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More car buyers are OK with dealer texting, survey says

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Dealers who want to best engage with tech-savvy buyers should try text messaging to communicate, according to survey results released today....
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VINCE BOND JR.

Just how bad is that traffic jam ahead? New tech lets drivers see it

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Traffic apps that alert users of upcoming delays aren't unheard of these days. But what if drivers could actually see what's happening at a particular location on their vehicle screens when they're 5 miles -- or even a couple states -- away?...
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GABE NELSON

Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
To help Google's new Android Auto system gain favor, Honda is doing something rare in the auto industry: subsidizing its rivals....
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Technology training can help close a sale, AutoTrader.com says

10:39 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
As automakers incorporate in-vehicle technology features in more models, dealers have to find a way to sufficiently teach customers how to use the new tools, AutoTrader said in a report....
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Automakers vow to protect data they collect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Under pressure from U.S. regulators to prevent misuse of personal data from services such as General Motors' OnStar, automakers agreed last week to follow a set of rules intended to guard the most sensitive information....
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HOW'S MY DRIVING?

Dashboard data shifting the car insurance model and changing ownership math

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
As dashboard data make it easier to determine how people are driving, and how much, insurers are moving toward a usage-based insurance model that could upend the cost-benefit analysis of car ownership....
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HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on its roof and a map of the world affixed to its side. Ristevski works for HERE, the maps division of Finnish telecom company Nokia. And the technology-laded wagon is playing a key role in helping automakers such as BMW and Daimler keep pace with Google in the field of self-driving vehicles....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Supplier competition intensifies for infotainment software

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The battle for the dashboard will intensify as companies fight to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems in a western European market that IHS Automotive believes will be worth 3 billion euros by 2020....
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GM touts 13,000 vehicles sold under Shop-Click-Drive

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
General Motors has sold more than 13,000 new vehicles via its online shopping tool Shop-Click-Drive since it debuted for use on dealership websites a year ago, the automaker said today....
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Q&A

Daimler exec: Cars will be part of Internet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Ralf Lamberti, manager of the connected-car area at Daimler AG, says the car is becoming "a part of the Internet," meaning it will be "able to communicate with its environment and other vehicles."...
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Tapping the potential of smartphones

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Automakers such as Ford and Toyota are illustrating how static ads on screens and billboards can quickly generate dynamic ads for the smartphone through the use of near-field communication, the short-range wireless communications technology that's behind Apple Pay and works with a quick tap of the phone....
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GM to roll out Android cars in 2016, supplier says

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
General Motors is preparing to introduce Android-based infotainment systems -- the same Google platform used on more than 1 billion mobile devices, from smartphones and tablet computers to computerized wristwatches -- starting in late 2016, according to supplier Harman International....
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Infotainment bugs bite in reliability survey

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
As consumer demand for automotive infotainment systems that blend with digital lifestyles has grown the past few years, so have gripes about buggy or confusing technology that still isn't quite ready for prime time....
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Pairing phones to cars could be done with a tap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2014
Near-field communication, the wireless technology that allows users of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 to make payments by tapping the smartphone on a reader at a checkout counter, is coming to the car....
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Edmunds.com buys startup, plans to offer texting services to dealerships

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Edmunds has purchased a startup texting technology company that it helped nurture. The acquisition will enable Edmunds dealership subscribers to offer texting services to mobile customers....
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Infotainment glitches haunt automakers in Consumer Reports' reliability survey

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Infotainment hiccups nagged the industry in the Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while problems with the Q50 caused Infiniti's ranking to plummet....
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GABE NELSON

Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world

11:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirage. In reality, I was in the parking lot of the Honda Silicon Valley Lab in Mountain View, Calif....
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Gentex reports 30% surge in Q3 net income

1:46 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Gentex, which makes a variety of automotive mirrors, cameras and electronic components, said today that its third quarter net income surged 30 percent from a year earlier, with total revenue jumping 22 percent....
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Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers

10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Automakers are forming a consortium to deter hackers who might try to breach a vehicle's security system -- an effort that has gotten the blessing of federal regulators....
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Startups see opportunities flowing from data port

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Some startups, impatient with automakers' progress and promising to bring older vehicles into the data-driven age, are racing to market with hardware and apps that tap into the OBD-II diagnostic port built into all new U.S. light vehicles' dashboards beginning in 1996....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: TOM GEBHARDT

Panasonic takes simple path to 'smart' voice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
How can automakers help motorists who struggle with voice recognition, the technology that generates more customer dissatisfaction than any other in-vehicle gadgetry? Panasonic Automotive Systems President Tom Gebhardt believes he has a solution....
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M-B system links vehicle, phone, dealer and company

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A new offering called "Mercedes me" aims "to create a seamless integration between car and smartphone and the manufacturer and dealer so you have a portal with all the services Mercedes-Benz offers," said Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes-Benz board member for sales and marketing....
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Five technologies auto suppliers can bank on, analyst says

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
The next six years will be boom times for suppliers with the right technology. LED front lights, telematics, cameras, radar and lithium ion batteries are five technologies that will enjoy the biggest growth in global sales through 2020, predicted Itay Michaeli, Citigroup Inc.'s automotive research director....
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HANS GREIMEL

Crash recorder video craze hits Japan

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Count Japan as the latest entrant to the dash cam craze. Across the country, drivers are uploading and swapping video footage taken through their vehicle crash data recorders....
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Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replace, research released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests....
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