Information Technology

Google is ready to challenge Apple's CarPlay

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Apple and Google operating systems run on 95 percent of the smartphones sold around the world. Now the two giants are about to go head to head in the automobile....
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Toyota ups its game on telematics in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Toyota will release a telematics system in Japan this summer that uses automated voice activation and allows open-source third-party apps to be downloaded to the infotainment system....
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'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices....
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BMW introduces charging app for i3 owners in U.S.

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has introduced a smart charging app in the United States that helps i3 owners save money on charging their cars at home by identifying the hours during which electricity is cheapest....
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Vodafone targets connected cars with acquisition of Cobra Automotive

June 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Vodafone plans to expand into automotive telematics by acquiring Cobra Automotive Technologies, an Italian provider of security, telecommunications and vehicle tracking data....
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Google to reveal operating system that will rival Apple CarPlay

11:48 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Google will unveil its first in-car operating system at its annual software developer conference this month, intensifying its race with Apple to become the leader in dashboard computing....
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Smartphone app helps set insurance discounts

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Allstate Insurance Co. this year unveiled the Drivewise mobile app that gauges driving behavior through smartphones to set insurance discounts for motorists in three states....
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GM's chief information security exec going to Target

3:06 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Target hired General Motors executive Brad Maiorino as chief information security officer, a new position at the retailer, effective June 16....
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Intelligent transportation conference set for Sept. in Detroit

6:55 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, scheduled to be held in Detroit, Sept. 7-11, will feature demonstrations and presentations of innovations in transportation technology....
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Denso acquires majority stake in diagnostics, telematics firm

1:19 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
Denso International America acquired a majority stake in Pennsylvania vehicle diagnostics and telematics company Ease Simulation....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Electronics: What's lost is simplicity

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Several industry executives spoke last week about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making them very easy for us to operate....
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EDITORIAL

Tech training tuneup

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Manufacturers are building vehicles with increasingly technology-laden features, but dealerships are having a hard time finding enough qualified technicians to keep those sophisticated autos serviced and on the road....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The drive to make car functions simple is cutting out simplicity

3:03 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
Several industry executives spoke today about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making them very easy for us to operate....
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GM's wide price range for 4G service reflects uncertainty about demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
When General Motors rolls out an embedded high-speed Internet connection across most of its lineup beginning next month, there will be a range of subscription options available for everyone from hard-core tech geeks to the technologically curious....
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REVIEW

Smartphone fans may see little value in Audi's 4G feature

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
The redesigned Audi A3 makes its pitch for young buyers not only with a sticker price starting near $30,000, but with a superfast 4G LTE wireless Internet connection, making it the first model available in the United States with that feature....
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GM says new 4G LTE services will cost $5 to $50 a month

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Monthly subscription rates for General Motors' 4G LTE data connection through OnStar will range from $5 to $50 a month depending on usage, the company said today. GM plans to roll out the 4G service in June starting with the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu....
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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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U-M to build 'simulated urban environment' to test connected cars

3:37 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2014
The University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center, along with key partners from a variety of industries, will begin construction of a $6.4 million “simulated urban environment” for testing of connected and automated vehicles, the university said Tuesday....
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Nokia invests $100 million in car connectivity

May 5, 2014 12:39 CET
Nokia will invest $100 million in companies that develop intelligent-car technologies to support its digital-map business, joining Google and Tesla in betting that future vehicles will be smarter and more connected....
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Geniuses smart move for dealers, BMW says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
BMW brand dealers in Europe are seeing a financial boost from the automaker's Genius Everywhere program. The tech-savvy employees' no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW vehicles has boosted the purchase of high-margin options 10 to 15 percent, the company said....
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GM recalls 2013 Cadillac SRX on lagging acceleration issue

9:28 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
GM is recalling about 56,400 model year 2013 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles because of possible delays in acceleration linked to a computer program that controls the transmission, federal regulators said today....
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Chrysler shifts IT contract to IBM

11:26 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2014
Fiat has taken another step toward fully integrating its wholly owned subsidiary Chrysler Group by merging its global information technology platforms under one IBM banner....
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Chrysler shifts IT contract to IBM

12:20 pm U.S. ET | April 25, 2014
Fiat has taken another step toward fully integrating its wholly owned subsidiary Chrysler Group by merging its global information technology platforms under one IBM banner....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

Cars become computers on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip that powers a vehicle's infotainment system can easily top $1 billion....
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Q&A

Nvidia adapts gaming chips to autos

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The redesigned Audi TT, scheduled to arrive in the United States in 2015, benefits from chipmaker Nvidia's quad-core chip, which works with a 3-D graphics program and can execute 8 billion operations per second. Danny Shapiro, director of Nvidia's automotive division, has worked closely with Audi and other automakers since 2009....
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