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(April 29, 2003) - Do consumers want hands-free communication, real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn directions in the car? According to a recent survey, three out of five consumers are on board.* Responding to industry needs, Microsoft Corp. has released its fifth-version software platform for automotive suppliers and manufacturers, Windows Automotive 4.2. Based on Microsoft Windows CE .NET 4.2, Windows Automotive enables automakers to build devices that allow drivers and passengers to take their mobile lifestyle on the road. Consumers want to be connected, even in the car. The survey revealed that 85 percent of U.S. cell phone owners use their cell phone and 50 percent of PDA owners use their PDAs while in the car.* Windows Automotive is Microsoft's first automotive-specific platform to natively support voice- and data-enabled Bluetooth and the Microsoft .NET... (more)

Entrepreneur.com Adds Automotive Channel to Help Business Owners Make Strategic Vehicle Decisions

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Entrepreneur.com announced today its launch of a new automotive channel offering the latest news, issues and developments essential to running a major aspect of nearly every company -- vehicle management. The channel is designed to help business owners make the best choices for their automotive needs. This goal is achieved through the auto reviews and tips on everything from fleet ownership, luxury vehicle purchases, lease and financing terms, pricing, vehicle specifications and more. In line with Entrepreneur.com's mission to provide superior content, partnerships will include respected news providers and automotive experts, including U.S. News and World Report, Car and Driver, and Road & Track. "What Entrepreneur.com offers in its automotive channel is all of the information business owners must consider when making a vehicle... (more)

Linux - Concurrent Pushes into Automotive

Before we’re all reduced to shank’s mare, Concurrent is wading into the automotive industry, observing that with the amount of electronics in cars constantly on the uptick, it’s a good place for an embedded Linux-based networking system. So it’s announced FlexRay communication support for its SIMulation Workbench, which provides a complete framework to develop and execute real-time hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulations. Concurrent says FlexRay offers the networking performance needed by new enhanced automotive applications such as brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire. Automotive engineers will have a complete set of software tools that reduces test and integration time for new advanced automotive designs. FlexRay is an advanced automotive network standard for deterministic, fault-tolerant, high-speed data communication specified by th... (more)

Freescale Semiconductor Announces First Quarter 2009 Results

Freescale Semiconductor Holdings I, Ltd. today announced financial results for the first quarter ended April 3, 2009. Highlights for the first quarter include: Net sales of $840 million for the first quarter; Trailing twelve month Adjusted EBITDA of $1.03 billion; Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $1.42 billion at April 3, 2009. Net Sales Net sales for the first quarter of 2009 were $840 million, compared to $1.41 billion in the first quarter of 2008 and $940 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. "Even though our first quarter results were impacted by continued economic and market challenges, we made significant progress on our restructuring initiatives and improvements to our capital structure,” said Rich Beyer, chairman and CEO. “Our plan to reduce our annual operating costs by $600 million is on track, and we reduced our long-term debt by app... (more)

Survey: U.S. Drivers Say Texting While Driving Should be Banned; Voice Technology Seen as Safer

The vast majority of U.S. drivers believes handheld texting while driving is very dangerous and should be banned nationwide, according to a new national survey released today The survey showed that 86 percent of U.S. drivers believe handheld texting while driving is "very dangerous" and 93 percent support a nationwide ban on texting. At the same time, only 42 percent of respondents believe drivers would stop texting behind the wheel if the practice was banned. However, more than 75 percent believe there would be more compliance if hands-free or voice-activated technologies were widely available. The online survey was conducted September 18-21 by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates on behalf of the Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). Ford commissioned the survey as part of its efforts to understand driver perceptions related to distracted driving. Ford last week endorsed a ... (more)

Microsoft and Nissan Establish Strategic Relationship

Microsoft Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. on Monday announced a strategic relationship to collaborate and create a next-generation dealer management system based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Using the powerful foundation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the automotive industry expertise of Nissan, the two companies will blend dealer and customer relationship management and social collaboration tools into a solution that will help Nissan develop a stronger relationship with its customers, drive dealer sales and increase market share on a global scale. The solution will then utilize the Windows Azure platform, taking advantage of the economies of scale and flexibility offered by Microsoft's public cloud offerings. "Customer loyalty and retention are essential to the success of any business. Microsoft Dynamics CRM helps businesses better understand and build deeper relatio... (more)

PathPartner Technology will showcase its TIZEN based platform at 8th GENIVI All Member Meeting Conference

PathPartner which is an alliance member at GENIVI will showcase its innovations for GENIVI ecosystem at the conference being held on April 23-26, 2013 at Barcelona, Spain PathPartner Technology a leading provider of embedded multimedia software services and solutions announced that it will be participating in the All Member Conference of GENIVI which is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. PathPartner will showcase its GENIVI 3.0 compliant Tizen-based IVI Platform at the conference which is built on extensively used open source components and frameworks with wide industry support. Tizen - an operating system that is primarily Linux-based, gives consumers a feature-rich platform. It also provides the customer with multiple options for UI front-ends includin... (more)

Driving in the Cloud

Victor Cruz has actually touched on a few interesting points in his article “Safe Driving in the Cloud: A Black Box for Cars”. The fact is that car companies have lately shifted their focus towards increasing security for passengers and drivers altogether and that is why they came up with the idea of introducing a black box for cars. This might be a bit strange as many people have said, but the reasons to why they came to this decision are actually very solid. For instance, when an aircraft crashes, investigators will eventually be able to retrieve the data that was recorded during flight and analyze what actually went wrong. It’s a measure that has helped with designing safer airplanes and as a result, save people’s lives. Now, getting back to the black box itself, the box is not actually black. It will only be black after the investigators retrieve it from the char... (more)

Embracing Conflict to Fuel Digital Innovation | @ThingsExpo #DX #IoT #M2M #BigData

When talking to clients about their business goals, most business executives are pretty clear as to what they want to accomplish, such as reducing customer churn or reducing inventory costs or improving quality of care or improving product line profitability. But these “one dimensional” business initiatives really don’t push the organization’s innovative thinking. For example, I can easily reduce marketing costs if I significantly reduce advertising and promotional spending. Or I can easily improve product line profitability by cutting all marketing and advertising spending and laying off anyone not directly related to manufacturing and sell products. Where organizations need to get innovative is when the business initiative has more than one dimension or condition, for example: Reduce customer churn while reducing customer service costs, or Reduce inventory costs w... (more)

Creating VR Content: Make the Virtual Reality Trend Work for Your Business

The internet community is buzzing with excitement over everything VR-related. Almost every major tech event lists VR as one of the keynotes, from Facebook’s F8 to Google I/O. And there are many reasons why creating VR content is a top-of-the-agenda investment opportunity for so many companies across different industries. Being initially used for sole entertainment purposes, virtual reality has the potential of disrupting the way we communicate, learn, and work. In this article we will look into how VR is being used across different industries and provide advice on how to create engaging VR content. 1. Virtual reality: The new frontier or another buzzword? NASA defines virtual reality as, “the use of computer technology to create the effect of an interactive three-dimensional world in which the objects have a sense of spatial presence.” Simply put, VR devices allow y... (more)

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Will No Longer Participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program

TULSA, Okla., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, will no longer participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program, effective May 1, 2005. The Preferred Partner Program provides participating rental car suppliers the opportunity to prominently market their products on the Expedia travel Web site. In 2004, Expedia-generated rentals represented approximately 7 percent of DTG's total revenue. Dollar and Thrifty are continuing discussions with Expedia regarding participation on the Expedia travel Web site. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020412/DTGLOGO ) Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Driven by the mission "Value Every Time," the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and ... (more)