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Feds Want to Silence Smartphones – but Amp Up Electric Vehicle Sounds

Move to lock out smartphone apps triggering a backlash.

by on Nov.28, 2016

One new NHTSA proposal would effectively lock drivers out from smartphone apps like texting.

Federal regulators are taking two seemingly opposite steps in the name of safety: they want mew battery-electric vehicles to make more noise, but they also want to silence some of those smartphone apps catching blame for distracted driving.

Both issues are expected to become more serious in the years to come, as in-car electronics become increasingly common and as normally quiet battery-powered vehicles gain more traction — but pose risks for pedestrians, especially the visually handicapped, who might not see them coming.

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There’s been growing demand to lock out texting and other apps while a vehicle is moving, but the rules the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to work on during the final months of the Obama Administration are also generating significant pushback.

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Ford Gets Siri-ous with Sync Software Update

Move affects Ford products dating back to 2011.

by on Dec.04, 2015

Ford owners will now have access to Apple's Siri, but not the Apple CarPlay system.

Ford is the latest in a growing list of automakers adding Apple’s Siri voice valet service to its cars. But unlike some of its competitors, Ford will allow owners of vehicles dating back as far as the 2011 model-year to add the popular feature to their cars.

The move is expected to impact as many as 5 million Ford owners who will simply need to go online, download the update and then plug it into vehicles equipped with Sync and the maker’s MyFord Touch infotainment system.

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Sync “was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel,” said Sherif Marakby, director, Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. (more…)

Change Is Coming Warns Apple Boss Cook

Declines to elaborate on the role that tech behemoth will play.

by on Oct.21, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about how the auto industry will change in the future, but limited details about Apple's role in to CarPlay.

Apple’s top executive is predicting that the automobile industry is on the cusp of massive change.

Tim Cook, Apple chief executive officer, said this week that the automotive industry is on the edge of sweeping change during a conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, but he declined to say if the world’s most valuable company by market capitalization would play a role in that transformation.

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Cook detailed the factors changing the automobile business, including the growing importance of software in the car of the future, the rise of autonomous vehicles and the shift from an internal combustion engine to electric-powered vehicles. (more…)

Honda Goes High(er) Tech with 2016 Accord

CarPlay and Android Auto, lower-price safety package added.

by on Jul.24, 2015

The 2016 Honda Accord gets minor styling tweaks and lots of new technology.

Honda will be loading up the 2016 Accord with an assortment of new high-tech features, the maker revealed during a preview staged, appropriately enough, in Silicon Valley.

Sure, Dodge has gotten plenty of attention by offering a 707-horsepower Hellcat package, but these days, automakers have learned that digital technology is really what sells – as was made abundantly clear in the results of the latest J.D. Power APEAL study which showed that owner satisfaction has been surging on products loaded up with the latest digital features.

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Honda isn’t breaking ground with the 2016 Accord, but it’s not letting competitors like Chevrolet, Ford or Hyundai steal much of a march, either. And, considering Accord’s traditionally loyal following, that may be more than good enough.

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Chevy Goes Cruze-ing with New 2016 Sedan

Redesigned Cruze is roomier but lighter, more fuel-efficient; hatchback to follow.

by on Jun.25, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra shows off the larger but lighter and more fuel-efficient 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

Chevy hopes to Cruze to the top of the compact sales charts with the all-new sedan it’s launching later this year. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be larger than the outgoing model, yet lighter and more fuel-efficient.

The Detroit automaker also plans to add a new hatchback version of the 2016 Chevy Cruz, reflecting a growing shift in the American market as compact buyers in the U.S. start to fall in line with more global trends.

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While it might share its name with Chevrolet’s outgoing compact sedan, not much else remains the same, said styling chief John Cafaro during a Detroit preview. “The Cruze’s approach to proportion and premium details adds to Chevrolet’s elevation of craftsmanship, content, quality and a fresh interpretation on an identity that is unmistakably Chevrolet,” he proclaimed.

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Toyota Teaming up With Ford on Smartphone AppLink Technology

Partners looking to develop open-source version of Ford AppLink.

by on Jun.03, 2015

Ford integrates AppLink into most new models, and an updated version will power Sync 3.

