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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.

  • My Car Does What? website addresses new-car confusion

    My Car Does What? website addresses new-car confusion

    One of the first things you'll notice in a new car — after the high sticker price — is the array of icons. There are icons showing hot coffee, or the letter P with a triangle, or a bag holding an exclamation point, or just a series of lines. And they aren't just on the center stack where we'd expect...

  • Experts warn NHTSA: Self-driving cars aren't ready for roads

    Experts warn NHTSA: Self-driving cars aren't ready for roads

    Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval. Even a trade association for automakers cautioned the National Highway...

  • GM set to cruise with self-driving capability on highways

    GM set to cruise with self-driving capability on highways

    General Motors received quick regulatory approval of its acquisition of Cruise Automation, the three-year-old start-up that has developed a "highway autopilot" product that could accelerate GM's quest for a fully autonomous car. A spokeswoman for the Federal Trade Commission said the agency granted...

  • GM gives Chicago drivers a Lyft with rental cars for ride-sharing

    GM gives Chicago drivers a Lyft with rental cars for ride-sharing

    Chicagoans no longer need a car to be a driver. Drivers considering working for ride-sharing company Lyft can qualify for a short-term General Motors rental in a new program launched in Chicago this month. "We've made car ownership optional on both sides, the passenger side and now the driver side,"...

  • Video shows Google self-driving car hit bus in Silicon Valley

    Video shows Google self-driving car hit bus in Silicon Valley

    Newly released video shows the moment a Google self-driving car learned the hard way not to tussle with a public bus. The collision happened on Valentine's Day, when a Google vehicle struck the side of a public bus in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View. A Lexus SUV, which the company outfitted...

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