Why this posting is significant: Aurora Labs offers an advanced Predictive Maintenance Solution for connected cars and autonomous vehicles. Employs MachineAurora Predictive Maintenance Solution (1)learning algorithms uniquely addresses 3 stages of vehicle maintenance: How what the Software does: The platform detects faults in software behavior and predicts downtime events; Fixes flaws on-the-go in the electronic […] Read More

Apps, Data Gathering, & Underwriting Competition Producing Vehicle Insurance Cost Reductions, Discounts, and Transportation Cost Management Trend.

The Situation for Apps that capture driver data

Apps for Drivers and owners of vehicles are gathering driving performance which delivering the data to insurance underwriters who are, then, offering discounts & programs for and to insured customers.underwriters

The resources from fee-based dashboard telematics services providing data that enables insurance underwriters to offer rewards programs linked to driver performance from smartphone app. Read More

Apple Rebuilding Maps App, Hopes to Outperform Google

Apple Maps has been a lackluster tool for navigation since its launch. Of course, you probably don’t know this because you’re statistically more likely to back out of the driveway using Google Maps or Waze. That’s because the latter programs seem to work as intended. The same cannot be said of the former. Read More

Tariffs Would Slam the Jeep Renegade, Force FCA to Weigh Options

Jeeps smallest U.S. offering stands to be hit hard by proposed import tariffs, according to calculations from an investment advisory firm, and the volume of vehicles Fiat Chrysler brings in from outside U.S. borders would see the automaker take it on the chin.

With the Trump administration mulling a range of tariffs, the firm tabulated just how much the import duties could cost FCA. If the tariffs come to pass, expect to see fewer Jeep Renegades on your local dealer lot. Read More

Breakthrough: Four New Technologies to Solve, Change, & Disrupt Off-Lease Marketing as Increasing Volume of Lease Vehicles Reach Maturity & Move to the Auctions

The Situation in the Vehicle Remarketing Industry:

The combined technology and vehicle remarketing services of KAR Auction Services, OPENLANE, Drivin, & TradeRev are delivering “reimagined” & new integrated auction services.

How is this Being Accomplished?:

By the integration of data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced cloud technology Read More

Ford’s pickup trucks alone would be more profitable than McDonald’s or 3M, Morgan Stanley says

If Ford Motor Co.’s F-Series pickup franchise were one company, it would rake in more profit than giants such as McDonald’s Corp. MCD, -0.15% 3M Co. MMM, +0.01% and United Technologies Corp. UTX, +0.16% analysts at Morgan Stanley said in a note Wednesday.

The “exercise,” as the analysts called it, serves to show how the market underestimates Ford’s pickup business, they said. Read More

BMW’s Magna solid-state lidar deal paves the way to autonomy

Many automakers believe that lidar, light-based mapping, is the key to vehicle autonomy. However, lidar is still pretty darn expensive, which makes mass-market adoption difficult. A new kind of lidar could change that, and BMW is ready to adopt it.

Magna and Innoviz Technologies announced today that the two companies will provide BMW with solid-state lidar technology for its future autonomous vehicles. Magna is a global automotive supplier, while Innoviz specializes in building lidar systems. Its new product, the InnovizOne, will be what ends up in BMW’s vehicles. Read More

Why Ford Killed Its Cars

My colleagues, as well as much of the car enthusiast community, are dealing with a collective freakout upon learning Ford will be killing off all its sedans and hatchbacks and keeping one real car, the Mustang, in North America. Ford is doomed, they say. But I don’t share that perspective—no one wanted to buy those cars anyway, and this came down to just being a cold, hard business decision. Read More

Amazon starts delivering to your car trunk, wherever it’s parked

SAN FRANCISCO — I gave Amazon the keys to my car last week and it went pretty well.

Not that Amazon needed a lift (and the actual key was a digital one.) I was testing a new program, launching Tuesday, that lets Amazon drivers unlock a customer’s vehicle via an app and leave their packages inside it, rather than on their doorstep. Think of it as Amazon turning your car into a locker, only you get to decide where the locker is located — and you can move it around. Read More

The Worst Thing About Tesla’s 123,000-Car Recall? Crummy Timing

THURSDAY EVENING, TENS of thousands of Tesla Model S owners got an email warning them that the power steering on their electric cars might fail. Bolts that hold the system together have been corroding and weakening, particularly when exposed to harsh winter road conditions.

“We have observed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts, though only in very cold climates, particularly those that frequently use calcium or magnesium road salts, rather than sodium chloride (table salt),” the email read. “Nonetheless, Tesla plans to replace all early Model S power steering bolts in all climates worldwide to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.” Read More

The new Toyota Corolla will have Apple CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa

Still no word on Android Auto, though.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is making its global debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, and it has a few surprises hidden inside its tiny hatchback — most notably Apple’s CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa.

Toyota first added CarPlay earlier this year in the 2019 Avalon. It was a shift for the Japanese automaker, which famously abstained from adopting either CarPlay or Android Auto in its cars for years. Up until 2015, Toyota was on record as preferring its own in-house proprietary operating system, and even when Toyota eventually switched to another company’s system in 2016, it was to adopt Ford’s SmartDeviceLink app platform, not Apple or Google’s software. Read More

Tesla (TSLA) investors approve Elon Musk’s new multi-billion compensation package

Without any surprise, Tesla confirmed today that shareholders have approved Elon Musk’s new multi-billion CEO compensation package recently proposed by the company’s board.

A Tesla spokesperson confirmed that the proposal went through at a special meeting of shareholders in Fremont today.

Large investors had already backed the initiative – making today’s meeting almost a formality. Read More

Ford recalls 1.3 million Fusions, MKZs: Steering wheels could come off

When driving a car, the steering wheel is only expected to move in a rotational fashion, either clockwise or counter-clockwise. When it moves in some other direction, something is wrong, and when it moves the wrong way enough that it is no longer attached to the steering column, that’s a really, really bad thing. And apparently, according to a recall issued by Ford, there are over 1.3 million Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs that are at risk of this happening. And at least two accidents and one injury have been attributed to the issue. Read More

The American Sedan Is Dying. Long Live the SUV

With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs that mint them money.

Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne started it off by killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to reorient Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV around Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. The profit boom that’s followed has emboldened Detroit’s other CEOs to consider snuffing out sedans such as the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala. Read More

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