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As our cars gain more means to reach and connect to our smartphones, the cloud and the internet, they’re also creating more…
Driving the 2015 Audi A3
For six weeks, I’ve been driving the first 4G LTE car model to hit the U.S. market — the 2015 Audi A3,…
Making blind cars see
A lot of the new high-end cars hitting the road come with a bevy of sensors designed to assist drivers and in…
The liability game
Uber has partnered with on-demand insurance provider MetroMile to start to unravel the tangled web of insurance liability it and its drivers…
Vroom goes the 4G network
AT&T posted yet another strong quarter for new connections, but unlike previous periods this fourth quarter was driven (pun intended) largely by…
Connecting unconnected cars
Verizon unveiled its own take on the aftermarket connected car module Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Called…
Bring your own maps
Drivers have long waited for the day their favorite smartphone navigation apps would come to their dashboards, but in the case of…
At CES, cars meet IoT
As in previous years, we’re seeing a lot of car connectivity news at the Consumer Electronics Showcase, but an interesting theme is…
The pimped rides of CES
CES is becoming quite the show of late for automakers and their suppliers to show off new connected car technologies, and this…
To the scrap heap
Ford is replacing the much-reviled MyFord Touch with a new infotainment system based on Sync AppLink, its more successful in-dash connected car…
Mechanic Advisor is launching its own connected car device that plugs into your vehicle’s on-board diagnostic port and helps you interpret that scary check engine light when it starts blinking on the dash.
While that focus has been mainly on industrial design throughout Ford’s century-long existence, Ford is now venturing into the world of digital design, shifting much of the design focus to the interior controls of the vehicle.
The first APIs for developers to extend their Android apps to the car are here but Google has limited them to two for now: Messaging and audio functions.
Gracenote has big ambitions in the car. It wants to use its audio-fingerprinting technology to become a kind of meta-car radio, that can negotiate between all of the music sources in your car.
Mojio’s new plug-in car module will link your car to the cloud, tracking the daily minutiae of driving. App developers like Glympse, Concur and IFTTT are then using that data to make their apps smarter.
A new feature in the Automatic Link called License+ will track a teenager’s driving behavior over 100 hours, giving concerned parents a way to test their kids performance on the road.
AT&T adds 2 million new connections in Q3, but it’s most impressive growth came in the connected car as GM and Audi rolled out their 4G vehicles this year.
Ford’s connected car chief Don Butler will be at Gigaom’s Structure Connect conference next week to talk about the future networked vehicle. As a preview to his talk he discussed where Apple and Google fit into that future.
Love it or hate it, the internet of things will create huge shifts in business and society in part because of the access to data it provides. Learn how to get ahead of those trends at Structure Connect happening next week.
Mojio makes a module that plugs into your car’s onboard diagnostic port, bringing cellular connectivity and an application platform along for the ride. It now plans on launching by the end of the year.
Ford and Automatic have figured out a way of shoehorning Apple’s Siri personal assistant into older model vehicles. The two are also connecting Ford cars to the internet of things through a project with IFTTT.
If you bought a new 2015 Chevy, you’ve probably noticed it didn’t come with any of the streaming and infotainment apps GM promised. The reason? GM has decided to leave that development work to Apple and Google.
Zubie’s plug-in car gadget tracks and analyzes your driving behavior, communicating that that information to your smartphone. Both Nokia and auto parts maker Magna are investing in that technology, leading an $8 million round.
The internet of things won’t just change your home life. It will also affect the way you drive, by keeping you alert and preventing you from causing accidents.
Gigaom spoke with Nvidia automotive guru Danny Shapiro about what Android Auto will look like and why the car won’t be the next front in the mobile OS war.
Android Auto will be a framework on top of automakers’ infotainment platforms that emulates the Android interface and apps on your phone on the car’s dashboard.
Automatic’s redesigned iOS app will now show your car’s fuel levels, though the feature will only work with about half of all cars connected with Automatic’s Link device.
Glympse’s integration with messaging apps, navigation systems and even wearables is starting to overshadow it’s core app. That’s a good thing since Glympse earns its paycheck every time a partner uses its service.
Intel is rolling out a batch of new computing and radio modules designed to power the most advanced functions of connected cars as well as provide their links to the internet.
New AT&T Android devices will come preloaded with Uber’s car-hailing app this summer, and Uber will use AT&T’s networks to connect its drivers across the country. It’s a new twist on AT&T’s connected car strategy.
