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7Automakers promise better protection for drivers' data

Critics Say New Measures Don't Go Far Enough In Securing Information

"Automakers believe that strong consumer data privacy protections are essential to maintaining the trust of our customers." – Mitch Bainwol

AddAudi calls R18 E-Tron Quattro its 'most complex race car'

Technically speaking, Audi's R18 E-Tron Quattro is quite technical. The German automaker says the diesel-hybrid is the "most complex race car" it's ever created. And we'll take their word for it.

25Feds cancel plans to collect license-plate data nationally

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.

6Update: Homeland Security Scuttles License-Plate Data Collection Project

Spokesperson says solicitation was published without knowledge of top officials

One day after its plans to create a massive database of information collected from license-plate scanners became widely known, the Department of Homeland Security scuttled the project.

37Government Wants To Collect Location Data From License Plate Scanners

Privacy advocates worry about such detailed data collection

The Department of Homeland Security wants to build a massive database of information collected from license-plate scanners across the country.

6Car Companies Are Collecting Drivers' Location Data

Privacy advocates fear how such information may be used, new report says

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.

AddWith EVs, being connected means helping drivers and automakers

It's a dang shame that the Pontiac Firebird used in the 1980s TV show "Knight Rider" wasn't electric. Otherwise, that creepy voice would've had a lot more to tell the Hasslehoff.

150Which 3 Driving Habits Will Drive Up Your Insurance Costs?

Insurance companies are using driver behavior data to determine which drivers are the safest

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.)

AddTesla Model S EVs all have AT&T network built-in

This isn't your father's electric vehicle. In fact, it belongs, in part, to "Ma Bell."

6Your car's 'big data' is worth $1,400 a year

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.

20Microsoft and Volkswagen team up for in-car file storage

The House that Gates Built has teamed up with the Volkswagen Group to develop the next generation of automotive information and entertainment delivery strategies.

AddLA, China team up for plug-in car data sharing

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.

AddiPhone provides GPS data to iPad 2, won't work with 1st-gen iPad

The crew from TabletMonsters inadvertently discovered that tethering a WiFi-only iPad 2 to an iPhone 4's data connection provides a GPS signal to the iPad. Nifty. But we wanted to know if it works with the original iPad.

9Chronolyze unleashes the potential of Porsche's Sport Chrono Plus

Chronolyze software – Click above for high-res image gallery of screen shots

23Remember how luxury crossovers were "The Next Big Thing?" Yeah, not so much.

According to Cadillac's general sales manage Ed Peper, mid-size luxury crossovers like the SRX, Audi Q5, and Land Rover LR3 "are like 26 percent of the luxury market." Perhaps he should have phrased that "are still 26%," because an Edmunds chart reveals that the crossover luxury segment has taken a beating over the past two years, dropping 25% in overall volume among major models.

4Take Autoblog on the road: WAAV Airbox X2

Okay folks, we're waiting to see the first hack that has gameplay running on the nav screen, so someone get on it! Cambridge, MA based WAAV has developed a new generation of cellular routers capable of delivering cellular internet at speeds comparable to DSL. Here's the important part, it'll do it in your car. That's better than cruising around neighborhoods with your laptop sniffing around for unsecured wireless networks. Besides, when you're using hijacked wireless, you can't drive around. Pub

1Trackpedia adds more user telemetry data

Easily one of the coolest automotive sites on the 'net is Trackpedia.com, and the motorsports community continues to flesh out this wiki with telemetry data. Back when we last checked in six months ago, the site had data for only one track, but Trackpedia administrator Billy Newport recently alerted us to the fact that there is now information available for 21 tracks - including venues such as Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca, and Buttonwillow. Included for most of these tracks is a speed-vs-segment map (s

2Federal judge requires NHTSA to release pre-recall safety data

A federal judge has declared that the public must have access to safety data from automotive OEMs and part manufacturers, even before a recall is officially announced. The ruling comes as the result of a suit filed by Public Citizen, which was claiming that manufacturers should not have blanket protection from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings when it comes to the warranty claim data and other safety-related complaints that must be filed with the Department of Transportation.

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