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PSA sees connectivity boosting customer loyalty

Oct. 2, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA wants its connectivity solutions to strengthen customer loyalty by being simple and seamless, but matching what they get from their consumer electronics will not be easy because that skill is not part of any automaker's DNA, the automaker's connectivity boss Brigitte Courtehoux, explained to ....
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Cox, Dealertrack chiefs hit road to explain $4 billion acquisition

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Cox President Sandy Schwartz and Dealertrack CEO Mark O’Neil will be going on the road together over the next two weeks to meet with auto retailers to explain their $4 billion combination. The acquisition closed today....
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U.S. conditionally clears Cox purchase of Dealertrack

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

The U.S. approved Cox Automotive's $4 billion agreement to buy Dealertrack Technologies, which offers technological assistance to car dealerships, on the condition the companies divest an inventory management services unit to preserve competition....
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Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle....
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Google sees 'top-tier OEMs' as partners on self-driving cars

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and president of its parent company Alphabet Inc., expects the technology giant to team up with “top-tier OEMs” when it ultimately brings its self-driving cars to market....
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Driver-assist systems could save about 10,000 U.S. lives a year, study says

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

New auto safety technologies such as automatic braking and sensors that keep a car in its lane could prevent almost 10,000 U.S. road deaths a year and save $251 billion if they were more widely available, according to a Boston Consulting Group study....
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GM to tap into connectivity, expand car sharing services, Barra says

5:31 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the automaker plans new efforts to capitalize on the connectivity built into its cars, expanding car sharing services, offering more autonomous driving features and enabling services through smartphone apps....
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Automakers gamble on wireless charging standard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Automakers are putting wireless chargers into their cars, but they're still waiting for a clear signal from Apple, which has yet to build the technology into its iPhone....
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App makers eager for clear path to car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

To get their apps into cars, developers like Pandora have to rewrite their code for every brand, but that could soon change....
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BLOG: Honda's LaneWatch is distracting, unnecessary -- and an opportunity for dealers

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

Some of today's automotive technology is unneeded and, in some cases, more hindrance than helpful. Case in point: Honda's LaneWatch technology....
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BMW will 'step up' digital features

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW AG is growing the digital end of its business, both in its vehicles and the retail environment....
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BMW eyes new business opportunities with autonomous cars

Sept. 16, 2015 09:58 CET

BMW is rethinking its products, design and business models for the advent of driverless cars, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the group's Mini boss. The executive added that the competitive advantage for premium carmakers will be based on their ability to offer a portfolio of transport options far beyond just selling cars....
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Google does not intend to become a carmaker, executive says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Google does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer, the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said today at the Frankfurt auto show....
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OnStar's updated mobile app offers shopping options, coupons

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

General Motors drivers looking for cheap places to eat, sleep and shop might be in luck with a new update to OnStar's mobile app....
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Automakers commit to making automatic braking standard

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

A broad group of automakers have agreed in principle to equip all their new vehicles with automatic emergency braking technology as a standard feature in the near future. The group includes Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo....
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Urban Science buys AutoHook to expand lead-management services

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Urban Science, the analytics company best known for helping automakers and dealers decide where to open stores, acquired AutoHook to expand its lead-management services. Financial terms were undisclosed....
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FCA to recall 7,810 SUVs to prevent hacking

5:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it would recall 7,810 SUVs in the United States to update software for radios to prevent hacking....
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Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Toyota has also hired a robotics expert from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Pentagon r&d division that has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving cars....
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Wireless car updates to save billions, transform service experience, IHS predicts

11:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Over-the-air software updates are set to save automakers billions of dollars over the next decade and could fundamentally alter the relationship between drivers, automakers and dealerships, an IHS Automotive study reported....
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Automakers' high tech collects dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers' purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have big plans to bring e-commerce to the dashboard....
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Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts....
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Honda goes prototype-free to build redesigned Pilot

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

The redesigned 2016 Pilot that was just launched by Honda is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes, company officials said today....
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Dealertrack to sell inventory-management business to clear way for Cox merger

9:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Dealertrack Technologies has moved to clear a regulatory impediment to its merger with Cox Automotive by agreeing to sell its inventory-management software business to DealerSocket for $55 million in cash....
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Ford exec says Google, Apple collaborations won't impact brand's identity

Aug. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford doesn't feel threatened by Google and Apple's growing interest in the auto industry, said Christof Kellerwessel, the automaker's electrical engineering chief. The automaker has seen a lot of competitors "come and go" during its history, Kellerwessel told Automotive News Europe in an interview....
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