Connectivity

  • Volkswagen We

    The automobile's days of simply transporting drivers will be a thing of the past at Volkswagen. The German automaker wants to turn its cars into digital devices on wheels. And to ensure it's competitive in the near future, VW will spend over $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025. The automaker announced Thursday its intentions to expand and build upon its "We" network to make the car a central hub in the Internet of Things (IoT). "Our customers will become part of an ecosystem that we have named We. This system complements the Volkswagen experience on wheels and enables the customer...

  • Pirelli cyber tire infographic
    Pirelli Cyber Car tire will soon talk to your car

    While Goodyear envisions a future tire that cleans as it rolls, Pirelli's latest tire is set to arrive this year. It's called Cyber Car and it's a tire that connects the rubber with the car and provides loads of information and data. With the latest Pirelli innovation, the tire can relay...

  • Vehicle to vehicle technology
    5G technology could unlock vehicle-to-infrastructure communication

    Modems are becoming commonplace in cars. Drivers like to use them to stream music and create wi-fi hotspots. Automakers like them for the data they can report and the updates they can push to their cars. Dealers like them because they tell drivers when to come in for service. Today's modems run on...

  • Hyundai Intelligent Personal Cockpit concept from 2018 CES
    Hyundai details its Intelligent Personal Cockpit concept at CES

    Hyundai detailed its vision of future in-car technology this week at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and it includes the brand's upcoming in-car personal assistant slated for a 2019 introduction. The in-car technology didn't come with a firm timestamp for production, but many of the elements...

  • Harmon digital cockpit revealed at CES 2018
    Harman shows digital dashboard with 5G connectivity at CES

    The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show is full of futuristic vehicle technology and connected-car solutions, but Harman is differentiating itself by bringing 5G connectivity to the automotive world. The company revealed its digital cockpit and 5G-ready telematics solution and announced a "leading...

  • Genesis owners can control their cars via Google Assistant
    Genesis owners can now control their cars via Google Assistant

    Genesis is clearly interested in adding more tech-focused features for its current and future owners. There's already an app for smart watch users and owners can talk to their Alexa devices and send certain commands to their cars. Now, Genesis owners will be able to do even more thanks to an...

  • Toyota Logo

    With the rise of connected and self-driving cars, a nearly unlimited amount of data is being created for companies to harness and mine. It's easier said than done, and that's precisely why Toyota and Intel have formed an alliance with a handful of other companies to create a definitive ecosystem for big data. CHECK OUT: German Chancellor Merkel says non-electrified cars will be phased out, but won’t say when The data that will form the ecosystem will become even more valuable as more vehicles are equipped with active safety and self-driving technology. Besides Toyota and Intel, telecom...

  • Volkswagen Car2Car technology coming in 2019
    Volkswagen will introduce Vehicle-to-Vehicle technology in 2019

    Yes, the day when your car will talk to infrastructure, inanimate objects, and other vehicles is quickly approaching. Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac have already begun to implement Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology, but Volkswagen will bring its own dedicated V2V technology to market in 2019. The...

  • Mercedes-Benz adds Google Home support
    Mercedes-Benz introduces Google Home, Amazon Alexa connectivity

    As the internet of things continues to invade our daily lives, companies are taking advantage of the seamlessness that technology can offer for customers. To capitalize on the potential, Mercedes-Benz is integrating Google Home and Amazon Alexa connectivity with its native vehicle services. It's...

  • 2015 Audi A3
    Audi Launches 4G LTE In The 2015 A3 Sedan For U.S. Customers

    American Audi drivers will soon have 4G LTE in their cars, as part of a partnership with AT&T. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Audi announced that it will offer 4G LTE to U.S. customers in the 2015 A3 sedan. It launched a similar option in Europe on the S3 Sportback hatch in 2013, and...

  • 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design
    Volvo Quietly Reveals Retrofit Touch-Screen For The S60 And XC60

    Volvo used this week’s 2013 Consumer Electronics Show to unveil a new retrofit touch-screen interface for its S60 sedan and XC60 crossover, as well as the V60 wagon sold overseas. The new unit has been developed together with tech companies Ericsson and Parrot, and will be offered through...

  • Audi lighting concept
    Audi Details Autonomous System And New Lighting Technologies At CES

    Audi has given a preview of its upcoming technologies at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week. Though aimed at the general electronics industry, the annual show, known to most as CES, has grown to become a key event for automakers announcing their latest...

