Connected car technology

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.

2017 Cadillac CTS to be first with talking car capability

1:59 PM EDT, September 8, 2014

2017 Cadillac CTS to be first with talking car capability

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.

Driverless cars: Who is responsible when something goes wrong?

11:36 AM EDT, September 5, 2014

Driverless cars: Who is responsible when something goes wrong?

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.

Car technology failing consumers, J.D. Power study finds

3:26 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

Car technology failing consumers, J.D. Power study finds

Here’s why consumers say they don’t like the fancy tech systems in their cars: They don’t work very well.

Driverless cars: 15 things you need to know

11:07 AM EDT, August 27, 2014

Driverless cars: 15 things you need to know

When are these things coming?

Officials say vehicle-to-vehicle communications could reduce crashes

8:49 AM EDT, August 20, 2014

Officials say vehicle-to-vehicle communications could reduce crashes

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.

Tesla Model S hacked in Chinese security contest

11:30 AM EDT, July 17, 2014

Tesla Model S hacked in Chinese security contest

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.

Hyundai ejects drivers in self-driving car viral video

11:32 AM EDT, July 2, 2014

Hyundai ejects drivers in self-driving car viral video

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.

Google, Detroit diverge on road map for self-driving cars

8:24 AM EDT, June 30, 2014

Google, Detroit diverge on road map for self-driving cars

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.

Crash avoidance systems making cars safer than expected

1:51 PM EDT, May 29, 2014

Crash avoidance systems making cars safer than expected

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.

Google building self-driving cars with no steering wheel, brake pedals

8:59 AM EDT, May 28, 2014

Google building self-driving cars with no steering wheel, brake pedals

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.

Ride along with Google's driverless car

10:05 AM EDT, May 14, 2014

Ride along with Google's driverless car

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.

Self-driving car drops off driver, finds parking spot

4:45 PM EDT, May 13, 2014

Self-driving car drops off driver, finds parking spot

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?

Backup cameras to be required on all new cars by 2018

8:05 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Backup cameras to be required on all new cars by 2018

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.

Apps making car connectivity like smartphones

9:04 AM EDT, March 27, 2014

Apps making car connectivity like smartphones

TORONTO (Reuters) - Searching for that elusive parking spot or a nearby attraction? Forget about consulting your smartphone, just look at the car dashboard.

Pay-per-mile insurance provider targets urban drivers

10:00 AM EDT, March 11, 2014

Pay-per-mile insurance provider targets urban drivers

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.

Automakers tap smartphone technology in battle over small cars

9:42 AM EST, March 3, 2014

Automakers tap smartphone technology in battle over small cars

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.

Future of connected cars is now

2:28 PM EST, February 14, 2014

Future of connected cars is now

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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