AUTO Connected Car Review of Chicago Auto Show News: Hyundai, Aha, Connected Car 2014 & Next

renaultLet’s see the latest announcements for AUTO Connected Car readers from the Chicago Auto Show.

Hyundai America announced the enhanced Blue Link system Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.  Today, Hyundai announced the same Google location search will be part of an update for 500,000 Hyundai owners with the previous version of Blue Link. It offers voice Google search and navigation along with Google Glass integration.

Harman and Hyundai  announced the 2015 Genesis will offer the Aha Radio service in the North American market. With Aha Radio drivers can over 100,000 music, entertainment and news stations and use location-based services through a connected iPhone. Aha also offers Facebook and Twitter listening.

Connected World magazine announced at the Connected Car of the Year winners in categories of size and style of vehicle:

  • Dodge Dart’s Uconnect, small.
  • Infiniti Q50’s Infiniti InTouch, midsize.
  • BMW 5 Series’ ConnectedDrive, luxury.
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class, mbrace2, ultra luxury.
  • Tesla Motors Model S, green.
  • Ford Motor F-150’s SYNC, truck.

Pandora is now available 9 of the top auto makers’ cars in the world.  Pandora sees it as new source of revenue. Pandora will invest more resources in native advertising .

Renault revealed a new prototype called “Next Two” with autonomous driving and connectivity.  While the car is auto-driving, the driver can video chat, shop online and make travel plans. The Next Two car is designed for congested traffic and Automated Valet parking (with programmed parking instructions) by using sensors.

The Next Two has mobile broadband internet and is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows 8. A head-up display (HID) system turns blue from transparent when Automatic mode is active and awaiting confirmation. The Next Two Renault is a prototype and is not expected to be sold until 2020.