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Toyota Japan Exposed Millions of Drivers' Data, Including Location, for 10 Years
More than 2 million customers had location data exposed...
Toyota Japan has admitted to exposing millions of drivers’ vehicle information, including location, on the internet for more than 10 years. The carmaker plans to notify more than 2 million customers whose personal and car information was exposed.
The company said that the exposed data includes location of vehicles, email addresses, GPS navigation terminal numbers and other information. The company said that data exposed was initially found out in November 2013, but only in Japan.
“Starting today, we will individually send an apology and notification to the registered e-mail address for customers whose in-vehicle terminal ID, chassis number, vehicle location information, and time may have been leaked. In addition, we will set up a dedicated call center to answer questions and concerns from customers,” the company said in a statement.
Toyota Japan those affected were customers who subscribed to its T-Connect, G-Link (including Lexus car owners), Lite/G-BOOK products from Jan. 2, 2012 to April 17, 2023. The company also said that customers were also compromised when “video taken outside the vehicle with a drive recorder collected from corporate services provided by our company.” That breach took place for more than six years.
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Prioleau Named Overture Maps Foundation Executive Director
The Overture Maps Foundation named industry veteran Marc Prioleau as its first executive director. OMF, founded in December by Amazon Web Services AAPL 0.00%↑, Meta META 0.00%↑, Microsoft MSFT 0.00%↑ and TomTom [TOM2], aims to create reliable and interoperable open map data as a shared asset.
Prioleau, who said Overture’s target market is the organizations that use that map data to build mapping and location services, was quick to address his initial priorities for OMF.
“It seems obvious, but it is true that map data can and should be open and available for everyone to use. It should be a shared spatial framework that supports not just unique applications but interoperable applications,” he said. “That becomes more relevant in a post mobile world where the ‘map’ is baked in to the application. Think about AR experiences. The map elements are essentially placed in the world around us and we are not looking at a map... we are in the map. For that to happen map data needs to be common and shared.”
Prioleau has been in the mapping/location industry since 1995, starting at Trimble TRMB 0.00%↑. He transitioned to mapping in 2004 when he took executive positions at deCarta, Mapbox, Uber UBER 0.00%↑ and Meta.
Prioleau has always insisted that making maps is hard, but says collaboration is the key to success. “Maps are still hard. In fact, in some ways they have become harder as the user expectations for features and accuracy have risen,” he said. “But we also have some new tools to help capture and build map data. We have billions of sensors that collect and report information about the world.”
The rise of cloud computing that can crunch data to generate information and emerging artificial intelligences, which can derive meaning from unstructured data, are other ways Prioleau believes can spur map development. “All those things are out there, not necessarily owned by one company or organization. That's where the importance of collaboration comes in,” he said.
Overall, Prioleau doesn’t see OMF as an organization that excludes companies, including members, and potential members, competing against each other. “Overture is formed under the Linux Foundation, which has a core tenet of being open and inclusive. Organizations can be competitive but still collaborate to build data because that's where everyone can win,” he said. “From its founding, Overture has included companies that compete with each other but have seen the value of collaboration to build map data.”
Germany-based PTV Group, which says OMF has “great potential for transportation modeling and simulation,” announced today that it has joined Overture. The company said it will contribute mobility modeling insights and other technology.
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Digital Matter Introduces Longest Life Battery-Powered IoT Asset Tracker
The Remora3 features ‘Deploy Once’ battery life and new ‘Second-by-Second’ tracking performance to support aggressive and/or extended reporting requirements, including highly accurate speeding, run hour, odometer monitoring on mobile assets such as rental equipment, trailers, vehicles and more.
“Substantial design and technology improvements on the Remora3 enable critical new use cases for our partners who require real-time tracking performance without the hassle of physically wiring in a device,” says Ken Everret, Digital Matter CEO and founder.
