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Connected Cars Take Off At CES 2013

By now you may have heard that your vehicle will become one of your most connected devices. This year, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), auto makers took the opportunity to tout how cars will capitalize on the Internet of Things. Here are six posts that take a deeper look at “The Internet of Cars” at CES.

At CES the connected car became truly connected on Gigaom

“Ford and GM opened up their closely guarded connected car platforms to developers at CES, which means we’ll soon see a plethora of apps appearing in our dashboards. But the automakers aren’t Google. They’ll be careful about what exactly they’ll let into the vehicle.”

Both General Motors and Ford announced open development platforms for their respective connected car platforms, potentially opening them up to thousands of new apps and services. While GM’s developer portal doesn’t appear to be live yet, Ford told us that 1,258 devs have downloaded its software developer’s kit as of Thursday.

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Ford Opens up to Developers and Hackers on MAKE

“In the Ford booth, they’re demonstrating the Sync AppLink API and The Ford Developer Program. The AppLink API lets you create mobile apps for iOS or Android and have them interface with Ford’s Sync voice controlled interface inside the car. While it’s mostly aimed at developers that want to bring their applications to market, the API is entirely open and approval is only needed if you wish to make your app available to the public.

Another developer program just launched by Ford is OpenXC. According to the company, ‘OpenXC is focused on the future as an open-source hardware and software platform developed by Ford Research and Innovation to unleash the power of the open-source hacker community to explore what can be done with vehicle data.’”

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Forget the Internet of Things: Here Comes the Internet of Cars on Wired

“Connected vehicles” are cars that access, consume, create, enrich, direct, and share digital information between businesses, people, organizations, infrastructures, and things. Those “things” include other vehicles, which is where the Internet of Things becomes the Internet of Cars.

As these vehicles become increasingly connected, they become self-aware, contextual, and eventually, autonomous. Those of you reading this will probably experience self-driving cars in your lifetime — though maybe not all three of its evolutionary phases: from automated to autonomous to unmanned.”

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Car related technology and gaming dominate Consumer Electronics Show social media conversations on The Drum

“Generating almost a third (29 per cent) of all CES related discussions, 18 per cent of posts were about driverless and automated cars such as Google’s automated car that drove 300,000 miles with no accidents, as well as Toyota and Audi.”

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Connected cars at CES: Automakers smarten the dashboard, keep CD player on life support on ExtremeTech

“Not surprisingly, millennials (age 18-33) are hottest for the things a connected car offers, meaning it’s nice that Cadillac pioneered the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) interface but people who can afford Chevies not Caddies are the ones who’ll be most excited by the connected car. Yet another survey, this by Edelman 8095, says 40% of millennials want to be able to influence the products they use and personalize the functionality of communications devices and cars. At its simplest, Ford says, that means picking the apps you want for your smartphone (and using them in the car), but it also means motorists will probably want reconfigurable dashboards that are features of high-end cars such as the Cadillac XTS.”

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Cars Connect With Apps, the Cloud at CES on Wired

Yet for all the branding and marketing hype, these systems are variations on a theme. They connect to the cloud via Wi-Fi or 3G — Audi announced Wednesday that it will roll out 4G LTE connectivity ”soon” — to deliver streaming audio, social media like Facebook and Yelp, and apps like iHeartRadio and NPR. Other common features include automatic crash response, voice-activated navigation, spoken text messages and concierge services that will make restaurant reservations, order flowers or book flights.

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Interested in learning more about how the Internet of Things will change your car or how connected transportation will Change your life? Check out “The Internet of Things: Moving Us Forward with Innovations for Transportation.” You can also see a demo of how M2M technology can be implemented on a bus to create a better experience for the driver and passengers here.

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