Information Technology

Over-the-air auto software updates opens market to acquisitions

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Over-the-air software updates -- a no-fuss, no-muss infotainment feature popularized by Tesla Motors -- is rapidly spreading to the entire auto industry, fueling high-price acquisitions in the segment....
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EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces....
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Maps to track every bump in the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Navigation maps that display roads and highways accurately to within 20 centimeters could be available as early as 2017....
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GM tablet tool aims to lift service revenue

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
About 1,200 General Motors dealerships have begun using a tablet tool, part of a software program called Service Workbench, that lets service advisers quickly pull up a vehicle's history, whip through an inspection and point out a menu of factory-recommended maintenance items....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Building a new fortress to protect data

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
When it comes to protecting sensitive data against hackers, the days of building thick digital walls and moat are over....
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Q&A

How some customers cheat themselves

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
When Hennessy Buick-GMC in Georgia signed up this year for an Equifax system that automatically verifies employment and income, Finance Director Blake Bailey thought the system would mostly identify people who had overstated their income....
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ONWARD ONLINE

After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. Why not? The features that enable online car shoppers to get firm financing quotes, monthly payment calculations and trade-in values are helping the 16-dealership, 20-franchise group sell vehicles....
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Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest....
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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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Hyundai posts biggest gain in global patent filings, report says

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Hyundai posted the biggest gains in the number of patent filings over the past five years, narrowing the gap with industry leader Toyota, according to an analysis of global patent applications released today....
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Ford tests 'beacons' to beam info to shoppers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Ford Motor Co. is testing a new way that shoppers browsing on a dealership lot can learn about the vehicles they're looking at. Ford is demonstrating the technology, which it developed in conjunction with Cisco Systems, on an F-150 at the Detroit auto show....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Luxury brands seek an edge with tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
The horsepower race is dead, giving way to advanced hybrid technology and smaller displacement engines. Digital technology has become central to selling vehicles, not only on smartphones and tablets but in innovative showroom settings. These are some of the ways that luxury brands are embracing the megatrends discussed at the Automotive News World Congress....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

After '11 quake, Renesas is ready for next disaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
At the International CES this month, chipmakers such as Renesas, Nvidia and Freescale were eager to brag about their readiness to supply the silicon brains for infotainment and driverless cars. But when I chatted with Ali Sebt -- chief of Renesas' U.S. operations -- I was preoccupied with thoughts of floods, earthquakes and fires....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Bosch outlines 10-year path to door-to-door driverless car

6:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH -- the world's largest automotive supplier -- is preparing to roll out the technology needed to allow cars to pilot themselves and change lanes at high speeds on the autobahn....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Suppliers learn to innovate quickly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
From Tesla to the Google driverless car to the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup to active safety systems that promise zero fatalities, the auto industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. For auto suppliers, that means relentless pressure to innovate at warp speed....
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JESSE SNYDER

Save up -- the future is a hungry beast

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times....
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Ford says internal quality ratings rise following tech fixes

8:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Ford says its internal North American quality ratings improved last year for the first time since 2010, after working through issues with its touchscreen systems and bumpy new-model launches....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

TrueCar says app will help automakers know, target customers

5:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Vowing to build a better relationship with car dealers, TrueCar CEO Scott Painter showed an early version of a new mobile app at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit that he said will help automakers target customers more efficiently....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Audi sales chief unveils virtual reality system for shoppers

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Audi AG's top sales executive today unveiled a new virtual reality system that he called the “most flexible sales format ever invented for the car industry.”...
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

BMW looks at time as ultimate luxury

7:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Time is one of the most sought-after luxuries, and the auto industry is using technology to give customers more of it, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing....
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Verizon offers to hook up drivers of disconnected, older cars

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Drivers of older cars can gain some of today's technology when Verizon introduces a product linking them with its wireless network for help in a breakdown and advice on how to fix their aging set of wheels....
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Car guys tell Google to move over

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Mercedes-Benz basically invented the automobile. And judging from its new prototype for a self-driving luxury car, it may be an old-guard company like Mercedes -- not a newcomer like Google Inc. -- that reinvents the automobile for the next century....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

'Hive mind' could help cars expect the unexpected

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Perhaps the key obstacle to the adoption of self-driving cars is fear of the unexpected -- a road encounter with an unfamiliar object that the vehicle's computer can't classify and thus can't anticipate. But what if each autonomous car could benefit from a central supercomputer that could identify the unknown object by analyzing images transmitted by millions of vehicles?...
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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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Big suppliers try to move like a startup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Silicon Valley's blistering pace of product development has prompted some very large, very traditional automotive suppliers to try to reinvent themselves as technology startups....
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