telematics

  • The Facebook-designed Citroen C1 Connexion - image: Citroen

    If you’re a new driver, you know that the cost of car insurance can, in some cases, be more than the cost of your first car. Get a ticket, or have an at-fault accident, and you may find yourself with the kind of insurance rates that would make Bill Gates wince, if your company doesn’t just drop your coverage altogether. Insurance cost isn’t just a problem in the United States, so French automaker Citroën is offering up a unique version of its Facebook-designed C1 Connexion subcompact, aimed at young drivers in the U.K.. Fitted with a "black box" telematics system that...

  • UConnect's Access Assist buttons
    Chrysler Introduces Access Assist To Its UConnect System

    GM’s OnStar may have been the first to offer drivers a panic button and a help button for on-the-road emergencies or questions, but in the years since OnStar’s launch the technology has become widespread. Today, help buttons are offered in telematics systems from Hyundai (Blue Link)...

  • BMW's updated 2012 ConnectedDrive infotainment system
    BMW's ConnectedDrive Updates, Explained: Video

    BMW’s defines its ConnectedDrive as “the innovative connection between you, your BMW and the rest of the world.” That’s a more poetic way of saying that ConnectedDrive blends apps, navigation, smartphone integration, infotainment and telematics to create an improved driving...

  • 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...

  • 2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink
    Ford Opens Its New Silicon Valley Lab

    Last January, we told you that Ford would be opening a lab in California’s Silicon Valley, specifically to “drive innovation in personal mobility.” Ford has recently opened the doors to its Ford Silicon Valley Lab facility, which has a mission based around three priorities: big...

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class live photos
    Mercedes-Benz Picks CES To Launch Mbrace2

    If you needed more proof that vehicle connectivity is as important as vehicle performance these days, here it is: Mercedes-Benz has chosen to launch its next generation of vehicle telematics system, called mbrace2, at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Even more...

  • 2011 BMW X3

    If you own a newer BMW equipped with the on-board navigation system, and you subscribe to the Convenience Plan level of BMW Assist, here’s some good news for you: BMW Online now enables your car to Yelp. If you meet the above tech-savvy criteria, chances are good that you already know we’re not talking about your car barking like a chihuahua. Instead, we’re talking about the Yelp application, which can be used to search for local businesses, restaurants and services, and even displays reviews where applicable. Yelp is the first application available through BMW Online, and...

  • BMW ConnectedDrive technology
    BMW And Hyundai Partner On Next-Gen Vehicle Connectivity

    Two major automakers competing in very different segments have partnered to help develop the next-generation of vehicle networking and connectivity technology. Those two automakers are BMW and Hyundai, which have joined global tech firms Broadcom, NXP, Freescale, and Harman to establish the Special...

  • OnStar's "Monster Dodger" service. Image: GM Corp.
    OnStar Now Protects You From The Zombie Apocalypse

    At first, you thought it was all in good fun. Zombie costumes (and zombie flash mobs) are all the rage these days, so you didn’t think anything of the shuffling, gore-splattered mob until you saw the guy take a serious bite out of the screaming woman at the bus stop. Suddenly, you’re...

  • 2012 Buick Verano teaser
    Buick Making Pandora Internet Radio Standard Across Lineup

    Buick is rolling out Pandora Internet radio services as a standard feature across its lineup, integrating it with the new IntelliLink infotainment system announced in April. It will be made standard initially on the 2012 Buick Verano, Regal and LaCrosse, and on the Enclave crossover in 2013...

  • 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 Offers Ambitious Infotainment Upgrades

    Think BMWs are plush and elegant now? Munich hasn't even scratched the surface. BMW provided a glimpse behind its research lab walls this week in detailing some of the things it's working on under the ConnectedDrive umbrella. It's clear Bimmer mad scientists plan to make their cars so futuristic...

  • Researchers in Switzerland testing mind reading technology

    While the idea of implementing mind reading technology in an automotive application is nothing new, in fact, it’s something Ferrari has previously been reported as dabbling in, this is the first time that we’ve seen an automaker actually confirm an interest in the field. Nissan is undertaking this pioneering work in collaboration with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL). Research on what’s being called the “Brain Machine Interface” (BMI) already allows disabled users to maneuver their wheelchairs by thought...

