VOXX Electronics has partnered with AT&T to improve upon the Car Connection Elite OBD II, named Car Connection 2.0.
VOXX Electronics announced that the updated CarLink wireless service is available for purchase. The new services feature the latest vehicle safety standards alongside Remote Start and Savings services with the plug-and-play OBD II device.
In a report today about Apple firing Maps manager Richard Williamson over the poor launch of its Maps app, it was also noted that it was looking for ways to improve its point-of-interest data. Specifically, it is looking to 'outside mapping experts' and mapping company TomTom NV to help it refine that data.
Apple's POI data in Maps is one of the major complaints that users have had with the service. The data was provided largely by Apple partner Yelp, and has displayed many inaccuracies that have led to improper directions being given
Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony and Qualcomm have formed the In-Location Alliance, which will work to improve the accuracy of indoor positioning, the companies said on Thursday.
Indoor positioning is the next frontier of mobile services. Finding out where you are in a mall or a sports arena using a smartphone is difficult today because GPS coverage usually isn't available. Besides improving navigation accuracy in those kinds locations, the In-Location Alliance will also prioritize low power consumption and making the technology both easy to implement and use, according to a joint statement.
As more consumers around the world upgrade to smartphones, the adoption of indoor positioning systems will soon provide users granular navigation data more effectively than GPS.
As announced by Broadcom recently, the company has released a new chip designed for smartphones that may advance the adoption of indoor positioning technology more rapidly. The new chip can use data that's being recorded by a smartphone's accelerometer, gyroscope, compass or altimeter and incorporate that information into indoor positioning applications. Assuming the smartphone registers a starting point through GPS, the chip would be able to record
Indoor location positioning looks poised to be the next hot mobile service with its ability to enable smarter mobile offers and more accurate local searches. Google has an early lead but an analysis of patent filings points to a number of technology companies fighting for supremacy in this emerging space.
It has always been difficult to accurately track a person's location indoors. Since GPS is a satellite-based system, devices require a "line of sight" to satellites to operate. GPS generally does not function indoors and is particularly weak in large, enclosed spaces like malls,