Hyundai is the first automaker to launch the Android Auto operating system on a production vehicle. The software is available on the 2015 Sonata and mirrors a smartphone's interface on the sedan's infotainment screen.
Mercedes-Benz is introducing the MB Companion App for Apple Watch this fall, porting directions between the wearable device and the vehicle's onboard navigation system, with further features to follow.
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Subaru is expanding the availability of the EyeSight safety suite to the 2016 WRX and giving all models its Starlink infotainment system. The 2016 STI Limited offers a smaller wing as a no-cost option.
Porsche is putting a greater focus on developing connectivity technology in its vehicles for the future, and the company might be working with Apple and Google on solutions. Also, expect to see more hybrids from the sports car brand in the future, maybe even a full EV.
During Apple's big Spring Forward press conference, CEO Tim Cook announced that every major automaker was now on board with its CarPlay in-vehicle operating system, and that the functionality will arrive on over 40 new cars by the end of the year.
Daimler boss Dietzer Zetsche doesn't think Google is serious about actually building cars and is just investigating how people use vehicles. He said he sees opportunities to work with the search giant in the future but thinks there is a possibly antagonistic relationship when it comes to data privacy.
60 Minutes has a segment showing how the Software Innovation Division of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency hacks into a Chevrolet Impala through the Onstar telematics system and gains control of the vehicle while reporter Leslie Stahl is driving.
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You remember Rikk Wilde. The Chevrolet regional manager became an immediate sensation last fall when he stammered through his World Series presentation and invoked the now-famous "technology and stuff" catchphrase to describe the automaker's latest offerings. As it turns out, he's not the only car guy struggling to offer more specifics on the newest automotive technology.
Ford is getting serious about developing more sophisticated technology for its models, and to make things even better, the automaker is opening the new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto in Silicon Valley. With a former Apple engineer as the center's technical head, the lab is focusing on five areas: connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.