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Coulomb’s cloud service for electric vehicle chargers

Coulomb Technologies, creator of the ChargePoint Network, announced that it will be providing a cloud based service for electric vehicle charging station managers. The service, being launched at Plug-In 2011, will allow charging station operations granular control over measurement, management, and billing services. In addition to station management services, Coulomb will be providing driver services including 24/7 driver support, billing options and mobile phone applications that allow drivers to locate and check availability of charging stations.

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Cisco Internet of things infographic

Its the summer of infographics! This time its from Cisco and its about the Internet of Things. As the internet and data connectivity expand to more and more devices the traffic from all of the connected devices is set to explode. Cisco wants to be at the center of that explosion and made this nice graphic to demonstrate the potential opportunity.

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The emerging in-vehicle app landscape

Gigaom pro has a new report on the market for in-vehicle apps that looks at the current landscape for major market app adoption. While the app market is nascent for now the coming shift will change the way consumers and auto makers think about mobile data and consumer habits.

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Ford migrates SYNC Applink to more cars

Ford announced that it will bring the SYNC Applink feature set to more vehicles this year and is expanding its developer network as it grow the number of apps available for in-car use. The current SYNC features main center around mobile integration and hands free calling but also offer some drive assist and entertainment offerings. As the developer community grows it will be interesting to see what other types of apps are allowed and become popular.

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Google installs Coulomb electric vehicle chargers

Google has installed 71 Coulomb electric vehicle chargers at its Mountain View headquarters and has plans to install up to 250 with a goal of having 5% of its parking spaces EV charging enabled.

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AT&T and Panasonic: connected car trial

AT&T and Panasonic have teamed up to test a connected car concept to Peachtree City Georgia. The two companies will work together to test consumer and commuter based features for connected cars including in-car entertainment and emergency services.

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ECOtality’s Blink Network to partner with Sears

ECOtality has a post up today about its partnership with Sears to install Blink Pedestals (Level 2 chargers) in 10 Sears locations. The two companies are working to determine which 10 locations will be the first to get the chargers but they expect to be installed by the end of the summers.

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Reading Forrester: What the Post PC era really means

Forrester has a new report out today that maps out the post-PC era of computing. (Paid report here) Its written from a product development point of view and has some good information but leaves out one of the biggest and most interesting post-PC platforms: telematics.

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Ford to use Google Prediction API

Another Google I/O announcement: Ford will use Google’s Prediction API to improve fuel efficiency and provide a better overall driving experience. Ford has been a clear leader in the telematics space with its Sync program but now its stepping outside the bounds of its relationship with Microsoft to include some of Google’s tools in its array of smart car features.

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UTC: Gearing up for electric vehicles

UTC ( Utilities Telcom Council) has a new expensive report about the effect of a growing marketplace of electronic vehicles on the power grid. The short story is that a careful dance of planning and preparation will have to take place to be ready for a meaningful roll out of electric vehicles.

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