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Toyota Launches Connected Car Venture with Microsoft

Freeing customers from “the tyranny of technology.”

by on Apr.04, 2016

Toyota expects to add lots more features to its EnTune system, while also reshaping the way technology fits into the interior.

Toyota has launched a new  partnership with software giant Microsoft meant to expand the use of technology both for the development and production of new vehicles, as well as to expand the range of features and services that can be delivered to customers while driving.

Dubbed Toyota Connected, the venture is the latest sign of the growing links between the automotive and consumer electronics worlds. Today’s cars are already loaded with advanced electronic safety and infotainment systems. And technology is expected to play an even greater role as automakers push towards the goal of delivering the first fully autonomous vehicles within the next decade.

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“Toyota Connected will help free our customers from the tyranny of technology,” said Zach Hicks, the newly named CEO of Toyota Connected. One of the goals of the venture is to make in-car technology simpler and easier to use, while integrating it with the devices we use elsewhere, such as smartphones.

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Ford and Google Deal to Go Beyond Autonomous Vehicles

Partnership will expand Ford’s push into alternative mobility solutions.

by on Jan.04, 2016

Ford is just beginning its own on-road autonomous vehicle testing at its Silicon Valley R&D center.

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While last-minute snags could yet delay a formal announcement, Ford Motor Co. and Google are planning to reveal the details of an extensive new partnership during a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

The expansive alliance will provide Ford access to Google’s cutting-edge autonomous vehicle technology, but several sources involved in the program told TheDetroitBureau.com that the deal will go well beyond self-driving cars and explore ways in which connected car technology can create alternative mobility solutions, a pet project of Ford CEO Mark Fields.

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Other high-tech providers will join the alliance and, among other things, Ford will be able to test its new technologies at a 1,000-acre proving grounds being set up in North Carolina, according to those sources.

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To Connect or Not to Connect? Federal Regulators Disagree Over New Car Tech

Connected-car systems could save lives – but might also open motorists up to privacy problems.

by on Oct.23, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is pushing for more V2V and V2I based safety technologies on U.S. roadways in the near future.

Maybe they need a better connection. Several senior government regulators have taken what appears to be opposing positions on the need to mandate connected-car technology in the next few years.

While the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week said he favors the use of the technology, believing it could reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities, a senior official with the Federal Trade Commission warned Congress this week that rushing connected cars to market could compromise privacy.

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Connected-car rules proposed by the Department of Transportation falls short of “providing any substantive protections for consumer data,” warned Maneesha Mithal, associate director of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. (more…)

Federal Regulators Plan to Rush Out Connected Car Rules

Technology could sharply reduce crashes, proponents claim.

by on May.14, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the proposed rules for connected cars will be completed earlier than expected.

With proponents promising the technology could significantly reduce crashes, U.S. regulators plan to speed up the process of developing new rules requiring cars to electronically talk to one another.

Proposed connected car guidelines will now be released by the end of this year, according to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The government had originally said the proposal wouldn’t be ready until sometime in 2016.

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“Connected, automated vehicles that can sense the environment around them and communicate with other vehicles and with infrastructure have the potential to revolutionize road safety and save thousands of lives,” Foxx said during a visit to the Silicon Valley research center operated by automotive supplier Delphi. (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…)

Snowstorms Have You Wishing for a Self-Driving Vehicle? Think Again

Inclement weather poses big obstacle for autonomous researchers.

by on Feb.05, 2015

There's a reason Google is testing its autonomous vehicle prototypes in sunny California.

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The heavy snows that have blanketed much of the country in recent weeks might have you wishing for the day when you can buy an autonomous vehicle. Imagine not having to squint through a frozen windshield as you crawl through traffic on your way to work.

That’s one of the big promises of self-driving cars which, proponents promise, will make driving easier and safer. The first semi-autonomous vehicles are set to reach showrooms within the next several years, and several automakers are promising they’ll have the first fully-autonomous products on the road by 2020.

That timetable might work in some parts of the country. But if you live in snowier climes, don’t be surprised if you’re in for a much longer wait, especially if you’re hoping to have your car take over driving duties in inclement weather.

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Makers Counting on Tech Sector to Help Make Safer, More Interactive Cars

Connected car technology continues improvement.

by on Nov.19, 2014

Wolfgang Epple, director of Research and Technology at Jaguar Land Rover, shows how the company's new technology displays and implements apps.

New technology that is being refined continuously now has the potential to make driving safer and more fun, while bringing the automobile business closer to the ever-blooming consumer electronics industry, executives from Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover and Audi said during the “Connected Car” expo that opened ahead of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

As evidence of that growing relationship, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is opening its $3 million Open Software Technology Center. The facility will focus on the development and application of advanced connected technologies and help lead the development of future Jaguar and Land Rover infotainment systems, according to Wolfgang Epple, director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover

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The new technical center, the only JLR research center outside Great Britain, was located on the West Coast to development infotainment systems for all Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. (more…)

Motorists Worry About Security of Connected Vehicles

Study shows consumers fret about hackers accessing personal data.

by on Apr.11, 2014

Consumers may demand connected vehicle tech -- like this Buick IntelliLink system - but it also worries them.

A new survey from the University of Michigan indicates that Americans by and large are nervous about whether new technology being used in more and more vehicles could be hacked and the data stolen.

The study follows revelations of how hackers stole millions of credit card numbers in a breach at Target – but was completed before word of the so-called Heartbleed security breech that has led to worries about even broader losses of data online.

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A majority of Americans, Australians and Britons believe that so-called “connected-vehicle” technology will make driving safer, but most are also concerned about security and privacy, according to the Michigan survey.

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Car Buyers Crave Connectivity

New study finds motorists want connected cars – and also want to shop more online.

by on Mar.26, 2013

Motorists want their cars to deliver the sort of connected technologies they already have in homes, offices and on smartphones.

Automakers who want to connect with their customers have to make sure they offer the latest in connected car technology, according to a new study.

Buyers don’t want to differentiate between what technology they can access behind the wheel from what they already have in their homes, offices – or on their smartphones, according to a report by consulting firm Capgemini.

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That extends to the buying process, the study of 8,000 consumers from eight countries revealed. Buyers are more and more focused on the web when it comes to gathering information on the vehicles they’re likely to buy. And dealers and manufacturers who don’t embrace that – and respond quickly to online shoppers – will likely lose sales.

“Especially for young buyers, this is what pulls them in,” Michael Boruszok, vice president of Capgemini’s automotive practice, tells TheDetroitBureau.com.

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Nissan sets up Silicon Valley R&D Center

Autonomous driving a key goal of new research facility.

by on Feb.19, 2013

Nissan becomes the latest automaker to set up a Silicon Valley R&D center.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is expanding its presence in Silicon Valley with the opening of a new advanced research center initially focusing on the development of autonomous driving and connected cars.

The Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley will enhance Nissan’s global research capability through collaborative partnerships with companies and research institutions based in what is generally considered one of the most advanced research centers in the world, Nissan officials said.

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Nissan joins a growing list of makers who have established a presence in the digital capital, including Ford, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz.

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