Telematics

Off F&I menus, LoJack sales perk up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
A couple of years ago, LoJack Corp. was starting to look like an afterthought. Then company CEO Randy Ortiz had an insight: Get LoJack out of the F&I department -- where it often got lost on menus listing a dozen or so products -- and into the showroom....
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LIMITING DISTRACTION

Some systems let passenger, but not driver, access apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
To avoid driver distraction, automakers typically disable certain infotainment functions, such as entering navigation destinations by hand, when the vehicle is in motion. But suppliers are working on systems that give the passenger access to certain apps....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

The big question: Who really owns vehicle data?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
According to a study released in February by Frost & Sullivan, vehicle data will generate $700 to $800 per vehicle in savings for automakers, vehicle owners, service providers and local governments. That's a fair-sized pot of money, but naturally there's a catch....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Ford plans apps from car data

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
This quarter, Ford Motor Co. is providing third-party app designers access to vehicle data -- such as speed, location and acceleration -- generated by the redesigned EcoSport crossover, which is to go on sale in June in Europe....
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Audi, starting with A3, aims to update in-car software faster

5:32 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
In an era when smartphones are replaced every year or two, and seem downright prehistoric within five or six, Audi AG has decided that the auto industry’s standard product cycle is too long to bear for in-car software....
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JENNIFER CLARK

Apple's CarPlay is smart but simple

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
Apple's new CarPlay system is as simple to use as you would expect from a company that has perfected the art of easy-to-use technology....
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Opel will offer 4G OnStar system

March 4, 2014 15:13 CET
General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall unit said it will launch a WiFi-enabled version of GM's OnStar connectivity system in major European markets by 2015....
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Visteon makes deal to use Autonet Mobile 'connected car' software

9:35 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Visteon has announced an agreement with Autonet Mobile that will allow Visteon to integrate Autonet's telematics software into its next-generation infotainment systems....
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GABE NELSON

Can laws stop distracted driving if we won't?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has reason to be frustrated. The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is supposed to be making sure that federal laws keep the roads safe. Yet Americans keep getting killed because they won't stop looking down from the road to check text messages and play with the high-tech gizmos built into cars....
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Google poised to have strong presence in connected car

Feb. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
There will be more Google in your next car. That was the clear message automakers gave at the recent International CES, the world's largest consumer electronic fair in Las Vegas....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Don't backtrack on technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Regarding "Car controls are just too complex," Letters to the Editor, Feb. 3: I couldn't disagree more. I am 72 years old and will not purchase a vehicle that does not have the latest technology....
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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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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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KEITH CRAIN

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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NEWS ANALYSIS

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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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

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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