In this week’s podcast we discuss the connected car and how it changes transportation in urban and rural areas as well as new dedicated networks in the U.K and San Francisco for the internet of things.
Auto insurer MetroMile has built an plug-in connected car device that won’t just tell you where you’ve parked and how you’re driving. It’s tapping into city street cleaning data.
If you’re not an AT&T customer, you can buy your data a la carte, but you could wind up paying between $30 to $50 a month if you want to take advantage of all your car’s capabilities.
Now that Nokia has parted from its handset division, it’s looking to invest in the next big connected device: the car. Its new $100 million fund closely tracks the work its Here division is doing in automotive.
Kickstarter project Jeane is a steering wheel cover that warns you when you’re driving too aggressively. But the most fascinating aspect of Jeane is its ability to network with other cars.
Eventually autonomous cars will change the rules of the road, packing themselves onto streets and highways in the most efficient way possible. But the first autonomous cars will need to drive as badly as humans.
Jasper has quietly become a force in the internet of things, brokering and managing many of the connectivity agreements – including AT&T’s(s…
Volvo has struck a deal with AT&T to embed wireless connectivity into its model year 2015 vehicles. AT&T will provide the internet link for Volvo’s new Sensus infotainment system and its telematics services.
Like many other vehicle module makers, Mojio has built a device that will add smart car features to older automobiles, but unlike its competitors, Mojio isn’t doing it alone. It’s creating a developer community.
IBM is putting its data analytics to work on information collected from Peugeot’s in-car sensors, ostensibly combining it with data from traffic infrastructure and smartphones to create better car apps and more network-aware vehicles.
The driverless car may one day change the insurance industry said Progressive’s CEO, but in the meantime he explains how data is changing it today.
CarPlay will be one of many smartphone frameworks running in cars, and it’s not meant to replace the automakers’ infotainment systems, but augment them. The danger is that CarPlay could overshadow everything else in the dash.
Kevin has a pair of Google Glass in prescription strength and an overclocked car. This, plus new ways to think about the connected car on this week’s podcast.
A report surfaced on Monday suggesting that Ford may consider using BlackBerry’s QNX software over Microsoft Sync in vehicles. Such a deal would be a boon to BlackBerry, as the connected car market is just revving up.
Gigaom got a look at the newly revamped MyLink infotainment system and LTE connectivity in new Chevy models. It’s still a work in progress, and needs a heck of lot more apps, but there’s a lot of promise.
A developer has posted a video showing iOS in the Car functionality purportedly already present in iOS 7.0.3.
With AirWatch in the fold, VMware will have its eye not just on phones and tablets, but connected cars, smart watches, Google Glass and more.
Automakers are building research vehicles that can take in vast amounts of data about their surroundings in a split second. Now it’s up to data scientists to figure how cars can use that information.
Android in the automobile would spur two things the connected car sorely lacks: A unified app platform in the infotainment system and a vibrant developer community.
QNX is partnering with Nokia’s Here mapping division and Qualcomm’s brand-spanking new automotive infotainment division to develop new connected car technologies.
Tegra chipsets are making their way into new Audis and other vehicles in the form of Nvidia’s new Visual Computing Module line. Nvidia hopes make cars future-proof with its new upgradable design.
At CES Ford unveiled five new apps for its Sync AppLink connected infotainment system: Domino’s Pizza, ADT, Parkmobile, Parkopedia and Gracenote HABU. It’s also launching its first developer conference in June.
Audi’s 4G cars in the U.S. will be linked to AT&T’s LTE network — another big win in the automotive space for AT&T. In future Audi connected cars Nvidia and Google will also be major players.
AT&T launched a new program at CES called Drive with the aim of moving beyond supplying mere connectivity to future vehicles. AT&T wants to become a key technology supplier in the dashboard.
Qualcomm’s(s qcom) Snapdragon processors are already the dominant app engines in smartphones and tablets, but the company is now targeting a much…
2014 is going to be a major overhaul year for GM when it comes to the connected car. The majority of Chevy’s new 2015 vehicles will get LTE connectivity as well as an in-dash upgrade.
Ford’s smartphone centric approach to the connected car is paying off. By relying on the handset to deliver the data link and run infotainment apps, Ford is able to retroactively connect millions of unconnected cars.
In 2014, carriers will tinker with some new network technologies. They’ll start broadcasting video, shrinking the size of their cells and moving voice calls onto LTE. They’ll even start connecting cars to the 4G network.
