Lux Research connected car report gives damning verdict on automotive firms


If you take out electric vehicle-specific manufacturers such as Tesla, the race for connected car superiority has two horses running; technology firms, such as Apple and Google, and traditional automotive manufacturers. Yet a new report from Lux Research gives only five automotive firms a pass – Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, and Volvo.

The report argues only a few manufacturers have demonstrated “significant technical advancements” over their direct...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

Toyota to invest $1bn on self-driving technologies and AI


Toyota will reportedly invest $1 billion over the next five years on self-driving technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and technology that will help improve vehicle safety.

According to NBC, Toyota aims to improve vehicle safety by enabling vehicles to identify, predict and avoid potential accident situations. The company is also planning to bring out a self-driving...

By Connected CarTech, 23 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless, Ecosystems.

A third of US consumers want connected car features – but today’s solutions fail to satisfy


The connected car market is developing fast but do consumers actually want the technology? A new report says that in the US at least they do.

The analysis by Forrester Research showed that a third of US adults wanted connected car features. The figure is lower in most of Europe but higher in Asia. IN the US the 25 to 44 age year group showed the highest interest in such features.

The Forrester study showed that 31% of US adults who either own or lease a vehicle were interested in having...

By Liz Morrell, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

US auto safety head calls for 100% increase in safety with self-driving vehicles


Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), argues driverless cars need to be twice as safe in order to provide tangible benefits for consumers.

The number of road deaths in 2015 climbed to 38,300 from 32,675 in 2014 and Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said, “It’s a 747 crashing every week for a year, that’s what the losses are on our highways. And that is unacceptable.”

By Connected CarTech, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Security.

Global autonomous vehicle sales to total 21 million by 2035, says IHS Automotive


Automotive OEMs and suppliers are undertaking research and development in the area of autonomous vehicles even as a number of investments are being made in this segment along with activity in the regulatory space. This has led IHS Automotive to predict that global autonomous vehicle sales will total 21 million by 2035.

Egil Juliussen, Ph.D. and director of research at IHS Automotive, said: “Global sales of autonomous vehicles will reach nearly 600,000 units in 2025. Our...

By Connected CarTech, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Mitsubishi hack shows why current connected car security just isn’t up to it


Another day, another story of car hacking and general skulduggery. First we had Jeep, then it was Corvette, and now, after several others, it is the turn of Mitsubishi.

Research from Pen Test Partners found a high number of security vulnerabilities in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV; in the words of Ken Munro, of Pen Test Partners, some of which were funny, others were...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Privacy, Security.

Google’s driverless cars learn how to use their horns


Google’s self-driving cars are set to adopt the use of the horn, according to the technology giant’s monthly report, pledging that it will be “polite, considerate, and only honk when it makes driving safer for everyone”.

The tech giant revealed that the car horn will be in use only to inform others of the vehicle’s presence in instances when another car is backing out of a driveway or swerving into a lane. The test drivers have been aiding the cars in...

By Connected CarTech, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Driverless.

Google to build self-driving development facility in Detroit


Google is looking to open a 53,000 square feet facility in Detroit with a view to improve collaboration with project partners on its self-driving projects.

The technology giant plans to move into the facility, in Novi, later in 2016. While boosting collaboration, the presence of the location is also likely to attract top vehicle development talent in the state, especially as automakers in the area are facing a tough financial scenario.

The facility is located near Mcity, a facility in Ann...

By Connected CarTech, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Warning shot fired to vehicle manufacturers: Get up to speed on connected cars


A new piece of research from TNS and the BearingPoint Institute has sounded a warning to traditional vehicle manufacturers: if you don’t get your act together on connected car technology, then tech companies such as Google, Apple, and Uber will surge ahead.

The research, which polled 3,700 connected car owners in Europe, recommended that OEMs need to increase awareness and understanding of connected car features, which are ‘easy to use’ and ‘drive...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Infotainment.