Location Labs has recently announced a partnership with Hughes Telematics (HTI) to include the Location Labs Universal Location Service [ULS] as part of HTI’s telematics service offering.
Location Labs’ cloud-based ULS API will supplement HTI’s connected service offerings by enabling drivers to use their smartphones to request the location of any contact in their mobile address book.
Upon request, friends and family members will be asked to share their locations via their mobile phones.
When the request is accepted, HTI’s service will locate the phones regardless of the device type or wireless carrier and wirelessly send that location to the in-vehicle navigation system.
Note: Mercedes Benz announced recently that its mBrace smartphone app (service powered by Hughes) will get a ‘Drive2Friend’ feature, which will pretty much do what is described above. Watch video here.
This is a convenient way to integrate and connect with social networks and the service can locate all mobile phones on the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless networks.
Location Labs’ ULS is a developer platform that enables privacy-protected access into the location systems and services of leading tier 1 wireless carriers.
The Web service is 100% cloud based, and does not require server software or a mobile download to locate phones.
ULS currently supports remote location access for all mobile devices on the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless networks, providing unprecedented reach of over 250MM locatable end users.
Source: Location Labs.