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Virtual Keys Looming on the Horizon

New technology pivotal to expansion of car sharing.

by on Aug.31, 2016

A Continental joint venture, OTA keys SA, is developing a virtual key that could make car sharing a reality.

Carmakers are moving closer to using “virtual keys” that can be embedded in smart phones, according to a leading auto supplier.

Representatives from Continental, a leading supplier of a variety of automotive technology, said this week that the virtual keys that can unlock the vehicle and start the engine are developing quickly and will begin showing up on some cars next year.

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“With the variety of solutions Continental offers in its portfolio, the customer has the freedom to decide what technology they want and can choose the key they feel most secure and comfortable with,” said Michael Crane, vice president business Unit Body & Security for the Americas. (more…)

Automakers, Shows Changing to Feature Technology

Shows finding ways to include tech with automakers.

by on Jul.15, 2016

GM's decision to debut the Chevy Bolt at the CES instead of at the Detroit Auto Show shows the shift in how automakers view auto shows.

The world is changing and the auto industry is scurrying to change with it.

Transportation options are multiplying and makers are attempting to be players in each segment whether is simply producing new types vehicles, i.e. small SUVs and crossovers, to satisfy consumers or jumping into the personal mobility market through partnerships like the latest between General Motors and Lyft.

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It doesn’t stop there as car sharing services are springing up and folks are focusing on more personal methods of transportation. A quick tour of Facebook will show you the preferences of folks ranging from cars that double as boats to a move to make the U.S. more like Belgium and create a more bicycle-friendly country. (more…)

Tesla, Smart, Jaguar, Land Rover Among Brands Bedeviled by Software Glitches

Auto industry, in general, struggling to deal with high-tech problems.

by on May.25, 2016

A number of owners have reported problems with the Model S, including doors that won't open, bad chargers and faulty motors.

(This story has been updated to reflect new comments and questions by Volvo, one of the makers cited by J.D. Power.)

The good news is that automakers are loading up today’s vehicles with more and more high-tech safety, performance and infotainment technology. The bad news is that these systems are generating more and more complaints from consumers frustrated by balky and poorly written software.

Smart, Tesla, Jaguar and Land Rover are three of the brands that are generating some of the highest number of complaints, according to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates. According to the research firm, the number of complaints about vehicle software filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been growing rapidly in recent years, jumping 22% in 2015 alone.

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“Consumer complaints are the canaries in the coal mine for automobile manufacturers when it comes to anticipating future recalls and longer-term customer satisfaction,” said Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. automotive at J.D. Power, in a statement. “Software-related problems have become much more prevalent and, if not addressed, could begin to erode consumer trust in new automotive technology.” (more…)

LA Auto Show Launching New Technology Expo

Event designed to meet growing demand for tech news.

by on May.17, 2016

General Motors' $500 million investment in ride-share company Lyft occurred the two sides met at CCE, according to show organizers.

With the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas getting more attention than ever before from carmakers, the Los Angeles Auto Show is adapting to that demand by adding a new four-day preview aimed at the news media that blends cars and technology.

AutoMobility LA will run from Nov. 14-17, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and includes the Technology Pavilion – a new 50,000-square-foot building being constructed to accommodate the auto-tech exhibits. The space is double the size of the area devoted to the Connected Car Exposition or CCE that preceded the LA show for the past couple of years.

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The new event the result of a five-year effort to evolve the show’s press and trade days into trade show for the “new” automotive industry and feature a mix of automakers, tech companies, designers, developers, startups, investors, dealers, government officials and analysts, organizers said. (more…)

LA Auto Show Shifts Gears but Maintains High-Tech Focus

Autonomous, connected-car tech vie for attention with green machines.

by on Nov.20, 2015

The L.A. Auto Show carved out a niche on the circuit as the showcase event for green technologies. However, that's changing to all auto technologies.

When it lifted the covers off its new Clarity Fuel-Cell Vehicle this week, Honda carried on a long-running L.A. Auto Show tradition of focusing on green automotive technology.

But where hybrids, plug-ins, battery-electric and hydrogen vehicles have dominated the annual Tinseltown event for much of the last two decades, environmentally friendly vehicles have had to share the stage this year. The 2015 show, in fact, opened with a day-long symposium on connected car technology, and much of the buzz during the media preview surrounded autonomous vehicles.

