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Audi Device Makes Autonomous Cars Less Bulky

June 25, 2014

Always striving to be a bit different, Audi has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas a device that replaces the bulky rooftop gear that typically accompanies driverless cars.

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AT&T and Panasonic Plan "Connected" Cars

June 24, 2014

AT&T and Panasonic are planning to turn Peachtree City, Georgia, into a model community with digitally connected cars of all makes roaming its streets.

The two companies plan to create customized products for global automotive manufacturers in North America starting in late 2011. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company will supply the hardware and integration services, and AT&T will supply the connectivity. The companies will focus on passenger entertainment systems.

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Toyota To Build Cloud-based Telematics System

June 24, 2014

Looking toward the future, Toyota will collaborate with Microsoft to build a cloud-based telematic system for its cars by 2015.

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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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