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Magellan Selected for Hertz NeverLost 6 platform

 Navigation Solutions, a Hertz Company and developer of the award-winning NeverLost in-car GPS system, and Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices and content services for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, announce the selection of Magellan as the exclusive manufacturer for the NeverLost 6 platform, Hertz’s next generation of connected services, which will be integrated into Hertz vehicles in 2014.

The NeverLost 6 platform features include:

  • ARM Cortex-A9 architecture with quad cores running at 1.0GHz
  • 5.7″, 4:3 square aspect ratio, high resolution, brightness and contrast TFT display
  • GSM and GPRS protocol stack with 3G release 4 compliant technology
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity module
  • GPS module built upon the SiRFstarIV™ architecture
  • A number of other off board components such as Keypad, LCD, camera module, Accelerometers and Gyros sensor board and etc. will connect through a flex cable


“As a long-time partner and a pioneer in the automotive navigation industry, Magellan was a logical choice for the Hertz NeverLost 6 platform,” commented Roger Stevens, president, Navigation Solutions. “Hertz prides itself on being the fastest and easiest car rental company and NeverLost is key to Hertz offering its customers flexible mobility solutions. Rental customers want useful navigation content, and popular travel services. Magellan’s SmartGPS Eco offers the right combination of relevant content and integration capabilities with the NeverLost 6 platform.”

In addition, Navigation Solutions has selected Magellan’s SmartGPS Eco for integration in Hertz vehicles in 2014. The Magellan SmartGPS Eco is the latest advancement in Magellan’s cloud based connected car services that delivers content saving drivers time and money, provide safer navigation and keep them informed with location and social content.

The Magellan SmartGPS Eco is a cloud based platform aggregating location and social content. It leverages the cloud for location intelligence, and personalization. Drivers can choose the content they want, and it is all displayed simultaneously in a standard HMI.

“Navigation Solutions is the GPS innovation leader in the rental car industry. Magellan is delighted to continue our long standing partnership with Navigation Solutions for the Hertz NeverLost program,” said Peggy Fong, president of MiTAC Digital Corporation. “We are proud to have Hertz NeverLost as a customer for the launch of our SmartGPS Eco services. The SmartGPS Eco aggregates unlimited content, which is then personalized based on driver preferences and location. Each driver gets the right content, at the right place, at the right time.”

Source: Magellan

Carmakers compete in M2M services

 Carmakers are working to outdo each other in the connected services they offer in vehicles. Connected safety systems, infotainment, and communications all have a place in today’s cars. But a new solution wants to allow car dealers to offer connected-car systems directly to customers, no matter what type of car they are buying.

Deutsche Telekom, www.telekom.com, has teamed up with telematics company Un-Blinking Technologies, www.un-blinking.com, to create a system based on the iCar platform. Designed to be vendor-independent, the M2M solution is geared toward cars in the U.S. and equips vehicles with a host of connected functions.

The solution is meant to benefit both dealers and customers. Car owners could use iCar to access vehicle data such as fuel consumption and car location. Owners view the information using a mobile app or a Web portal. One feature, called Eco-Drive, evaluates driving behavior and gives the driver feedback on how to conserve fuel.

Location data enables features like geo-fencing, which can alert owners if a car leaves a preset zone. In case of theft, tracking technology can locate the vehicle. Connected safety features include roadside assistance and notifications of maintenance work that needs to be completed.

On the dealer side of the equation, iCar provides the seller with the opportunity to offer value-added services. The system provides information such as oil change reminders that create a link between the dealer and the customer. This active relationship between the two parties can prove beneficial for dealers.

Un-Blinking Technologies provides the iCar platform, while Deutsche Telekom supplies telemetry hardware for the vehicles, SIM cards, and data connectivity. iCar is available with Android and iPhone apps, and a Web portal.

According to the companies, the Barrier Motors automotive group in Bellevue, Wash., is using the iCar technology in 1,500 cars as part of the system’s initial launch. Soon, Deutsche Telekom and Un-Blinking say they plan to introduce iCar in 300 additional dealerships in the U.S.

The iCar system gives dealers a way to provide connected services without having to lean on a manufacturer. While it seems certain connected-vehicle services are here to stay, the question of who will supply them is still open.

Source: Connected World