Aclima partnering with Google to map outdoor air quality with Street View vehicles

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a San Francisco-based company that designs and deploys environmental sensor networks, is partnering with Google Earth Outreach to map and better to understand urban air quality. —Karin Tuxen-Bettman, Program Manager for Google Earth Outreach. Aclima, Inc.,

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City of LA, Xerox introduce multi-modal transportation app for commuters

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As the app learns more about its user’s individual travel preferences, it will eventually recommend and highlight personalized commuting options. The Go LA app is now available for iOS and Android systems in the Apple and Google Play stores at www.golaapp.com.

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Google focusing autonomous driving development on mastering city street driving; patents piling up

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Over the past year, Google has shifted the focus of its autonomous vehicle project onto mastering city street driving, according to Chris Urmson, Director, Google Self-Driving Car Project. Google says that its autonomous vehicles have logged nearly 700,000 autonomous miles (1.13

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Ford launches app developer challenge to improve consumer understanding of personal fuel efficiency

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Ford launched a $50,000 challenge for software developers to write innovative apps to help consumers better understand and improve their personal fuel efficiency. Participants will have access to Ford’s OpenXC connectivity research platform as a sandbox to create and test their ideas for the Personalized Fuel Efficiency Apps Challenge. Many elements factor into personal fuel efficiency including weather, terrain, traffic conditions and individual driving styles.

Volvo Cars in strategic partnership with Google to build Android into next generation connected cars

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Volvo Cars announced a “close” partnership with Google to develop the next generation of in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android, offering access to a wide array of apps and services. The large catalog of popular Android apps—developed by Google, Volvo, or third party app developer—will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car. We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership.

Lux Research: “The rush to proclaim driverless cars as the near future for personal transport is, simply, wrong”

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In a note following the 2014 Automated Vehicle Symposium, Lux Research said : “ The rush to proclaim driverless cars as the near future for personal transport is, simply, wrong. ” Lux participated in two separate sessions at the conference: the first around regional planning implications, and the second on personal vehicle automation commercialization. Multiple times, we heard the phrase “But Google says.”

Mercedes-Benz launches new private car-sharing scheme: Croove

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Not long after launch though, there will also be an Android version in the Google Play Store, along with a desktop website for booking a vehicle. When Croove is first launched, it will be possible to either collect the vehicle in person or pay extra for a pickup and delivery service.

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Kia Motors integrating Google Maps into 2nd-generation UVO eServices telematics system

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Kia Motors America (KMA) will work with Google to provide content and search-based solutions enabled by Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for the second-generation of the automaker’s UVO (“Your Voice”) eServices telematics system, introduced in November 2012 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The immediate integration of Google solutions will utilize Google Maps and Google Places to acquire driving directions and locate Points of Interest (POIs).

Ford working with Google Prediction API to enable vehicles independently to change behavior for optimal driveability and fuel efficiency

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Prototype screen shot of Ford’s Google Cloud Prediction. The Google Prediction API accesses Google’s machine learning algorithms to analyze historic data and predict likely future outcomes. Integral to this next-step work is personal information security.

Univ of Utah studies find up to 27 seconds of mental distraction for drivers after using new hands-free technologies

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One of the studies showed that it is highly distracting to use hands-free voice commands to dial phone numbers, call contacts, change music and send texts with Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri and Google Now smartphone personal assistants, though Google Now was a bit less distracting than the others.

Volkswagen CES2017 show app previews emerging Volkswagen digital Ecosystem

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Volkswagen has developed a special app for CES 2017, available now at the App Store ( iOS ) and at Google Play ( Android ). This makes it easy to configure personal settings, integrate any services from third-party sources and port them wherever they wish.

Honda begins deliveries of 2013 Fit EV; first unit to City of Torrance

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As part of the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program, Honda will test the Fit EV with Google Inc. Individually, each participant will use the Fit EV to further initiatives such as research into human behavior and various usages such as personal, fleet and car-sharing.

Volkswagen unveils updated Golf; Millerized engines, semi-automated driving, digital cockpit and gesture control

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This means that drivers constantly have to restore their personal settings. Volkswagen has designed a new generation of personalization that simplifies this process significantly. Volkswagen presented a major update of the Golf in an event at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg.

