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  • Crunch Report | Facebook’s Election Hub

    Google Capital has rebranded to CapitalG, Facebook hub gives its election hub top billing in hopes of making you a more informed voter, Wish is rumored to be raising $500 million, Lucas Matney was really impressed by Doppler Labs’ Here One device and the NFL is launching a virtual reality series on YouTube. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • HERE and Iowa team up on self-driving and smart highway infrastructure

    HERE and Iowa team up on self-driving and smart highway infrastructure

    Making smarter cars means working together with the people who maintain and operate the roads, so it’s promising to see location platform operator HERE announce a partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation to help usher along the deployment of automated vehicle tech. The alliance will see Iowa designate a part of I-380 between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids as a development… Read More

  • Mapping startups hope they can chart a new course to success

    Mapping startups hope they can chart a new course to success

    Alphabet, Apple and Uber may be spending billions on exhaustive new mapping technologies to power the self-driving car revolution, but there’s a new generation of companies betting that a combination of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence will enable them to navigate their way to success in the wild world of international geographics. Some companies are choosing to go deep into… Read More

  • HERE’s new traffic services will bring together live data from millions of cars

    HERE’s new traffic services will bring together live data from millions of cars

    Crowdsourcing live traffic data has been one of Waze’s key competitive advantages in navigation software for a while, but Germany’s HERE might give it a run for its money with new services that pull traffic info from cars on the road. The data gathered by Here’s upcoming traffic services, which it’s set to debut during the first half of 2017, will take info from… Read More

  • BMW first to sell CarPlay as standalone service

    BMW first to sell CarPlay as standalone service

    BMW buyers will now have the option to get CarPlay installed in their new rides. But for a cost. BMW is charging $300 to add the service to new vehicles making the German auto maker the first to charge buyers for access to CarPlay. This sits as a starch difference from other manufacturers which either include CarPlay as a standard feature or bundle it in a technology package. BMW is… Read More

  • Here, the live audio listening system, gets an Apple Watch app

    Here, the live audio listening system, gets an Apple Watch app

    Here, the in-ear system that lets you live tune the audio around you, has today announced the launch of an Apple Watch app. The company, Doppler Labs, originally launched with Dubs, mechanical ear plugs meant to help lower the volume (but maintain the quality) of live music. Shortly after, Doppler Labs launched Here on Kickstarter. Here is essentially a computer in your ears. Rather than… Read More

  • Blippar augmented reality search engine raises $54 million Series D

    Blippar augmented reality search engine raises $54 million Series D

    Blippar, the AR company that lets you see extra, rich content by simply pointing your phone at an object, has today announced the close of a $54 million Series D funding round. The round was led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment arm of the Government of Malaysia, and existing investors also participated in the round. Blippar launched back in 2012 with the mission of… Read More

  • Astro Digital Releases Platform For Anyone To Analyze Satellite Imagery

    Astro Digital Releases Platform For Anyone To Analyze Satellite Imagery

    Astro Digital, a satellite imaging and imagery analysis company, released the newest version of their image processing software today. Anyone can access their software, for free, and retrieve satellite imagery of any area on Earth. The company also offers an API that developers can use to incorporate satellite data into their products. The software itself compiles global satellite imagery… Read More

  • HERE Launches Cloud-Based Maps For Automated Driving

    HERE Launches Cloud-Based Maps For Automated Driving

    HERE, the mapping service now owned by Audi, BMW and Daimler, today announced a new cloud-based mapping service for enhancing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving features in cars. In the future, these maps could also form the core of the mapping system for self-driving cars as well. Even though features like automated driving on a highway are only possible because of… Read More