Mopar’s In-Vehicle Wireless Charging Technology Finalist For AOL Auto Tech Award: Mopar’s industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging technology for portable devices is among six finalists for the second annual AOL Autos Technology of the Year award. The award honors the manufacturers who have raised the bar the highest in the world of automotive technology, specifically in the categories of active safety, connectivity, telematics or fuel economy. After reviewing more than 40 nominations, the expert team of judges from AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget TechCrunch and others, revealed the Mopar device as one of the six finalists on Nov. 19 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Mopar’s wireless charging technology works with iPhone, Blackberry, MP3 Players and Droid-based devices and currently is available for the 2013 Dodge Dart and comes standard on the Mopar ’13. Mopar’s system consists of an easy access, seamlessly integrated power bin, measuring 8.27 inches by 9.5 inches by 3.25 inches, that is installed just below the center stack and in front of the center console. The bin has a built-in charging grid that is activated when customers place their battery-powered devices on it. The unit begins to charge when the vehicle is started. A phone case, specifically designed for a variety of smartphones, is required and included with the feature. Mopar’s in-vehicle wireless charging is available for $199.99, plus installation. More information on Mopar’s wireless charger and accessories is available at http://www.mopar.com/wirelesscharging. The in-vehicle wireless charging technology is being showcased on the Mopar Chrysler 300S concept vehicle being displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Consumers are invited to vote for Mopar’s in-vehicle wireless charging technology at Autos.AOL.com/Award until Dec. 6. The result of the consumer vote will equal the weight of one judge on the panel. AOL Autos will announce the winner of 2013 Technology of the Year in January 2014 in Las Vegas at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
ForeSee Wins Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2013 for Introduction of its Word of Mouth Index: ForeSee, the Ann Arbor provider of technology-driven customer experience analytics, has been named a winner in the 2013 Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. ForeSee received a gold-level award — the highest honor — in the “Most Innovative Company of the Year” category for medium-sized businesses. The company was recognized for its innovative Word of Mouth Index (WoMI), a groundbreaking metric that accurately measures customer word-of-mouth, including brand promoter and detractor behaviors. This past May, ForeSee introduced WoMI as an evolution of Net Promoter Score, which has become the de facto measure of customer loyalty for many organizations. Because NPS fails to distinguish between positive and negative word-of-mouth — overestimating brand detractors by 780% on average — ForeSee created WoMI to more accurately measure customers’ likelihood to recommend and/or detract from a brand. WoMI builds on and retains the simplicity of NPS but is designed to address today’s more complex word-of-mouth measurement challenges. It still offers business leaders a single value for their dashboards, but it is based on more sophisticated analytics that enable executives to evaluate the customer experience across their organizations as part of a comprehensive measurement system. The third annual Best in Biz Awards program, focusing on companies based or operating in North America, was the most competitive in its history — with the highest number of awards submissions to date and the most distinguished judging panel yet assembled. More than 500 entries were received this year, from a wide array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and geographic regions in the U.S. and Canada. Winners of the Best in Biz Awards were determined by an independent panel of 51 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as Arizona Daily Star, Atlanta Tribune, Bloomberg Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, Computerworld, Crain’s New York Business, Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek Channel Insider, Executive Travel Magazine, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Miami Herald, Memphis Business Journal, Network World, PC Magazine, Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and USA Today. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2013, visit http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2013-winners. Additional information about WoMI can be found at http://wordofmouthindex.com/about-womi/.