Samsung set to snap up connected car firm Harman for $8bn

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Samsung is set to make a significant advancement in car technology, as it looks set to acquire connected car tech firm Harman International Industries.

Automotive technologies are an area that have been on Samsung’s strategic radar for some time now, and last year it set up an Automotive Electronics Business Team to identify opportunities in the car tech sector.

The deal, which is expected to close mid next year, is said to be worth up to $8bn in value.

Partnerships and scale are...

By Rachael Power, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Volkswagen unveils most connected Golf yet for 2017

Volkswagen has just released info on its new Golf, and connected car enthusiasts everywhere will be pretty happy with some of the advances in technology within the new model. 

From 2017, new VW Golf cars will have a next-gen infotainment system as well as city emergency braking with a pedestrian monitoring function and traffic jam assist. 

Over 33 million Volkswagen Golf cars have been sold around the world to date, making it easily the most successful model in the company's...

By Rachael Power, 10 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

T-Mobile reveals SyncUP Drive connected car device for US


T-Mobile has launched a device in the US that allows more cars to make use of connected features.

The SyncUP Drive goes on sale in late November at $149.99 or free if you sign up to a two-year, no-ost finance agreement with a 2GB or more internet plan. It’s unclear if the company will release the device in the UK, or when.

The SyncUP Drive turns your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot and includes vehicle...

By Rachael Power, 10 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Ford expanding driver-assist technologies with next-gen features


Ford has announced it is expanding its driver assist technology, with a range of next-generation features to make avoiding crashes, parking and detecting objects in the road easier.

New features it is developing at its research and development centre in Aachen, Germany, include a cross-traffic alert system, with braking technology designed to detect people and objects about to pass behind the car,...

By Rachael Power, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Former Cisco connected car execs join RideCell

Fleet automation software company RideCell has hired two former Cisco connected car executives. 

Mark Thomas joins the San Francisco based company as vice president of marketing, and Paul Drysch joins as vice president of business development, as well as general manager of APAC.

RideCell's automation platform can integrate ride-sharing, car-sharing, and fixed route services. The company powers new mobility businesses from end to end, from consumer apps to day-to-day fleet management, demand and supply...

By Rachael Power, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Connected car startup Otonomo raises $12m

A tech startup that helps connected car makers to monetise their data has raised $12m in Series A funding. 

Otonomo, based in Israel, has added to its previous $3m funding round to develop its cloud-based SaaS platform, which worls to "disrupt the connected and autonomous car arenas" and monitor customer experience.

The company integrates servies, analytics and a new software layer based on open APIs and real time information into cars. The platform can work with any car manufacturer or third-party app...

By Rachael Power, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

LYNK & CO launches, announcing a new connected car

Chinese car manufacturer Geely has launched a new car brand, LYNK & CO, last week, announcing more details of its highly connected car. 

The marketing around the launch centres on how Geely - who also owns Volvo - became tired with the "sluggish evolution" of the auto indsustry and has so decided to do something about it. 

But as they say, the proof will be in the pudding, and whether the car can stand up to...

By Rachael Power, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Lynk & Co 'most connected car to date' set to launch

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Geely is preparing to launch what they claim to be “the most connected car to date” this week, teasing the public with a blog post revealing some detail.

The company, which has owned Volvo since 2010, will apparently launch a car built on an open digital platform, which collaborates with several ‘world-leading’ tech...

By , 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

BMW announces semi-driverless 2017 5 Series Sedan, including Apple CarPlay


BMW has announced its new 5 Series Sedan this week, including a raft of new connected car features.

BMW is also apparently the first car maker to feature wireless Apple CarPlay, which connects a supported iPhone and allows a user to get directions, make calls, etc, in a safer manner.

But that’s certainly not the most impressive connected feature of the 5 Series Sedan, which will arrive on the market in February 2017.


By Rachael Power, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Bentley and Filld collaborate for US online petrol-ordering service

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Filld, an on-demand petrol startup which currently delivers anywhere between San Francisco and San Jose, has partnered with Bentley Motors to offer high-quality petrol via professionally-trained commercially-licensed drivers in DOT-certified safe trucks.

Now, Bentley customers will get gas delivered directly to their vehicles with the help of their mobile phones. All they will have to do is, place an order through a mobile app available on Android and iOS.

A background of this...

By Connected CarTech, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Contextual data.