The spinning whirligigs on top of this Ford Fusion Hybrid aren’t a new kind of roof rack. They’re Lidar mounts, painting a 360-degree 3D picture of the car’s surroundings in real time.
Zubie has separated itself from the growing pack of vehicle-data tracking companies with a big opening round of funding.
There’s no American family name more associated with the automobile than Ford. In a wide-ranging interview, Bill Ford — Henry’s great-grandson and executive chairman of Ford Motor Company — says car companies need to be more like tech companies.
The new 2014 Civic will get an in-dash facelift with the new HondaLink connected infotainment system. The system brings in new apps, navigation services from Nokia and a boatload of integration with the iPhone.
Automatic Labs’ Link will get exposed to a much broader potential customer base thanks to a retail distribution deal with Amazon. The appliance establishes a connection between your car’s engine and your smartphone.
Despite having three out of every four contract customers already owning a smartphone, AT&T’s continued to grow its smartphone base in the third quarter. What’s more existing smartphone customers are upgrading their data plans.
Before today Automatic was selling its vehicle-data-gathering gadget solely on its website. Now it has the opportunity to put its quantified driving technology in front of millions of Apple customers.
Ford is testing two new autonomous driving technologies. One will let a car park itself even if the driver is outside the vehicle. The other will assume control over the car at highway speeds to avoid collisions.
As a smartwatch for children, FiLIP doesn’t have much in the way of apps, but what it lacks in functions it makes up for in connectivity. Consequently AT&T isn’t treating this wearable like a mere peripheral.
Soon we’ll be able to connect our cars directly to the mobile internet just like our smartphones, but unlike your smartphone your new car is going to be linked to a specific carrier.
Livio has developed in-car connectivity technology remarkably similar to Ford’s Sync AppLink system. Ford says that’s no coincidence. It plans to use Livio’s software to further its plans to build a connected infotainment system standard.
Telenav hasn’t just hired OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast away from Microsoft; the navigation company plans to wean itself entirely off of proprietary cartography, relying solely on OSM’s collaborative, crowdsourced and freely available maps.
By letting TomTom into the connected car dashboard, Ford is opening the door to apps that compete with its own subscription vehicle navigation services.
Nokia’s Here business, a serious rival to Google’s mapping and navigation efforts, is partnering up with Germany’s Mercedes-Benz on autonomous vehicles. Like Nissan, Merc parent Daimler wants self-driving cars on the road by 2020.
Glympse is the perfect example of an app much more useful on your wrist than in your pocket. For that reason the developer has built all of its location-sharing service’s core functions into its Galaxy Gear app.
By claiming full control of its mobile business, Verizon can eliminate the increasingly artificial distinction between wireless and wireline networks, and start selling connectivity.
And we thought we could take the last week of summer off. Nope. Twitter has a re-design, Paul Graham accent-uates some negatives and Nokia’s Here Auto.
Nokia takes the first of many planned steps into the connected car, launching an embedded infotainment and navigation system called Here Auto that reaches beyond the vehicle into the broader world of smartphone apps.
A new startup called Zendrive wants to improve the driving experience — and our actual driving skills — by quantifying our daily commute on our iPhones.
Nokia believes its can use its role as the auto industry’s mapmaker as a launchpad into the connected car. In an interview with GigaOM, Nokia Here EVP Michael Halbherr shares his vision of the Nokia-powered vehicle.
AT&T’s fourth Foundry has a unique twist. Instead of focusing on general developer collaboration, the Atlanta facility aims to build new new internet of things apps and technology.
Intel has designed depth-sensing 3D cameras and software for computing devices that not only tracks motion and identifies objects, but also determines what the movement of those objects actually mean.
Ford’s connected cars will one day resemble extra-planetary robots in having multiple redundant network connections, ensuring they never lose contact with the vehicles and highway infrastructure around them.
The S3 Sportback is the first production car with LTE integrated into the dash — though SIM card is not included. Next spring, the U.S. will get its first 4G car, the Audi A3.
The mobile industry saw its slowest quarter of overall subscriber growth since the dawn of the cellular age. Without new customers to connect, carriers are stealing them from one another and looking toward M2M for future growth.
White hat hackers have already demonstrated our newest connected cars are prone to attack. Cisco and Continental are teaming up to create a secure car network, using the same principles as the enterprise network.
Today GM’s connected cars don’t connect much. But this fall, we could be in for a surprise. It’s completely overhauling its telematics and infotainment systems and is promising a plethora of apps.
