Software

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving tech building blocks already in place

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

Kathy Winter, Delphi's vice president of advanced engineering and software service, declined to predict when autonomous cars would be ready for the market. But she did say it'll probably be regulatory and insurance issues - not the readiness of the technology - that slows the rollout of autonomous cars....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Self-driving building blocks already in place

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineers have already built and incorporated into today's cars much of the mechanical hardware needed for self-driving vehicles....
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Porsche taps Cox unit to help manage off-lease portfolio

11:27 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Porsche Cars North America Inc. has tapped a Cox Automotive software platform company to help it manage its off-lease portfolio....
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Remote updates speed Tesla's Autopilot push

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

Tesla doesn't have the r&d budget of rivals such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But the Palo Alto, Calif., startup sees its ability to send over-the-air software updates as a crucial edge in the race to self-driving cars because it can quickly roll out technology to vehicles that have already been sold....
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Cars hear you, but when will they get you?

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

Almost all vehicles sold in America today are programmed to respond to a driver's voice commands. But still on the frontiers of automotive research are vehicles that can determine what a driver really wants -- and respond intelligently. Getting to that point is a profound engineering challenge that is leading researchers beyond voice recognition and into the realm of artificial intelligence....
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LaSorda's venture capital fund invests in auto cyber-security firm

11:13 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Tom LaSorda, the former CEO of Chrysler and Fisker, said his venture capital fund IncWell has invested in a global automotive cyber-security supplier called TowerSec. Terms of the investment were not disclosed....
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Today's Delphi focuses on smart technology, software

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Delphi Automotive's brain trust thinks it has a winning business strategy -- smart technology with a heavy dose of software -- and it's likely to stick with that plan under its new CEO....
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BMW CEO Reithofer sees challenges mounting for his successor

March 4, 2015 21:46 CET

The new boss of BMW Group, Harald Krueger, will have to cope with the rise of electric cars, automated driving and new competitors, as well as the traditional uncertainties over consumer demand and fuel prices, the company's outgoing CEO, Norbert Reithofer, said....
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Tech industry interlopers force car industry to react, Bosch CEO says

Feb. 17, 2015 16:24 CET

The auto industry is stepping up efforts to introduce highly automated cars as software makers Google and perhaps even Apple forge plans to build a vehicle, Volkmar Denner, the CEO of Bosch, said....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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Google can disrupt car industry but is no automaker, Zetsche says

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

Technology companies such as Google are unlikely to become mass car manufacturers, even if they have the potential to disrupt an industry increasingly focused on software and automated driving, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says....
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Another fix for Jeep's troubled 9-speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler executives say they are straightening out software problems with the automaker's nine-speed automatic transmission, but nagging issues persist. Consumer complaints about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee describe hard shifts, lunging, unexpected disengagement of the transmission or repeated illumination of malfunction lights....
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BMW fixes glitch that left BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars vulnerable to hackers

Jan. 30, 2015 15:14 CET

BMW has fixed a security flaw that could have allowed hackers to unlock the doors of up to 2.2 million Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW vehicles....
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Over-the-air auto software updates opens market to acquisitions

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015

Over-the-air software updates -- a no-fuss, no-muss infotainment feature popularized by Tesla Motors -- is rapidly spreading to the entire auto industry, fueling high-price acquisitions in the segment....
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BMW's iDrive will add touch screen, gesture recognition

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

BMW plans to add touch-screen and gesture recognition to its next-generation iDrive human-machine interface. The enhanced technology is designed to increase the user friendliness of commands to operate navigation, infotainment and smartphones for the driver and front passenger....
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Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says

7:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014

Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

BLOG: Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014

Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems....
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AUTOMOBILWOCHE CONGRESS 2014

Ford taps independent software developers

Nov. 14, 2014 08:23 CET

Ford is betting on open systems and the innovative capabilities of external software developers in its vehicle connectivity strategy, Barbara Samardzich, Ford of Europe's chief operating officer, said....
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Cox Automotive to buy Xtime for $325M, enters service software business

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014

Cox Automotive has agreed to pay $325 million in cash to buy Xtime, a leading provider of service scheduling and workflow software to dealerships, the companies announced today. The deal is expected to be completed in the next few days, said Keith Jezek, software division president at Cox Automotive....
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Audi will recall 850,000 A4s globally over airbag problems

Oct. 23, 2014 15:42 CET

Audi will recall 850,000 A4s worldwide due to an airbag problem that could prevent front airbags from deploying. Audi said its faulty airbags are not made by Takata, which is at the center of a growing number of recalls....
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Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers

10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014

Automakers are forming a consortium to deter hackers who might try to breach a vehicle's security system -- an effort that has gotten the blessing of federal regulators....
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Dealer software provider CDK goes public as it spins off from ADP

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

CDK Global, formerly ADP Dealer Services, went public Tuesday as part of being spun off by parent Automatic Data Processing Inc., CDK Global announced today....
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Mercedes opts for cloud-computing setup to protect data from hackers

Sept. 18, 2014 13:22 CET

Mercedes is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data generated by vehicles as the industry moves toward driverless cars. Automakers are looking for ways to stop hackers from gaining information or even hijacking vehicles by remote control....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

Why Google cars? The software, stupid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars?...
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VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014

Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said today....
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