But understanding these announcements as a frontal competition between Apple and Google in the automotive industry is a misunderstanding of the long term goals of the two American companies. Here is why.
According to several Waze beta testers, an email received from the company on Sunday indicates that there will be changes to the application in France regarding the reporting and display of speed cameras: “French enforcement changes: - This mode is enabled only in France - When approaching an area...
Google and Audi have been working together for years to bring new features to drivers. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the car maker and the web giant might announce a new chapter in their collaboration next week at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. Based on information sourced by the...
Coyote CEO Didier Quillot yesterday talked with GPS Business News about his growing frustration to see Waze, the mobile applications company acquired by Google six months ago not complying with a two years old French law banning speedcam warning systems. GPS Business News: What is the problem with...
According to ComScore Apple Maps has reached 25.6 percent smartphone app audience (38 million users) in the United States in September 2013 while Google Maps is down to 43 percent - 63.6 million users (across iOS and Android platforms) in the third quarter 2013. Comparatively, in the three months...
A University of Michigan study, commissioned by TomTom and published on Monday, has benchmarked real-time traffic systems from TomTom, Google, INRIX and Nokia HERE (on a Garmin device). The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) undertook a ‘jam hunt analysis’, using six...
Last week Nokia HERE - i.e. NAVTEQ - announced “the launch of a community mapping pilot programm in India, the first major country where HERE will combine its industrial data collection methods with a crowd mapping initiative.“ The company said they will work directly with “handpicked local experts...
HERE, the LBS business of Nokia has licensed its indoor maps to Qualcomm in order for the chipset maker to improve the accuracy of their IZat indoor location engine. Qualcomm said that it will help them “deliver more precise positioning - within 3-5 meters - to mobile devices inside buildings.“ Map...
Almost half of all smartphones sold in Europe are a Samsung according to sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ended May 2013. As a result Android market share in EU 5 (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) is up from 61.3% a year ago to 70.4%, against 17.8% for...
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