Telematics

How Infiniti climbed quality chart

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2015

The entire auto industry got a little bit better on quality this year, but few brands jumped in the rankings of a closely watched survey the way Infiniti did. The brand focused on two problem areas, telematics and a noisy transmission, to make big gains in J.D. Power's latest quality ratings....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Buick, GMC start adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

11:07 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

General Motors is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some Buick and GMC models, another step in the rollout of the smartphone-like interfaces across GM's portfolio....
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Visteon affirms software shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Now that Sachin Lawande has been named CEO of Visteon Corp., effective next week, his to-do list can be boiled down to one word: software. When Visteon was spun off from Ford Motor Co. 15 years ago, the company was a traditional metal-bending conglomerate. Now, Visteon specializes in cockpit electronics....
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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

The connected car will get better with age

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The upgrade CD gave way to the downloadable software patch and later to the over-the-air update that's beamed wirelessly to your laptop or smartphone. This is how today's connected computers get better -- continually, seamlessly and sometimes automatically. It's how connected cars will get better, too....
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WAVE OF THE FUTURE?

BMW's flagship gives gesture controls first big test

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Gesture control is here, but automakers are being cautious, having learned a lesson from the problems that plagued early voice-control systems. With the debut of gesture controls in BMW's flagship sedan later this year, yet another interface is entering the fray....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes favored by Nokia for maps deal, report says

June 18, 2015 10:39 CET

Nokia favors selling its HERE maps unit to Audi, BMW and Mercedes although price differences remain, according to sources. Final bids are due this week on the business, which supplies maps data for about 80 percent of cars with in-dash navigation systems in North America and Europe....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

JLR invests millions to make entire fleet connected

June 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover aims to have all its new vehicles connected by the end of this year and has spent millions to acheive this. Mike Bell, who was appointed global connected car director in 2012, told Automotive News Europe why this is so important to the carmaker....
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Audi snubs Google bid to attract German carmakers

June 10, 2015 10:50 CET

Google's strategy of courting German carmakers into partnerships was snubbed by Audi amid concerns that Internet-assisted driving may risk intruding on passenger privacy....
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10 mobility startups get ready for big leagues at Detroit's Ford Field

3:43 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Ten startups with inventions ranging from a car-sharing platform for classic and exotic cars to logistics software for truckers have converged in Detroit for the summer as part of Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit....
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Google builds safeguards into Android Auto apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

The limited roster of apps approved for Android Auto shows how carefully Google is approaching its first foray into designing computer interfaces for cars....
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be larger, lighter

3:45 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

GM released the first teaser image of the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compact car and said it will be larger and lighter than the current version. It goes on sale in the U.S. in early 2016....
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Many consumers nonplussed, confused with latest tech, survey finds

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

A recent Nielsen-SBD survey of some 14,000 automobile owners found that manufactures generally are jamming features into cars that most owners don't use and often are not even aware of. “It's sort of an arms race -- who can have the most technology in the vehicle -- and consumers are confused,” said Nielsen Vice President Mike Chadsey....
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Toyota looks to Ford's SmartDeviceLink to defend dash from Apple, Google

6:33 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

Toyota and Ford may join forces to maintain control of their vehicle dashboards as Apple Inc. and Google Inc. introduce technology targeting the car industry....
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Mitsubishi joins move to Apple-Android connectivity

6:50 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Mitsubishi is the latest carmaker joining the Apple-Android car connectivity push, with plans to introduce the systems this summer in the Pajero SUV for Europe before eventually bringing the technology to other markets and nameplates....
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GABE NELSON

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

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

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule....
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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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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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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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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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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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