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Posted by Dale Buss on January 15, 2014 02:57 PM
Ford's CMO said something Snowden-esque about privacy at CES last week. And at NAIAS this week, Ford's CEO clawed back what he said. It was one of the biggest illustrations yet of how connectivity and all that it implies has become one of the most important dimensions of the global auto—and greater tech—industries.
The controversy began last week when Ford CMO Jim Farley said at a panel that the company can use global-positioning technology to know when Ford drivers break laws.
"We know everyone who breaks the law; we know when you're doing it," Farley said, according to Business Insider. "By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone."Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on January 15, 2014 11:15 AM
Ron Burgundy may be a pretty big deal, but he wasn't big enough to oust Honda at the advertising awards bestowed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Instead, Honda and its advertising agencies beat out a Dodge Durango TV ad featuring Ron Burgundy, and other contenders, to win two of the five 2013 car-ad honors given by The One Club, a not-for-profit ad industry organization that hosts the annual ad festival, The One Show.
Honda UK’s ad, “Hands,” which depicts the history of the brand and its vehicles through a pair of hands and is voiced by Garrison Keillor, won the TV Advertising award.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 10, 2014 07:16 PM
As the International Consumer Electronics Show wraps up its annual spectacle in Las Vegas, it's difficult to make the call on who or what exactly 'won' CES 2014. With brands (and marketers) big and small from nearly every sector presenting impressive tech, it's hard not to call everyone a winner—especially consumers.
Still, this year's show presented some key themes, the most apparent being "connectivity." As consumers adopt more technology into their lives, the task at hand is to now connect those technologies—create an ecosystem of sorts that allows for seamless control and enjoyment.
On that front, the automotive and mobile industries made a strong showing at CES, where Google's Android unveiled the Open Automotive Alliance and connected-car platform with nearly 10 major automakers signed on, including GM, Honda, Audi and Hyundai. The Alliance, meant to develop connected-car innovations with the same standards, plans to see the first vehicle with Android integration by the end of this year.
Similarly, AT&T announced its own connected-car platform and new AT&T Drive Studio in Atlanta, where the company will partner with developers to create specialized apps for automakers like Audi and Tesla.
But the car wasn't the only environment to get the connected treatment.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 10, 2014 02:49 PM
Detroit is gearing up for its most extravagant and optimistic auto exhibition in seven years, and there will be no shortage of things for the industry to tout as the North American International Auto Show opens with a press preview on Monday and Tuesday for thousands of car journalists, bloggers, photographers, videographers and other qualified enthusiasts from around the world.
There are sure to be some show-stopping individual vehicles, for sure. The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year will be identified on Monday morning, for example, with the new Mazda3, new Cadillac CTS and new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray contending as finalists in one category and the Acura MDX, new Jeep Cherokee SUVs and Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck competing as finalists in the other.
Otherwise, the most-ogled pieces of sheetmetal are likely to include five that USA Today already identified as ones "to watch" at NAIAS.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 7, 2014 09:22 AM
Intel jumps into wearables with earbuds, watch.
BMW rolls out driverless car at CES racetrack.
Apple says App Store sales topped $10 billion in 2013.
AT&T lets content firms subsidize users' data costs.
American Airlines lands a flight after camera is found in bathroom.
Audi and BMW both plan laser headlamps this year.
BYD says Chinese cars are headed to US by late 2015.
Fitbit partners with Tory Burch for high-fashion wearable tech.
GE to spend $1 billion on Thermo Fisher buyout.
GM sees Opel/Vauxhall increase European share thanks to new Adam minicar.
Goodyear sees tire workers in France hold managers hostage.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Dale Buss on January 6, 2014 03:54 PM
Anyone concerned that automobiles soon will be reduced to self-driven, rolling video-game platforms should stay away from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Tech companies from Nvidia to Google to Samsung, and auto brands from Audi to Hyundai to Chevrolet, are making it clear at CES that super-enhanced in-vehicle internet connectivity may be their most important technological priority these days.
Chevrolet announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu And Volt would be the first GM vehicles to come optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE, an industry first across multiple product lines, to be followed quickly by the majority of the 2015 Chevy lineup in the US and Canada. Among other things, the initiative will create a Wi-Fi hotspot in GM vehicles.
Busily, GM also was announcing its participation in the recently rumored huge new telematics initiative led by Google, called the Open Automotive Alliance, which also includes Audi, Honda, Hyundai and chip maker Nvidia in an effort to customize Google's Android platform for vehicles that will allow for things such as app access and remote vehicle diagnostics.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Dale Buss on January 2, 2014 04:47 PM
There's no better way to understand how the automotive and digital-electronics industries are melding than to attend the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas each year. At CES 2014 next week, car brands from Ford and Audi to Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz will be vying—and sometimes cooperating with—reigning tech brands including Google and Apple to demonstrate which ones should dominate the crucial emerging space of connected, in-car infotainment.
In fact, CES arguably is emerging as a strong rival to any traditional auto show—such as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that follows CES—as a platform for presenting the technological innovations that will shape the near- and long-term future of an industry that has quickly evolved to the frontier of electronics.
"You have to watch not only your competitors but innovators in general and what space they decide to move in as devices take on multifunctional features," Sheryl Connelly, Ford's futurist, told brandchannel.
That reality is part of the "quiet riot of innovation" that Connelly just named as one of the 10 top trends expected to influence consumers and brands in the coming year, which also include a growing planetary concern about water resources and rising evidence that "multitasking" leads to sacrifices in quality and safety in many pursuits.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 2, 2014 12:39 PM
The crucible is getting hotter for Hyundai and Kia as the brands forecast their weakest sales growth in eight years thanks to intensifying competition and a stronger currency that is hampering exports.
And one of the most important arenas will be the United States, where Korean bosses ushered out their US CEO for Hyundai over the holidays and elevated the brand's sales chief, presumably in the hopes of squeezing more volume out of a tightening US market. Enter David Zuchowski, who told brandchannel he was surprised by news of John Krafcik's exit at the end of his contract, as of yesterday.
Chung Mong Koo, chairman of both automakers, told employees today in an annual meeting that he's predicting a combined global increase in deliveries for the two brands of only 4 percent, to nearly 7.9 million vehicles in 2014, which would comprise the slowest growth for the entity since 2006. But he vowed that the company would invest in improving vehicle safety and technology as competition gets fiercer and the global economy reaches a "low-growth era," according to Bloomberg.Continue reading...