Kia Motors America (KMA) decided to work with Google to provide content and search-based solutions enabled by Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for the second-generation of the automaker’s UVO eServices telematics system.
These new solutions will initially be introduced on the new 2014 Sorento CUV. The immediate integration of Google solutions will utilize Google Maps and Google Places to acquire driving directions and locate Points of Interest (POIs) in a seamless and organic manner. Read the full story.
With Kaliki Audio Newsstand and Ford SYNC AppLink, commuting time can now be put to better use by consuming some of the compelling newspaper and magazine content that we want to get to, but just never seem to find the time to read, says Ford Motor Company.
Kaliki is a new smartphone app for Android devices that curates the top news stories from major newspapers and magazines and provides an audio version for on-demand playback in the vehicle. Read the full story.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced iHeartRadio’s expansion across the automotive industry with its integrations in Chrysler Group and General Motors (GM) vehicles.
It has also introduced a new made-for-driving application “iHeartRadio for Auto” (iHeartAuto) which will enable seamless and standardized access to the iHeartRadio digital music platform. Read the full story.
American Honda announced it will integrate support for Siri, the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking, into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models as a dealer installed option.
Owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device’s screen from lighting up. Read the full story.
Nokia announced that Toyota Motor Europe is the latest automotive brand to select the HERE platform’s Nokia Local Search for Automotive to power its next generation Touch & Go navigation and infotainment systems.
Nokia Local Search for Automotive is a specifically designed solution developed to fulfill the requirements of the automotive industry. Read the full story.
Ford Motor Company launched a new Vehicle Orientation program at dealerships in the U.S.
It is designed to help bridge the gap between consumers and their cars by providing them with access to an online library of “video snacks” – short videos that explain how to use specific vehicle features like Remote Start Systems, MyKey and Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors. Read the full story.
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC (MBFS) announced it is adding an in-vehicle account management app to its suite of mobile tools for its customers in the United States.
The new app, called My MBFS, will automatically be added to the cloud-based infotainment system on model year 2013 and newer Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with the COMAND Navigation and a subscription to mbrace2 with Mercedes-Benz Apps.
Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand announced it is teaming up with Universal Pictures in the United States to promote “Rush.”
It is a Ron Howard biographical action film based on the true story of Austrian Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and his return to racing after a 1976 crash that almost took his life. Read the full story.
Automaker Nissan has unveiled an IT system for light commercial vehicles that uses smartphones to provide safety and performance data to both drivers and fleet managers in real time.
By using the service, fleet managers will be able to cut down on running costs by remotely monitoring maintenance information, as well as the driving behavior of their staff, while the vehicles are on the road.
Drivers will also receive real-time information to help them operate their vehicles more safely. Read the full story.
Volvo Car Group introduces its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The new architecture will take the company towards its aim that by 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.
The new SPA architecture enables significant improvements both when it comes to offering protection in worst-case scenarios and when creating features that support the driver in avoiding accidents. Read the full story.
The Acura NSX, in concept form, debuts in Gran Turismo 6 (GT6). The ‘real driving simulator’ available exclusively for the PlayStation 3 system gives sports car enthusiasts their first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the next generation Acura NSX Concept. Read the full story.