In another sign of the strange bedfellow relationships reshaping the auto industry, Toyota is teaming up with Ford to develop an open-source version of Ford’s AppLink connected-car infotainment system.

The concept, which will be central to the completely updated Sync 3 infotainment system Ford will launch over the summer, is similar to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems many automakers are planning to adapt. Toyota would apparently use it to update or replace its own Entune infotainment technology.

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Where automakers long took price in doing their own R&D, they are increasingly turning either to outside suppliers or, in a growing number of instances, partnering with each other.

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Ford to Launch Updated Sync 3 This Summer

System said to be faster, more intuitive, offer online updates.

by on Jun.02, 2015

The new Sync 3 home screen is broken into three distinct zones for Audio, Phone and Navi.

Hoping to hold its lead against increasingly aggressive rivals, Ford Motor Co. will launch its completely redesigned Sync 3 infotainment system this summer on the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta models.

Launched in 2007, and among the first to offer such features as voice and touch control, smartphone app integration and other communications and navigation services, the original Sync helped draw a generation of tech-savvy buyers to Ford. But it also earned the maker plenty of criticism for the system’s failures and weaknesses.

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One surprise: Ford’s latest version of Sync will not – at least for now – include the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. But Sync 3 does improve on the earlier AppLink technology that can integrate a variety of smartphone apps, as well as Sire Eyes-Free which can tap into an iPhone’s voice-operated personal assistant.

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From CarPlay to Carmaker, Apple Drops More Hints About Plans

Could tie-up with Fiat Chrysler be the future?

by on May.29, 2015

Apple's Jeff Williams hinted the company may be looking at moving into the auto industry with more than its CarPlay infotainment system.

Even as General Motors announced plans to become the first automaker to put the Apple CarPlay infotainment system into 14 new Chevrolet models next year, the Silicon Valley tech giant dropped some new hints it could soon challenge GM on the car-making front.

In recent months, there’s been widespread speculation that Apple will launch a high-tech, battery-powered vehicle in the near future. According to a February story in the Wall Street Journal, the effort is known within the traditionally secretive Apple as Project Titan.

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During a California tech conference this week, Apple’s senior vice president of operations tossed more fuel on the fire, suggesting, “The car is the ultimate mobile device, isn’t it? We explore all kinds of categories,” said Jeff Williams. “We’ll certainly look at those and evaluate where we can make a huge difference.” (more…)

Consumer Reports Calls for Feds to Regulate Computers in Cars

Letter warns members about easy of access by hackers.

by on May.28, 2015

The $10,000 challenge to computer hackers to break into Tesla's Model S controls proved how easily someone can gain access to in-car computer systems.

The recent news that anyone can shut down an iPhone with a simple text is a reminder of how easy it is to get hacked. The fact that new vehicles are often described as rolling computers only stokes fears that your car may not be safe from someone sitting behind a computer screen thousands of miles away.

In a week where Hyundai and General Motors joyously announced they would be adding Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay as options on some of their models, concerns about how those systems might enable hackers to gain access to vehicles have been raised.

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Consumer Reports sent letters to its 6 million members sounding the alarm on about what it views as lax security measures on the part of automakers. (more…)

Hyundai Plugs and Plays with Android Auto in New Sonata

Automakers expected to add Android and Apple systems to new vehicles.

by on May.26, 2015

Hyundai is making Android Auto Play available in its 2015 Sonata. The system can even be added to already-purchased Sonatas.

The race to see what automaker will get Android Auto Play into a vehicle has a winner: Hyundai. The company is making the service an option on its 2015 Sonata models right now.

Hyundai will roll the service out to other vehicles in its U.S. line-up throughout the year, but the Sonata gets it first and it’s also available free-of-charge on already-purchased Sonatas equipped with a navigation systems with just a quick stop at a dealership.

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“Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “We launched this highly anticipated feature on our best-selling Sonata, adding to our promise of value. With the launch of Android Auto, we provide more owners with the experience of cutting-edge technology.” (more…)