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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.

  • Chevy lets parents play Big Brother to teen drivers

    Chevy lets parents play Big Brother to teen drivers

    Parenting and stress are as inseparable as teens and texting. Chevy is trying to minimize what one online poll calls a parent's biggest worry: teens driving. Chevy will expand its Teen Driver technology to 10 of its 2017 vehicles, including the Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado midsize pickup, Cruze, Malibu,...

  • Audi's countdown clock tells driver when traffic lights will change

    Audi's countdown clock tells driver when traffic lights will change

    You're stuck at a red light. It's taking forever. Would you be more patient if you knew exactly how long it will take? Audi is betting yes. The German luxury carmaker said Monday that several cars in its 2017 lineup will be available with a cloud-computer-connected countdown timer for red lights,...

  • 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...

  • How and when should people take over a self-driving car?

    How and when should people take over a self-driving car?

    New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal. That was one surprising finding when researchers put Stanford University students...

  • What if your self-driving car decided to sacrifice you to save others?

    What if your self-driving car decided to sacrifice you to save others?

    The year is 2035. The world's population is 9 billion. The polar ice caps have totally melted and Saudi Arabia has run out of oil. Will Smith is battling murderous robots. Matt Damon is stranded on Mars. Dippin' Dots is finally the ice cream of the present. You're humming along in your self-driving...

  • Tesla's autopilot changes lanes, parks

    Tesla's autopilot changes lanes, parks

    Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves. Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla's system automatically keeps the car within its lane and maintains a certain...

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