Telematics

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

Panasonic, Blue Note Records to create custom in-vehicle audio systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Panasonic said it will work with jazz record label Blue Note Records to develop custom-branded audio systems and content for the global automotive market.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN

New cars give peek at tomorrow's center stack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
New information display technologies, touch screens and other gizmos are allowing automotive designers to reimagine center stacks and interiors. Designers say that data displays, and how drivers interact with the data, will have an impact on vehicle interiors.... Read More »

 

Map ally to aid Conti's plan for autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2013
Continental AG plans to enable vehicle navigation systems to spot potential hazards by looking "around the corner."... Read More »

 

Cheap apps lead nav makers to seek vehicle OEM deals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Stung by the popularity of cheap smartphone navigation apps, aftermarket suppliers of personal navigation devices are starting to market navigation systems directly to automakers.... Read More »

 

Can curvy Cherokee gain traction against popular crossovers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- With the 2014 Cherokee, Jeep aims to regain ground against such crossover heavyweights as the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.... Read More »

 

Mercedes, Nokia team up on smart maps for connected cars

Sept. 12, 2013 06:01 CET
Nokia says it has partnered with Mercedes-Benz, on a trial basis, to develop smart maps for connected vehicles and eventually self-driving cars.... Read More »

 

Mercedes, Nokia team up on smart maps for connected cars

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
Nokia says it has partnered with Mercedes-Benz, on a trial basis, to develop smart maps for connected vehicles and eventually self-driving cars.... Read More »

 

Toyota tests $60 annual nav subscriptions in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Toyota's U.S. and European operations are diverging on whether to charge customers subscriptions for navigation and entertainment apps on the redesigned 2014 Corolla compact.... Read More »

 

GM set to offer in-car wireless charging for smartphones

10:32 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
GM will start offering wireless charging for smartphones in some vehicles next year, said Ran Poliakine, CEO of a GM partner that is developing the technology with funds from the automaker.... Read More »

 

Sirius XM acquires connected-vehicle unit of Agero for $530 million

8:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Sirius XM Radio agreed to acquire the connected-vehicle services business of Agero for $530 million in cash. The purchase gives Sirius a provider of telematics services for vehicles that includes security, safety and other technologies.... Read More »

 

Onboard device can help guard driver's safety

5:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
As far as infotainment is concerned, the next big thing may be electronic nannies. Andrew Brown Jr., Delphi Automotive's chief technologist, says it would be possible to design infotainment systems that could limit a motorist's activities if road conditions look dangerous.... Read More »

 

VW wins court order to stop scientists from revealing codes used to start cars

July 29, 2013 12:40 CET
Volkswagen obtained a court order to prevent scientists from publishing the secret codes used to start Porsches, Audis, Bentleys and Lamborghinis.... Read More »

 

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