With a flexible and open payload format, extensive documentation, and regional technical support, the Remora3 can be integrated into any end-platform. Third-party Bluetooth sensors and tags are also supported.
Other Remora3 features include:
The Remora3 also functions as a Bluetooth Low Energy Gateway and can optionally scan for nearby Bluetooth tags and sensors for additional asset location and sensor monitoring applications. The Remora3 supports roaming across Cellular LTE-M and NB-IoT networks to enable global asset tracking and monitoring applications in supply chain visibility, logistics, returnables and more.
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Google Maps Rolls Out Immersive View for Routes
At its annual I/O conference last week, Google Maps GOOG 0.00%↑ said it is introducing “Immersive View for Routes” in 15 cities worldwide. Immersive View for Routes, using computer vision and AI, fuses billions of Street View and aerial images to create a digital model of the world, the company said.
When a user gets directions, they will be able to see a multidimensional experience to preview bike lanes, sidewalks, intersections and parking, the company said in a blog. Google Maps, which originally announced Immersive View at last’s year’s I/O meeting, also lets the user see weather information and even air quality with a time slider.
Over the next few months, Google said it will roll out Immersive View in Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Paris, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Tokyo and Venice.
The company also announced a new Aerial View API for developers to allow them to integrate a 3D birds-eye video of a point of interest in their apps. The company cited a company that is using the app to help renters visualize a property and the surrounding area. Google Maps also said developers can use an experimental release of Photorealistic 3D Tiles, through its Map Tiles API, to customize their 3D maps.
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👍 General Motors Restructures Business Unit To Compete With Ford Pro. "General Motors GM 0.00%↑ at its annual Fleet Solutions Summit, revealed that the company is consolidating its North American sales operations for commercial vehicles, parts and telematics services under a new brand umbrella named GM Evolve.”
💲 Luminar Tech CEO To Acquire Majority Stake in Forbes. From lidar billions to…media?
🛰 How Space Force Keeps U.S. on the Map in the Face of Enemy Threats to GPS. “During the 2018 Exercise Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise in decades, he said that Russia employed GPS jamming activity near its border with Norway, where the drill was taking place. Moscow has denied any involvement in such activities.”
😮 DOJ Charges Former Apple Engineer With Theft of Autonomous Car Tech for China. “Weibao Wang was charged with six counts of theft or attempted theft by prosecutors, who allege he stole troves of source code on Apple’s autonomous technology for an unnamed Chinese company.”
🚚 Independence Fleet-Management Firm Plans $8.7 Million Relocation to Broadview Heights. “According to JobsOhio, the state’s economic development arm, Fleet Team is expected to create 91 new jobs, resulting in $6.7 million in additional payroll.”
🏛 Delaware Bill Would Restrict Geofence Location Tracking. “The legislation would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies and courts from requesting, issuing, or enforcing reverse-location court orders, reverse-keyword court orders, reverse-location requests, and reverse-keyword requests.”
📱 Apple Brings Concert Discovery Features to Apple Music and Apple Maps. “[On] Apple Maps, Apple AAPL 0.00%↑ is adding a new concert discovery feature that includes over 40 new Guides curated by Apple Music editors that will highlight music venues initially across 10 cities worldwide”
😦 One More Waze Feature Broken Down, the Switch to Google Maps Is Almost Unavoidable. “Waze is the latest big name to struggle with voice guidance, as a recent update apparently broke down how the app provides users directions.”
🤔 The Impact of 5G on Maps and Location Intelligence. “Telecom companies use comprehensive coverage maps to help their customers make purchasing decisions between services. Coverage data is dynamic and always changing as networks grow and expand.”
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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles:
💰 Ethernovia Raises $64 Million For Vehicle Networks. Company creates architectures for ADAS, autonomous driving (AD) and software delivered Over the Air (OTA).
😐 Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro To Restructure, Pause Commercial Expansion. “This is the second time in less than a year that Nuro — a darling of the AV world that has raised $2.13 billion — has laid off workers in a bid to cut costs and extend capital runway.”
