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  • Google Assistant Drive Mode

    Android users will have a new way to interact with their built-in Google Assistant in the near future. Google announced at its developer's conference Tuesday a new Driving Mode for the assistant. The Driving Mode turns the Google Assistant into an extension of an infotainment system for any Android smartphone. The Driving Mode also focuses on accomplishing tasks with just the driver's voice so they can keep their attention on the road ahead. Upon pairing the smartphone with a car's Bluetooth connection, Driving Mode will open automatically and provide information for the trip ahead. For...

  • Google's Android-based infotainment in the Polestar 2
    Google opens its Android infotainment operating system to third-party apps

    "Hey Google, can I develop an app for my car's infotainment system?" Alongside the U.S. debut of the upcoming Polestar 2 electric car in San Francisco on Thursday, Google announced that it will open its operating system to third-party developers. DON'T MISS: FCA’s next-gen Uconnect system...

  • Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system
    Volvo's Android-powered infotainment system will debut in Polestar 2

    Earlier this year, Volvo announced its next-generation infotainment system will bake in Google and use the Android operating system. Now we know where we'll see the system first. Volvo research and development boss Henrik Green said in an interview at the 2018 LA Auto Show that the Polestar 2 would...

  • Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system
    Volvo plans to embed Google services in next-generation infotainment system

    Volvo's next-generation infotainment system may look a lot more like a smartphone. The Swedish luxury brand announced on Monday that it plans to embed Google's connected services in its upcoming infotainment system. Altogether, the system will feature the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google...

  • Kitty Hawk Cora flying taxi
    Google founder Larry Page's flying taxi takes flight

    Many companies have made a splash in the flying car or airborne taxi industry, which has only just begun to earn its wings (pun intended). Now it turns out Google founder Larry Page has been working on his own flying taxi, largely in secret and away from any press coverage. Apparently that means...

  • Volkswagen announces Google quantum computer partnership
    Google and VW will use quantum computers to develop battery, self-driving technology

    Volkswagen will embark on a transformation of its business through electric cars and self-driving technology, and it is looking elsewhere to bolster its technological capabilities. On Monday, the German automaker announced a partnership with Google to work with quantum computers for future battery...

  • Genesis owners can 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 integrated system with Google Assistant. It all happens through the Genesis Connected Services system, which is the name of the tech backbone for the connected abilities of the car. With Genesis Connected Services, which is free for three years, owners can access remote start, climate control settings...

  • Audi Q8 Sport concept equipped with Android infotainment system
    Audi latest to announce Android infotainment system

    Audi is going Android. The German brand announced its next generation infotainment system will be powered by Google's Android operating system and run seamlessly through most in-car functions. Audi will showcase the infotainment system with the Q8 Sport concept, which it will bring to the Google...

  • Google previews Android-based infotainment system
    Volvo first to commit to Android-powered infotainment system

    Volvo has confirmed plans to introduce an infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system within the next two years. The system will feature graphics and menus unique to Volvo, but behind the scenes it will be powered by Android. Volvo will also have its own apps running on...

  • Kitty Hawk Flyer prototype
    Meet the Kitty Hawk Flyer, the flying car backed by Google founder Larry Page

    No, this isn’t a late April Fools’ Day prank. A startup by the name of Kitty Hawk and backed by Google co-founder Larry Page has given us our first look at a flying car that’s in development and promised on the market by the end of 2017. Well, it’s not so much of a car but...

  • Ben Sloss' Dodge Viper ACR
    A Google exec owns and tracks a Viper ACR

    The workforce of Silicon Valley may have a stereotype of driving efficient and luxurious vehicles, but Google's Vice President of Engineering, Ben Sloss, kicks that idea to the curb. He's the same executive who placed the winning bid for a special Ferrari 599XX Evo in a charity auction and whose...

  • Waymo self-driving prototype
    Waymo unveils Chrysler Pacifica-based self-driving prototype

    Google on Monday unveiled a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid-based self-driving prototype that will be taking part in various trials run by its new self-driving business Waymo. Waymo, which is led by auto industry veteran John Krafcik, aims to be among the first to offer a self-driving taxi service to the...

