connected cars

  • OS builder Thundersoft buys UI maker Rightware for $68M to expand in automotive

    OS builder Thundersoft buys UI maker Rightware for $68M to expand in automotive

    Thundersoft, a company out of China that designs operating systems for drones and other connected devices, has made an acquisition to drive deeper into automotive technology: it has paid €64 million ($68 million; RMB471 million) for Rightware, a company out of Helsinki that develops graphical user interfaces for connected devices, with a special focus on automotive: its Kanzi product… Read More

  • The connected car and another fragmented market Crunch Network

    The connected car and another fragmented market

    As any new industry takes shape, technical fragmentation occurs. The connected car is new and hot and, like markets prior, there’s a huge land-grab unfolding in front of all consumers. It feels very much like the early days of smartphones: Everyone was trying to be a player. All companies built their own flavor of software and, as a byproduct, all hardware (smartphones) was weak, at best. Read More

  • There’s more than one way to share your car Crunch Network

    There’s more than one way to share your car

    Over the past several years, the popularity of “sharing economy” models has skyrocketed. The key to success has been finding a category with high demand but low capacity utilization, then relentlessly focusing on the customer experience. Although vehicles are among the most expensive assets purchased by consumers, their historical utilization rate has generally hovered around a… Read More

  • The 2017 Toyota Yaris points to the future of cars

    The 2017 Toyota Yaris points to the future of cars

    When presented with a list of cars to test drive, the 2017 Toyota Yaris might not jump out at most people as the top choice. It’s not fancy, and it’s not a status symbol, but it’s got all the safety tech a person could want — and a touch screen — for $16,815. The test Yaris had not one single extra. The optional equipment column was a big blank space. The… Read More

  • Why the Department of Transportation’s self-driving car guidelines aren’t enough Crunch Network

    Why the Department of Transportation’s self-driving car guidelines aren’t enough

    Ford, GM, Toyota and VW are just a handful of the car manufacturers planning to put self-driving cars on the road in the next five years. If you ask Uber or Tesla, they might say driverless cars have already arrived… which means we’re running out of time to secure one of the juiciest new targets for hackers. Read More

  • Otonomo raises $12 million to make data from connected cars useful

    Otonomo raises $12 million to make data from connected cars useful

    Even if self-driving cars aren’t part of our daily lives yet, vehicles are becoming internet-connected at a rapid pace. Gartner predicts that one-fifth of all autos on the road, and a great majority of new vehicles being produced worldwide, will have wireless network connectivity by 2020. Yet, few organizations have access to use the data generated by these vehicles today. That’s… Read More

  • The rise of new automotive companies Crunch Network

    The rise of new automotive companies

    The Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse, France, is an amazing place. It has the largest collection of automobiles on display, thanks to the Swiss brothers Hans and Fritz Schlumpf and their obsession with cars. The money they needed for their collecting came from their business; the brothers owned a spinning mill for woolen products. Read More

  • The new world of mobility Crunch Network

    The new world of mobility

    The race to rule the autonomous car market is on. Google, Ford and now Uber have stepped up to the challenge, each with their own vision and ambitions as to what a driverless world will look like. What’s clear is that technology is playing an ever-increasing role — where cities and existing modes of transit have stumbled — allowing us to completely rethink the mobility landscape. Read More

  • Aria Systems launches automotive recurring revenue platform

    Aria Systems launches automotive recurring revenue platform

    Aria Systems is bringing together the chocolate of usage- and subscription-based revenue opportunities with the peanut butter of increasingly connected automotive systems. The resulting candy (to complete this metaphor) that launched this week is Aria for Connected Vehicles. This is a cloud-based monetization platform for connected cars, on-demand transportation, telematics and more. Read More

  • Detroit’s music chops and auto shops could drive connected-car entertainment Crunch Network

    Detroit’s music chops and auto shops could drive connected-car entertainment

    On a recent podcast called “The Watch,” one of the hosts made a joke about “grabbing the aux cord” in a friend’s car to play new music. When self-driving cars could be whizzing us around cities in the next decade, it’s strange to think that we haven’t yet come up with a great solution for a much simpler problem — how to make listening to… Read More

  • How connected cars are turning into revenue-generating machines Crunch Network

    How connected cars are turning into revenue-generating machines

    History repeats herself, but she mumbles. Most of the time we can only in retrospect discern what she was trying to say. Sometimes, though, history’s intent is clear. That’s where we stand with the state of connected cars: History is repeating itself. There is a correspondence in the patterns of disruption when you compare the future of connected cars to the past of the… Read More