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    Hyundai to use Android Auto for infotainment system in 2015 model year automobiles

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    Hyundai has announced it will use Android Auto as the open-source platform for its next generation in-car infotainment system. Android Auto will be optional in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata as well as several other Hyundai models in the 2015 model year, the automaker said the recent Google 2014 Global Developers Conference.

    Hyundai is a member of the Open Automotive Alliance, a consortium of automakers and aftermarket suppliers.

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      Senate bill would grant Wi-Fi access to the 5.9 GHz wireless spectrum for non-automotive applications

      Legislation introduced in the Senate recently could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices according to an article in auto news.com.

      Until now, automakers have had exclusive access to the 5.9 GHz wireless spectrum band to test and develop “connected car” technologies, which allow vehicles to communicate with other vehicles on the road and alert drivers of potential hazards to avoid crashes.

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        IBM, Toyota to create new connected car services application development platform

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        Toyota has selected IBM to create a new connected car application development platform for mobile app developers to begin building interactive apps for Toyota vehicles.The new platform will foster the creation of in-car services to improve the driver experience, IBM said. The project is part of Toyota’s new telematic service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.Toyota and IBM will work together to create an onboard devices and application development environment for Toyota Open Vehicle Architecture.

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          Report: Connected Car M2M connections and services market in U.S. growing at 16.9 CAGR

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          The Connected Car M2M Connections and Services market in the US will grow at a CAGR of 16.92% to 2018, propelled by services to access emergency services, vehicle diagnostics, accident prevention and stolen vehicles identification systems

          The report, the Connected Car M2M Connections and Services Market in the US 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts.

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            Tesla paves way to connected car smarts via feature, software upgrades while you sleep

             

            Tesla MotorsSoftware upgrades, not model changes look like the way of the future for the connected automobile.

            Tesla Motors hasn’t changed the look of its Model S sedan since the sumptuous electric car first hit the market in 2012 and unlike most automakers, Tesla doesn’t do model years. There’s no attempt to tweak the car’s design from one year to the next or roll out new features every fall, according to an article on the website sfgate.com.

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              EU support for vehicle technology steering Europe's connected car market onto fast lane

              Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, LED headlights and image processing are emerging as the most interesting electronics technologies for car design according to the UK  website electronics weekly.com

              According to the European Commission connected cars with wireless links to other vehicles and with road infrastructures are expected to be on European roads next year.

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                Telecom, automakers in race to win in the $50B connected car market

                connected carChip-makers or tech giants such as Infineon and Google are among a variety of companies involved in the rapid development and testing of intelligent cars from those that drive themselves to those allowing a driver to use mobile phone apps through the dashboard. A number of carmakers are embracing the trend, with Nissan Motor Co, Volkswagen AG’s Audi and Toyota Motor Corp working with outside tech firms to test self-driving car technology according to an article in fiscal times.com.

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                  Apple Invents Intelligent Location-Based Security for Home & CarPlay

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                  On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published another security related patent application from Apple according to the website patentlyapple.com. Apple’s first security invention published last week revealed a “Dual-Factor Authentication System for the iTunes Store.” In this second security-centric patent application, Apple reveals advanced security based on location.