Emerging Catalog Technologies Can Rev Up Auto Parts Sales

By Al Bredenberg, Senior Writer Thinking about boosting your service and parts business to make up for softer new car sales? Selling original equipment parts...

DMS Company Settles with FTC Over Data Breach

Given the nature of the auto sales business, most dealers keep at least some sensitive personal information in their files—names, Social Security numbers, bank...

Virtual Showrooms May Be the Answer to Shrinking Profit Margins

A large vehicle showroom is often considered to be a sacred element of the car sales process. It’s the jewel in the center of...

Volkswagen Launches Free-Floating App-Based Car-Sharing Program in Berlin

“It’s electric” may sound like a flashback to a dance floor in the 1980s, but it’s also emblazoned on the side of Volkswagen’s new...

Automakers Hire Hackers to Probe for Vulnerabilities in Onboard Systems

As connected cars become more sophisticated, collect more data and are more responsible for passenger and pedestrian safety, it’s natural to wonder if this...

Automakers Plan Virtual Reality to Ban Boredom in Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous vehicle technology has promised to solve a lot of the world’s travel-related ills. It could help regulate the flow of traffic, rerouting vehicles...

Silicon Valley Startup Testing Autonomous Truck Platooning System

While autonomous driving technology may not exactly be taking the personal vehicle world by storm yet – though you’d never know if from the...

Automakers and Dealers Finding Exemptions in New, Stringent Data Privacy Laws

As vehicles become smarter, the amount of data they collect escalates. Thanks to onboard systems and sensors, vehicles today can collect information about driving...

DMS Software Provider Cited by FTC For Widespread Personal Data Breach

The news this week of a settlement between Equifax and the U.S. government as well as 48 states that will see the credit reporting...

Raw Materials Shortages May Stunt Growth of Sales of EVs

While the sales of electric vehicles have been patchy in the U.S., other nations have seen more success. In Norway, for example, plug-in electric...

FTC Settlement with DealerBuilt Over Data Security Offers Lessons for All Dealerships

With vehicles retaining and sharing more data than ever before, the Federal Trade Commission has stepped up its policing of dealerships and third-party software...

Consumer Watchdog Warns of Mass Hacker Attacks on Connected Vehicles

The benefits of Internet-connected vehicles – namely, communications and convenience – are marketed widely. In the wrong set of circumstances, however, too much connectivity...

Vehicle Shopping by Virtual Reality Glasses

While online vehicle shopping has – to the surprise of many – seen a sharp uptick in the twenty-first century, there are some element...

GM and Volkswagen to Scrap Hybrids in Favor of EVs

Traditionally, hybrids have been automakers’ answer to consumers who want high levels of fuel efficiency, but not the fear of the unknown ("range anxiety")...

Augmented Reality: Smartglasses Deliver Hands-Free Tech Support to the Service Bay

by Al Bredenberg, Senior Writer Augmented reality (AR) is virtual reality’s lesser known twin. Rather than create a reality from scratch, as virtual reality does,...

Software Integration Streamlines Retail Warranty Parts Reimbursement

Managing retail warranty parts reimbursement is a headache for dealer service center. The relationship between manufacturers and dealers has been inharmonious in the past,...

Dealer Software Companies Sue Arizona Over Data Privacy Legislation

In the increasingly complex effort to keep consumer data safe, industry interests are beginning to chafe at restrictions piling up by state and federal...

Systems Integrator Partners with Subaru and DMS Providers to Enable VIN Inquiry Functionality

With the plethora of information dealers need to keep track of, workers often find themselves having to toggle back and forth across multiple applications....

Older Drivers More Distracted by In-Vehicle Systems

Increasingly, vehicle information systems (IVIS) are showing up as standard equipment in new cars. While the systems allows motorists new functionality related to communications,...

Ford Chief Says Company Will Wear Out Autonomous Vehicles in Four Years

Industry watchers who are conservative about the rise of the autonomous vehicle may not agree, but Ford believes the self-driving vehicle is in the...

EVs Expected to Result in Moderation in Global Oil Markets

The U.S. is a nation of transportation. In 2018, about 28 percent of total U.S. energy consumption was for transporting people and goods. This...

New Study Finds Significant Reductions in Crashes with Automated Safety Features

Love them or hate them, the automated safety features that are showing up in new vehicles seem to be making a difference in safety,...

Frankfurt Motor Show Showcases Next-Gen Dashboard Display

It’s to be expected at an auto show, just as with a fashion show: some rather outlandish concepts added to stir talk, draw cameras...

DMS Company Data Access Point Partners with ZestFinance for Machine Learning for Loans

While we still have a quaint image of loan officers sitting behind desks making decisions about vehicle loans as well as most other type...

Study Measures Americans “Time Saved” Attitudes Toward Ride Sharing and Automated Vehicles

Are Americans eager to get into driverless vehicles for robo-rides to work? It would seem not, according to a new study by researchers at...

Nissan Investing in US Charging Station Network

By Mia Bevacqua Without a doubt, one of the biggest hurdles for electric vehicles (EVs) is infrastructure. Consumers, especially those who live in rural areas,...

DealerMax Brand Acquired by Profit By Design Founders to Help Dealerships Expand Margins

By Tracey Schelmetic As circumstances shrink dealership profit margins, many businesses are turning to consultants to reform operations in a way that can maximize profitability...

New Study Finds Car Buyers Warming Up to AI and Automation

By Mia Bevacqua Artificial intelligence (AI) used to be the stuff of science fiction movies. But now it’s everywhere – including the dealership showroom. And...

Report Finds Autonomous Vehicles Gaining Acceptance

By Mia Bevacqua Although fully autonomous vehicles (AVs) aren’t in dealership showrooms yet, it’s only a matter of time. Self-driving cars are steadily overcoming several...

Internet of Things Provider Partners with Sprint for Dealership Add-On Service

By Tracey E. Schelmetic The astronomical growth of “Internet of Things,” or IoT, devices, has not left the auto industry unmarked. Today, many smart car...