🚌 World’s First Autonomous Bus Service Starts in Scotland. “The buses are equipped with Fusion Processing’s autonomous drive system and CAVStar. CAVStar combines data from sensors like cameras, LiDAR, and radar with artificial intelligence.”
🚗 Cruise Expands Supervised Self-Driving Ride-Hailing to Houston and Dallas. “Cruise said via their Twitter account that they’ll kick off supervised (meaning, there’s a safety driver in the car) testing in Houston ‘in the coming days,’ and will expand to Dallas shortly after.”
🚘 Alibaba's Autonomous Driving Lab to Focus More on Monetization. “Logistics is probably an easy place to start because a self-driving delivery van is ferrying goods rather than humans and its routes are simpler last-mile environments than bustling downtown roads.”
😉 Chipolo Brings Its Lost Item Trackers to Android's Find My Device Network. “Smart item tracker Chipolo, a competitor to Apple’s AirTag and others, opted to grow its business by partnering with the Cupertino tech giant, not fighting them, as rival Tile has done.”
🤷♂️ Walmart-Backed Droneup Is Cutting Jobs as Drone Delivery Market Struggles. “The Virginia-based company began informing staffers of the layoffs Monday morning.” Editor’s note: What the…they’ve been telling us that this market is growing…and then you get this:
💰 Wingcopter, Germany's Drone Delivery Startup, Raises Another $44M From the EIB. “The European Investment Bank is putting €40 million (close to $44 million) into the startup.”
🛩 Zipline's New Drone Delivery Platform Attracts More US Customers. “Global health and wellness brand GNC, Seattle-based pizza restaurant Pagliacci Pizza and medical courier service Associated Couriers will all start using Zipline’s recently announced home delivery platform.”
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Mappedin Expands Strategic Indoor Mapping Initiatives and Scale with Microsoft
Indoor mapping company Mappedin has partnered with Microsoft MSFT 0.00%↑ as a Managed Solution Partner. As part of the deal, Mappedin will offer its Indoor Mapping Platform on Azure Marketplace, Microsoft 365, and Power Platform.
Mappedin's platform integrates Azure Maps for geolocation and outdoor context. The Mappedin platform serves 1.5 billion square feet of indoor space on Azure, many for Fortune 500 companies, the company said.
Contact: Genny Orser, Mappedin, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mappedin.com.
Topcon Positioning Systems and Fixposition Partner
Topcon Positioning Systems and Fixposition have announced an agreement for Fixposition to provide Topcon correction services to Fixposition customers in North America and Europe. Topcon operates the Topnet Live network, one of the largest GNSS base station networks in Europe and North America.
In areas where there are reliable GNSS signals, Fixposition’s Vision-RTK 2 uses Topcon RTK correction to initialize at centimeter accuracy, the company said. In areas with disrupted GNSS signals, the Fixposition vision fusion takes over to maintain the accuracy of global position and pose estimation, the company said.
Contact: Adriana Najera, Fixposition, email@example.com, www.fixposition.com.
Yunex Traffic Expands HERE Solution
Yunex Traffic said it will expand its HERE Technologies-powered Journey Time as a Service (JTaaS) solution to Scotland. In Edinburgh, the company will install 62 corridors to monitor journey times throughout the city, the company said.
JTaaS can calculate the journey time on a given corridor and display this to road users, the company said. The solution uses HERE Real-Time Traffic and HERE Routing to deliver information about traffic flow and incidents.
Contact: Sebastian Kurme, HERE Technologies, 49 173 515 3549, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teletrac Navman Study Finds Construction Fleets Cut Fuel Cost With Telematics
Teletrac Navman has launched the results of its TS23 Telematics Survey, with interviews from 500 fleet professionals about their challenges. Fleet operators say that their largest area of cost, ranking above new equipment purchase, is vehicle and equipment maintenance. The survey said that 97 percent of telematics users have seen a fuel reduction as much as 40 percent, 95 percent had fewer accidents and 94 percent used driver performance benchmarking to improve safety.
