International Telematics Update Awards 2011 Winners Announced

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Earlier this week, Telematics Update announced the winners of the 9th Annual Telematics Update Awards at an industry gala dinner, the Renaissance Hotel Barronette, Novi, MI.

Earlier this week, Telematics Update announced the winners of the 9th Annual Telematics Update Awards at an industry gala dinner, the Renaissance Hotel Barronette, Novi, MI. 14 worthy winners collected their trophies at the Telematics Awards ceremony. The ceremony was opened by Clear Channel’s Ryan Seacrest – host of American Idol and On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

The awards dinner took place on the eve of the 11th annual Telematics Detroit 2011 Conference & Exhibition - the world's largest and most prestigious telematics conference which broke all previous records as the most successful Telematics Detroit to date.

The entries were judged by a selection of independent consultants and industry experts. Category finalists were announced in April after much anticipation.

The 2011 Telematics Awards winners …

Best Telematics Service Provider Award - WirelessCar

Best Telematics Safety Technology Award - OnStar

Best Aftermarket Device or Solution Award - Hughes Telematics Inc.

Best Telematics Service or Solution for Commercial Vehicle Award - Airbiquity

Best Cloud Based In-Car Application Award - Hyundai Blue Link®, Hyundai Joint Winner: Toyota Entune, Toyota

Best Telematics Content Aggregator Award - INRIX

Best Navigation Solution or Product Award - TeleNav, Inc

Global OEM Infotainment Solution Award - Audi Connect, Audi
Joint Winner: BMW ConnectedDrive, BMW

2010/11 Industry Newcomer Award - Hyundai Blue Link®, Hyundai
Joint Winner: Nissan LEAF CARWINGS, Nissan

Telematics Leadership Award - Kamyar Moinzadeh, President & CEO, Airbiquity
Joint Winner: Peter Steiner, Head of Infotainment, Audi AG

Upon receiving the trophy for for Best Telematics Service Provider, Martin Rosell, Managing Director of WirelessCar remarked, "Being awarded this prize was a very welcomed recognition of 12 years customer focus and innovation. Last year’s global expansion, forging winning partnerships, adding prestigious clients and understanding our customer’s market place has been the key reasons for this fine award".

“We’re excited Toyota Entune has received the award for Best In-Vehicle Cloud-Based Product. Telematics Update has always helped foster good collaboration within the telematics industry which has inspired new product innovation. We’re pleased to be given this important and significant distinction, as we believe Toyota Entune is truly the class-leading product.” Jon Bucci, Vice President – Telematics, Toyota.

HP Jin, president, CEO and co-founder of TeleNav responded to winning the award for Best Navigation Solution: "We are grateful to Telematics Update and the judges for recognizing TeleNav’s connected navigation technology. The 'Best Navigation Solution Award' is a testament to our strong partnership with Ford and our collective commitment to innovation. We look forward to continuing our growth in the automotive industry and exploring ways to bring personalized, connected search and navigation services into the vehicle.”

As the only automaker to win 2 awards on the evening, for Hyundai Blue Link, Michael Deitz, Senior group manager, Hyundai Motor America announced, “We’re honoured that Telematics Update recognized Hyundai’s innovative Blue Link platform with two prestigious awards. Blue Link technology is designed to make life easier, and delivers on that promise at launch with more than 30 features packaged conveniently for all types of drivers”.

Precksha Saksena-Sood, managing director of Telematics Update, would like to offer her heartiest congratulations to all Telematics Awards 2011 winners and finalists: “Many congratulations to all of our winners. Telematics is no longer just an auto feature, but a necessity, and our winners go on to prove just that. I'd also like to congratulate and thank all of our finalists as well because the competition this year was fierce”.

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