Volkswagen will offer the first embedded application of Amazon's Alexa voice service in a vehicle, as the growing focus on network-connected appliances and other home devices inspires collaborations between automakers and technical service providers.
Carmakers got more specific about timing for self-driving vehicles as they discussed their plans this month at CES in Las Vegas and the Detroit auto show. Most forecasts of showroom-ready, fully autonomous vehicles now fall within a five-year range, but there are varying definitions to sort through.
The trade show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show is arguably one of the most important auto shows of the year, with suppliers and automakers convening in this city of glitz to show off their most forward-thinking ideas.
The next frontier in digital advertising may be the windshield. Automakers, technology companies and glass manufacturers are teaming up to turn the display that graces the front of an iPhone into the windshield of a car -- one that can show ads, directions and vehicle information to the person behind the wheel.