Faction and Arcimoto Partner For Driverless Vehicle Platforms
Faction Technology and Arcimoto FUV 0.00%↑ have announced a strategic and joint investment agreement to scale driverless vehicle fleets. Faction's DriveLink and TeleAssist technologies allows Arcimoto platform vehicles to integrate driverless capabilities, the company said.
This driverless vehicle system is designed to maintain the core strengths of the Arcimoto platform, including a top speed of 75 mph and a range of just over 100 miles, the company said. Faction and Arcimoto have identified fleet customers in the logistics and transportation sectors as their primary target market.
Contact: Megan Kathman, Arcimoto, (651) 785-3212, email@example.com, arcimoto.com.
Lytx Celebrates 25 Years in Telematics Business
Lytx is celebrating 25 years in the fleet telematics business. In 2001, Lytx rolled out its DC2 event recorder. In 2012, the company launched a video recorder with dedicated GPS. The company announced a strategic partnership with Geotab and acquired Surfsight in 2020.
Contact: Jason Andersen, Lytx, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lytx.com.
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Sensata Telematics Solution on Geotab Marketplace
Sensata INSIGHTS' video telematics solutions integrate with the Geotab platform, the company said. The AP1 includes an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) with notifications that focus on supporting drivers, including forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings and tailgating warnings.
Contact: Hanna Corrente, Geotab, email@example.com, www.geotab.com.
HERE APAC Study Says Most Logistics Companies Face Tech Challenges
HERE Technologies has published a study, APAC On The Move, to provide insights from transportation and logistics professionals across Asia-Pacific (APAC) on the current technology trends and practices. Nearly 90 percent of APAC logistics companies surveyed have cited technology implementation challenges as their biggest barrier.
More than half of the firms surveyed have cited the challenge of identifying the right partners and/or suppliers as their biggest barrier to technology implementation. Approximately 45 percent of APAC logistics firms surveyed are using asset tracking and shipment monitoring software in combination with manual inputs to track assets, shipment and cargo.
Contact: Camy Cheng, HERE Technologies, 65 9088 4127, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMT Part of Guidewire PartnerConnect Ecosystem
Guidewire GWRE 0.00%↑ announced its Guidewire Marketplace is now home to more than 200 partner apps. Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) is one of the partner apps with its DriveWell platform. DriveWell gathers sensor data from millions of IoT devices like smartphones, proprietary tags, connected vehicles, dash cams, and third-party devices, the company said.
Contact: Melissa Cobb, Guidewire Software, (650) 464-1177, email@example.com, www.guidewire.com.
First Responder Smart Tracking Challenge Awards $1.1M for Tracking Technology
Indiana University’s Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab has awarded six teams $1.1 million during the most recent phase of the FRST Challenge (First Responder Smart Tracking). The competition brings together academics, entrepreneurs, students and first responders from around the world to develop non-GPS 3D tracking that shows the exact indoor location of a first responder in real time, the school said.
The Public Safety Communications Research Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded IU $8 million to administer the competition. The six teams will advance to the final phase in October, where their tracking prototypes will undergo advanced field testing, according to a press release.
Keysight Obtains FiRa Validation
Keysight Technologies KEYS 0.00%↑ has obtained a FiRa Consortium validation for its automated ultra-wideband PHY Conformance Test Tool to enable device makers and chip designers to test the physical layer (PHY) conformance of their FiRa UWB-based products. UWB is being adopted for secure proximity and location-based services. Keysight’s automated test solution allows design engineers can perform UWB measurements including frequency, time, and amplitude domain analysis, the company said.
Contact: Geri Lynne LaCombe, Keysight Technologies, (303) 662-4748, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.keysite.com.
Marc Prioleau has been named executive director at the Overture Maps Foundation.
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