connected cars

  • 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

  • The biggest threat facing connected autonomous vehicles is cybersecurity Crunch Network

    The biggest threat facing connected autonomous vehicles is cybersecurity

    Connected, autonomous vehicles are around the corner. Many of the most innovative and deep-pocketed companies in the world are racing to bring them to market — and for good reason: the economic and social gains they will generate will be tremendous. But any transformative technology creates new challenges and risks in addition to benefits. This is no exception. Read More

  • In Japan, Priuses can talk to other Priuses

    In Japan, Priuses can talk to other Priuses

    While the US waits to get Super Cruise in Cadillacs next year, Toyota has already rolled out a pretty robust V2V, or vehicle-to-vehicle, system in three models available in Japan. The latest version of the Prius, the Lexus RX, and the Toyota Crown, a luxury sedan sold in Japan, all have the ITS Connect system available as an option. The cars communicate using a channel abandoned by analog… Read More

  • The last driver license holder Crunch Network

    The last driver license holder

    Say hello to Liam. He recently celebrated his first birthday. Not only is he a cutie, he is the last person to get a driver license. Impossible? Not in your lifetime? I don’t know if Liam will be the last person to get a driver license. It could be Sophia or Ethan. But one thing is certain: The last person to get a driver license is already born — the speed of technology… Read More

  • Verizon buys Telogis to drive deeper into the connected vehicle market

    Verizon buys Telogis to drive deeper into the connected vehicle market

    With a lot of tech companies and automakers staking their claims in the connected car space, now there are signs that others are looking to move in, too. Today, telecoms giant Verizon announced that it is acquiring Telogis, a California-based company that develops cloud-based solutions for mobile workforces, and specifically telematics, compliance and navigation software used by Ford, Volvo… Read More

  • How do you truly secure the connected car? Crunch Network

    How do you truly secure the connected car?

    We’ve become accustomed to staying connected whenever and wherever we are. All this connectivity is great, but it has also blinded us to the associated risks of being online at all times. Connected devices — especially smartphones — are vulnerable to cyber attacks, so security is of the upmost importance. Just a little further down the road is the next major connected device… Read More

  • TrapTap maps speed traps and more

    TrapTap maps speed traps and more

    TrapTap, which has raised over $200,000 on Kickstarter with about a week to go, alerts drivers to speed traps, school zones, speed zones, and red light cameras by blinking red, green, or blue. But it’s not a radar detector; it’s more like connected car training wheels. TrapTap says it has mapped every school zone and red light camera in 60 countries. You stick the little round puck… Read More

  • Even your connected car will need antivirus software

    Even your connected car will need antivirus software

    Connected cars can talk to each other (vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V), and they’re starting to be able to talk to the city they’re driving around (vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I). That also means baddies can potentially talk to our cars, as we’ve seen in the experimental hack of a Jeep. But hacking isn’t the only danger, because wherever there’s a computer… Read More

  • Security And Privacy Standards Are Critical To The Success Of Connected Cars Crunch Network

    Security And Privacy Standards Are Critical To The Success Of Connected Cars

    The automotive industry is rapidly evolving to transform the car from a simple mode of transport to a personalized information hub: There will be an estimated 220 million connected cars on the road globally by 2020. Each of those cars will be equipped with more than 200 sensors, more than double the number of sensors in connected cars on the road today. Read More

  • The Cloud-Connected Car Drives IoT Monetization Crunch Network

    The Cloud-Connected Car Drives IoT Monetization

    The car is well on its way to becoming the most sophisticated mobile device in the Internet of Things (IoT), or, to use a phrase that’s more to the point, the Monetization of Things™ (MoT). Linked to the cloud by way of wireless technologies, smart chips, onboard computers and mobile apps, connected vehicles are driving new business models and disrupting old ones. Here’s a look… Read More

  • Tech Innovations That Will Make You Want To Live In Your Car Crunch Network

    Tech Innovations That Will Make You Want To Live In Your Car

    America has a well-known love affair with the open road — and it’s a good thing, because we’re also known for spending a lot of time in our cars. According to DOT statistics, the average driver logs 13,476 miles per year (that’s 37 miles a day) and spends 34 hours a year sitting in traffic, a figure that has more than doubled in the last 30 years. So if our cars are… Read More