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The Cone of Silence: Apple iPhone Glitch Causes Audio Lockdown for Thousands of Toyotas

June 24, 2014

Toyota, one of the world’s top auto makers, issued an alert to 200 dealers that a software glitch in the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano 6G can affect the audio in many of their cars. Upon discovery of this technical issue, Toyota warns that Apple’s operating systems are incompatible with the car’s audio. When used, the iPod displays a “Loading” message, and the USB input for the device is completely unusable, leaving the consumer in unexpected silence.

This software glitch with iPhone and iPad devices, which occurred when the iOS4.1 iTunes software update was released last fall, has already impacted tens of thousands of Toyota’s best-selling models that include the Yaris, Corolla, Prius, and LandCruiser.

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An iPhone App That Controls Your Car? Paving the Road for a New Generation of “Smart” Cars

June 24, 2014

Remotely checking your fuel level or warming up the engine with your smart phone? There’s a whole new breed of cars on the horizon that are being designed to connect with smart device technologies. In one example, the visionary Cisco has crafted an experimental dashboard of LCD panels, where the driver can customize the displays and gauges, and also access real-time weather, collision, and traffic alerts.

From the New York Times,

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Smart Car with Not-So-Smart Feature

June 24, 2014

GM is planning on giving each new Chevy Volt sold its own IP address. This is creating concern among experts that hackers will be able to take control of cars. Security measures are in place to prevent this from occurring, but it is unlikely to dissuade the most serious hackers, who may be willing to hack deeply enough to do damage.

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Major Automakers Rolling Out New Smartphone Apps

June 24, 2014

We've posted before about recent developments in connected, "smartcar" technology. And a recent BusinessWeek article points out the latest happenings in this developing sector of the Internet of Things.

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Smart Car Developments: Windows Embedded Automotive, Nissan Leaf

June 24, 2014

We've made a number of posts about the increasing use of connected, "smart" technology in automobiles, including Ford's AppLink technology.

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