Honda, Acura, dealers tangle for Google ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
A battle is shaping up among Honda, Acura and their dealers for control of Google shoppers. Competition for keywords can drive up Google ad prices. It's a quandary Honda Motor Co. and its Acura brand seem intent on tackling....
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New route to Google in-store reviews

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Two years ago, suspecting deceit, Google deleted virtually all customers' reviews of auto dealerships that were sent from dealerships' computers. But the debate about in-store reviews continues to rage....
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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....
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Google co-founder would send his money to Tesla's Musk

3:38 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page says that when he dies he has a plan for where his billions should go -- not to charity, but to people like Tesla founder Elon Musk....
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Google drops shopping pilot, tests options

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Google has discontinued an auto shopping pilot program for dealerships in the San Francisco area but continues to roll out marketing products for automakers and dealers....
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Automakers tap smartphone technology in battle over city cars

March 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Carmakers are tapping smartphone technology to spruce up low-cost minicars and try to get an edge in a market that has grown to account for almost 10 percent of new-car sales in Europe....
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Google Glass faces driving bans as states move to bar use

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2014
Motorists in at least six states may be barred from using Google Glass, the eyewear device under test that can access the Internet and take photos with a blink....
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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....
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Ford pushes dealers toward paid search, digital advertising

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is using the power of the purse to steer more of its dealers' advertising dollars toward digital media....
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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....
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Dealers should respond to questions quickly or internet shoppers will leave

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
At Proctor Honda in Tallahassee, Fla., salespeople are expected to respond to Internet leads within 20 minutes. Online shoppers are receptive for only a few minutes, says Alex Jefferson, e-commerce director for the three-store Proctor Dealerships group....
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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....
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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....
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Google rolls out auto alliance to bring Android into car systems

7:36 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
That kid, the one in the back of the SUV with the iPad, he’s the automotive industry’s worst enemy. And he’s the reason a handful of the world’s biggest automakers have just partnered with Google to bring its Android software into vehicle infotainment systems....
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Hyundai plans Google Glass 'pre-drive' app for 2015 Genesis sedan

9:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Hyundai said owners of its new Genesis sedan will be able to use Google's Glass app for “pre-drive” operations such as remote starts and route planning as automakers add more technology to lure buyers....
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How Silicon Valley ended up in the driver's seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2013
Silicon Valley moves more quickly than Detroit. Late this summer, after nearly five years and a dozen software iterations, the 1 billionth Android device was activated, roughly matching the total number of cars in service on Earth....
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Farley says 'connected car' success rides on tech firm flexibility

5:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2013
Ford, trying to satisfy customer demands for more in-car technology, said technology companies must work in more open and flexible ways for Internet “connected-car” features to be as seamless as smartphone apps....
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Scion pulls more dealers online

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Scion, to prod dealers to connect with shoppers on the Internet, is helping retailers pay for online advertising on Google and other search engines. Frank Scion in National City, Calif., had never spent a dime for Google paid search until this month when Scion anted up co-op funds, said Sean Magaha, digital marketing director for the Frank Motors Group....
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Mercedes integrates navigation system with Google Glass

Oct. 25, 2013 06:01 CET
Mercedes may introduce Google Glass integrated into a car's navigation system in its production models....
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The 2 little (search) engines that could: Yahoo!, Bing win dealers' praise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Al Chalashtori, general manager of Universal Nissan and Universal Hyundai in Orlando, Fla., says lots of shoppers are finding his stores from an often overlooked source: Yahoo! and Bing....
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Dealers: Ignore online critics at your peril

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
In business, ignoring disgruntled customers is never good policy. In the age of social media, it's pure folly....
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Toyota tests $60 annual nav subscriptions in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Toyota's U.S. and European operations are diverging on whether to charge customers subscriptions for navigation and entertainment apps on the redesigned 2014 Corolla compact....
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Continental to work with Google, IBM on self-driving cars, report says

Aug. 21, 2013 18:42 CET
German auto supplier Continental is close to agreeing on alliances with Google and IBM to develop autonomous driving systems for cars, a German newspaper reported....
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Continental to work with Google, IBM on self-driving cars, report says

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2013
German auto supplier Continental AG is close to agreeing alliances with Google and IBM to develop autonomous driving systems for cars, a German newspaper reported today....
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