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Ford tests technology that could render traffic lights obsolete

Ford dreams of a connected-car world

Ford dreams of a connected-car world.

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Honda testing ‘smart intersection’ technology to see around buildings

It uses vehicle-to-everything technology to communicate with cars

It uses vehicle-to-everything technology to communicate with cars.

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GM will expand Super Cruise to entire U.S. lineup after 2020

Semi-autonomous driving system is not just for Cadillac anymore

It's not just for Cadillac anymore.

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Audi expands Traffic Light Information system, now in 10 U.S. cities

Gives drivers vehicle-to-infrastructure info on 2,250 intersections

Audi continues to expand its Traffic Light System telematics program, adding Phoenix and Kansas City, Kan. That brings the number of U.S. cities where the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology is available to 10, with more than 2,250 intersections wired for the capability.

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Would you pay $17 a month to give your older Ford connectivity?

Ford SmartLink may be a tall ask for niceties customers simply expect

When it was first introduced in 2007, there was nothing like the original Ford Sync system, since it allowed car owners to connect and use a portable device better than anything that came before it. It took competitors awhile to catch up. But now Ford is the one playing catchup.

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Ford’s new SmartLink plug-in modem brings older models up to snuff

It goes for $16.99 a month for owners of 2010-2017 Ford vehicles

A new device will allow millions of older-model Ford vehicles to be upgraded to include the same connectivity perks found in newer vehicles. The FordPass SmartLink device will enable features like a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, smartphone integration of key fob features like remote engine start, lock and unlock, vehicle health and security alerts, and vehicle location tracking.

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New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van teased in new video

The world premiere for the third-generation Sprinter is tomorrow, Feb. 6.

The world premiere for the third-generation Sprinter is tomorrow, Feb. 6.

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Toyota is licensing Microsoft patents for vehicle control and connectivity

The companies have been working together since 2011.

The patents are related to vehicle connectivity.

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Verizon buys Telogis in connected vehicle market push

Telecoms giant Verizon announced that it is acquiring Telogis, a company that develops software used by Ford, Volvo, GM and others.

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Copyright Office: Gearheads can keep repairing their cars

New Ruling Gives Car Owners Firm Legal Ground To Modify Vehicles

In a long-awaited ruling announced Tuesday morning, the US Copyright Office granted an exemption in copyright law that will permit gearheads and home mechanics to continue repairing and modifying their cars without running afoul of existing copyright law.

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GM patents tech for taking driver personalization settings from car to car

GM now has a patent for a cloud-based system to transfer personalization settings between vehicles, including the seating position, audio presets, contacts, and much more. The automaker sees useful applications for car sharing services and rental companies.

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Milan paying residents not to drive

Some European struggle to accommodate their current traffic volumes. Often narrow, bumpy streets are downright ancient, and not exactly laid out with efficiency in mind. We've seen cities across the Old World take different approaches to addressing this issue – London instituted congestion charging, while Hamburg is actively working to ban cars by the mid 2030s. Milan, meanwhile, is taking an all-together different approach.

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eCall emergency call system to be mandatory in EU cars by 2018?

It's been in the works for more than seven years, but a deal between the European Parliament and the European Council has agreed upon mandatory implementation of eCall on all cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Europe by March 1, 2018. It works like the SOS feature in OnStar or in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, except it's automatic - eCall automatically dials the Europe-wide 112 emergency services number when an accident happens. Even if occupants can't speak, the system will broadcast a "mini

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Data Recorder: Technology of the Year finalist

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's Performance Data Recorder does exactly what it's name says it does: It allows drivers to record and analyze their performance behind the wheel.

How GM's OnStar is building a better Check Engine Light

Cars Will Warn Of Failures Before They Happen

Soon, OnStar will be used to mine your car's systems and compare its findings against vast pools of data in the cloud.

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Corvette's Performance Data Recorder headed to other cars, will Cadillac ATS-V be first?

For 2015, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray gained a novel piece of high-performance technology: The Performance Data Recorder. This trick system combines video from a front-mounted camera with in-car data and GPS information to help drivers record and study their lap times, complete with data overlays. While it's a clever tool for track days, it's also finding popularity as a built-in dash cam of sorts. To this point, the technology has been a Corvette exclusive, but General Motors' executive vic

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Ford gives police chiefs tech to surveil officers in their own cars

Police officers certainly have a difficult job in keeping the streets safe, but as public employees in positions of authority, there is still a very real need for oversight. To that end, Ford is partnering with a tech company to offer a new system called Ford Telematics for Law Enforcement on its line of Police Interceptor patrol vehicles that could make cops safer, while giving cities a better idea of what its officers are doing.

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Male Baby Boomers most likely to drive connected cars, according to Nielsen study

There's no denying that new cars are becoming increasingly packed with tech that connects drivers to the internet, even if it can be distracting. Whether it's as simple as streaming audio or turning the interior into a wifi hotspot, these connected car systems appear here to stay. So who actually uses this stuff? The survey-meisters at Nielsen have issued the results of a new study that sheds light on the subject, and some of the results aren't what you might expect.

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Nissan working on unspecified improvements to Carwings in Leaf EV

Fly a little higher, Carwings. Nissan has been using the communication system as a way for drivers of the battery-electric Leaf to do things like use a smartphone start the charging process remotely, check the charging status or find nearby charging stations. The service was one of the tools Nissan was offering to newbie drivers of the first US mass-produced electric vehicle to better familiarize themselves with ideas like recharging your car from miles away.

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