Rockefeller warns automakers, suppliers to cut risk of in-car mobile technology

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
An influential senator, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, warned automakers and technology executives on Thursday that he'll propose regulating in-car use of mobile phones to Internet-connected entertainment and information systems unless they do more to reduce driver distractions....
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Car controls are just too complex

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Having been in the auto repair business for more than 50 years and having recently retired as an automotive radio talk show host, I have heard many people express exasperation over the changes in electronics and cabin controls....
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Technology takes a lot of training

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Today's automobile is packed with technology, more than most customers understand. As cars and trucks become more complicated, manufacturers and dealers are going to have to provide more training for customers....
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Will Google Glass distract a driver?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Is Google Glass a clever way to transmit collision warnings to the motorist? Or is it just another potential distraction -- best employed before or after a trip? The auto industry is about to find out....
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Gesture controls: Give me a break and a knob

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Henry Bzeih, the chief technology strategist for Kia Motors America Inc., patiently guided me through the various controls at the International CES, the consumer electronics show here. They all worked well enough, but I began to wonder about all this technology when we tried out the gesture controls -- using hand motions to, say, turn the stereo volume up....
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Faurecia, Magneti Marelli team up to capitalize on booming, lucrative HMI sector

Jan. 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Suppliers Faurecia and Magneti Marelli have joined forces to challenge rivals such as Continental, Delphi, Denso and Harman in the booming and lucrative sector for human-machine interface applications....
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JLR, Mercedes seek tech edge from new r&d centers along U.S. west coast

Jan. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
Europe's premium automakers are opening r&d centers on the U.S. west coast to be close to some of the brightest technology developers in the world....
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U.S. study of automotive location data raises privacy concerns

12:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
The government's research arm found that data-hungry in-car location services could use some improvement in the privacy and consumer notification departments. The Government Accountability Office's report prompted Minnesota Senator Al Franken, the longtime comedian and political pundit, to call on Congress to pass a location-privacy bill....
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Can't we make things a bit simpler?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
My wish for the new year is that the auto industry will get its act together on electronics and cabin controls. As in: Just put a doggone "OFF" switch on the thing....
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Ford, State Farm sign up with Pandora for ads aimed at drivers

11:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Pandora Media, the online radio service, has begun selling advertising that only listeners in automobiles will hear, creating a potential new revenue source....
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OnStar gets 4G relaunch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
OnStar, General Motors' system that provides concierge service, roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation, is getting a major makeover....
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GM in talks with Chinese companies about introducing 4G LTE

8:59 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
General Motors is in discussions with Chinese telecommunications companies about providing 4G high-speed cellular data service in its vehicles....
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Get ready for a speedy Internet connection

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The growing availability of 4G LTE -- a faster data connection that will make in-car apps run more smoothly -- is shaking up the auto infotainment industry. Major automakers are taking steps to make their infotainment systems compatible with the new standard, which runs up to seven times faster than 3G connections....
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Officials bust vehicle fraud ring

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
An international crime ring that fraudulently acquired vehicles from Canadian dealerships, drove them into the United States and shipped them to western Africa is being thwarted by a cooperative effort, authorities say....
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Ford names ex-GM exec Butler to lead global connected vehicle unit

10:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Ford has hired Don Butler, a longtime General Motors executive who resigned from the company in August, to lead its new global vehicle connectivity department....
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Hyundai plans Google Glass 'pre-drive' app for 2015 Genesis sedan

9:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Hyundai said owners of its new Genesis sedan will be able to use Google's Glass app for “pre-drive” operations such as remote starts and route planning as automakers add more technology to lure buyers....
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As apps hit the road in big numbers, who will profit?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
The number of automotive apps in use in vehicles is expected to soar to 4.3 billion programs globally in 2018, up from 12 million last year, but it's not clear that these apps will prove to be a financial cornucopia for automakers....
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High-tech battle: Dealers vs. crafty thieves

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2013
Stealing cars isn't always a messy game that leaves piles of broken glass at the scene....
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SD card players offer good customer service opportunities

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2013
Smart dealers and sales reps should look hard at the customer satisfaction opportunity as the CD player disappears from vehicles. The CD player's main replacement, the Secure Digital card reader, does a better job than its predecessor in about a quarter of the space....
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Hinrichs: Tesla's Imax-sized screen is quite an eyeful

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, says he has been busy lately driving competitors' products. One that impressed him is the Tesla Model S....
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Coming to the center stack: Buy a car, get a coffee coupon

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2013
I can hear the commercials now. "Buy a [insert car here] and get 50 percent off on Starbucks coffee! The coupon code will pop up on your vehicle's screen. All you have to do is scan it with your phone and show it to the barista!" This isn't a far-fetched scenario....
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Mercedes integrates navigation system with Google Glass

Oct. 25, 2013 06:01 CET
Mercedes may introduce Google Glass integrated into a car's navigation system in its production models....
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Tesla picks AT&T for internet services in its electric cars

10:47 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2013
Tesla Motors picked AT&T to provide high-speed wireless service to its vehicles, giving the carrier a boost in its effort to expand beyond mobile phones....
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Chevrolet to offer Siri voice-activated software in 6 more nameplates

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
General Motors said it will offer Apple's Siri voice-activated telematics assistant in six more Chevrolet nameplates. GM began offering Siri in Chevrolet Spark and Sonic models equipped with the Chevrolet MyLink telematics system in February....
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Hyundai button to let drivers call for service

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Service Link, the in-car feature that allows Hyundai owners to schedule service calls with dealerships, is generating about 300 appointments a day....
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