Information Technology

Google Maps will sound train whistle

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Google, responding to a call from the Federal Railroad Administration to help reduce the occurrence of train-vs.-car crashes, has agreed to work with the agency to pinpoint nearly every one of the nation's roughly 250,000 railroad grade crossings and integrate the data into the Google Maps smartphone app that many drivers routinely use for navigation, according to a New York Times report....
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How Infiniti climbed quality chart

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2015

The entire auto industry got a little bit better on quality this year, but few brands jumped in the rankings of a closely watched survey the way Infiniti did. The brand focused on two problem areas, telematics and a noisy transmission, to make big gains in J.D. Power's latest quality ratings....
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Jaguar r&d chief shuns driverless cars; says customers aren't 'cargo'

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will never make a driverless car, r&d boss Wolfgang Epple said. “We don't consider customers cargo. We don't want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B,” he added....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Renault Espace's Tesla-like touchscreen could be a winner

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Renault's large, vertically mounted touchscreen on its new Espace large minivan seems like a smart move as connectivity increasingly becomes a key selling point for new vehicles. The touchscreen's portrait mode, a first in its segment, makes operating the device similar to using a smartphone or tablet, Renault says....
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GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud....
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Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the technology closer to production....
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Buick, GMC start adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

11:07 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

General Motors is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some Buick and GMC models, another step in the rollout of the smartphone-like interfaces across GM's portfolio....
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Tech race will strain automakers, report says

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

Automakers face enormous pressure on profit margins as technology and connectivity demands grow and car sales slow in markets such as the U.S. and China, according to a report by consultancy AlixPartners....
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Visteon affirms software shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Now that Sachin Lawande has been named CEO of Visteon Corp., effective next week, his to-do list can be boiled down to one word: software. When Visteon was spun off from Ford Motor Co. 15 years ago, the company was a traditional metal-bending conglomerate. Now, Visteon specializes in cockpit electronics....
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Do copyrights for books, music also apply to cars?

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The U.S. Copyright Office will likely decide within months whether a law written partly to protect literature and music copyrights in the digital age also prevents car owners and mechanics from making vehicle repairs or diagnoses....
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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

The connected car will get better with age

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The upgrade CD gave way to the downloadable software patch and later to the over-the-air update that's beamed wirelessly to your laptop or smartphone. This is how today's connected computers get better -- continually, seamlessly and sometimes automatically. It's how connected cars will get better, too....
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WAVE OF THE FUTURE?

BMW's flagship gives gesture controls first big test

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

Gesture control is here, but automakers are being cautious, having learned a lesson from the problems that plagued early voice-control systems. With the debut of gesture controls in BMW's flagship sedan later this year, yet another interface is entering the fray....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes favored by Nokia for maps deal, report says

June 18, 2015 10:39 CET

Nokia favors selling its HERE maps unit to Audi, BMW and Mercedes although price differences remain, according to sources. Final bids are due this week on the business, which supplies maps data for about 80 percent of cars with in-dash navigation systems in North America and Europe....
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JLR invests millions to make entire fleet connected

June 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover aims to have all its new vehicles connected by the end of this year and has spent millions to acheive this. Mike Bell, who was appointed global connected car director in 2012, told Automotive News Europe why this is so important to the carmaker....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation....
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Audi snubs Google bid to attract German carmakers

June 10, 2015 10:50 CET

Google's strategy of courting German carmakers into partnerships was snubbed by Audi amid concerns that Internet-assisted driving may risk intruding on passenger privacy....
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10 mobility startups get ready for big leagues at Detroit's Ford Field

3:43 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Ten startups with inventions ranging from a car-sharing platform for classic and exotic cars to logistics software for truckers have converged in Detroit for the summer as part of Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit....
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Google builds safeguards into Android Auto apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

The limited roster of apps approved for Android Auto shows how carefully Google is approaching its first foray into designing computer interfaces for cars....
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Ford accused by software maker of intellectual property theft

3:33 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

A Texas software company that says it helped Ford significantly reduce warranty costs and bring vehicles to market faster has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the automaker of stealing its intellectual property....
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be larger, lighter

3:45 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

GM released the first teaser image of the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compact car and said it will be larger and lighter than the current version. It goes on sale in the U.S. in early 2016....
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Many consumers nonplussed, confused with latest tech, survey finds

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

A recent Nielsen-SBD survey of some 14,000 automobile owners found that manufactures generally are jamming features into cars that most owners don't use and often are not even aware of. “It's sort of an arms race -- who can have the most technology in the vehicle -- and consumers are confused,” said Nielsen Vice President Mike Chadsey....
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Toyota looks to Ford's SmartDeviceLink to defend dash from Apple, Google

6:33 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

Toyota and Ford may join forces to maintain control of their vehicle dashboards as Apple Inc. and Google Inc. introduce technology targeting the car industry....
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Mitsubishi joins move to Apple-Android connectivity

6:50 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Mitsubishi is the latest carmaker joining the Apple-Android car connectivity push, with plans to introduce the systems this summer in the Pajero SUV for Europe before eventually bringing the technology to other markets and nameplates....
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