Connected car technology
From having music piped from your phone into your car's speakers to fully automated self-driving cars, the field of telematics is the new battleground for automakers trying to gain a competitive edge. The goal is to make in-car connectivity as intuitive as a smartphone and as responsive as a machine. The same technology that has contributed to more distracted driving is now being used to make driving safer. We look at the trends, triumphs and the tricks of the digital automotive age.
1:59 PM EDT, September 8, 2014
DETROIT — General Motors, the largest U.S. automaker, will introduce a Cadillac model in two years that can be driven on the highway without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal.
11:36 AM EDT, September 5, 2014
LONDON — A red VW Golf jerks back and forth as it maneuvers into a parking space in the English spa town of Cheltenham. The halting efforts resemble those of a new driver, and in a sense they are -- just not from the person sitting at the wheel.
3:26 PM EDT, August 28, 2014
Here’s why consumers say they don’t like the fancy tech systems in their cars: They don’t work very well.
11:07 AM EDT, August 27, 2014
When are these things coming?
8:49 AM EDT, August 20, 2014
WASHINGTON — For years, transportation wonks have been waiting for automated technologies that will make cars safer and easier to use, cutting down on traffic jams and lowering the risk of deadly crashes. Now we're one step closer to that future: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a plan to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in all new passenger cars. Adopting these technologies, the agency says, could prevent nearly 600,000 car crashes every year once the rollout is complete.
11:30 AM EDT, July 17, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc., whose Model S sedan is the target of a hacking contest in Beijing starting today, said it will investigate and rectify any vulnerabilities discovered as a result of the competition.
11:32 AM EDT, July 2, 2014
Hyundai has been aggressive with videos touting the advanced safety features of its 2015 Hyundai Genesis midsize sedan, which has earned a top safety pick plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan to earn such distinction.
8:24 AM EDT, June 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - In 2012, a small team of Google Inc engineers and business staffers met with several of the world's largest car makers, to discuss partnerships to build self-driving cars.
1:51 PM EDT, May 29, 2014
Luxury vehicles topped the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings for cars with a system that prevents front-end collisions. The insurance industry trade group also said such safety systems work better than first thought at preventing crashes.
8:59 AM EDT, May 28, 2014
Google is building cars that don't have steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals, in an ambitious expansion of the Internet company's efforts to develop self-driving cars.
10:05 AM EDT, May 14, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) -It would be hard to mistake the gold Lexus RX 450h cars that Google has converted into self-driving prototypes for normal cars, primarily because of the roof-mounted laser sensor that revolves 10 times a second, gathering a 360-degree view of the car's surroundings.
4:45 PM EDT, May 13, 2014
Technology that helps park a car is no longer new. But what about a car that drops you off, parks itself, then when you’re ready to go, it comes and gets you?
8:05 PM EDT, March 31, 2014
WASHINGTON Federal regulators issued a rule Monday giving makers of cars and light-duty trucks four years to make rear-visibility technology a standard feature on their vehicles.
9:04 AM EDT, March 27, 2014
TORONTO (Reuters) - Searching for that elusive parking spot or a nearby attraction? Forget about consulting your smartphone, just look at the car dashboard.
10:00 AM EDT, March 11, 2014
Free and insurance do not go together. Yet an upstart car-insurance carrier is bridging the two with a free diagnostic device that tells you how much you drive, and how much money you could save by purchasing their pay-per-mile insurance.
9:42 AM EST, March 3, 2014
Carmakers are tapping smartphone technology to spruce up low-cost city cars and try to get an edge in a market that has grown to account for almost 10 percent of new car sales in austerity-scarred Europe.
2:28 PM EST, February 14, 2014
The connected car promises a new level of integration for passengers. Models on display at the Chicago Auto Show are rolling, Netflix-ready hot spots giving mobile apps a whole new meaning.
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