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  • Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system

    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 be the first car to feature the system, Automotive News (subscription required) reported Thursday. The future version of Volvo's Sensus infotainment system will come embedded with the Google Play Store, Google Assistant, and Google Maps. Sensus will use an Android operating system, which will make...

  • 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 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...

  • 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 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 the system alongside those from Google and third parties. The Swedish automaker is the first to commit to an Android infotainment system. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles previewed one in January and will likely announce similar plans in the near future. Google first announced plans for an Android...

  • 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...

  • 2017 Chrysler 300
    FCA’s next-gen Uconnect system may be powered by Google’s Android

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] has teamed up with Google to develop a version of the Uconnect infotainment system powered by Android. Uconnect can be found in most of FCA’s brands and features an 8.4-inch touchscreen display as its main input source. The version of Uconnect powered by...

  • 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 self-driving car project is now called Waymo

    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...

  • Flying car in BMW's Wherever You Want To Go trailer

    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 Alphabet, though). Patent filings have revealed that Zee.Aero's project is a vehicle that can take off and land vertically—something like a Harrier Jump Jet except it would also be capable of driving on public roads. In some ways, what Page is after isn't far off of the drone taxis set to be...

  • 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
    Google, carmakers, ride-sharing services team up to expedite autonomous cars

    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...

  • Ford Fusion autonomous car prototype

    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 of existing Blue Oval products fitted with self-driving technology. ALSO SEE: BMW And Nissan Working On Nationwide EV Fast-Charging Network The information was first reported by Automotive News (subscription required) which cited a person familiar with the matter. The source said the talks have...

  • 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...

  • Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K bought by Google executive Benjamin Sloss for wife Christine
    Google Exec's Wife Hits Fiorano In Her New Ferrari FXX K: Video

    We first heard about Google executive Benjamin Sloss and his admiration for the Ferrari brand in 2012 when he paid close to $1.8 million for a Ferrari 599XX Evo in a charity auction. Then, a week ago, he was back proving his generosity once again, this time by presenting his wife Christine with a...

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