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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.

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Autotrader: 48% of Car Buyers Choose In-Vehicle Tech Over Brand, Body Style

The report shows a growing number of consumers believe certain safety technologies, including blind-spot detection and and forward collision warning, should come standard on all vehicles in the United States. Convenience and entertainment options also ranked high on consumers' preferred list of technology features.

Toyota Developing Cloud-Based Telematics System

Toyota announced it is developing a cloud-connected telematics system that offers improved navigation features, in-vehicle Wi-Fi, and remote connectivity via a smartphone app.

Toyota, Ford Form Organization to Improve Phone-to-Car Connectivity

Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Co. are forming a nonprofit organization that will manage an open source software platform with the goal of providing consumers access to smartphone apps using voice commands and in-vehicle displays.

Vinli Partners With Cox, Meineke Car Care on Connect Car Offering

Mobile WiFi provider Vinli has reached agreements with Cox Automotive and Meineke Car Care to offer Cox's 40,000 dealer clients the ability to sell connected car capabilities to their customers as an aftermarket product.

Spireon Offers Dealers New F&I Profit Channel

Spireon Inc. announced that its GPS-based vehicle telematics solution Spireon SkyLink will now give dealers the ability to offer connected car services to their customers, opening the door to a new F&I profit center.

Apple, Google to Integrate Smartphones with Vehicles

With the 2016 model year, Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto will make smartphone integration available with the touch of a steering wheel button.

Car Owners Rejecting Entertainment, Connectivity Features, Report Finds

J.D. Power found that even Gen Y vehicle owners aren't finding the latest in-car entertainment and connectivity features useful. What consumers want are features that enhance the driving experience and safety.

Nissan, SiriusXM to Debut New Telematics System

SiriusXM and Nissan will debut a new telematics system on select 2016 mode-year Nissan vehicles, starting with the OEM’s flagship Maxima sedan.

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