Entries with tag automobile manufacturers.

Safe-Driving Concerns Drive Automotive-Application Adoption

People who want to drive safely while getting information from the Web or otherwise multitasking are increasingly turning to applications loaded into vehicle dashboards. Today, about 10 percent of vehicles have built-in Internet connectivity, but consumer demand for this capability is increasing. By 2020, at least 90 percent of all cars will be able to connect to the Internet, according to a newly released report by British consultancy Machina Research. Drivers want to be able to stream music, listen to news, or obtain online help finding parking spots or hotels. The Machina Research market study, commissioned by British telecommunications provider Vodafone, named BMW and its ConnectedDrive service as offering “the most complete approach to the delivery of connectivity in cars,” followed by GM, Ford, Audi, and Chrysler. (Reuters)(Machina Research) 

US Automakers Working on Computer-Driven Windshields

Two US-based automobile manufacturers are reportedly developing a windshield that offers the functions of a smartphone display that enables drivers to keep their eyes on the road. General Motors and Daimler AG are developing an augmented reality windshield able to display information to drivers, such as road conditions. Eye tracking technology exists inside the car while an exterior sensor network relays information such as approaching landmarks and weather reports. The technology, say the automakers, is similar to the heads-up displays found in aircraft that display critical information while in flight. (PhysOrg)(Dayton Daily News)(Wall Street Journal)

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