Software

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

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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Suppliers see money in software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Harman International, a top producer of speakers and other in-car audio equipment, plans to ease out of hardware so it can concentrate on software as its core automotive product....
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Mobileye shares surge 48% after $890 million IPO

11:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Shares of Mobileye NV soared 48 percent in their market debut today as investors bet that the race by automakers to improve safety ratings would boost demand for the company's unique camera-based systems that help drivers avoid collisions....
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Can Linux speed in-car systems?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers....
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Execs find big fish to fry in small pond

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Executives moving out of top managerial posts at carmakers are finding a nice place to land these days in the industry's high-potential digital marketing world....
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Software systems cut wait times -- if they talk

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Software vendors are helping dealers in the quest for faster vehicle transactions when they are not tripping over each other....
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Canada's auto suppliers showcase connected crossover

9:11 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Canada's Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, aiming to spotlight the country's supplier community and technology capabilities, unveiled an advanced connected vehicle Wednesday at its annual conference in Windsor, Ontario....
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Chrysler gives Jeep Cherokee 9-speed another reset

May 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Chrysler Group continues to tweak the software that operates the complex nine-speed automatic transmissions it will use to power all of its front-wheel-drive-based vehicles, including the Jeep Cherokee....
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Jeep 9-speed needs a reset again

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Chrysler Group continues to tweak the software that operates the complex nine-speed automatic transmissions it will use to power all of its front-wheel-drive-based vehicles. A new software recalibration covers more than 100,000 Jeep Cherokees built before May 5 to address continuing issues with the way some of the nine-speeds shift gears....
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DealerSocket, Vista Equity Partners in investment talks

2:48 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
The owners of DealerSocket, a leading provider of customer-retention software to dealerships, are in investment talks with Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm with a minority stake in Reynolds and Reynolds....
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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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Toyota to recall 1.9 million Prius models to update software

Feb. 12, 2014 10:37 CET
Toyota will recall more than half of the Prius vehicles ever sold to fix a software glitch in the car's hybrid system that may cause some parts to overheat, potentially causing the cars to slow down or stop completely....
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2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Software -- the new battleground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Automakers, taking cues from gadget makers such as Apple, are developing cars to receive software updates that include new tools or even improve fuel efficiency, much in the way an iPad gets new capabilities with each successive operating system. It is a big change -- and a potential saving -- for an industry used to spending heavily to revamp aging models....
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Software -- the new battleground

Jan. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Automakers, taking cues from gadget makers such as Apple, are developing cars to receive software updates that include new tools or even improve fuel efficiency, much in the way an iPad gets new capabilities with each successive operating system....
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