BMW, Porsche come out first with Apple Watch apps

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BMW and Porsche were among the first to come with Apple Watch applications for their cars, but other brands are expected to¬†follow shortly. Last week already, BMW’s DriveNow car sharing brand announced a function that lets drivers open and close DriveNow vehicles with their Apple Watch. This week, BMW unveiled an Apple Watch version of […]

Sharp growth seen for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

The survey shows that car radio continues to be one of the most popular infotainment features (Photo:GM)

Apple and Google are set¬†to take a sharply bigger chunk of the automotive connectivity market in the next five years,¬†according to a study by market researchers IHS Automotive. The report projects that Android Auto, Google’s technology to connect smartphones to in-car infotainment, will be in 31 million new cars by 2020, up from an expected […]

Who would buy Nokia’s HERE mapping unit?

Maps will be more important for autonomous cars (Phote: Nokia)

Nokia is considering the sale of its mapping unit, HERE, following its announcement of plans to acquire Alcatel-Lucent. The Finland-based telecommunications equipment maker said in a statement that it had “initiated a review of strategic options, including a potential divestment” of its HERE business. HERE is the navigation, mapping and location intelligence business built on […]

Reuters: BMW isn’t building car with Apple

Apple's CarPlay is only available on a few production vehicles (Photo: Apple)

The rumors surrounding Apple’s alleged interest in building an electric vehicle took another twist this week, when¬†German magazine auto, motor und sport reported that BMW and the California-based consumer electronics group are negotiating to possibly make BMW’s next i3 electric city vehicle an Apple car. BMW immediately denied the report to the Reuters news agency. […]

VW’s Winterkorn welcomes Apple’s, Google’s interest in car industry

Winterkorn, seen here testing a new manufacturing tool, is an engineer by training (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said plans by consumer electronics companies to get more actively involved in the car industry may have a positive effect on car sales to a younger generation of consumers. “I highly welcome the interest of Apple, Google and others in the automobile,” Winterkorn said on the eve of the Geneva […]

Apple will build 2 data centers in Europe

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Apple will build two data centers in Europe, spending 1.7 billion euros to construct and operate the facilities, which will be located in Ireland and Denmark. The US based consumer technology group said the centers will provide the European backend for online services that include the company’s iTunes store, its app store and various applications. […]

Ford looks at Apple, Amazon for clues to successful transformation

Ford Motor is conducting 25 mobility experiments (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor said it would study companies such as Apple and Amazon to learn how to successfully manage a major industry transformation. Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, in an address to the International CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, announced that the US-based carmaker has entered into a research cooperation with Aachen University to launch the […]

ABI Research: 24 million cars with Apple CarPlay in 2019

Many car brands already offer CarPlay (Photo: Apple)

Apple and Google¬†are set to become bigger players in the car, but the auto industry will also adopt open-source systems from other organizations, according to a report by market analysts ABI Research. ABI predicts that by 2019 there will be 24 million new cars fitted with Apple’s CarPlay. The uptake of the open-source Mirrorlink interface […]

Android alliance gets traction as brands join, plans are unveiled

Kia says the Soul is one of the first models to feature Android Auto (Photo: Kia)

With Volkswagen and Volvo Cars the latest auto¬†brands to join the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), the Google initiative to boost the use of Android devices in cars is making headway. But carmakers ¬†stressed that they will be working closely with Apple as well to make sure devices running on¬†both operating systems can be seamlessly connected. […]

Apple launches “CarPlay” for Mercedes, Ferrari, Volvo

Apple's CarPlay will be available for Mercedes, Ferrari and Volvo shortly (Photo: Apple)

Apple said a new iPhone connectivity suite will be available for Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo this week and for other brands at a later date. Apple said its “CarPlay” software can be operated through the car’s HMI or by using the company’s Siri voice control. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product […]