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The L.A. Auto Show “has evolved from a single technology – environmental technology – to a broader range of technologies,” said American Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel. (more…)

Americans Still Want to Park Their Own Cars

Despite the fact that their vehicle may be better at it.

by on Sep.23, 2015

While the autonomous system may be a better parallel parker, Americans don't believe it.

While the future isn’t entirely now when it comes to autonomous vehicles, some aspects, such as self-parking, are; however, Americans seem to be unsure if they’re willing to give up control.

A new survey from AAA shows that when it comes to parallel parking, they feel like they’re better at than the best autonomous vehicles on the road. Eighty percent of those surveyed were confident in their ability to squeeze their vehicle between two cars and next to the curb. However, just one in four were willing to let the vehicle do it on its own.

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“Autonomous features, such as active park assist, are rapidly being introduced into new vehicles, yet American drivers are hesitant to let go of the wheel,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. (more…)

Autonomous Technologies Coming to Market Faster Than Expected

But regulations, insurance issues could stall tech push, industry leaders warn.

by on Sep.02, 2015

The new 2016 BMW 7-Series will be capable of driving on its own for short periods of time..

“Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel,” Doors frontman Jim Morrison sang in Roadhouse Blues. But that traditionally healthy line of advice soon may no longer be necessary.

With the debut of the 2016 BMW 750i, motorists will be able to take their hands off the wheel for as long as 15 seconds at a time, the car’s semi-autonomous technologies temporarily taking over driving duties. And a year from now, Cadillac is promising to go a step further. The Detroit maker’s new Super Cruise system will allow drivers to cruise well-marked freeways for an extended period of time hands-free. Or so Caddy can only hope.

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Some automakers are promising to go even further, bringing fully autonomous vehicles to the road within the next decade. But it’s far from certain they can pull it off. It’s not necessarily the technical issues that could derail the push, but regulatory and insurance hurdles, industry leaders warn. (more…)

Report Shows Motorists Don’t Understand Safety Features

Drivers need more education about technologies.

by on Aug.14, 2015

Consumers are demanding new collision avoidance technologies. However, according to a new study, they don't know how they work.

Studies consistently show that motorists want as many advanced safety technologies in use on their vehicles as possible. However, a new report shows that most folks don’t understand what many of those innovations do.

The University of Iowa Transportation and Vehicle Safety Research Division polled 2,000 drivers to see how much they really knew about nine different safety technologies in use on vehicles today.

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What they found was that the majority of the participants had some experience with at least one of the technologies studied, but that 40% of the drivers said their vehicles behaved in “unexpected” ways. (more…)

Americans Concerned about Vehicle Hacking

Jeep Cherokee incident raised awareness of possible outcomes.

by on Aug.03, 2015

A Wired journalist winds up in a ditch after hackers took control of this 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

The recent hacking of a Jeep Cherokee that ended with the ute running into a ditch has gotten the attention of the American motoring public and they have concerns, according to a new survey by Kelley Blue Book.

The event, which was orchestrated by Wired.com, revealed just how vulnerable today’s connected vehicles are to such technological incursions and 80% of those surveyed believe it will be a “frequent” problem in the next three years.

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“Technology offers a wide range of enhanced convenience for today’s new vehicle buyers, but it also offers the increasing potential for unauthorized access and control,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. (more…)

SAE Panel Lays Out Framework for Arrival of Autonomous Vehicles

Executives cite connectivity, more players as key to growth.

by on Apr.23, 2015

Tesla's Model S will be one of the first examples of vehicles using autonomous vehicle technology on the road this summer.

Pandora’s Box is now officially open.

The emergence of self-driving vehicles as a major force in the automotive industry was underscored this week during the Society of Automotive Engineers conference in Detroit, where the topic of self-driving easily eclipsed fuel-efficiency as the major topic of discussion.

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Seval Oz, chief executive officer of Intelligent Transportation Systems at Continental AG, said two of the factors that are driving the autonomous car revolution are exponential growth of wireless connectivity in cars and the demand by other companies for the attention of drivers and passengers, who spend upwards of two hours in a vehicle during the daily commute. (more…)