Automotive

My interest was piqued last year during a phone call with Nick Allen, a member of my CALinnovates Advisory Board. Nick told me that he was in the process of winding down his fund at Spring Ventures, which would allow him to focus his energy on a new business he founded with Sunil Paul. The new venture, called SideCar, launched in San Francisco last June.

ParkMe todayannounced that it has raised a new round of investment from LA based private equity firm Angeleno Group in a move that will fuel its expansion.

ParkeMe is a comprehensive database and analytics software solution for on-street and off-street parking locations and availability and is a leading provider of dynamic and real-time parking data, analytics and services.

Santa Monica based ParkMe has partnered with INRIX, a leading international provider of traffic information and driver services to help drivers outsmart parking.

ParkMe, a leading provider of dynamic and real-time parking data will bring its real-time and static Parking expertise and car navigation systems to INRIX.

Based in Santa Monica, California and founded by Sam Friedman and Alex Israel, ParkMe, a leading provider of parking information to navigation companies and smartphones to simplify parking using dynamic and real-time parking data has partnered with Los Angeles and Santa Monica cities to help motorists find available parking quickly.

After a $13.9 million in Series A funding and a launch in Chicago, Getaround, is coming to a city near you to help residents make money from sharing their cars even on a full time basis, thanks to its beta service Getaway.

Calling or texting while driving is a traffic offence punishable under the US federal law.
But Nuance has cancelled it (sadly only for those with BMW 7 Series).
The firm this week launched a new feature for the 2012 BMW 7 Series, dubbed the Dragon Drive! Messaging. The feature will be extended on the BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles this summer.

It’s going to be a HUGE weekend here with the LA Auto Show in town. Expected to be one of the biggest shows yet, the Convention Center will see thousands of gearheads and enthusiasts ready to set their eyes on (and their asses in) the latest developments from Detroit, Japan, and Europe. We got an early peek at the cars earlier this week through the Autoshow’s press days and honestly, it just wasn’t enough time to experience every vehicle on the floor.

At last week’s DEMOfall 09, TZ interviewed Waze. A free mobile navigation application which is crowdsourcing to build its maps. All you have to do to contribute is just keep the application running (make sure you have the car charger plugged in because it kills your battery life) and drive. while you’re driving Waze monitors