The first wave of connected car apps centered on music and audio streaming. It looks like the second wave of in-dash services may revolve around location sharing.
We’ve already seen location-sharing app Glympse make it into its first connected platform, Ford’s Sync AppLink. Now BMW’s strategic investment arm i Ventures is partnering with family locator service Life360 to develop in-car technologies that would allow family members to locate one another and coordinate their activities. i Ventures is also making an undisclosed investment in the San Francisco startup.
While an app like Glympse allows you to selectively share your location with anyone for a set period of time, Life360 creates a permanent share between a close-knit group such as a nuclear family. That allows Life360 to build services on top of that presence data.
“Imagine you want to meet your wife at your kids’ soccer game,” said Chris Hulls, co-founder and CEO of Life360. “Right now you have to call her, get an address and then program it into your navigation system to get directions. That’s a lot of unnecessary friction.”
What Life360 proposes is an in-dash app that automatically keeps tabs on your family members’ activities. To find your wife, as in Hulls’ example, you merely have to tap on her portrait in the app, and her location is automatically fed into the car’s vehicle nav system.
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Time has come for when your car not only tells you when it’s low on coolant, but also when you’re low on sugar. In addition to warning you about road construction on the way, how about a notice when you’re entering a high pollen zone? Ford is partnering with a number of medical technology companies to address some health issues relevant to driving. A sudden drop of blood glucose, for example, can force a diabetic to lose consciousness, a particularly dangerous situation when behind the wheel.
By wirelessly linking Medtronic‘s Bluetooth-enabled continuous glucose monitor to Ford’s Sync hands-free entertainment and control system, a driver can receive real-time warnings when glucose levels go out of predefined bounds.
Using WellDoc‘s disease management platform, patients can view and update their profiles including documenting things like asthma attacks, glucose levels, and allergic reactions, all without letting go of the steering wheel. Though maybe it’s best to first pull over and get that inhaler out.
Additionally, drivers will be able to access data from SDI Health‘s Allergy Alert app that can provide local allergy related information as well as some other environmental health indices.
Here’s a demo of the prototype integration of DiabetesManager
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