Europe to Top Telematics & New Value for Cellular Carriers

telematicsPyramid Research found that Europe will become the largest market in 2016, overtaking the US.

The study found Telematics is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing segments of the cellular machine-to-machine market. The total number of telematics M2M SIMs  reached 37m in 2013, representing about 4% of all passenger cars.

Pyramid estimates, M2M SIMs in passenger cars will grow to 12% by 2018, with telematics M2M SIMs contributing more than 20% of all M2M SIMs.

Verizon Wireless Offers $1M Prize for Connected Car Transport Programming & More

img_transportationVerizon is offering millions of dollars in prizes for innovators who propose the most innovative solutions to help develop and empower four core areas of Education, Healthcare, Sustainability, and Transportation. Entries for the Powerful Answers Award for 2014 will be accepted until June 30, 2014. First prize is $ 1million per category and two runners up receive $250,000 per category.

Will Alpine Make First In-Dash iPhone Audio Head Unit CarPlay System for US?

mappingCarplayAlpine electronics claims to be the first company to start selling an in-dash head unit audio system compatible with Apple’s CarPlay system for iPhone iPod and iPad that was announced earlier this year.

Many Japanese auto companies will be offering CarPlay systems and Alpine claims to be the first company to be able to offer eight aftermarket infotainment unit which is expected to cost between 500 and $700.

Global Connected Car App SAP Winners: Hermes, AI, Costs, GroupCar, Parking & Shopping

HeremeroadwarriorThe 2013 Global Connected Car Contest Winners were announced in February and are sponsored by SAP Winners are invited to Silicon Valley in August to meet with experts from SAP and General Motors to work on their ideas.

University of Texas Naveen Jindal School of Management students’ Hermes Road Warrior System  won for Hermes Road Warrior System in the other category.

Texting While Driving PSAs: Watch Out Police Ticketing in CA, DE, NY & More

distractionYouTube and government agencies are showing videos in an attempt to try to get teenagers and young adults to stop texting while driving. April is  Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

In the rap video “I’m a Textpert Rap Battle” Rhett and Link rap in funky fake cars about how cool they are because they can text and drive. Guess what happens? They crash into each other. The video has over half a million views since April 7 and links to http://www.distraction.gov/.