Vinli aims to link the connected home with the connected car


Connected car software provider Vinli has announced Vinli Home Connect, which aims to integrate connected home platforms with the connected car.

Regular readers of this publication will recognise Vinli after the startup smashed its Indiegogo campaign efforts for making dumb cars smarter through a $99 device back in June. The Vinli on-board platform and device can be used...

By Connected CarTech, 04 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Connectivity, Contextual data, Data & Analytics.

Ford sees record numbers of patents in 2015

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Ford has announced the company’s employees have achieved a record number of new patents, including inventions related to mobility, autonomous and connected vehicles, ride-sharing and navigation platforms, eBikes, and wearable devices.

The American automaker increased its electrification patent filing numbers by nearly 200% in the past five years. It has 275 patents on EcoBoost gasoline turbocharged direct-injection and another 200 pending. The company's employees submitted nearly...

By Connected CarTech, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems.

What does 2016 have in store for the connected car sector?


The past year has seen significant and interesting progress in the sphere of car connectivity, which is becoming increasingly complex and more commonplace. This is being driven, in-part by consumer expectation for access to the internet wherever they are, and by the introduction of new regulations which is governing the implementation of technology, as the clever use of the web breaks down further barriers to communication.

During recent months, the march of Apple and their...

By Nick Connor, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CarPlay, Connectivity.

The key barriers to driverless technology adoption


There are still a few years remaining before fully driverless cars will hit the road in significant numbers. Speed of adoption of this technology will depend on how fast the industry and governments can break down the barriers to adoption.

The financial barrier

One of the main barriers to adoption is cost. In 2010, Google’s self-driving technology cost around

By Serge Van Themsche, 22 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Regulation.

Editorial: Ford seeks pole position in self-driving future

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During a visit to Ford's innovation centre in Germany last month, ConnectedCar Tech took a look at some of the company's latest advancements and gained some insight about where the motoring giant is heading when it comes to fully-autonomous vehicles. 

Ford made a couple of related announcements this week, the first being the company has developed a "dynamic" Uber-like...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Driverless.

Ethernet cables improve connected car efficiency

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The introduction of Automotive Ethernet would significantly reduce vehicle weight, and better manage the complex transfer of data within connected vehicles according to Ninad Deshpande, a specialist in Open Technologies at B&R Industrial Automation.

In a speech during the Automotive Megatrends conference in India, Deshpande said the introduction of Ethernet in the automobile...

By Liz Morrell, 15 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices.

Self-driving cars nearer to reality as further companies join the drive

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Autonomous cars were once the subject of futuristic movies, but are now closer to reality than ever with Samsung being the latest manufacturer focusing on self-driving car technologies.

The company has created a new division that will focus on building self-driving car components, though hasn’t yet revealed much more about its plans. Hyundai, meanwhile, has revealed that it is...

By Liz Morrell, 14 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Volvo to launch Apple CarPlay in 2016 XC90 crossover model – alongside Sensus Connect

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Nearly two years after being one of the first automakers to announce plans to integrate Apple’s CarPlay into future models – Volvo will launch with the software in the US starting with its 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover model.

The iOS connected car software will be implemented alongside Volvo’s own in-vehicle Sensus Connect touchscreen platform. It will be...

By Liz Morrell, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, CarPlay.

DOT to become friendlier towards self-driving cars

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The UK Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning to update its position toward self-driving cars in the coming weeks as tech companies and automakers work on turning them into reality.

The agency is also working on making it mandatory for all new cars to come with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies.

Anthony Foxx, Transportation Secretary, said: "I expect the changes to...

By Connected CarTech, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Navigation.

New app and intelligent street pole from Etisalat aims to improve driver and pedestrian safety

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A multi-function smart pole was shown at the IoT World Forum in Dubai which could help to ensure pedestrian safety, detect speeding vehicles, and reduce electricity consumption.

The functionalities are just a few of the possibilities of the new smart pole street lamp from Etisalat, which can act as a streetlamp, security camera, and even a WiFi hotspot, the company claims. With...

