Self-driving and 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.

  • Uber to introduce self-driving cars to its fleet in coming weeks

    Uber to introduce self-driving cars to its fleet in coming weeks

    The option to hail a ride in a self-driving car, which was science fiction just a few years ago, will soon be available to Uber users in Pittsburgh, the first time the technology has been offered to the general public. Within weeks, the company announced Thursday, customers will be able to opt...

  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google...

  • 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...

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