Ford CEO says that collecting lots and lots of data, with permission, will let the automaker figure out what customers want before they know they want it.
The federal government's plan to build a nationwide database of information culled from license-plate scanners has been canceled. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security quickly reversed course on the proposed project late Wednesday, saying top officials within the department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were unaware of it.
Automakers are obtaining location data through real-time navigation functions and other on-board location services and storing it for varying lengths of time. They need to provide motorists with more information on how and why they're collecting and sharing data, according to a report released Monday.
Insurance companies have been using tracking devices to monitor driver behavior for a couple of years, and have learned that there are three things you might be doing that could indicate you're a higher-risk customer (and, sadly, will have to pay more that safer drivers for your insurance.)
Connected cars are slowly but surely becoming more commonplace, mirroring the smartphone takeover of the mobile communications market, albeit at a much slower pace. But as we get more and more connected vehicles on the road, the ability of companies to take advantage of the accumulated data becomes greater and greater.
At the beginning of this year, Los Angeles and Shanghai became part of an electric vehicle data sharing agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and China's Ministry of Science and Technology. The information to be shared is related to electric vehicle (EV) usage such as where drivers take their vehicles and what their charging patterns are. The goal of the partnership is to grow the EV industries in both countries.