By Liz Morrell, 07 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

Juniper Research predicts consumers to drive fully autonomous vehicles by 2021


A Juniper Research report projects that 20 million fully autonomous or self-driving vehicles will be on roads worldwide by 2025, with North America and Europe slated to lead adoption and consumers to start using such vehicles by 2021.

In the run up to adoption of autonomous vehicles, ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance System) technologies such as adaptive cruise control and automated braking will gain significance, the researchers argue. The report holds that these technologies will...

By Connected CarTech, 01 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Security experts warn your connected car is easily traceable


Sometimes it’s useful to keep track of where our vehicle is, like when it’s lost in a car park, but on most occasions we just want that information to be available to us alone. Yet a cybersecurity expert has warned that your connected car is not as secure as you would expect, and could reveal your location unless core technology is tweaked.

Dr Jonathan Petit, principal scientist at Security Innovation and researcher at the University of Twente, made the warning after an...

By Ryan Daws, 01 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Privacy, Security.

How can Volkswagen rebuild trust with the fleet community?


In recent times, it hasn’t been uncommon for industry sectors to face scandal or massively increased regulatory constraints; just think of the banking sector and national supermarkets, over the past few years.  But news from Volkswagen (VW) – one of the most trusted and reliable brands in the fleet business – has taken us all by surprise.

There are 29.6 million cars on the road in the UK, but with reports saying that as many as 1.5 million VW cars may have to be...

By Mark Kirby, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best practice, Insurance.

Why integration between native infotainment and apps could lead to frustration


The existence of infotainment sources such as traditional radio alongside standalone systems such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay has the potential to frustrate consumers, according to a report by Strategy Analytics.

Though apps such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn could replace traditional radio, consumer awareness and usage of these apps has not yet reached a point where they can be considered worthy alternatives, according to the researchers.

The study tested out the Android Auto software...

By Connected CarTech, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Infotainment.

Connected Cars don't care about privacy, according to study

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Cars are getting more human-like in their abilities, but according to new research they don't give the same regard to privacy that (most) humans would. A study conducted by German motorists’ organisation ADAC has found that - in addition to trip and distance data - one recent vehicle reported maximum engine revolutions, the status of vehicle lights, and far more...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Best practice, Contextual data, Data & Analytics, Privacy, Regulation, Security.

Microsoft and Volvo come together for next generation automotive technologies


Microsoft will collaborate with Volvo Cars on the development of automotive technologies in a variety of areas.

The companies demonstrated the use of Microsoft HoloLens to improve the auto customer experience. The HoloLens technology has the potential to open new sales channels by allowing dealers to provide prospective customers with a car configurator on the road or at shopping malls.

Volvo Cars senior vice president of marketing sales and service Björn Annwall, said:...

By Connected CarTech, 27 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft.

Why software security in connected cars starts with software developers


Compromising the ‘Internet of Things’ seems to be one of the most ‘fashionable’ areas among today’s hackers, including connected cars. Just consider the extensive coverage given to the remote takeover of a Jeep Cherokee by security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, which took place via a security vulnerability in the...

By Mark Warren, 26 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best practice, Security.

Telematics change driver habits, says study


A new study from the Insurance Research Council (IRC) has revealed 56% of surveyed drivers say they have made changes in their driving habits since installing a device provided by their insurer.

38% said that they did not make changes to their driving habits. The survey found that drivers over the age of 65 years were less likely to make changes than younger drivers.

Among the survey respondents with telematics devices from their auto insurers, 82% said that they received information...

By Connected CarTech, 25 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Telematics .

ETSI to explore adopting MirrorLink as technical specification


The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has announced a cooperation agreement to formally explore MirrorLink, created by the Consortium, as an official ETSI Technical Specification.

ETSI's standards underline much of the most widely used and popular technologies in the world, including electronic signatures, smart cards, DECT and GSM. It has brought together car industry stakeholders to form its intelligent transport systems...

By Connected CarTech, 24 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystems, Mirrorlink.