Smartphones

TrueCar says more than half of its web traffic now is mobile

8:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

As technology plays a more pivotal role in the vehicle-shopping process, mobile shoppers, for the first time, have begun to make up the majority of TrueCar's web traffic....
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HOLD THE PHONE

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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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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Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014

Drivers don’t need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well....
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Tapping the potential of smartphones

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Automakers such as Ford and Toyota are illustrating how static ads on screens and billboards can quickly generate dynamic ads for the smartphone through the use of near-field communication, the short-range wireless communications technology that's behind Apple Pay and works with a quick tap of the phone....
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Pairing phones to cars could be done with a tap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2014

Near-field communication, the wireless technology that allows users of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 to make payments by tapping the smartphone on a reader at a checkout counter, is coming to the car....
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Dealerships learn how to handle calls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Phone calls into dealerships are soaring, and so is the need to reduce fumbled calls that are hurting sales and customer satisfaction....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour

Sept. 30, 2014 11:30 CET

Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become increasingly hard to come by: buyers....
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Jaguar Land Rover gets smart to woo city dwellers

Sept. 23, 2014 10:52 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is joining other automakers in seeking to make its vehicles more intelligent in a bid to win over city dwellers who are more fixated on smartphones than cars....
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Daimler buys smartphone apps but seeks to avoid Uber controversy

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014

Daimler said it had bought Mytaxi and RideScout, two smartphone applications that will help the maker of Mercedes-Benz limousines provide services to people who do not own cars....
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Social media fall flat for car shopping, research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

The body of evidence continues to grow that social media are ineffective for selling vehicles....
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2015 Cadillac ATS offers wireless charging dock

2:41 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

General Motors will offer wireless charging for smartphones for the first time in the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe when they are launched this fall....
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Millennials drawn to car-sharing services, but eventually, they buy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014

Car- and ride-sharing programs are changing the way city dwellers get around and the way millennials think about car ownership. Automakers have noticed and are experimenting with ways to adapt -- creating partnerships with car-sharing services or offering their own transportation services....
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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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BEST PRACTICES

Cue from airlines helps dealership cut no-shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Robert Karbaum came up with is an "appointment boarding pass" to send to customers' smartphones via text or e-mail minutes after they schedule a test drive....
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Warning in your car may be about you

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014

Automakers are tinkering with a variety of in-car health apps that monitor biometric data such as heart rate, blood sugar, allergies or alertness and relay the information to a driver....
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