U.S. bill seeks more Wi-Fi airwaves alongside smart cars

Alliance of Auto Manufacturers and Intelligent Transp Society of America oppose the bill


(Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday revived legislation that seeks to allocate more airwaves to public Wi-Fi by requiring regulators to quickly test how shared radio frequencies could coexist alongside those used for communications among smart cars.

The bill by Senators Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, and Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, would direct the Federal Communications Commission to study how more spectrum can be freed up for public use without interfering with connected vehicles, which are incumbent users.

GM sides with U.S. wireless carriers in net neutrality fight

FCC is considering whether it should undo exemptions previously applied to mobile carriers


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. automaker General Motors Co has emerged as a heavyweight ally of the wireless carriers battling against stricter Internet traffic rules, with a new letter that linked the issue to wirelessly connected cars.

Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile to sign 'connected cars' deal

Market for such technology is expected to be worth $20 billion a year by 2018


FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile will sign a deal on Friday to create a platform for so-called connected cars in China, a Deutsche Telekom spokesman said on Thursday.

The two companies will form a joint venture in which the German telecoms group will bring its technology for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, while China Mobile will provide the network.

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

There are risks, including reliability, cybersecurity and legal liability


DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected.

Carmakers, others fund research toward cars that talk to each other

Public-private initiative to lay groundwork for system that wirelessly connects vehicles


DETROIT (Reuters) - A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said on Friday.

FleetCor to buy payments processor Comdata for $3.45 billion

Provider of fleet fuel cards for trucking looks to expand into virtual payments


(Reuters) - FleetCor Technologies Inc said it would buy payments processing company Comdata Inc from Ceridian LLC for $3.45 billion in its biggest deal as it looks to expand into the virtual payments market.

Comdata, which was acquired by payroll and employee benefits processing company Ceridian in 1995 for $900 million, provides fleet fuel cards for the trucking industry, payroll cards and gift cards among other services.

Mobile Resource Management Driving Growth in the $200B Subprime Auto Finance Market

CDMA technology provides strong network access and coverage, even in remote and rural areas

CDMA-enabled telematics solutions are delivering the business intelligence that both dealers and lenders need to monitor and manage their vehicle assets as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

The Battle Over Connected Cars Gears Up

Apple and Google face off in new territory, looking to claim ground once held by Microsoft

Apple and Google have made names for themselves as technology innovators and as the companies shaping the direction of their industry. Both companies recently released high-profile connected car products – CarPlay and Open Auto Alliance, respectively – that allow users to bring the comforts of their mobile devices to their vehicles. It would seem that both companies are focused on new opportunities to extend their market dominance.

The catch? Microsoft announced its first connected car partnership, with Ford, all the way back in 2007.

A shifting industry

Vodafone targets "connected cars" with Italian deal

To connect more products to the Internet, offset slowing growth in mobile phones


LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone is buying an Italian car electronics maker for 145 million euros ($197 million), seeking to get ahead in the race to connect more products to the internet and offset slowing growth in its core mobile phone business.

GM, AT&T to launch 4G vehicles next month

GM says it will next month launch a new range of vehicles capable of connecting to the internet over the 4G network of AT&T.

Customers will be able to use services free of charge for a three-month period or up to a three-gigabyte limit, after which they can take out a data plan starting from $5 a month.

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is to the be the first LTE-equipped vehicle and will be followed by more than 30 other Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of the year, said the carmaker.

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