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 […]

New Mercedes C-Class sheds 100 kilos, adds high-tech

The new Mercedes C-Class is 100 kilos lighter than its predecessor (Photo: Michelin)

DETROIT — Daimler unveiled the new Mercedes C-Class here, unwrapping a car that has shed 100 kilos of weight while adding a wealth of driver-assistance technologies, many of them imported directly from the bigger E- and S-Class models. The German premium carmaker took the wraps off the updated version of its best-selling model at the […]

CES: Audi wants to close gap between science fiction and reality

Audi's CES concept car (Photo: Audi)

LAS VEGAS –Audi reaffirmed its intentions Monday to be a driver of change as the global auto industry moves toward a new connected model. “If mobility used to be about connecting places and people, it is now about connecting the driver with the car, the car’s surroundings, the traffic infrastructure and all of the other […]

CES: Nvidia shows high-power automotive chip

Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip (Photo: Nvidia)

LAS VEGAS — Nvidia said its new K1 mobile processor will provide a decisive impulse for the trend toward autonomous driving. The US-based chipmaker said the its Tegra K1 chip is an automotive-grade version of the same GPU that powers several energy-efficient supercomputers already. Because of its efficiency, the Tegra K1 can handle large amounts […]

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Connected mobility will be the focus of the automotiveIT International Congress, which will be held in London July 1-2, 2014. It will be the first international event staged by the automotiveIT Group, which publishes German and English-language print and online publications, including the automotiveIT.com Web site. The automotiveIT International Congress has as its theme: “Connected […]

JLR, Intel to jointly development infotainment systems

The Jaguar XF and XJR on display at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show (Photo: JLR)

Jaguar Land Rover is joining forces with chipmaker Intel to develop future vehicle infotainment systems. The British car group, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, also is opening a new r&d center in Portland, Oregon. JLR said it will work with Intel across engineering, research and marketing to develop best-in-class infotainment systems for both […]

With new graphics processors, Toshiba targets automotive growth market

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MUNICH – With the launch of three new graphics processors, Toshiba hopes to increase its share of the growing market for high-quality automotive instrument clusters. The Japan-based electronics group said the three processors, which are derivatives of its Capricorn range of controllers, feature a high-performance ARM Cortex R4 core running at 300MHz. They have on-board […]

US auto club: Hands-free still distracts drivers

Sensors attached to testers' heads measured brain activity in the AAA study (Photo: AAA)

New research shows that hands-free technologies do little to keep drivers’ attention focused on the act of driving. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a non-profit organization, said “dangerous mental distractions” result from drivers’ hands-free operation of infotainment functions. “As mental workload and distractions increase, reaction time slows, brain function is compromised, drivers scan the […]

Apple wants iOS in the car

Apple executive Eddy Cue sees high potential for iOS in the car (Photo: Apple)

Apple wants to boost its presence in automotive infotainment, pitching its Siri application as the ideal interface to manage several in-car functions. Siri is an Apple app that resides on the computer and software maker’s iPhone and lets the user perform a range of tasks through the use of voice commands. Siri can be operated […]

Mercedes S-Class aims to set new premium driving standards

Mercedes introduced the new S-Class at an Airbus facility (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler introduced the new Mercedes S-Class to the world this week, unveiling a model it hopes will be the benchmark for tomorrow’s premium driving experience. The German luxury car maker’s top-of-the-line model traditionally features cutting-edge technologies that will make their way into other Mercedes models later on. The 2013 S-Class is no exception. From the […]