The European Commission has announced a set of standards for connected car systems, but privacy enthusiasts will be glad to hear such systems won’t be mandated by law, unlike in the U.S. However, practically speaking, connected cars will become the norm.
At CES Ford unveiled five new apps for its Sync AppLink connected infotainment system: Domino’s Pizza, ADT, Parkmobile, Parkopedia and Gracenote HABU. It’s also launching its first developer conference in June.
Ford’s smartphone centric approach to the connected car is paying off. By relying on the handset to deliver the data link and run infotainment apps, Ford is able to retroactively connect millions of unconnected cars.
There’s no American family name more associated with the automobile than Ford. In a wide-ranging interview, Bill Ford — Henry’s great-grandson and executive chairman of Ford Motor Company — says car companies need to be more like tech companies.
Masabi is a U.K. startup specializing and cloud-based smartphone ticketing technologies for public transit, and it just landed a $2.8 million strategic investment led by Bill Ford’s Fontinalis Venutures.
Life360 has received a lot of interest from automakers as location-sharing becomes a hot technology in the connected car. It’s planned car app lets you know not only where the kids are but how to get to them.
The auto industry has already developed all the technology necessary to create truly autonomous vehicles. The reasons there aren’t driverless cars all over the road today is in part a cost issue, but it is mainly one of driver mindset. Ford plans to change that.
Ford envisions a future of 4 billion cars that communicate with one another as peers, sharing information such as their speed, direction and the moment they brake with all of the other vehicles on the road. It’s a revolutionary vision, but it’s also a very scary one.
Zipcar’s decision last week to make a strategic investment in peer-to-peer car-sharing startup Wheelz surprised many. But Wheelz is another way for Zipcar to access a young demographic, college students, which it has been courting for some time as a way to build its relationship with not only customers but also automakers.
Want to know what’s going to happen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week? Why not ask the organizers? I got on the phone with the GSMA, and here’s what they told me to expect: connectivity in everything, NFC and, of course, LTE.