WINNER: Use telematics to update vehicle software
Hughes Telematics Inc.
What: Automotive software remote update technology
Innovation: Software-related recalls can be costly, as much as $95 per vehicle, Hughes says. The company's technology enables motorists to download and install upgrades into their vehicles through their telematics systems, eliminating the need to visit dealers for patches.
First customer: Mercedes-Benz mbrace telematics service, timing unavailable
Web site: hughestelematics.com