  • 2012 Acura TSX
    2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, Speeding, 2012 Acura TSX: Car News Headlines

    We spy the 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, and it looks like you would expect. Learn how to drive your Ferrari in the winter at Ferrari's new winter driving school. We personally love seeing a prancing horse in the snow. Don't fight a speeding ticket in Massachusetts, even if you're innocent. You'll...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Turbo
    Kia's Next-Gen Telematics Tech Now Under Development

    The last few years have seen a step-up in in-car telematics, with more connected systems than ever now available to drivers and their passengers. Kia is currently developing its next generation of telematics, to expand on the first-gen UVO system found in its current 2012 range of cars. The new...

  • Garmin's updated nüvi lineup
    Garmin's Big News Is...Updated GPS Units

    Late last week, Garmin rolled out a teaser campaign for something to be unveiled on August 24th. Assuming that Garmin is a forward-thinking manufacturer of high-tech gadgets, we imagined that the company might roll out an Android app (finally) or perhaps a telematics service to compete with OnStar...

  • Ford, Toyota Team Up On Telematics: What's It Mean For You?

    Automotive heavyweights Ford and Toyota joined forces yesterday to make a very interesting announcement. Toyota's executive vice president for research and development, Takeshi Uchiyamada, appeared with Ford's group vice president for global product development, Derrick Kuzak, to say that the...

  • Derrick Kuzak and Takeshi Uchiyamada
    Ford And Toyota To Develop Rear-Wheel Drive Hybrids Together

    Ford and Toyota, two of the leaders when it comes to hybrid technology, have announced a new alliance to help develop hybrid drive systems for rear-wheel drive applications, specifically, light trucks and SUVs. The move should ensure the future viability of full-size pickups and SUVs in a world of...

  • Garmin teaser campaign, August 2011

    Garmin has launched a new teaser campaign via email and Facebook, and because it's a slow news day, our crack team of marketing specialists has decided to take some guesses at what all the fuss is about. So far, it appears that Garmin's campaign has two components: an email containing an image that reads, "Reimagined. Redesigned. Ready to move you. 08.24.2011", and a video that the company has posted only to its Facebook page. Unfortunately, the folks at Garmin don't seem to understand that Facebook videos can't be shared outside of Facebook, and the company hasn't yet bothered to upload the...

  • HP Touchpad with WebOS
    We Were Right To Be Dubious: HP Effectively Shuts Down WebOS

    On Tuesday, we wrote about Hewlett-Packard and about how some at the company were hinting that HP's mobile operating system, webOS, would soon come to dashboards. We expressed a heavy dose of doubt about that -- and it turns out that we were right to raise an eyebrow. Today, HP indicated that it...

  • Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class
    Mercedes-Benz Working On 3D Displays And Hand-Gesture Recognition

    Audi recently gave us a preview of its next-generation human-machine interface technology, dubbed MMI in Audi-speak, which included more advanced hand-gesture recognizing touchpads that can supply palpable signals and feedback. Well, Mercedes-Benz is also whittling away on its future telematics and...

  • Ford SYNC
    Ford Testing Live SYNC Operators, Should OnStar Worry?

    For all of General Motors faults and foibles over the past several decades, its OnStar system has proved to be a solid contender, and a leader in the telematics field. Now Ford appears to want a piece of the live-assistance action for itself, beginning a new trial of operators to support SYNC...

  • Ford's SYNCH System and Allergy Alert. Image: Ford Motor Company
    Onstar Versus Sync: Can Ford Catch Up? #YouTellUs

    Telematics has been in the spotlight for some time now. With the advances in technology, the in-car experience is getting even more connected. Yesterday Ford announced it will be beta-testing live operator assistance for SYNC services. Can Ford actually catch up to OnStar? The GM service has been...

  • MyFord Touch
    Can Better Voice Recognition Boost Ford's Quality Ranking?

    Yesterday, Ford Motor Company received quite a wallop from research firm J.D. Power: after several years of steady improvement, Ford plummeted from 5th place to 23rd on the firm's Initial Quality Survey. How can Ford climb back toward the top? Better voice-interaction with the company's SYNC system...

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