automotiveIT publishes book about car industry’s future

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MUNICH – Germany’s Media-Manufaktur has published a book that provides an in-depth look at how the world’s biggest car companies are preparing for an era of new mobility. The German business publisher, parent company of automotiveIT and automotiveIT international, said the new 88-page – English-language – book is titled “Automotive 4.0 – The Digital Revolution.” […]

Adding sophistication to in-car voice output

Researchers programmed voice output to remain silent in dangerous situations (Photo: Bielefeld University)

Automated voice output systems often add to distraction in the car, when they continue to provide instructions in, for example, a difficult traffic situation. Researchers at Bielefeld University in western Germany have developed a dialog system that allows the interruption of voice output in such a situation. “In critical situations such as passing maneuvers, a […]

2nd-generation QorosQloud set for launch

In China, the QorosQloud infotainment package comes with free 3G connectivity (Photo: Qoros)

Qoros Auto is set to unveil the second generation of its QorosQloud infotainment system at the Guangzhou auto show November 20. The China-based car group said the launch of QorosQloud 2.0, which comes as standard with its car models, takes place less than a year after it unveiled the first version of the system. Advanced […]

Study finds national differences in HMI experience

Operating navigation systems continues to be a challenge for many drivers (Photo: BMW)

Drivers appreciate different functions in their in-car infotainment systems, depending on where they live, according to a new study. GfK, a German market researcher, found that drivers in Germany, Italy, Japan and the US consider entering a place of interest (POI) or finding a phone book contact difficult functions. These two operations rank first and […]

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 […]

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 […]