Telematics

EDITORIAL

Reducing driver distraction with a carrot, not a stick

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay disable the screen of the hand-held device while it's connected....
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GM dealers learn how to pitch 4G technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
GM is embarking on the industry's broadest deployment of embedded 4G LTE technology, which will be delivered through OnStar. GM is rolling it out on 30 nameplates across its four brands for the 2015 model year, starting with the '15 Chevy Malibu that began arriving in dealerships in mid-June....
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2015 Cadillac CTS -- sans wreath -- quietly appears in OnStar ad

1:21 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
The 2015 Cadillac CTS made a surprise short appearance ahead of its scheduled debut in an OnStar commercial this week....
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Google puts phones on lockdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Governments have mainly tried to fight distracted driving with laws banning handset use or texting in the car -- laws that are widely flouted. Google and its partners from the auto industry are taking an approach that's more carrot than stick....
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Google is ready to challenge Apple's CarPlay

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Apple and Google operating systems run on 95 percent of the smartphones sold around the world. Now the two giants are about to go head to head in the automobile....
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Toyota ups its game on telematics in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Toyota will release a telematics system in Japan this summer that uses automated voice activation and allows open-source third-party apps to be downloaded to the infotainment system....
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Vodafone targets connected cars with acquisition of Cobra Automotive

June 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Vodafone plans to expand into automotive telematics by acquiring Cobra Automotive Technologies, an Italian provider of security, telecommunications and vehicle tracking data....
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Smartphone app helps set insurance discounts

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Allstate Insurance Co. this year unveiled the Drivewise mobile app that gauges driving behavior through smartphones to set insurance discounts for motorists in three states....
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Denso acquires majority stake in diagnostics, telematics firm

1:19 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
Denso International America acquired a majority stake in Pennsylvania vehicle diagnostics and telematics company Ease Simulation....
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Nokia invests $100 million in car connectivity

May 5, 2014 12:39 CET
Nokia will invest $100 million in companies that develop intelligent-car technologies to support its digital-map business, joining Google and Tesla in betting that future vehicles will be smarter and more connected....
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Geniuses smart move for dealers, BMW says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
BMW brand dealers in Europe are seeing a financial boost from the automaker's Genius Everywhere program. The tech-savvy employees' no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW vehicles has boosted the purchase of high-margin options 10 to 15 percent, the company said....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

Cars become computers on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip that powers a vehicle's infotainment system can easily top $1 billion....
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Mustang gets new AppLink

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Ford Motor Co. says the redesigned 2015 Mustang that goes on sale this fall will be the first vehicle available with the next generation of Ford's AppLink smartphone connectivity system....
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BlackBerry determined to maintain lead in connected-car technology

March 27, 2014 13:48 CET
BlackBerry says it's determined to keep its lead in connected-car software, even though its share of the global smartphone market has tumbled below 1 percent, crushed by rivals Apple and Google....
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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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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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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