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Volkswagen showcases inductive charging w/ “power lift”, autonomous and semi-autonomous capabilities & gesture control at CES

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Despite continually growing complexity and numbers of functions, this concept was intended to reduce driver distractions while attaining maximum personalization and intuitive operation in the car. Touchscreen personalization. The display itself can be personalized.

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GM OnStar and RelayRides introduce peer-to-peer car sharing for GM vehicles

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RelayRides is backed by more than $13 million in venture capital funding from investors including Google Ventures and GM Ventures. Personal Transit Vehicle ManufacturersRelayRides reservation app. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen outlines a range of near-term technologies for reducing fuel consumption and emissions; stop-start 2.0, 10-speed DSG

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It is also easy to find addresses by Google search and integrate them into navigation. Here, the trunk lid closes as soon as the person with the Passat key moves away from it; the car is also automatically locked. Progress has also been made in the area of personalization. From now on, it will be possible to further customize the personalized settings in a vehicle.

New electric concept drives itself

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The ATNMBL- short for Autonomobile, a title that merges Autonomy with the Automobile-is a concept vehicle developed by experimental design company, Mike and Maaike, famed for developing Google’s G1 phone. A new electric car that drives itself has been developed.

“Better off sharing”: Opel launches CarUnity brand-agnostic carsharing concept

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The CarUnity app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play. CarUnity users can, for example, offer their car only to their Facebook friends or to people in their personal CarUnity network. CarUnity and our new personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar will play an important role in digitalizing the Opel brand. Opel has launched CarUnity, its new carsharing concept.

Android Auto makes its debut with support from multiple automakers and tech companies

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Android Auto made its debut at the 2014 Google I/O annual technology conference in San Francisco as the first innovation resulting from the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA)—a coalition of tech companies and auto industry leaders launched in January by Google, NVIDIA, Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai committed to bringing the Android platform to cars.

Report: Uber to invest $500M in global mapping project

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The Financial Times reports that Uber will invest $500 million into a global mapping project in an effort to decrease its dependence on Google Maps and to prepare for autonomous driving. The FT cited “ a person familiar with Uber’s plans ” as the source.

Car-Net services now an option for Volkswagen Golf and Golf Estate

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Google Street View and Google Earth also give drivers better visual orientation. The new system offers realistic photographic map displays based on satellite images via Google Earth. For many cities, a 360-degree panoramic view (Google Street View) can be accessed for better visual orientation in unfamiliar areas. In addition, Car-Net contains an online search function for special destinations, so the user can start a personal point-of-interest search.

Green Flight Challenge to award total purse of $1.65M, funded by NASA

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From September 25 through October 1, electric and hybrid-powered aircraft teams will compete for the “ Green Flight Challenge (GFC) sponsored by Google ” at the Charles M. The dedication of the first Electric Aircraft Charging Station, a facility sponsored by Google and powered by more than 115 kW of geothermal energy, will occur at noon on 1 October at the CAFE Flight Test Center.

Greenius Shredding & Recycling Dream Come True!

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After Googling and calling around with no luck I finally visited the Earth 911 site and discovered their Recyclo-pedia that told me exactly what I wanted to know. 16 file cartons full of paper to be shredded! It’s true.

Greenius Shredding & Recycling Dream Come True!

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After Googling and calling around with no luck I finally visited the Earth 911 site and discovered their Recyclo-pedia that told me exactly what I wanted to know. 16 file cartons full of paper to be shredded! It’s true.

Audi and AT&T to offer 4G LTE connectivity starting with 2015 Audi A3 Sedans

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The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts; access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations; personalized RSS news feeds, and more. The new Audi connect 4G LTE service will allow faster Google Earth and Google Street View enhancements to Audi MMI navigation plus.

Honda unveils 2013 Fit EV; expects about 1,100 units in US over next 3 years

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To help the driver manage the electric vehicle ownership experience, the Fit EV will have a standard telematics system that allows the driver to stay connected through a smartphone, personal computer or interactive remote. The 2013 Fit EV. Click to enlarge.

