The automotive industry is shifting its attention away from infotainment to focus on transformative technologies that will enable the Mobility as a Service paradigm to spring to life. Third-party platforms like CarPlay and Android Auto increasingly dominate the industry as it explores the benefits of ADAS, V2X, 5G connectivity, AI, AR, driverless vehicles, electrification, and IoT. And the future starts now, with the new car and ride sharing economy already evolving to take Uberization to the next level with driverless taxis and multimodal transportation. In the shorter term, car-to-cloud vehicle sensor data crowdsourcing for traffic, parking, weather and map services and cloud-to-car Over the Air Updates for life cycle and cyber security management are critical focus areas. Commercial vehicle technology is evolving from aftermarket fleet telematics to embedded connectivity, active safety and ADAS, platooning and ultimately autonomous trucks.
With iPad sales booming, the time is right to look at the iPad location application landscape and by extension the tablet form factor in general. With both the 3G and the Wi-Fi versions offering location capabilities based on GPS + Wi-Fi + Cell-ID and Wi-Fi only (respectively), the iPad definitely is a capable location device. Additionally the presence of a digital compass and accelerometer allows for an even better location experience. However, the lack of a digital camera precludes the use of augmented reality applications. The biggest question remaining is: Which location use cases are most suited for a form factor with a positioning somewhere between a portable and a desktop device?