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.

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Hyundai collaborates with Google Assistant in further connecting homes to cars

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At CES 2017, Hyundai is demonstrating compatibility with the company’s Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant. These commands include “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 72 degrees”, “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to send the address of the Mandarin Oriental, in Las Vegas to my Sonata”, and “Ok Google, ask Blue Link to lock my car”. Hyundai will have more features before launching this Action on Google Home into production.

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Google and IEEE launch $1M challenge for downsized inverters

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Google and the IEEE have launched the Littlebox Challenge—an open competition to design and build a small kW-scale inverter with the highest power density (of at least 50 W/in 3 , or 3.05 —Google FAQ on the challenge.

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.,

2015 85

Google to sponsor NASA Green Flight Challenge

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The CAFE Foundation announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The aircraft in the Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google represent a diverse mix of singular prototypes created expressly for the competition by some of the world’s top designers. This recharging will occur at the CAFE Flight Test Center’s first-ever Electric Aircraft Charging Station sponsored by Google.

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).

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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.

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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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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 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.

2017 85

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.

2014 69

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.

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.

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Greenius Shredding & Recycling Dream Come True!

Creative Greenius

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.

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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.

2014 73

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.

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.

2016 78

EV Briefs, and Black Rock City & EVs

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Google Guys Th!nk The founders of Google have made personal investments in Tesla as befits dotcom billionaires, and they're converting Priuses to plug-in hybrids for the company fleet with battery maker A123. A number of websites ( webpronews.com , pandia.com ) are reporting that Google may be getting more involved with Th!nk Google founder Sergey Brin drove one of the 2001 Th!nk I believe Google would find Th!nk

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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.

2015 65

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.

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Opinions and Rants

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The technical support person at Iota was extremely responsive and provided accurate information. There are many from the 914ev Google group to the 914club.com and 914world.com groups as well as the EVDL. I suppose the 914ev Google group is good for this, but having a pointer to it would be helpful. I lost much sleep last night obsessing about how I could fix the DC-DC converter and, as a result, I was very tired and had an irritable day.

2008 100

Coulomb Gets Charged Up

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Infrastructure is often taken for granted, while the glamour goes to consumer brands Apple, Google and Facebook — all of which, of course, would collapse without that unsung Internet networking infrastructure. Lowenthal was one of those valley techies who enjoyed personal prosperity in the 1990s. Coulomb Technologies are moving into EV charging.

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Tesla Prepping IPO

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The person did not give a specific time frame, although IPOs typically take several months. Tesla’s investors include Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Tesla Model S Photo: Caroline McCarthy/CNET. Rumors are circling that Tesla is preparing an IPO, although no one at Tesla is yet talking. More details at: Electric-car maker Tesla preparing IPO. “Tesla would mark the first public offering from a U.S.

2009 126

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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Gen Y Demand for Hybrids Strong

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The study also found that auto manufacturers may have an opportunity to capitalize on Gen Y’s connected lifestyle by developing innovative and low-cost personalization options.

2012 52

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.

2015 85

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.

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Are Autonomous Buses the Answer for Efficient Transportation and Reducing Emissions and Fuel Consumption?

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Driverless cars are poised to decongest personal car traffic, shrink our eco footprint, free up parking spaces and reduce the frequency of collisions by about 90%. So, how do we bridge the gap between the personalized travel experience offered by the private car, and the compromise of a fixed-route system of mass transit? As Walker notes, “Transit achieves high ridership by being useful and liberating to lots of people, not to any particular kind of person. by Dave Crichton.

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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.)

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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.

2016 65

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.

2016 60

The Solangelist Learns To Install Solar & Loves It

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Time after time Scott would would offer us the “by the book&# lesson and then add his personal experience lessons with working examples from his on-the-job history.

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“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.

2015 69

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.

2015 65

SSB Flex mobility service launches in Stuttgart on 1 June

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Anyone can use SSB Flex: they simply need to download the SSB Flex app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store onto their smartphone. Customers can save their personal information and payment details in the app.

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Study finds drone-based delivery could reduce GHG emissions and energy use in the transportation sector, if deployed sensibly

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Several companies are developing programs for package delivery using drones, including Amazon, Google, UPS and Deutsche Post DHL. Both small drones and large drones are shown to have lower GHG emissions than use of a personal vehicle to pick-up a single package.

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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.

2013 65

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.

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Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

And personally I like better simple solutions. 1, 2000) Sited: [link] You can google it and find it anywhere that vehicles have always placed more harmful chemicals into the air.

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.

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