Audi and AT&T to wirelessly connect 2016 model year vehicles

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The new A6, A7, and TT models coming this year will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect including up-to-the-minute traffic information, semi-dynamic route guidance, over the air map updates, and internet radio, in addition to picture navigation, social media, personalized RSS news feeds with read-aloud functionality, and more. The new Audi connect 4G LTE service will allow faster Google Earth and Google Street View enhancements to MMI navigation plus.

California’s autonomous car law: adoption of standards and requirements first

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The autonomous vehicle has a separate mechanism, in addition to, and separate from, any other mechanism required by law, to capture and store the autonomous technology sensor data for at least 30 seconds before a collision occurs between the autonomous vehicle and another vehicle, object, or natural person while the vehicle is operating in autonomous mode.

Peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace RelayRides acquires Wheelz

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DriveBox allows renters to reserve, find, and unlock a car in minutes all from a smartphone, without having to meet with the owner in person. Given our mutual vision to revolutionize personal mobility, we are well positioned to immediately enhance our members’ experience and turbo-charge the growth of peer-to-peer car sharing. RelayRides, the US’ largest peer-to-peer (P2P) car sharing marketplace, acquired peer-to-peer car sharing platform Wheelz.

Ford expands SYNC with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE and new apps

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The first SYNC AppLink apps using available vehicle information such as GPS location and mileage will be available this year, taking the in-car app experience to a more personal and customized level. Convenient information, including Google Maps, Google Play Music and apps are projected onto the SYNC screen, offering seamless integration of the smartphone into the car. Google voice search answers any questions customers may have also while on the road.

MINI Connected app relaunches with greater focus on driving-related functions

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The app makes use of personal driving data together with the user’s own past journeys and shows information such as journey duration and fuel consumption. The new MINI Connected App is available to download from mid-August from Apple iTunes and Google Play on compatible devices.

GM launches Maven car sharing brand

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Maven’s mission is to give customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. The global Maven team includes more than 40 dedicated employees from the connected car technology industry as well as ride- and car-sharing professionals from Google, Zipcar and Sidecar. GM is at the forefront of redefining the future of personal mobility. As Maven grows, the team will use innovative ways of connecting personally with customers.

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Hyundai adds Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa

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Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Voice commands will only be sent to Hyundai vehicles after Alexa prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN). At AutoMobility LA, Hyundai announced the addition of a Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa. Earlier post.)

New Ford smartwatch apps allow EV owners to check status from their wrist

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Last trip summary includes personal driving score, percentage of electric vehicle miles. Included with this update, the main app offers a Google Maps feature with pinch/zoom capability, which provides availability of nearby charging stations.

BMW i Ventures makes strategic investment in Life360; largest family mobile app company

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The app operates in a convenient and secure way that does not interfere with busy schedules or personal freedom. Founded in 2008, Life360 placed first in Google’s Android Developer Challenge in that same year and has received funding from several prominent investors. The BMW Group’s venture capital entity, BMW i Ventures, has made an investment in the mobile technology company Life360.

Audi of America to introduce 4G LTE Audi connect service with A3 in Spring 2014

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Initially, the new Audi connect 4G LTE service will allow enhancements, such as smoother renderings of the Google Earth and Google Street View features that come with Audi MMI navigation plus. The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts; access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations; personalized RSS news feeds, and more.

Ford, GM rolling out third-party developer programs for in-vehicle apps

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With more than three dozen AppLink-compatible apps publicly available on Apple iOS and Google Android, the SDK is now mature enough that Ford engineers are ready to let larger ecosystem of developers try it out. Once these apps are created and have been approved by GM, future owners of certain GM models will be able to download them directly to the vehicle through the app catalog to to personalize and to update the apps in their vehicles.

Ford to begin autonomous vehicle testing on California roads; Silicon Valley Lab accelerates Smart Mobility Plan

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The current (as of 3 December 2015) approved participants in the California program in addition to Ford are: Volkswagen Group of America; Mercedes Benz; Google; Delphi Automotive; Tesla Motors; Bosch; Nissan; Cruise Automation; BMW; and Honda.

Delphi enhances Delphi Connect with new 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability for in-vehicle wi-fi connectivity

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Secure access to app: Optionally lock the Delphi Connect app using a personal four-digit PIN to block unauthorized use of the app while still providing quick access.

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