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HARMAN introduces range of connected vehicle technologies and Microsoft partnership at CES

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HARMAN International Industries made a number of connected vehicle technology announcements during CES 2016 last week, including a connected car computing platform, demonstrated in the Rinspeed Σtos concept car; an advanced navigation system with live data fusion; an open cloud-based software delivery system; and a new partnership with Microsoft. Connected car computing platform. Phil Eyler, president, HARMAN Connected Car Division. Connected Infotainment.

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VW Car-Net mobile app integrates with Siri to enable new features

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announced that its VW Car-Net mobile app added a new Apple mobile device feature, available now. Available with iOS 12 on Apple devices, owners can now use Siri to help control their vehicle. Additionally, VW Car-Net now offers several shortcuts that can be added to Siri with a personalized phrase, including a start/stop for charging, defroster, and climate; a set climate temperature command; and a “where is my car” command. Connected vehicles

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New lineup of Intelligent Power Devices from Renesas contribute to reduced vehicle weight; high-current load switch applications

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Renesas Electronics announced the availability of six new intelligent power devices (IPDs) for automotive motor and heater control applications. Previously, switching in large-current applications was handled using mechanical relays or multiple semiconductor switches connected in parallel.

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Ford showcases Transit line-up powered by new Ford EcoBlue diesel at Hannover; 6-speed auto, AWD and SYNC 3

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Available now in the latest Transit and Transit Custom models, the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBlue engine is offered in 105 PS, 130 PS and 170 PS power ratings, each of which offers increased power and torque compared with the outgoing 2.2-liter engine.

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Coulomb Technologies to Provide 4,600 Free Home and Public Charging Stations Through ChargePoint America Program

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ChargePoint charging stations are available now for installation in all nine designated regional metropolitan areas of the US. Any purchaser of a program electric vehicle (the Chevrolet Volt; the Ford Transit Connect and Ford Focus Electric; or the smart fortwo electric drive), whose home is located within one of the nine target regions, will be eligible to receive a home charging station at no cost. Locations for the ChargePoint America program. Click to enlarge.

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