AT&T has landed yet another automaker on its growing roster of connected car clients. Nissan, with the help of telematics provider SiriusXM, will embed AT&T connectivity into unspecified future cars.
Menu options in the iOS 7 beta show that AirPlay will be a part of the coming iOS in the Car feature that was lightly touched on at WWDC.
What went wrong with Tata Nano? The connected car revolution. The looting of Detroit. Don’t worry, cars aren’t the only thing on my mind (on this list). How about some bread, and let’s talk about Brazil. And some visual candy too!
Ford is bringing its vehicle-to-vehicle safety research to life in Germany, testing a radio-equipped car that communicates to other vehicles when its screeching to a halt long before drivers can see it.
Connected cars will be a big business for cellular carriers as governments demand more embedded systems inside vehicles to meet safety demands. Tethering will also be big, but smartphone integration less so.
BMW’s not totally picking sides in the mobile platform wars, however: Samsung’s S-Voice software will be right alongside Apple’s Siri EyesFree in the automaker’s iDrive software package.
A group of French researchers believe that the sensors and transmitters we wear will route and relay data, not just collect it. We won’t just be connected to the network. We’ll be the network.
We upgrade our smartphones every one to two years. Why not our smart cars? Nvidia has developed a chip architecture that could let us boost the brainpower of our connected cars after they roll off the lot.
A new report from Juniper Research predicts big uptake for in-car connectivity, which may in turn drive big-data-derived revenue for telematics companies and car manufacturers.
Life360 has received a lot of interest from automakers as location-sharing becomes a hot technology in the connected car. It’s planned car app lets you know not only where the kids are but how to get to them.
Amazon is officially part of the connected car, having launched its first app, Cloud Player, on Ford’s Sync platform. It’s next app should be obvious. Amazon already has the technology to integrate the Kindle into the dashboard.
Gracenote is hacking the Ford Focus to tap into vehicle performance data, which it then feeds into the car’s infotainment system. The result: a car that plays different songs depending on how you’re driving.
The spectrum automakers plan to use for vehicle-to-vehicle networks sits right up against the airwaves the FCC wants to reallocate for Wi-Fi. The auto industry says that’s the perfect recipe for interference.
When you think about a “connected car,” you probably think of fancy car stereos that can play tunes from your smartphone. But the connected car is evolving into something much more complex. Here’s what coming down the road.
Ford and GM opened up their closely guarded connected car platforms to developers at CES, which means we’ll soon see a plethora of apps appearing in our dashboards. But the automakers aren’t Google. They’ll be careful about what exactly they’ll let into the vehicle.
Ford has lots of developer programs up its sleeve. After opening up Sync to developers this week, it announced Thursday OpenXC, an open-source software and hardware program that exposes the internal workings of the vehicle to a future generation of apps and devices.
Cohda is building the hardware and software that will allow vehicles on the road to form intelligent ad hoc mesh networks. Cisco and NXP both like what Cohda is selling and are investing undisclosed sums in the Australian startup.
If there is going to be one theme for 2013, then it is the inevitable march of technology (and the Internet) into everything we do and every aspect of our daily life. From car dashboards to rental cars – the fun is just getting started.
Google’s mapping and local search data is making its way into more connected car platforms. Automakers aren’t quite ready to let us download Google Maps directly into our dashboards, but they’re definitely leaning more heavily on the search giant to power their nav systems.
Nokia’s latest version of its Drive software aims to emulate a full-feature embedded vehicle navigation systems, which leads me to wonder if Nokia has plans to get into the connected car market with a bring-your-own-maps strategy.
Sprint’s approach to the connected car is certainly odd for a carrier. Instead of focusing on connectivity, Sprint wants to become an automotive infotainment and telematics systems integrator. To accomplish this it’s soliciting a lot of help, starting with Airbiquity, Aeris and WirelessCar.
Ford and University of Michigan researchers are experimenting with interior coatings that will combat microbial buildup left by grubby hands on the steering wheel and radio dial. In short, Ford is hoping silver ion additives will keep our cars from smelling.
RIM’s QNX has pulled the wraps off the developer program for its new connected car platform, Car 2. Launching in early 2013, the SDK uses the same WebWorks tools as BlackBerry 10, creating the industry’s first dev program that bridges the smartphone and dashboard.
Despite the proliferation of increasingly sophisticated connected car platforms, those systems remain largely closed to developers due to safe driving concerns. While those platforms will eventually open up, automakers have to be wary of placing too many limitations on development today. Otherwise consumers will ignore them.
