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Tesla asks hackers at Beijing contest to report vulnerabilities

8:26 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Tesla Motors, whose Model S sedan is the target of a hacking contest in Beijing starting today, said it will investigate and rectify any vulnerabilities discovered as a result of the competition....
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Automated cars may boost urban sprawl, fuel use, Toyota scientist says

10:44 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Toyota says the appeal of autonomous cars carries the risk of adding to urban sprawl and pollution as they may encourage commuters to travel farther to work....
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VW sets sights on Apple-like model updates with speed task force

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars....
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Driverless cars will require industry shift, Nissan scientist says

10:17 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Automakers intending to bring driverless cars to market need to work as much on software design as mechanical engineering, the researcher leading Nissan’s automated-vehicle program says....
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Obama touts progress on 'talking' cars

11:20 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
President Barack Obama highlighted government-backed research on technology being developed by companies including Ford and Toyota to allow cars to communicate with each other....
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Bill Ford predicts 'radical transformation' of auto industry

1:16 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford sees a bright -- albeit remodeled -- future for the automotive industry, according to an op-ed story he authored in The Wall Street Journal....
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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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EDITORIAL

Reducing driver distraction with a carrot, not a stick

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay disable the screen of the hand-held device while it's connected....
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GM dealers learn how to pitch 4G technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
GM is embarking on the industry's broadest deployment of embedded 4G LTE technology, which will be delivered through OnStar. GM is rolling it out on 30 nameplates across its four brands for the 2015 model year, starting with the '15 Chevy Malibu that began arriving in dealerships in mid-June....
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2015 Cadillac CTS -- sans wreath -- quietly appears in OnStar ad

1:21 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
The 2015 Cadillac CTS made a surprise short appearance ahead of its scheduled debut in an OnStar commercial this week....
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Audi to offer Apple CarPlay in European models starting in 2016

4:56 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Audi said it will begin offering Apple's CarPlay in 2016 model year vehicles in Europe. Talks between Apple closed last week, and the deal was confirmed Monday....
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Google puts phones on lockdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Governments have mainly tried to fight distracted driving with laws banning handset use or texting in the car -- laws that are widely flouted. Google and its partners from the auto industry are taking an approach that's more carrot than stick....
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TrueCar to drop 75 franchisees in policy disputes

4:24 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
TrueCar this month plans to drop up to 75 of its 8,000 participating franchisees for failing to honor price guarantees made to car buyers or for other violations of TrueCar policies, President John Krafcik said today. TrueCar also will launch a new app in the coming days that allows consumers to take photos of their trade-in vehicles and seek a price for the vehicles from competing dealers in the TrueCar network, Krafcik said....
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Mitsubishi Electric rolls out FLEXConnect infotainment system

1:09 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America wants to put in-home wireless networks on wheels with FLEXConnect, an information and entertainment audio-video bridging system...
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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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