Information Technology

Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the identification numbers of the vehicles, said a source with direct knowledge of the issue....
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How can automakers add value to dashboard?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automakers are lining up to offer Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, but the halo effect that automakers are seeking from aligning with two of the world's coolest brand names could be fleeting and undermine the investments they've made in their own embedded infotainment systems....
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Regulated France is fertile ground for car-sharing

May 30, 2015 06:15 CET

Drivy, a French firm that helps car owners rent out their vehicles, has bought a German rival in the latest sign that France is becoming a hub for the booming vehicle-sharing sector, with help rather than hindrance from the country's notorious red tape....
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Apple exec adds to chatter that tech company is working on a car

May 28, 2015 11:29 CET

Apple has increased speculation that it will use its massive cash reserves to work on a car after a senior company executive said a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference....
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Opel will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

May 28, 2015 11:24 CET

Opel will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay across its model range as part of the brand's goal of becoming a leader in car connectivity. Opel will roll-out the telematics systems starting with the next-generation Astra that will debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September, the company said....
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GM makes big bet on smartphone integration

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

General Motors will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay on more than a dozen Chevrolet vehicles for the 2016 model year, the industry's biggest bet yet on dashboard displays that mimic smartphones....
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Hyundai wins race to offer Android Auto

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Hyundai has become the first car company to offer Google's new Android Auto interface by launching it in the 2015 Sonata. The launch is a big win for Hyundai, which had raced to be first to offer Android Auto, and for Google, which could get its sleek, colorful system into tens of thousands of cars before archrival Apple can do the same with its iPhone interface, known as CarPlay....
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Daimler, Baidu team up in connected-car venture

May 26, 2015 12:24 CET

Daimler will team up with web services company Baidu to make software available in its Mercedes cars sold in China. Services will include a feature that allows users to access content such as music and Internet services from smartphones via their dashboards....
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Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

4:43 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Daimler formed a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables....
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Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study....
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Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit

May 22, 2015 15:34 CET

Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. Sources say Audi is working together with BMW and Daimler on an approach for the mapping business, which has drawn interest from a range of companies and buyout firms....
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Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

May 22, 2015 12:32 CET

Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market....
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German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says

May 21, 2015 16:48 CET

Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. Automakers use HERE's maps in vehicle navigation systems and are counting on them to provide crucial context for upcoming collision-detection systems....
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AT&T readies exclusive content for connected cars

3:50 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

AT&T is gearing up to bring connected car users exclusive content such as videos and games that can be streamed onto personal mobile devices later this year....
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SELF EXPRESSION

Sales staffers seek to brand themselves

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Auto salespeople increasingly are promoting themselves -- apart from their dealerships -- with personal websites, YouTube videos and social media pages as a way to sell vehicles now and down the road. It's a trend akin to one in the real-estate world, in which salespeople promote themselves rather than their agencies....
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How reviews can boost work force

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Dealers and salespeople have come to realize that the most impactful reviews, those that do the most to enhance the brand of the store or the salesperson, tell a story....
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Fight for Nokia map unit may set industry's course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

The quest for control of the mapping company Nokia Here is shaping up as a fight between competing visions for the future of the automobile, as well as an old-school industry battle for control of the supply base....
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Nvidia plans leap from Audi navigation systems to self-driving cars

May 15, 2015 11:52 CET

Nvidia had a thriving business in supplying powerful graphics processors for video game consoles and laptop computers when VW Group asked it to adapt the same three-dimensional displays for the dashboards of Audi vehicles. Now the chipmaker has its eye on self-driving cars....
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KEITH CRAIN

Who owns vehicle-generated data?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Determining who owns data generated by motor vehicles keeps getting more complicated. And it's going to get worse. As more companies develop and test autonomous vehicles, we'll have to sort out how to handle the inevitable malfunctions and crashes that come with adopting any new technology....
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Uber joins German automakers in seeking to buy Nokia's mapping service

May 8, 2015 10:29 CET

Uber Technologies has submitted a bid for HERE, Nokia's maps business, for as much as $3 billion, a report said. The offer is competing with a bid by a group of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes, which are teaming up with Chinese Internet search engine giant Baidu on a deal....
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Daimler to test self-driving trucks in Nev.

6:39 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Daimler has been granted a license by Nevada to test self-driving trucks on public roads, as the U.S. and Europe race to establish a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles....
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DIAL IT DOWN

Are automakers addicted to in-car features overload?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Automakers are confusing customers by overloading vehicles with an array of infotainment features, many of which are never used. Panelists at the SAE Congress in Detroit said the industry needs to rethink in-car systems with the goal of adding simplicity and reducing distraction....
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Can automakers unplug connected cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

In the era of over-the-air software updates, automakers will happily add new features. But what happens when they decide to take them away?...
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Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the MyFord Touch infotainment system, starting this summer....
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Where the heck is Apple CarPlay?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Validation testing has delayed the rollout of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, showing the challenge of updating cars at smartphone speed....
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