Weekly AUTO Connected Car News Digest 12/15-12-21

Here is the weekly news summary for the week of December 15-21 from Auto Connected Car News.

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Much of the news during the week surrounds announcements from auto making showing their latest tech at International CES in January in Las Vegas. Visteon will demo new car tech at CES International 2015 with cockpit simulators that have the ability to make over-the-air software updates. A BMW i3 will park itself at the show without GPS and will avoid collisions using 360 degree sensors.

Car tech is getting more important to car buyers because it  influences car buying decisions, especially safety, ADAS and ease of use noted a study by Auto Trader.

Volvo announced that new Volvos will come with 4 years of Sirius weather and traffic with Sensus Connect

To support new car tech startups, Verizon Wireless is funding connected car tech sartups through  Techstars in Detroit, Michigan.

The latest rumor is that Google is working on a form of  Android Auto be connected car tech without a smartphone, called Android M.

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