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Connected Cars Present Great Opportunity for Car Rental Companies

Similar to mobility, connected car technology (e.g., telematics) has been around for some time, but only recently has the car rental industry truly exploited the massive opportunity it presents. The Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed companies to leverage new technology that better manages their fleets of cars. It’s also helping businesses, such as those […]

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IoT Shaking Up the Automotive Industry: 5 Real-World Examples

Futuristic cars portrayed in movies and TV shows years ago had some thinking our cars would fly instead of drive by 2017. Over the past few years, the evolution of connected cars has married consumer technology with our primary mode of transportation. And just on the horizon are cars that will be self-driving. Vehicles rolling […]

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Getting the Show on the Road with Driverless and Connected Cars

Over the last several weeks, we discussed self-driving and connected cars in-depth. At the end of the day, as the automotive industry (everything from buying and selling vehicles to the driver experience) continues to evolve in today’s digital world, bumps along the way will be normal. Car manufacturers, companies focused on the development of autonomous […]

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Designing Self-Driving Cars is Like the New Space Race

Designing self-driving cars is like the new space race. Finding the next big startup in autonomous and connected cars is the goal of many established companies and investors. It’s no surprise that companies like Apple, Google, and Uber want to dominate the space. It’s also evident that traditional car manufacturers fear outsiders such as IT […]

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A Global View of Autonomous and Connected Cars

While much of the talk about driverless and connected cars is taking place in the U.S., the trend is global. Countries in Europe, like Germany, have made it a top priority. Countries in Southeast Asia and nations like China are also quickly designing a regulatory environment that can support the growth of such initiatives. However, […]

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New Paths to Vehicle Ownership

One of the most fascinating effects of driverless and connected car technology is its financial impact on the customer-facing side of the automotive industry. According to Chris Ballinger, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Toyota Financial Services, approximately 87% of Americans who buy a new car finance it. In the U.S., 30-50% of […]

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Negative Implications of Self-Driving and Connected Cars

While the benefits of driverless and connected cars are obvious, there are plenty of negative implications as well, many of which we can’t even predict. However, cybersecurity and data privacy are the most obvious issues. The technology that enables cars to function on their own, perform better, and enhance our driving experience comes with a […]

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The Driving Force Behind Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

The benefits of driverless cars are limitless. According to the United Nations, each year 1.25 million people die in auto accidents globally (40,200 in the U.S. alone), and as many as 50 million are injured. More than 90% of accidents are due to human error or distraction. Forty percent of fatalities are related to drunk […]

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The Inside Track: Connected Cars

Daniela Rus also believes that the cars of the future will be able to do a lot more than just self-drive; they’ll be able to understand how you’re feeling by listening to your voice, or route you to the nearest store when you run out of milk. Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development […]

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The Inside Track: Autonomous Cars

When we think of driverless (or autonomous) cars, we often picture a futuristic time in which someone is relaxing in the passenger seat while the vehicle safely navigates its way to the desired destination. Believe it or not, certain aspects of that kind of technology already exist. Toyota Safety Sense, Active Cruise Control from BMW, […]

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Trends in Driverless and Connected Cars

Let’s talk about elevators for a minute. Yes, elevators. When modern elevators were invented in the 1800’s, they looked and operated much differently than elevators do today. They were manual and required operators to move between floors. They also had their fair share of safety problems. No one at the time could have imagined that […]

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Daimler is Building a Self-Driving Snow Plow

Most of us have been affected by flight delays due to inclement weather. In fact, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the largest cause of air traffic delays in the National Airspace System is the weather. While flight delays are a nuisance, they also translate into real losses for industry-related companies and passengers. It’s […]

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