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Are automakers addicted to in-car features overload?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Automakers are confusing customers by overloading vehicles with an array of infotainment features, many of which are never used. Panelists at the SAE Congress in Detroit said the industry needs to rethink in-car systems with the goal of adding simplicity and reducing distraction....
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Can automakers unplug connected cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

In the era of over-the-air software updates, automakers will happily add new features. But what happens when they decide to take them away?...
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Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the MyFord Touch infotainment system, starting this summer....
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Where the heck is Apple CarPlay?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Validation testing has delayed the rollout of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, showing the challenge of updating cars at smartphone speed....
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Google's 'Mobilegeddon' forces dealerships to get mobile-friendly

3:54 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

If consumer preferences haven't already prompted auto dealerships to operate mobile-friendly websites and digital marketing tools, Google is giving them an extra nudge....
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Auto safety technology trumps entertainment for consumers, J.D. Power study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released today....
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Peugeot, IBM agree to develop new connected-car services

8:26 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen and IBM are working together to hook cars up to the Internet, going beyond mapping and infotainment to link vehicles up to shops, service networks and urban transport grids, the companies said today....
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Google exec sees self-driving cars as inevitable

4:05 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, futurist and Google's director of engineering, opened the SAE World Congress here by pointing out that predicting the future is easy -- and saying self-driving cars are inevitable....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With 3-D printing, product development flies

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks....
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BMW Group, inspired by Google Glass, tests experimental driving goggles

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

BMW Group, which thinks computerized headsets such as Google Glass could be the next big thing, has unveiled a prototype of goggles that turn the world into a digital display, making it easier to follow navigation directions and park in a BMW or Mini....
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GM counting on high-speed Internet services in car to drive profits

2:32 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Buyers of GM vehicles will increasingly be able to use in-car mobile broadband systems to book hotel rooms, cut deals on driver insurance, pay for data usage and conduct a host of other transactions. And each time they do, GM will get a small cut from the seller....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Honda manager says effective auto design stretches well beyond the vehicle

4:01 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

The car is just one piece of the mobility pie that auto designers consider when pursuing new ideas, says Jason Wilbur, manager of Honda's Advanced Design Studio....
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Smart transportation coalition forms to promote tech to lawmakers

5:45 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Trade groups representing automakers and tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel have formed a coalition to advocate for industry-friendly connected car and autonomous vehicle policies on Capitol Hill....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Self-driving building blocks already in place

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineers have already built and incorporated into today's cars much of the mechanical hardware needed for self-driving vehicles....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Apple is a no-show at the New York show

10:19 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are finally here! Well, almost here....
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IHS buys digital car-shopping behavior tracker Dataium

5:19 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Data and consulting powerhouse IHS Inc. has purchased the assets of Dataium, a small company that can see shopping behavior on dealer and carmaker websites to direct and measure the performance of ad and marketing campaigns....
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Toyota wants a Scion purchase to feel more like buying an IPad

6:46 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Toyota wants buying a Scion car to feel more like ordering an iPad and less like the current four-hour ordeal....
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GM expects to earn $350 million over 3 years from 4G technology in cars

11:34 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

General Motors will generate $350 million in improved profit over the three years to 2018 from its rollout of 4G LTE mobile broadband in its cars and trucks, CFO Chuck Stevens said today....
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Audi picks Delphi for technology bundling self-driving functions

10:44 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Audi is developing a device the size of an iPad tablet that will pack all the computing power needed for a car to drive itself safely along streets and highways without crashing....
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Cars hear you, but when will they get you?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Almost all vehicles sold in America today are programmed to respond to a driver's voice commands. But still on the frontiers of automotive research are vehicles that can determine what a driver really wants -- and respond intelligently. Getting to that point is a profound engineering challenge that is leading researchers beyond voice recognition and into the realm of artificial intelligence....
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IT'S ABOUT TIME

Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. If any company has the clout to make smartwatches desirable to the masses, clearing the way for automakers to pitch new connected-car features, they say, it is the company that invented the iPod and iPhone....
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In era of streaming music, radio rocks on

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Radio has proved incredibly resilient, and the auto industry has taken notice, investing in digital radio even as CD players disappear from the dash. This year in the U.S., about half of new cars sold will be outfitted with a service called HD Radio, which offers a crisper signal and thousands of extra stations....
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BMW wants 1,000 Geniuses in coming years

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

To date, BMW stores have a total of 500 product Geniuses -- customer advisers who explain features and do vehicle deliveries but don't sell cars. Peter Miles, vice president of sales channel development and customer relations, expects that number to grow to 750 by the end of the year and to 1,000 in coming years....
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Honda launches $1 million campaign to draw Ohio students to manufacturing

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Honda is joining a push in Ohio to interest middle and high school students in manufacturing careers, a move stemming from increasing concerns about possible future shortages of qualified workers....
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LaSorda's venture capital fund invests in auto cyber-security firm

11:13 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Tom LaSorda, the former CEO of Chrysler and Fisker, said his venture capital fund IncWell has invested in a global automotive cyber-security supplier called TowerSec. Terms of the investment were not disclosed....
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