Connectivity

Volvo Project Aims To Make 'Roam Delivery' Easier Than Home Delivery
Volvo Project Aims To Make 'Roam Delivery' Easier Than Home Delivery

Do you have issues with home package delivery? What if you could simply get deliveries tucked neatly into your car? The automaker Volvo is working on that. It cites 2013 data, noting that 60 percent of those shopping online have, and that home delivery in general places additional time...Read More»

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Should You Worry About Your Car Being Hacked? Yes & No

Yesterday, the internet was ablaze with talk of hackers. Why? Because Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) released a report on potential security loopholes in our cars' onboard computers, based on data provided by 16 automakers. Should you worry about your own car being hacked? Yes and no. ALSO SEE: Six...Read More»

Study: Connected Cars Eagerly Anticipated, Slightly Feared post thumbnail
Study: Connected Cars Eagerly Anticipated, Slightly Feared

Connected cars, like autonomous cars, are coming. In fact, connected cars will likely arrive first, because the underlying vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology is simpler, cheaper, and enhances the effectiveness of self-driving vehicles by allowing them to "talk" to other cars on the road. Given our...Read More»

2015 Audi A3: AT&T 4G LTE In-Vehicle Data Services Priced, Detailed post thumbnail
2015 Audi A3: AT&T 4G LTE In-Vehicle Data Services Priced, Detailed

Audi has attached a price to the new in-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity that will debut in the automaker's 2015 A3 sedan. Through the provider, AT&T, data plans will offer speedy 4G LTE service through AT&T, at prices of just $99 for six months or $499 for 30 months. Those two rates shake out...Read More»

From CES: Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai Will Put Google Android OS In Cars This Year post thumbnail
From CES: Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai Will Put Google Android OS In Cars This Year

The Detroit Auto Show doesn't start until next week, but car fans are already feasting on lots of great auto news thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show. One of CES' biggest announcements involves an intriguing partnership between Audi, General Motors, Honda, and Hyundai. Along with tech firms...Read More»

GM, Audi Roll Out 4G LTE Plans: The Car Goes High-Speed (Data) post thumbnail
GM, Audi Roll Out 4G LTE Plans: The Car Goes High-Speed (Data)

General Motors [NYSE:GM] has announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it will be installing high-speed 4G LTE data connections—including hot-spot capability—into the majority of its Chevy vehicles within the next year, with the rest of automaker's vehicle portfolio to...Read More»

The Rebirth Of An Auto Industry: Is Detroit Poised To Lead In Next-Gen Transportation? post thumbnail
The Rebirth Of An Auto Industry: Is Detroit Poised To Lead In Next-Gen Transportation?

Earlier today, we discussed Ford and General Motors' impending withdrawal from Australia and the likelihood that Toyota will follow suit. All in all, the forecast looks pretty grim for the country's auto industry. Though things in the U.S. aren't nearly so bleak, there's no denying that Detroit has...Read More»

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Apps To Arrive In GM Vehicles By Late 2013

We've known for some time that apps are coming to cars. The writing's been on the wall since the debut of Apple's App Store in 2008, which is about the time that apps began taking center stage in our daily lives. The problem automakers face is making those apps work efficiently and safely...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord, Crosstour Get Aha Smartphone-Based Infotainment post thumbnail
2013 Honda Accord, Crosstour Get Aha Smartphone-Based Infotainment

Honda has announced a new generation of infotainment systems that will make its debut first in the all-new 2013 Honda Accord and in the refreshed 2013 Honda Crosstour, both expected later this year. And reflecting a simplified approach that we've seen increasingly in systems like Toyota's Entune or...Read More»

2013 Cadillac XTS: Is CUE The Best Touch-Screen Interface Yet? post thumbnail
2013 Cadillac XTS: Is CUE The Best Touch-Screen Interface Yet?

If you've owned a luxury car in recent years, you're familiar with the idea of a screen-based interface as a control hub for connectivity, navigation, and entertainment. But these systems—like MyLincoln Touch (Lincoln), iDrive (BMW), COMAND (Mercedes-Benz), MMI (Audi), or Remote Touch...Read More»

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3 More Things We Need Before Cars Are Fully Connected To The Web

Yesterday, Robert Acker wrote an article for Mashable about the five things that automakers must do in order to make web-connected cars attractive to mainstream consumers. Acker's comments are insightful -- we wouldn't expect anything less from the GM of from Aha Radio -- but we have a few more...Read More»

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Researchers: Hackers Could Break Into Vehicles From A Distance

If you drive a new or nearly new car, you could be packing just as much computing power in your vehicle as you have on your desk or in your briefcase. Plus, vehicles are more connected than ever before. And that connectivity, while it can make our vehicles better and our experience more convenient...Read More»

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2012 Mini Lineup Getting Mog Streaming For Songs On Demand

MINI vehicles will likely be the first on the market with audio systems capable of playing specific songs or albums on demand. The music-streaming service, called Mog, allows access to about ten million songs, and it's inking deals to expand into cars (with factory audio compatibility) and into...Read More»

Is It A Bad Idea To Have Cars Connected To The Cloud? post thumbnail
Is It A Bad Idea To Have Cars Connected To The Cloud?

With vehicles like the new Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, the era of connected cars is upon us. That is definitely the sense we are getting from this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that is going on in Las Vegas this week. With everyone from Audi to OnStar making huge announcements around...Read More»

Europe Vs. America: Which Will Win The Battle For In-Car Wifi? post thumbnail
Europe Vs. America: Which Will Win The Battle For In-Car Wifi?

In the 1967 film The Graduate, Mr. McGuire pulls young Benjamin Braddock aside and offers him one word of advice about the future: "Plastics". In the upcoming remake (starring Jennifer Aniston as hot-to-trot housewife Mrs. Robinson), "plastics" could just as easily be replaced with "mobile wifi"...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima: UVO Allows Hands-Free Calling, Audio Features post thumbnail
2011 Kia Optima: UVO Allows Hands-Free Calling, Audio Features

In the 2011 Kia Optima, Bluetooth connectivity and USB device connectivity come standard—even on the base LX model. But if you step up to Kia's new UVO (short for YourVoice) connectivity system, you'll get a fully capable voice-control system that rivals the best systems on the market and is...Read More»

Could Connectivity And Smartphones Open Your Car Up To Hackers? post thumbnail
Could Connectivity And Smartphones Open Your Car Up To Hackers?

Is it time for firewalls and malware protection for your car? Almost, but not quite yet, say experts, in a top-notch report from CNET. Earlier this year we reported on research from the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, that showed how researchers were able to...Read More»

Kia UVO: In-Car Twitter, Facebook…And 180-MPH TV Viewing post thumbnail
Kia UVO: In-Car Twitter, Facebook…And 180-MPH TV Viewing

If the first full week of 2010 is any indication, this is looking to be the year when the competition really heats up over in-car connectivity features. With Ford's recent announcement regarding its new iPhone-like MyFord Touch system, including USB-based in-car Wi-fi and an accelerated...Read More»

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Ford Taps Into iPhone Halo With MyFord, MyLincoln Touch

The first time you get into a vehicle with Ford's just-announced MyFord and MyLincoln Touch system (the 2011 Ford Edge and 2012 Ford Focus will be first) it's likely you'll think, "Oh, it's like the iPhone." That will likely be followed by just a few seconds of fiddling as you figure out how to...Read More»

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