The Volkswagen Group is to take over WirelessCar, a Swedish telematics specialist, from Volvo, buying a 75.1pc stake to support its connected vehicle ecosystem. WirelessCar, founded in 1999 and based in Gothenburg, has developed a series of in-car services such as billing and concierge, safety and emergency, and remote diagnostics and breakdown: 3.5million cars worldwide Read More..
Bosch will display a driverless electric shuttle at CES 2019 in Las Vegas next month, to be offered fully-integrated with a full suite of hardware, software and related digital services. The concept shuttle, whose outer shell is constructed of display screens and glass, effectively comes with its own connected ecosystem – including software, platforms and user Read More..
Honda is planning an extensive exhibit for next month’s CES, Las Vegas, to highlight its work in autonomous vehicles, robotics and connectivity and to attract future collaborators. Its Silicon Valley-based Honda Innovations division is to announce new tie-ups with start-ups and other partners. The Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle [pictured], designed by Honda R&D Americas, will Read More..
J.D. Power, supplier of consumer insights, data analytics and automotive industry advisory services, is forming an alliance with Harman to share in-car data from the Harman Ignite cloud platform. This will give insight into how customers interact with their cars’ digital services and the areas or functionalities which can be improved, the companies say, as Read More..
Audi’s upcoming e-tron electric SUV will be offered with an optional 22kW charging system that connects to a domestic energy management system via the home’s wi-fi. This will allow owners to charge on optimized electricity tariffs or to prioritize charging on home-generated solar electricity, if the house is equipped with photovoltaic panels. The system can Read More..
Goodyear plans to extend its research into ‘intelligent’ connected, sensor-equipped tires and will carry out testing with electric and autonomous vehicles at the Mcity Test Facility [pictured]. Mcity, a public-private partnership led by the University of Michigan, has a 16-acre site of roads and traffic infrastructure for testing connected and automated technologies in simulated urban Read More..
Smart has added a ‘ready to spot’ service to its ‘ready to’ app to help drivers locate their vehicle – whether they’ve forgotten exactly where they’ve parked it, or if it has been stolen. The app guides people back to their Smart, suggesting public transport or other mobility options if necessary, which can be booked Read More..
Both Volvo Cars and General Motors have announced the addition of the Amazon Key app to their respective connected services in the USA. This will be available to customers in 37 US cities and their surrounding areas, with more locations to follow. For Volvo customers, Amazon Key links Amazon Prime membership accounts with the Volvo Read More..
PSA has launched the DS 7 Crossback in China featuring new services underpinned by Huawei’s OceanConnect IoT platform. These include in-car natural language voice recognition, a connected services portal and connected navigation, plus information such as vehicle status, journey history and driving style which can be viewed via smartphone app. Further services such as remote Read More..
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will use Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud technology to add more connected services to its next-generation models, the two companies said in a press release. The French carmaker, which buildsÂ and sells Peugeot, Citroen and DS brand models, has cooperated with Sierra Wireless since 2001. It has used device-management modules made by the Canadian companyÂ since 2009. These Read More..