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Hyundai’s new Blue Link app for Apple Watch

Hyundai owners can now remotely flash their car’s lights in a crowded parking lot, lock the doors and even start it from almost anywhere from their wrist using the new Blue Link app for Apple Watch. The latest Blue Link app update, which includes the companion app for Apple Watch, is available as a free download on the App Store. The Blue Link Apple Watch app works with first and next generation Blue Link equipped Hyundai models. The first generation Blue Link system rolled out on the 2012 Sonata and expanded across the line-up through 2013. Next generation Blue Link equipped models include the 2015 Genesis, Sonata and Azera. The Apple Watch app provides all Blue Link users, including first generation owners, with even more freedom of choice when interacting with their Hyundai.

Uber to acquire mapping assets of Microsoft Bing

Uber is planning to acquire mapping assests and 100 staff of Microsoft Bing. Uber will acquire assets from Microsoft Bing, including roughly 100 employees focused on the product’s image collection activities. In short, Uber is absorbing data-collection engineers from Microsoft to bolster its own mapping work.

Lithuanian government signs the eCall MoA

A memorandum on the launch of an eCall emergency system has been signed by the Lithuanian government and the country´s operators. The Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Communications, regulator RRT, and mobile operators Omnitel, Tele2 Lithuania and Bite Lithuania signed the document. Operators must now prepare their networks for calls to the emergency centre by 1 October 2017.

Mitsubishi to release integrated smartphone infotainment

Mitsubishi Motors will roll out a newly-developed integrated smartphone infotainment system in coming months. The ‘Smartphone Link Display Audio’ (SDA) system for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be available on the updated 2016 Pajero SUV later this year. SDA allows users of either smartphone type to connect to the dashboard display using a USB cable. The system is designed to allow the driver, either by using the touchscreen or by voice control, to access navigation and other apps on the smartphone,make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and listen to music. The navigation system can also access the latest map information from the smartphone, removing the need for conventional system updates.

LoJack introduces ‘The Connected Vehicle Thief’ era

As vehicle theft continues to evolve and expand beyond traditional methods, LoJack, has introduced ‘The Connected Vehicle Thief’ Era to open National Vehicle Theft Protection Month. According to a survey conducted by Gallup, 42 percent of Americans frequently or occasionally fear that their vehicle will be stolen or broken into. LoJack cautions that the nature of vehicle theft has changed and one of the vehicle owner’s adversaries is a smarter, connected and more targeted network of thieves.

Google Maps to bring new traffic info for 12 cities in India

Google Maps has updated its maps in India and will bring new traffic information for 12 cities in India — Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai, Bhopal — as well as a real time look at traffic conditions across all national highways and expressways in India. Once the Traffic layer is turned on Google Maps for mobile or desktop, you’ll be able to see routes mapped out in different colors, indicating the different speed of traffic on those roads. While green means there are no traffic delays on the road, orange indicates a medium amount of traffic and red alerts to you beware of heavier traffic congestion.

Text: Simmi Sinha
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