Technology Shaping The Automotive Industry

With the increase in testing at top technology companies, the question of if autonomous vehicles (AV) will roam the streets has turned into a question of when. However, there are still many roadblocks in the way that separate AV’s from the open marketplace.

Technology Update: Ride Sharing

With Ford creating a fractional ownership program, and GM investing heavily in ride-sharing company Lyft, manufacturers are trying to get ahead of major shake-ups in the industry.

NADA 2018 Forecast

NADA is forecasting new vehicle sales of 16.7 million units in 2018, a decline of about 2.9% from the 17.2 million sales in 2017.

Dealer News Today at NADA Conference This Weekend

The Cantin Automotive Insider and the Dave Cantin Group attended NADA Show Expo this weekend. Here's a preview of what happened.

Auto Industry Insight: Seeing the Road Ahead

From self-driving systems, battery-powered vehicles, and even ride-sharing initiatives that are changing how and why we move, these disruptive trends are moving the auto world into the future.

Uber Gives Up Testing Rights On Self-driving Car, Other Companies Follow Suit

The company suspended autonomous car testing in California after pedestrian death in Arizona

Analysis: Could EVs Save Ridesharing Drivers Money?

While a lot of the profit and loss depends on the vehicle itself, Lyft and Uber drivers could see some cost savings if they’re driving an electric vehicle, and there’s some analysis to back this up.

An Uber Contender Launches Ridesharing Competition in London

Mercedes-Benz and Via have launched their jointly owned ViaVan service in London, offering a different kind of ridesharing experience that is shaping up to be quite the contender against rival, Uber.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Opens Software Development Kit to OEMs

Earlier this year, LexisNexis Risk Solutions boosted auto insurers’ ability to build customer-facing Web-sites and apps that integrated telematics information into companies’ customer support...

Samsung to Outline the Omnichannel Car Shopping Experience of the Future

Car buyers have evolved in recent years, and they know more than ever by the time they step into a dealerships. Logic dictates that car selling must change with these new trends. It helps to start learning what it is car buyers really want from a dealership in 2018.

Despite Production Woes, Tesla Moves Ahead With AWD Model 3 Orders

Tesla finally thinks it will have AWD Model 3s rolling off the line sometimes in July, an answer prompted by a tweet from a reservation holder.

Automakers and Telecom Companies Jostle for the Benefits and Burdens of Connected Cars

Here’s a conundrum: carmakers are increasingly putting communications platforms in cars, so who reaps the rewards? Automakers or telecom companies? Automakers are building the...

Mercedes Announces Pilot Subscription Service

Earlier this week, Mercedes-Benz USA and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC announced plans to launch Mercedes-Benz Collection, a luxury subscription service that will allow customers to switch in and out of vehicles depending on their “needs and lifestyles.”

Software Roundup: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software for Auto Dealerships

Does your dealership have a customer relationship management solution, or CRM? Let’s rephrase that question in a more relevant way: does your dealership have an effective CRM solution that the staff actually uses in the way it was intended? There is evidence that dealerships that use CRM sell more cars.

Tesla’s Model 3 Production Shutdown Mystery Furthered by Curious Social Media Posts

It would appear that production hiccups have occurred in Tesla’s Fremont, California assembly line, where work on the company’s new Model 3 electric sedan has been temporarily shut down for the second time since late February.

MIT Wants To Know: How Comfortable Are You With Autonomous Car Technology?

In light of all the bad press autonomous driving has received, MIT wants to get some answers and figure out just exactly how comfortable the American public is with autonomous technology.

KPA Services Acquisition Creates Largest EHS Company in the Collision Market

KPA Services, LLC, a provider of solutions for risk management, including environmental health and safety (EHS) risk management, has acquired Louisiana-based Environmental Risk Management & Safety, Inc. (ERS).

Chevy Introduces Pilot Program for In-Car Shell Gas Payment from Dashboard

Some Chevy drivers who use Shell stations may soon be able to pay for their gas right from their car’s dashboard via the infotainment system, eliminating the need to swipe cards at the pump.

Coca-Cola Partners With Cargo for Ridesharing Refreshments

Coca-Cola linked up with startup in-car commerce platform Cargo to provide beverages to Uber and Lyft passengers in Cargo’s headquarter market of Atlanta. A Cargo-equipped...

VW’s Electrify America to Bring EV Charging Stations to Walmart Stores

Electrify America, a Virginia-based Volkswagen subsidiary, is on a mission to build a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) charging network across the U.S., with stations no more than 120 miles apart.

Toyota/Lexus to Deploy V2V Technology That Allows Cars to “Talk” to One Another

Toyota announced this week that it plans to start designing and selling vehicles in the U.S. by 2021 that can communicate with each other via short-range wireless technology to avoid accidents.

Digital License Plates Coming to California

RPlates, made by Reviver Auto, is a “smart” license plate that has the ability to assist law enforcement and help users pay for vehicle registrations without a paper trail.

As Another Earth Day Concludes, What Can We Expect From EVs?

While the future of EVs isn’t set in stone, analysis tells us that there are measures for manufacturers, municipalities, and dealerships to take to move towards a more EV-friendly culture.

Dow Performance Silicones Introduces New Additives to Reduce Squeak in Auto Interiors

Dow Performance Silicones is introducing a new silicone-based additive, HMB-1903, to minimize squeaking noise in automotive interiors, reported Plastics Today’s Stephen Moore.

Dealer Wizard Integrates with Auto/Mate Dealership Systems for Real-Time Data Exchange

New integration between Dealer Wizard and Auto/Mate Dealership Systems will allow dealerships that use both solutions to benefit from the real-time data exchange between the two systems.

Amazon Will Now Deliver Packages Straight To Your Vehicle

Amazon Prime members have long enjoyed speedy package delivery to their homes, and now the retail giant wants to make it even easier to...

Ford Is Ditching Sedans In Favor of More Crossovers, SUVs

Ford is making headlines this week, as the automotive company announced plans to scrap most of its passenger cars over the next few years in favor of more crossovers and SUVs.

J.D. Power and LMC Automotive Predicting April Sales Will Show a 500,000 Unit Drop

While hard numbers for April auto sales won’t be available until tomorrow at the earliest, research consultancies J.D. Power and LMC Automotive have cautioned...

Cyclist Safety Technology Tested in Europe

European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) just announced that the Nissan LEAF was the first of its kind to be evaluated for its...

Cox Automotive Canada Brings Full Advertising Platform to Canadian Dealers

The large, confusing and often-changing landscape of digital marketing has more than a few auto dealerships bewildered. Determining which channels to focus on is...