Ford is joining Chevy in offering a smartphone-based navigation app that integrates with its connected car platform. TeleNav’s new Scout for Sync AppLink doesn’t have all of the features or a full-bore nav system, but it could fundamentally change the in-vehicle mapping game.
If you want in-dash vehicle navigation in your GM car, you pretty much have one choice, OnStar. But in the fourth quarter Chevy is launching an alternative to OnStar called BringGo that makes use of in-car connectivity to meld smartphone and dashboard navigation.
AT&T is opening its first “experiential” showcase in Chicago. While technically the flagship retail location on Michigan Avenue is a store, it’s not like any AT&T store you’ve ever seen before. Instead of making the AT&T phones the prime draw, it’s showing off the apps within.
Why check your phone for deals when you can check your car dashboard instead? Ford has integrated deal-broker Roximity’s location-based offers app with its Sync connected car platform, allowing drivers to verbally search for nearby bargains without slowing down.
As connected car platforms become more fragmented, Stitcher has an answer to the problem of developing for so many different vehicles. Instead of building to automaker’s in-dash APIs, it’s asking automakers to tap into its own API.
Sure, using voice commands to turn on the car radio on your iPhone is nifty, but iSpeech wants to elevate speech-recognition technology beyond the device and distribute it throughout our homes. Tony Stark can talk to his house in Iron Man, so why can’t you?
Honda on Wednesday became the latest big automaker to unveil an in-car connected infotainment system. Called HondaLink, the platform uses Harman’s Aha technology to connect to reams of different content sources and customized software to let new Fit EV customers manage their cars’ power systems.
The Internet of things is supposed to connect every aspect of our lives from our homes and cars to the objects we wear and the goods we consume. It’s even connecting ice machines. But one thing the Internet of things lacks is a unifying standard.
BMW will be the first the automaker to incorporate Nuance Communications’ new voice command and control platform into its dashboards. The German car manufacturer said today it is using Nuance’s Dragon Drive voice messaging technology in its luxury and compact sedans.
Let’s assume that sometime in the future every car has Wi-Fi and every car has a cellular data connection. Wi-Fi is essentially free, while cellular data is expensive. Is there a way to maximize the “free” connectivity of Wi-Fi while minimizing the costs of mobile data?
Sierra Wireless believes that laptop PCs too thin even to support an Ethernet port would be ideal candidates for an embedded LTE connectivity. On Thursday it unveiled its latest LTE module, which, at 2.5 mm in thickness, Sierra claims is the world’s thinnest 4G wireless module.
You can already access music subscription service MOG on your smartphone, tablet, PC, and many home entertainment appliances. Now it’s moving onto the biggest gadget of them all, the car. MOG is launching on Ford’s Sync connected car platform.
Verizon’s ambition to connect more than homes and phones just zeroed in on the automotive market. It announced on Friday it is buying Hughes Telematics for $612 million in cash, gaining the company’s crop of machine-to-machine (M2M) connected car technologies and services.
State Farm is sidestepping some of the actuarial science that goes into calculating your auto insurance premiums. Instead of determining through statistical analysis how much someone of your age, gender and residence typically drives, State Farm wants to go to the source: your car.
Nuance wants you to converse with your car via the cloud. The speech recognition company already powers many of the voice technologies embedded into today’s automobiles, but today it unveiled Dragon Drive, which moves beyond simple voice commands into the realm of natural language understanding.
The auto industry has already developed all the technology necessary to create truly autonomous vehicles. The reasons there aren’t driverless cars all over the road today is in part a cost issue, but it is mainly one of driver mindset. Ford plans to change that.
Verizon is putting LTE chips in TouchTunes’ new digital karaoke machines, but that’s not all. At CES, Verizon seemed determined to embed its latest wireless network technology into anything that could conceivably need an Internet connection, including ATM machines, robots and photo booths.
Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas has worked for the company for three decades and has seen the car become an electronics powerhouse, packed with chips that control everything from fuel injection to the chassis alignment. And that is only the beginning, he says in this video interview.
Freescale Semiconductor and Fuji Electric Systems are forming a new partnership focused on hybrid and electric vehicle tech. The two companies announced plans to collaborate on a type of power semiconductor for electronic powertrains, as well as other products for green cars down the road.
Move over cell phone firms, car companies are the new mobility leaders. “BMW is a mobile company, and everything we’ve done and do is about mobility,” Edward Robinson, President of BMW’s recently launched $100 million venture fund i Ventures, told me in an interview.