TomTom will be unveiling a new Sports app at the end of this month. The new app, made to support TomToms range of sports and fitness products, will add activity trends, performance stats and other data with the aim of motivating the user and allowing them to fins tune their fitness programs and track their progress.
With the wearables market still growing exponentially TomTom have a strong focus in this sector. The new app provides users with the ability to track 12 different activities including running, cycling and swimming. Motivational messages and social media sharing which allows family and friends to cheer you on will further help when the going gets tough.
TomTom Sports will be a free download in the Apple Store and Google Play Store.
CTV Montreal have reported that Quebec could face class-action lawsuits over speed camera tickets.
This follows a case in November last year when a Quebec judge threw out a driver's $1,100 (approximately £670) fine, ruling that speed camera photo evidence only amounts to "hearsay" without a witnesses to the infringement.
News: Qualcomm announces connected car reference platform
CES 2017: Qualcomm has announced a new variant of its connected car reference platform. Powered by their Gigabit class Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, the new reference platform is intended to assist manufacturers in integrating the high-speed connectivity required for future vehicles.
The Snapdragon X16 can support peak download speeds of 1 Gbps and provides 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and SiRFstarV GPS which can track GPS, GLONASS, BDU (formely Compass/BeiDou) and Galileo.
With connected cars incorporating more and more sensors as the move towards semi-autonomous and fully autonomous driving marches on, connectivity is quickly moving from a "nice to have" to a "must have". Traditionally car manufacturers have been slow to adopt new technologies so reference designs that can be easily plugged in and reduce design lead times are becoming the preferred route.
News: Ford chooses Sygic GPS app for Ford Sync 3 software
Ford has chosen Sygic's GPS navigation app as the first app to be supported by new Ford Sync 3 equipped vehicles.
When the new system launches on 2018 model range vehicles, a smartphone that is running Sygic, when connected via USB, will display the app and controls on the in-dash display giving access the touch-screen controls, steering wheel mounted buttons and voice activations features.
TomTom announced today that they are to partner with Microsoft to bring location-based services to Microsoft's Azure platform.
TomTom's services will be integrated into Azure making it easy for developers and build enterprise, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications with location awareness.
"Location is fast becoming a critical component of a broad range of applications and services. Teaming up with Microsoft will bring our technology to a much broader developer community on a platform they are already familiar with,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom CEO.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform created for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.
The delayed Galileo satellite system goes live today and starts a new era for the European Space Agency. Starting in 1999 it has taken 17 years to reach this point and the costs have soared from the initial estimates.
However, costs and delays aside, the system is operational from today (although it will not be fully operational for another 4 years once the final satellites are in place). The European system removes the reliance on the American Navstar ("GPS") system and offers various benefits. Accuracy of 1m will be available for all users as well as a unique method that allows distress calls to be placed and the location found within 10 minutes.
A number of smartphones using Snapdragon 820, 652, 650, 625, 617 and 435 chipsets will already work with Galileo after a software update. All in-car navigation in new European cars will also be able to access Galileo's positioning system.