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    1. Toyota Pledges $50M To Research AI For Autonomous Vehicles, Hires DARPA’s Dr. Gill Pratt

      Toyota Pledges $50M To Research AI For Autonomous Vehicles, Hires DARPA’s Dr. Gill Pratt

      Today, Toyota announced that it had hired Gill Pratt to drive its autonomous car research. Pratt is best known in this field for his work at DARPA and MIT, including starting the Robotics Challenge. The company is also investing $50M in the research over the next five years as well as partnering with MIT and Stanford. Pratt has spent the past five years with DARPA, and laid out what’s important for Toyota at an event in Palo Alto today: "Our long-term goal is to make a car that is never responsible for a crash."

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    2. BMW ConnectedDrive at the IFA 2015 Show. Teaming up with capable partners to implement new solutions for “connected cars”

      BMW ConnectedDrive at the IFA 2015 Show. Teaming up with capable partners to implement new solutions for “connected cars”

      Munich. BMW is indisputably one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers when it comes to linking up drivers, their vehicles and the outside world. The company groups together its range of intelligent services under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner. And at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin (4–9 September 2015), one of the world’s leading consumer electronics and home appliance fairs, BMW is showcasing new solutions for the “connected car”.

      • Premiere: Using apps from Deutsche Telekom and Samsung to operate
      functions inside connected houses from the BMW i3 
      • Integration of Apple iOS and Android smartphone apps 
      • BMW i ...

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    3. Ranking puts Toyota, VW at top of innovation list

      Ranking puts Toyota, VW at top of innovation list

      Toyota and Volkswagen Group have been the top automotive innovators in the past 10 years, according to a new ranking compiled by Germany’s Center of Automotive Management.

      The think tank looked at the best 100 innovations from global carmakers over the past decade. The ranking was based on market and technology relevance as well as the degree of innovation that characterized products.

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    4. Cloud-based wrong-way driver warning - Bosch solution swiftly identifies danger

      Cloud-based wrong-way driver warning - Bosch solution swiftly identifies danger

      Traffic reports about wrong-way drivers are an all-too-familiar occurrence. Some 2,000 such warnings are broadcast on German radio alone each year. And all too often, these incidents lead to critical situations – including serious accidents. According to statistics, nearly every third of such incidents end – fatally, in the worst case – before the vehicle has traveled just 500 meters. However, it takes several minutes for warnings to be broadcast over the radio, by which time it is too late. Bosch is developing a new solution that alerts drivers much faster. The new Bosch cloud-based wrong-way driver warning is designed to provide ...

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    5. IFA 2015: Samsung's Car Mode for Galaxy arrives to take on Apple Car Play and Android Auto

      IFA 2015: Samsung's Car Mode for Galaxy arrives to take on Apple Car Play and Android Auto

      Exactly like its rivals from Apple and Google, Car Mode for Galaxy shows a simplified smartphone user interface on the car's dashboard screen, complete with large app icons for controlling music playback and searching for driving directions in a maps app. As revealed at the IFA event, taking place from 4-9 September 2015 in Berlin, the system also reads new texts messages to the driver out loud, just like the Ford Sync

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    6. Apple, Google Bring Smartphone Functions to Car Dashboards

      Apple, Google Bring Smartphone Functions to Car Dashboards

      Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard. With the 2016 model year, Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto will turn cars as affordable as a base model Chevy Spark into rolling robotic assistants that give directions to nearby restaurants or play the latest hits with commands as simple as "Play Ellie Goulding.

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      Mentions: Honda Apple Google
    7. OBD Devices and Data Collection

      The technology in our cars is most often viewed as a convenience. It lets us listen to exactly the music we like best, helps us navigate, and keeps us connected no matter where we travel. It also helps keep us safe with autonomous features that take over when we mess up, and the ability to call for help even when we can’t make that call. It can even save you money on things like car insurance, but to do that, you’ll have to let go of your privacy.

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    8. These five trends drive automotive innovation

      These five trends drive automotive innovation

      The automotive is currently facing the strongest changes in its history, says a study from management consulting firm McKinsey.

      The study identifies five technological trends that will keep automotive engineers busy over the decade ahead. These are

      • Electrification
      • Connectivity
      • Autonomous driving and software complexity
      • Internet-based production organisation
      • New materials
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    9. Japanese government bullish about connected car cybersecurity

      Japanese government bullish about connected car cybersecurity

      Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has drawn up guidelines in a bid to defend against the hacking of an envisaged next-generation driving support system that is expected to help accelerate the development of autonomous driving cars. The ministry is concerned about the possibility that a cyber attack on the system might lead to traffic accidents.

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      Mentions: Toyota
    10. EMEA: BT Global Services ethical hacking secures the connected car

      EMEA: BT Global Services ethical hacking secures the connected car

      Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Martin Hunt, Senior Business Development Director, Automotive Industry Practice for BT Global Services to better understand how BT is working in the connected car space. It’s important to clarify, that BT Global Services is just that, a global company who works with players in many regions. Unlike BT the mobile operator in the U.K. For the purposes of this piece we are focusing on the activities of the global organization.

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    11. Japanese Ministry leads Connected Car Cybersecurity initiative

      Japanese Ministry leads Connected Car Cybersecurity initiative

      Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has drawn up guidelines in a bid to defend against the hacking of an envisaged next-generation driving support system that is expected to help accelerate the development of autonomous driving cars. The ministry is concerned about the possibility that a cyberattack on the system might lead to traffic accidents.

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      Mentions: Toyota
    12. UK must set rules to fulfil connected car ambition

      UK must set rules to fulfil connected car ambition

      The government’s recent naming of three Smart Cities to help develop connected and driverless cars and the associated £9 million investment is a fantastic opportunity for UK plc. But without further government intervention, what has been a good start may fail to deliver. Uncoordinated development of the technology will lead to incompatible systems and limit the economic and social benefits delivered by a transport system of autonomous vehicles.

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    13. German carmakers win US antitrust approval to buy Nokia maps

      German carmakers BMW , Audi and Mercedes have won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Nokia's maps business for around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion), the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

      The deal, which was announced in early August, was on the FTC's list of uncontroversial transactions which won approval from the FTC or the Justice Department. The two agencies share the work of antitrust enforcement.

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    14. Industry-First Weather Technology Gives Drivers Predictive Info about Dangerous Conditions Ahead

      Industry-First Weather Technology Gives Drivers Predictive Info about Dangerous Conditions Ahead

      Being at the forefront of providing useful and timely information for connected cars, it was a natural extension for INRIX to also look into how it could use its technology and experience to improve driver safety on the roads. When INRIX decided to focus on this goal for drivers, we partnered with Global Weather Corporation (GWC) for its expertise in predicting weather’s effects on road surfaces. GWC, the world’s most accurate temperature forecaster in 2013 and 2014, developed a unique set of prediction algorithms that are designed to accurately predict the pavement and road conditions.

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    15. The Road to GM’s Integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Was Paved with Collaboration

      GM has been working with both Google and Apple for the past two years to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into GM infotainment systems. GM will be launching Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on most Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles in the 2016 model year. Dan Kinney, Director, User Experience, GM’s Global Connected Customer Experience shared with Automotive IT News the technical details of the cooperation, testing, and user experience development involved for the launch of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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