General Motors is reorienting its OnStar business to generate more revenue from connectivity services and better position its core auto brands as technological showcases that can compete against innovative brands such as Tesla.
The relatively low-volume Avalon and Corolla hatchback offer a preview of stablemates that are more critical for Toyota North America: the reworked Lexus ES, which will debut this week in Beijing, and the coming Corolla sedan.
Self-driving cars may not be on the road anytime soon, but that isn't stopping Dutch navigation device maker TomTom from investing in high-definition maps needed when autonomous driving becomes the norm.
CDK Global's planned acquisition of Auto/Mate, a smaller provider of dealership management systems, has been blocked by the Federal Trade Commission. The move would have bolstered CDK's positioning at the lower end of the DMS market and removed a smaller rival.
Ford says it aims to supplant Toyota as the top seller of hybrid vehicles in the United States in three years as part of a dramatic reshaping of its lineup to focus heavily on utility vehicles and pickups. The automaker plans to replace more than 75 percent of its North American lineup and add four nameplates within the next two years.
When Continental bought Israel's Argus Cyber Security the supplier said the hacking-preventer would become part of its software subsidiary, Elektrobit. Alexander Kocher, the unit's head, said the addition of Argus helped it eliminate a crucial "blank spot" from the car to the cloud, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.
Automotive cybersecurity is still in its infancy but developments have accelerated since 2015 and suppliers such as Bosch, Harman, Cisco, Honeywell, NNG, Irdeto, Karamba and Continental-owned Argus, are already well positioned to benefit from the predicted boom.