BMW Top Best Connected Car, #2 GM, #3 Ford & More

BMWiconnectedriveMachina Research in a survey for Vodaphone ranked car maker for sophistication in their connected car experiences.

BMW’s ConnectedDrive was top ranked as the best, followed by GM’s OnStar in second place and third place went to Ford for its embedded offering, followed by Audi and Chrysler.

Virginia Tech’s Auto Connected Car V2V Testing

Toyota Prius 2010Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is working on the design the integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the road (V2V).

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.

Toyota EVs Prius Can Charge While Parked without Plugs Using WiTricity

TToyotachargingoyota’s electric cars are charging into the future with a new way of charging provided by WiTricity that allows batteries to be charged over  a distance.

Instead of plugging a cord into the car, the car is parked over the wireless charging system and is automatically charged.

Connected Car Data Expansion Needed by Drivers and Wireless Carriers

carinlightdrivingConnected cars with connected drivers is a new opportunity for automobile OEMs and mobile operators to provide services in cars. A new report from iGR predicts.

From 2012 to 2017, the number of connected cars in the U.S. is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 142%.

Apple Connects Cars to iPhone5/5s/5c to Beats, Spotify & iHeart Radio

mappingCarplayAt the Geneva Auto Show, Apple announced  Apple CarPlay for iPod/iPad/iPhone and iOS in cars that will first arrive in Ferrari, Mercedez-Benz Hyundai and Volvo in 2104.

Apple calls CarPlay “The best iPhone experience on four wheels.”  The display enlarges all of the iOS functions significantly.

Driverless Autonomous Robotic Cars Will Auto-Pilot Growth for IBM & Google

NissanAutonomousDriveResearch and Markets reported that automated driving will achieve significant growth. These vehicles are sometimes called autonomous, auto-piloted or robotic cars.

IBM and Google will be software vendors for the robotic vehicles according to Research and Markets, that reported that IBM has the lead with its excellent integrated reliable middleware.