  • Waymo self-driving car prototype

    Google’s self-driving car project is no longer just one of the many moonshot ideas of the Google X advanced research skunk works as it has been transformed into a standalone business unit under the Alphabet umbrella. (Alphabet is the parent company of Google and its related businesses.) As part of the transformation the project has received the new name Waymo, which is meant to stand for “A new way forward in mobility,” and like any business it will have to start earning profits. Heading Waymo is automotive industry veteran John Krafcik who only joined Google in 2015...

  • Flying car in BMW's Wherever You Want To Go trailer
    Google founder Page working on flying car

    Some details have finally made their way online regarding Google founder Larry Page's ultra-secret startup, Zee.Aero, and they might surprise you: He's working on a flying car. Zee.Aero is entirely unrelated to Google, which Page is no longer running (he's still in charge of Google parent company...

  • Google opens new 53,000 square foot autonomous car development facility in Novi, Michigan
    Google opening autonomous car research facility in Michigan

    Google is set to establish a new presence in Motor City by opening up a new 53,000-square foot facility dedicated to autonomous car development. The facility, under construction in the Detroit suburb of Novi, will take advantage of a large engineering labor pool in Michigan. The facility is also...

  • Google previews Android-based infotainment system
    Google’s Android OS may take over car infotainment systems

    Google held its latest I/O press conference yesterday at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, where the tech giant announced a wave of future plans including new products for the house and car. Right now Google’s popular Android Auto smartphone integration system is being updated...

  • Waze Rider app
    Google jumps on ride-sharing bandwagon with Waze Rider

    Despite being one of the top investors in leading ride-sharing service Uber, Google has launched a rival service called Waze Rider. The original Waze app uses crowdsourcing to provide navigation and real-time traffic information. Waze Rider is an extension of this app that helps you find a ride by...

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    FCA to build autonomous Chrysler Pacificas for Google

    Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] have confirmed a partnership in the area of autonomous cars. As part of the partnership, Google’s autonomous car technology, which includes various sensors and complex software systems, will be fully integrated in about 100 Chrysler Pacifica...

  • Google's autonomous Lexus RX450h

    The list is a who's who of autonomous driving: Google, Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F], Volvo, Uber, and General Motors Company-backed [NYSE:GM] Lyft have all banded together to create a coalition designed to speed up the process by which autonomous cars will become a road-going reality. The quintet of firms said this week that they will work together to push "lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles." ALSO SEE: How electric cars can charge wirelessly Don't look for any sort of technology to be shared among the group. The coalition...

  • Ford Fusion autonomous car prototype
    Google Might Partner With Ford For Autonomous Car Development

    There are reports Google is in talks with Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] over autonomous car development. The talks are said to involve a deal where Ford ends up building autonomous cars for Google, though it’s not clear if the cars are meant to be dedicated models for the tech giant or versions...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro
    These Were The 10 Most Searched Cars On Google In 2015

    Each year, Google comes out with a series of lists for some of the most popular queries made on its search engine throughout the year, or items that are “trending” as the tech giant would say. One of the lists is for top automotive searches and the results this year might just surprise...

  • Google autonomous car prototype
    California Looks To Tighten Rules For Autonomous Cars

    California has become one of the top states for autonomous car research, primarily due to the number of tech firms based there including Google which is already testing self-driving cars on the state’s roads. However, state regulators are now making moves to tighten the rules for autonomous...

  • Behind the wheel of an autonomous car
    Volvo, Mercedes And Google Accept Liability For Autonomous Cars

    Advancements in the development of fully autonomous cars are accelerating at a rapid pace, but while the technology may be ready in the not too distant future it’s uncertain whether the regulatory and legal framework will have enough time to catch up. Based on independent statistics, over 90...

  • John Krafcik
    Google Hires Former Hyundai U.S. Chief To Head Autonomous Car Project

    Google’s autonomous car project now has its own CEO in the form of auto industry veteran John Krafcik. The 53-year-old has previously worked for the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] as well as Hyundai where he ran operations in the United States from 2008 to 2013. Most recently he was working for...

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