Cars to be fitted with automatic emergency calling from mid-2018

Some members EU Parliament say the proposal does not go far enough to protect drivers' privacy

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - All cars and light vans in Europe will have to be fitted with automatic emergency calling devices from April 2018 under new rules approved by European Union lawmakers on Tuesday, which could cut road deaths by 10 percent a year.

The so-called eCall device will automatically alert the nearest emergency centre in the event of a crash by calling the EU-wide emergency number 112, which will give authorities information such as the exact location and time of the crash and the number of passengers in the vehicle.

GM to earn $350 million over three years from 4G technology in cars

CFO Stevens says OnStar's 4G LTE connection is an 'untapped, under-appreciated opportunity'

Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co will generate $350 million in improved profit over the three years to 2018 from its rollout of 4G LTE mobile broadband in its cars and trucks, the No. 1 U.S. automaker's chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

Chuck Stevens, speaking at a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference, called GM's OnStar 4G LTE connection an "untapped, under-appreciated opportunity."

4G LTE is a wireless connection that allows faster flow of data and developing better in-car technology is critical to automakers like GM to attract younger, tech-savvy buyers.

Ford turns back to Microsoft to build connected-car services

Azure would allow Ford owners to automatically update Sync 3 infotainment system wirelessly

Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is turning to one of its early technology partners, Microsoft Corp, to help expand the automaker's connected car services.

Among the features that Ford plans to offer later this year through its new Service Delivery Network is the ability to automatically update its new Sync 3 infotainment system wirelessly. The service will run on Microsoft's cloud-based Azure platform.

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

There are risks, including reliability, cybersecurity and legal liability

Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected.

Carmakers, others fund research toward cars that talk to each other

Public-private initiative to lay groundwork for system that wirelessly connects vehicles

Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said on Friday.

Baidu boosts location-based platform with new services, $10 million investment

Data shows more people access the Web via mobile device than computer

Reuters

By Paul Carsten

BEIJING (Reuters) - Baidu Inc launched on Wednesday a service that helps retailers advertise on the smartphones of nearby users as China's dominant search engine company expands its location-based technology to drive growth.

Baidu currently makes most of its income from desktop-based search advertising and has lagged peers such as Tencent Holdings Ltd in capitalizing on the popularity of mobile internet in China, the world's largest market for smartphones.

U.S. app to help emergency responders communicate in crisis

Intended to supplement and not replace traditional emergency communications

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mobile app from a law enforcement technology firm could soon allow emergency responders from different agencies to communicate seamlessly with each other in a crisis for the first time, sharing files and conducting impromptu conference calls.

BlueLine Grid's applications target what has long been one of the most vexing challenges facing U.S. law enforcement and emergency responders. Communications breakdowns hampered responses to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack in New York and disasters including 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

Mobile Resource Management Driving Growth in the $200B Subprime Auto Finance Market

CDMA technology provides strong network access and coverage, even in remote and rural areas

CDMA-enabled telematics solutions are delivering the business intelligence that both dealers and lenders need to monitor and manage their vehicle assets as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

The Battle Over Connected Cars Gears Up

Apple and Google face off in new territory, looking to claim ground once held by Microsoft

Apple and Google have made names for themselves as technology innovators and as the companies shaping the direction of their industry. Both companies recently released high-profile connected car products – CarPlay and Open Auto Alliance, respectively – that allow users to bring the comforts of their mobile devices to their vehicles. It would seem that both companies are focused on new opportunities to extend their market dominance.

The catch? Microsoft announced its first connected car partnership, with Ford, all the way back in 2007.

A shifting industry

Vodafone targets "connected cars" with Italian deal

To connect more products to the Internet, offset slowing growth in mobile phones

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone is buying an Italian car electronics maker for 145 million euros ($197 million), seeking to get ahead in the race to connect more products to the internet and offset slowing growth in its core mobile phone business.

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