  • New BMW and Harman infotainment system presented at 2013 CES

    Harman bills itself as “the premium global audio and infotainment group,” so it’s a safe bet that the company would pick the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce its latest advancements in the field of automotive infotainment systems. First up is its app-centric infotainment concept, built around the Android for Automotive operating system. Its primary goal is creating an intuitive user interface that delivers the same kind of connected experience that users are accustomed to on a smartphone or tablet. Screens are designed for quick acquisition, and bottom tabs...

  • New BMW and Harman infotainment system presented at 2013 CES
    BMW's New Infotainment System Turns The Car Into A Mobile Office

    Automotive technology supplier Harman recently partnered with BMW to develop a new connectivity and infotainment system for the German automaker’s cars, which for the first time is being announced for customers in the U.S. Forming the core of BMW’s own ConnectedDrive technology mantel...

  • 2014 Subaru Forester
    Subaru Announces New Starlink Connectivity And Infotainment System At 2013 CES

    Subaru is the latest automaker to announce a new vehicle connectivity and infotainment system, joining the likes of BMW, Ford, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz, which have been offering such systems for years. Subaru’s new system is called Starlink and it made its official debut this week at...

  • Chrysler Uconnect with navigation
    Chrysler Presents Updated Uconnect System At 2013 CES

    Chrysler has revealed a new version of its Uconnect touch-screen interface at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, which the automaker claims is the first in the industry to enable dealers to upgrade the system with navigation, weeks, months or even years after the car is bought. This means that...

  • Hyundai Blue Link infotainment system
    Hyundai Partners With Apple And Google For Next-Gen Car Tech

    Hyundai is heading to the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show next week to showcase the next generation of its Blue Link telematics and infotainment system. The new system is designed to incorporate the best of Apple and Google technology along with features from several other industry giants...

  • Hyundai Connectivity Concept
    Hyundai Turning Your Smartphone Into Your Car Keys

    Hyundai is previewing its vision for the future of car connectivity with a new technology demonstrator based on its i30 hatchback sold overseas. Aptly named the Connectivity Concept, the new i30-based technology demonstrator showcases the future of mobile phone and car integration from the Korean...

  • Volvo is the latest automaker working towards a connected, networked future

    Volvo is looking to join the ranks of cloud-connected automakers, and it knows it has some catching up to do. To quickly close the gap on automakers like Audi, Ford, Nissan, BMW, Toyota and Honda, Volvo will partner will cellular giant Ericsson in developing cloud-connected cars. Volvo will debut what its calling the “Connected Vehicle Cloud,” based on Ericsson’s Multiservice Delivery Platform, to provide drivers with in-car apps, infotainment and communication services. While specifics aren’t discussed, it’s logical to expect the service to deliver apps like...

  • BMW's updated 2012 ConnectedDrive infotainment system
    BMW Updates ConnectedDrive Infotainment Tech For 2012

    BMW has revealed its list of improvements to its ConnectedDrive infotainment technology, set to debut in a variety of BMW and MINI models from this month. Already some of the most advanced in-car entertainment and information technology on the market, ConnectedDrive now features some entirely new...

  • Ford SYNC
    Ford's Innovative SYNC System Inducted Into Computer Museum

    When you think of Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum, you may imagine Eniac, or a DEC PDP-8, perhaps even such early personal computers as the Altair and Apple II. Well, think SYNC, too. Curators at the museum have added Ford's SYNC in-car connectivity and communications system to its...

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    Nissan And Microsoft Partner For Cloud Computing Tech

    An announcement between Microsoft and Nissan to develop a dealer management system further proves one thing we've learned this year: connectivity is becoming increasingly important in the auto industry. The two companies announced a "strategic relationship" on Monday, says the Financial Times (sub...

  • GM CUE interface - 2013 Cadillac XTS
    Automobiles To Be Biggest Mobile Device Growth Area

    Last June, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, David Strickland, put the auto industry on notice by saying, “A car is not a mobile device.” His words were simple, but their meaning complex; the NHTSA would only support in-car apps that improved...

  • BMW ConnectDrive technologies
    Car Of The Future: BMW ConnectedDrive Practically Drives Itself

    In part one of this in-depth peek at ConnectedDrive, we took a look at some of the apps, infotainment upgrades and cabin luxuries that BMW is developing under the technology-centered initiative. Today our focus is on technologies that increase your safety and driving efficiency on the road. If you...

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