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In Mercedes project, latchkey kids get chauffeured rides

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2015

Mercedes had a particular group of customers in mind when it launched Boost, an Uber-like shuttle service, in 2013. They were children, and they simply needed to get to soccer practice....
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Apple, Google preferred as designers of next in-car infotainment

Nov. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Car buyers would welcome radio or infotainment systems designed by Apple or Google, according to analysts IHS Automotive....
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Mapmaker seeks standard for the cloud

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

In this connected-car age, a BMW that skids on a patch of black ice could upload a message to a central database, prompting a warning for another BMW headed toward the same spot....
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Smart wants to get smart about urban mobility

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2015

Smart wants to win over buyers to its microcar by offering extra perks through a smartphone app. They'll be able to find parking spots in some cities through the app, and Smart is developing more ideas, including a possible car-sharing function with friends....
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With QNX, BlackBerry finds more room in the car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

This year, QNX notched a huge victory by delivering the underlying software for the latest version of Ford Motor Co.'s Sync system. Now, the division that operates QNX, known as BlackBerry Technology Solutions, is broadening its portfolio of automotive offerings to include over-the-air software updates and back-end software for automated driving....
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Connected car finally may have found a parking spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Parking is drawing a new level of attention from in-car navigation specialists such as Inrix, of Kirkland, Wash., which already taps into smartphone data to beam down cloud-based traffic updates to millions of cars....
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App makers eager for clear path to car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

To get their apps into cars, developers like Pandora have to rewrite their code for every brand, but that could soon change....
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Subaru recalls 32,400 Imprezas to fix potential airbag problem

10:07 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Subaru of America is recalling some Impreza compact cars for an issue with the occupancy detection system that can prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying during a crash....
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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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Videos, mobile-friendly ads get Latino car shoppers' attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Dealers are reaching Hispanics at preferred destinations: videos and mobile devices....
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Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. If any company has the clout to make smartwatches desirable to the masses, clearing the way for automakers to pitch new connected-car features, they say, it is the company that invented the iPod and iPhone....
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Suppliers resist ceding controls in the cockpit to Apple and Google

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Most automakers and traditional suppliers aren't content to let mobile-phone technology dictate how drivers interact with their vehicles....
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Mining Silicon Valley for must-have car tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Automotive breakthroughs have long come from Detroit, Stuttgart and Tokyo. Yet in a sign of transformation, representatives from some of the world's largest automakers gathered in a converted paper factory in Silicon Valley this fall to catch a glimpse of the next big idea for auto technology....
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Ford seeks infotainment middle ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014

In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. In the process, it exchanged grand ambition for toned-down aspirations, including easy to use....
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