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Spireon Adds to Executive Team

The vehicle intelligence company announced the appointment of Rashid Ismail as senior vice president of customer success. The former CoreLogic executive will be responsible for customer lifecycle management.

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Renault Alliance Launches $1B Fund for Next-Gen Mobility

Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund, will act as the main interface for startups, investors, and the venture capital ecosystem, and will prioritize open innovation in new mobility, including electrification, autonomous systems, connectivity, and artificial intelligence.

Ford to Focus on Trucks, EVs, Connectivity

Ford CEO Jim Hackett said on Tuesday the automaker plans to reduce engineering costs by 50% through 2022. Ford will also shift investment into trucks and electrified vehicles, and reduce costs and investment in sedans and internal combustion engines.

The Connected-Car Opportunity

Two major players in the aftermarket telematics space are attempting to do what others have failed to achieve: carve out a profit opportunity for dealers in today’s connected-car evolution.

Google to Develop Volvo’s Future Infotainment System

The automaker has tapped Google to develop the carmaker’s next-generation in-car infotainment and connectivity solutions, which will be based on the tech company’s Android operating system. The system will launch on new Volvo models within two years.

J.D. Power: Consumers Fear Tech Failures With Autonomous Cars

Compared with 2016, 11% more Gen Z consumers and 9% more Pre-Boomers say they “definitely would not” trust automated technology, according to the firm’s 2017 U.S. Tech Choice Study.

Spireon Promotes Connected Car Veteran to SVP of Sales

Reggie Ponsford was promoted to help drive further growth for the telematics solutions provider in the buy-here, pay-here, automotive retail, rental automotive, powersports and auto finance markets.

Spireon Reports ‘Outstanding’ 2016

Spireon Inc. reported second-half gains in revenue, profitability and multiple segments in 2016. The company is also in the midst of a 14-year run of top-line growth and 'outstanding' financial and operational performance, officials said.

Zubie Hires CEO Tucker from DealerRater

The connected car and telematics provider announced that Gary Tucker has joined the company as CEO. Tucker leaves his role as CEO of dealer review site DealerRater.com.

CalAmp Announces Nationwide Availability of LoJack Telematics Solutions

LotSmart by LoJack offers automotive dealerships detailed information about the status of their inventory. The telematics solution also offers a seamless sell-through option for dealers to grow incremental revenue by offering SureDrive to consumers who want a comprehensive aftermarket connected-car solution.