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Keys, push buttons and first responders

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
I have had concerns about push-button, fob and stop-start systems for some time now.... 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 »



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 »



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 »


Ford's reported pick of QNX over Microsoft for next-gen Sync boosts BlackBerry stock

11:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
With the next-generation Ford Sync switching to QNX in favor of Microsoft, according to people briefed on the matter, BlackBerry's stock surged today.... Read More »


Ford plans to drop Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry for in-car sync system, report says

Feb. 24, 2014 17:52 CET
Ford will base the next-generation Sync system on BlackBerry's QNX and no longer use Microsoft's Windows, sources said. Using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system, they said.... Read More »


Ford expected to drop Microsoft, use BlackBerry QNX in next-gen Sync

4:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2014
The next-generation Ford Sync system will be based on BlackBerry's QNX and no longer use Microsoft Windows, following the automaker' struggles with in-car technology glitches, according to people briefed on the matter.... 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 »


Audi sees iPad app as major sales tool

7:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
Audi wants young car buyers to feel more comfortable at its dealerships. Executives think there's an app for that.... Read More »


Detroit auto show's app accesses world auto shows

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Detroit auto show organizers today said they will promote a new app next month at the show. The app, Auto Show Passport, will showcase auto shows from all over the world, said Rod Alberts, executive director of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.... Read More »


Key-switch trick snags a Jeep; check that fob

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Here's a cautionary tale for dealers about a novel approach to stealing a car off the lot -- with inadvertent help from a salesperson.... Read More »



Why a new phone trumps GM's $200 map

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2013
Three years ago, I bought a car with an in-dash navigation system. I hate it. Most laughably, General Motors demands $200 to update the thing with new maps.... Read More »



Should a cellphone in a car take two hands to operate?

12:06 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2013
I've spent a great deal of time recently -- largely during my two-hour daily commute -- pondering the problem of people using cellphones while driving.... Read More »


Apple's bid to crack the center stack

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Last week Apple executive Eddy Cue said 12 car brands will let motorists link iPhones to center consoles to make calls, send text messages, use maps and issue voice commands. So Apple is poised to invade the cockpit and take over the center stack, right?... Read More »


Need a parking space? Audi has an app for that

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
A new app available in Audi vehicles makes it easier to find parking spaces. ParkMe Inc., a Santa Monica, Calif., company that collects parking data from operators of lots in 1,800 cities in 19 countries, said at a telematics conference here that it is providing Audi with real-time parking data available through vehicle infotainment systems.... Read More »



Dealer pairs test driver's phone to car

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2013
A Chrysler Group dealer in Michigan has turned a 30-second routine into a better way to demonstrate his technology-laden vehicles.Before the start of each test drive at Extreme Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, the salesperson showing the vehicle asks the customer in the driver's seat for his or her smartphone and -- with permission -- connects the phone to the vehicle's infotainment system.... Read More »


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