Information Technology

Jeep hacking prompts FCA software update to enhance security

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Fiat Chrysler released a security patch after friendly hackers exposed a startling vulnerability in the company’s Uconnect infotainment system. The hackers were able to shut down a Jeep SUV while it was traveling on the highway....
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Nokia nears agreement with BMW, Audi, Mercedes on maps unit, report says

July 21, 2015 12:55 CET

Nokia is nearing an agreement to sell its maps business to BMW, Audi and Mercedes, with a decision possible as early as next week, sources said....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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Local Motors prepares 3-D car production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

The world's first fleet of 3-D printed cars is on its way, startup Local Motors said, but you won't see a mass-produced 3-D car anytime soon....
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Carmakers tell tech partners to keep hands off our data

8:48 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Carmakers are limiting the data they share with technology partners Apple and Google through new systems that link smartphones to vehicle infotainment systems, defending access to information about what drivers do in their cars....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Startups just keep coming in the used-car market

7:14 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

In case you missed it, this week brought more reminders that the used-car market is in flux....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes in stand-off with Nokia over bid for maps business, report says

July 9, 2015 12:19 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes have reached a stand-off with Nokia in their joint bid to buy the Finnish company's maps business HERE, while rival offers appear to be unravelling, sources familiar with the process said....
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Smartphonelike car displays challenge safety policymakers

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea?...
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Chevy has a cool answer when phone gets too hot

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

Chevrolet is beating the heat this summer by rolling out a phone-cooling system in select 2016 models....
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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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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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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