Cars become computers on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip that powers a vehicle's infotainment system can easily top $1 billion.... Read More »


Mustang gets new AppLink

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Ford Motor Co. says the redesigned 2015 Mustang that goes on sale this fall will be the first vehicle available with the next generation of Ford's AppLink smartphone connectivity system.... Read More »


BlackBerry determined to maintain lead in connected-car technology

March 27, 2014 13:48 CET
BlackBerry says it's determined to keep its lead in connected-car software, even though its share of the global smartphone market has tumbled below 1 percent, crushed by rivals Apple and Google.... Read More »


Off F&I menus, LoJack sales perk up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
A couple of years ago, LoJack Corp. was starting to look like an afterthought. Then company CEO Randy Ortiz had an insight: Get LoJack out of the F&I department -- where it often got lost on menus listing a dozen or so products -- and into the showroom.... Read More »



Some systems let passenger, but not driver, access apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
To avoid driver distraction, automakers typically disable certain infotainment functions, such as entering navigation destinations by hand, when the vehicle is in motion. But suppliers are working on systems that give the passenger access to certain apps.... Read More »



The big question: Who really owns vehicle data?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
According to a study released in February by Frost & Sullivan, vehicle data will generate $700 to $800 per vehicle in savings for automakers, vehicle owners, service providers and local governments. That's a fair-sized pot of money, but naturally there's a catch.... Read More »



Ford plans apps from car data

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
This quarter, Ford Motor Co. is providing third-party app designers access to vehicle data -- such as speed, location and acceleration -- generated by the redesigned EcoSport crossover, which is to go on sale in June in Europe.... Read More »


Audi, starting with A3, aims to update in-car software faster

5:32 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
In an era when smartphones are replaced every year or two, and seem downright prehistoric within five or six, Audi AG has decided that the auto industry’s standard product cycle is too long to bear for in-car software.... Read More »



Apple's CarPlay is smart but simple

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
Apple's new CarPlay system is as simple to use as you would expect from a company that has perfected the art of easy-to-use technology.... Read More »


Opel will offer 4G OnStar system

March 4, 2014 15:13 CET
General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall unit said it will launch a WiFi-enabled version of GM's OnStar connectivity system in major European markets by 2015.... Read More »


Visteon makes deal to use Autonet Mobile 'connected car' software

9:35 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Visteon has announced an agreement with Autonet Mobile that will allow Visteon to integrate Autonet's telematics software into its next-generation infotainment systems.... Read More »



Can laws stop distracted driving if we won't?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has reason to be frustrated. The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is supposed to be making sure that federal laws keep the roads safe. Yet Americans keep getting killed because they won't stop looking down from the road to check text messages and play with the high-tech gizmos built into cars.... Read More »



Google poised to have strong presence in connected car

Feb. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
There will be more Google in your next car. That was the clear message automakers gave at the recent International CES, the world's largest consumer electronic fair in Las Vegas.... Read More »



Don't backtrack on technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Regarding "Car controls are just too complex," Letters to the Editor, Feb. 3: I couldn't disagree more. I am 72 years old and will not purchase a vehicle that does not have the latest technology.... Read More »


Rockefeller warns automakers, suppliers to cut risk of in-car mobile technology

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
An influential senator, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, warned automakers and technology executives on Thursday that he'll propose regulating in-car use of mobile phones to Internet-connected entertainment and information systems unless they do more to reduce driver distractions.... Read More »



Car controls are just too complex

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Having been in the auto repair business for more than 50 years and having recently retired as an automotive radio talk show host, I have heard many people express exasperation over the changes in electronics and cabin controls.... Read More »



Technology takes a lot of training

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Today's automobile is packed with technology, more than most customers understand. As cars and trucks become more complicated, manufacturers and dealers are going to have to provide more training for customers.... Read More »


Will Google Glass distract a driver?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Is Google Glass a clever way to transmit collision warnings to the motorist? Or is it just another potential distraction -- best employed before or after a trip? The auto industry is about to find out.... Read More »



Gesture controls: Give me a break and a knob

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Henry Bzeih, the chief technology strategist for Kia Motors America Inc., patiently guided me through the various controls at the International CES, the consumer electronics show here. They all worked well enough, but I began to wonder about all this technology when we tried out the gesture controls -- using hand motions to, say, turn the stereo volume up.... Read More »



Faurecia, Magneti Marelli team up to capitalize on booming, lucrative HMI sector

Jan. 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Suppliers Faurecia and Magneti Marelli have joined forces to challenge rivals such as Continental, Delphi, Denso and Harman in the booming and lucrative sector for human-machine interface applications.... Read More »



JLR, Mercedes seek tech edge from new r&d centers along U.S. west coast

Jan. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
Europe's premium automakers are opening r&d centers on the U.S. west coast to be close to some of the brightest technology developers in the world.... Read More »


U.S. study of automotive location data raises privacy concerns

12:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
The government's research arm found that data-hungry in-car location services could use some improvement in the privacy and consumer notification departments. The Government Accountability Office's report prompted Minnesota Senator Al Franken, the longtime comedian and political pundit, to call on Congress to pass a location-privacy bill.... Read More »



Can't we make things a bit simpler?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
My wish for the new year is that the auto industry will get its act together on electronics and cabin controls. As in: Just put a doggone "OFF" switch on the thing.... Read More »


Ford, State Farm sign up with Pandora for ads aimed at drivers

11:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Pandora Media, the online radio service, has begun selling advertising that only listeners in automobiles will hear, creating a potential new revenue source.... Read More »


OnStar gets 4G relaunch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
OnStar, General Motors' system that provides concierge service, roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation, is getting a major makeover.... Read More »


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