New Tech Hits the Roads in MI with V2V, Autonomous Driverless Track & Solar Charging Roads

UM Autonomous Driving TrackConnected car technology is hitting the road in Michigan through two initiatives, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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.

Studies Show Connected Car Tech Wanted and Industry Challenges

Toyota Prius 2010Research shows that consumers want connected car technology, however, the car industry is struggling with issues associated with deployment.

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).

Automotive Megatrends Review of Connected Car News

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.

Audi A3 LTE, Features, Pricing and Phone Cell Signal Boosting

Audi connectThe Audi A3 will have some new technology innovations that include AT&T LTE, picture mapping, special software and cell phone signal boost.

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).