The University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center was recently launched focusing on emerging technology in collaboration with the government and transportation industry to make improvements to travel for both humans and cargo.
In-vehicle technology/connected car tech was an important factor when buying a new vehicle within the past year for more 59% online U.S. consumers of driving age, according to research from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
An new bill from Senator Bill Morning (D-Carmel) measure, SB 994 which defines who has car data access, gives control and choice to drivers. It will be considered by a Senate policy committee in the next few weeks. The bill is supported by the AAA and Your Car Your Data Coalition.
There were many speakers and products at Automotive World Megatrends in Dearborn, Michigan.
Meredith Guerriero, world chief automotive for Google, was the closing keynote speaker who discussed Google’s role in the digital future of advertising in connected cars.
There are a lot of questions raised in Covisint’s study on auto-owners and engagement. Covisint provided the platform for the Hyudai BlueLink system that connects to Google Glass and has Siri Eyes Free.
The study shows that the overall impression of the car maker improves with a great connected car experience over the life of the car and car owner.
Nissan tests vehicles in a dedicated autonomous driving city in Japan. The track has real houses for life-like self-driven car testing without using public roads for maximum safety.
We finally have pricing for the AT&T LTE service in Audi A3 cars, owners can pay $99.99 for 5GB for a six month period or pay $499 for 30GB over a period thirty months. All new Audi A3 autos with Audi connect will receive a free six month trial of LTE service.
The fee works out to be $16.50 a month for the six month plan and $16.63 a month for the thirty month plan. (Obviously the place that called the $499 plan the best value was incorrect).