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Chevy gears up to roll out tech, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Chevrolet's biggest marketing campaign this fall is in support of a technology: the launch of 4G LTE wireless Internet service across much of its lineup. The campaign is running across TV, digital platforms, movie theaters and in-flight media and highlights not only the technology's benefits, but also the brand's innovation as the first to widely deploy 4G, Chevy's Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney says....
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Porsche SE cash gives Inrix fuel to grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Inrix Inc., the traffic information provider that drew a $55 million investment this month from Volkswagen AG holding company Porsche Automobil Holding SE, is officially in growth mode....
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Tesla sends traffic help via software upgrade

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Tesla Motors, which equipped its Model S sedan with a cellular connection to download wireless software updates over time, today revealed a sixth update that gives the Model S real-time traffic information for the first time and allows an owner to start the car remotely from a cellphone....
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Mercedes opts for cloud-computing setup to protect data from hackers

Sept. 18, 2014 13:22 CET
Mercedes is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data generated by vehicles as the industry moves toward driverless cars. Automakers are looking for ways to stop hackers from gaining information or even hijacking vehicles by remote control....
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OnStar, police are hitting the brakes on stolen cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
OnStar has worked in tandem with law-enforcement agencies for years to recover more than 60,000 stolen vehicles....
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Industry learns to share road with tech giants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Now that North America's mobile-phone market has matured, corporate behemoths such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Apple have zeroed in on autos as the next big thing....
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RICHARD TRUETT

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved....
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Lawyers reaching for in-car data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories. The tool to turn that goldmine into gold is the smartphone....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction....
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Universal map accuracy will be crucial to autonomous vehicles, transport official says

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Michigan transportation chief Kirk Steudle today shared stories of some GPS mishaps to highlight one of the critical issues facing autonomous vehicles: They’ll need precise mapping to lead them....
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Bill Ford touts automakers working with small tech startups

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
As the world evolves toward a radically altered transportation network with autonomous cars, ride-sharing services and electrified vehicles, traditional automakers need to work with small startup companies that provide new technologies, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said....
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Automakers, suppliers fund research toward cars that talk to each other

11:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said today....
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Autonomous car era brings risk of hijacking by hackers

5:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The prospect of autonomous cars being controlled by remote navigation and computer systems is troubling to government regulators and law enforcement agencies. Self-driving vehicles could be exposed to threats from hackers who could hijack cars and potentially control them remotely, turning them into mules for criminal purposes or even using them as weapons....
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Daimler buys smartphone apps but seeks to avoid Uber controversy

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Daimler said it had bought Mytaxi and RideScout, two smartphone applications that will help the maker of Mercedes-Benz limousines provide services to people who do not own cars....
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VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said today....
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Ford, Nokia test map tech that makes it easy to be green

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2014
Ford and a unit Finnish technology giant Nokia are developing a system that automatically manages the energy efficiency of a plug-in hybrid vehicle as it travels through zones designated by the driver. The GreenZone system would allow drivers to set up the zones using Nokia's maps on a mobile device, computer or in-car navigation system....
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Suppliers unveil the future at world car-tech conference

9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
The upcoming ITS World Congress 2014 in Detroit will highlight the global transportation industry's future of connectivity, safety and automation. The Sept. 7-11 event, which is in Detroit for the first time, is a big step for suppliers, local and global, to introduce the technology that's making up more of their bottom lines....
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Automakers still dogged by Bluetooth glitches, Power study finds

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Bluetooth technology aims to leave drivers hands-free, but some drivers end up connection-free, according to a study of multimedia quality and satisfaction released today....
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GM opens IT center in Phoenix, plans to hire 1,000 workers

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
General Motors said it opened its fourth information technology center today -- this one in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix....
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Dealer software giant ADP Dealer Services to become CDK Global

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
ADP Dealer Services said today it will spin off from parent ADP with the name CDK Global. The dealer software giant expects to become an independent public company by October. It will be listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CDK....
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Aisin's North American growth drives more investment, new HQ

10:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Aisin opened a new North American headquarters in suburban Detroit in July as part of the foreign subsidiary's ongoing growth stateside....
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Social media fall flat for car shopping, research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
The body of evidence continues to grow that social media are ineffective for selling vehicles....
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U.S. details plans for car-to-car safety communications

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
After more than a decade of research into car-to-car communications, federal auto safety regulators took a step forward today by unveiling their plan for requiring cars to have wireless gear that will enable them to warn drivers of danger....
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Former GM veteran, Fisker boss Posawatz to join INRIX board

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Tony Posawatz, the former vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt who also briefly headed Fisker Automotive, has joined the board of directors for telematics company INRIX....
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