Battle Rages for Airwaves in Talking Cars, Pickup Towing Standard, New Cord for EV Gives Long Range, Plus Google Glass Ban While Driving

Automakers vs. Tech Firms in a Battle to Use Airwaves in Talking Cars

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Automakers vs. Tech Firms in a Battle to Use Airwaves in Talking Cars

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — Auto and technology companies are battling over a slice of coveted radio waves, with carmakers arguing the potential for lifesaving crash-avoidance systems should take precedence over more Wi-Fi for Web data and video. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Feb. 3 his department will write rules for talking cars before President Barack Obama leaves office. That set up a tussle between the two sides, led by…

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Fleet Buyers to Benefit from Pickup Towing StandardFleet Buyers to Benefit from Pickup Towing Standard

A standardized tow specification being adopted by Detroit automakers for 2015 model-year light-duty pickup trucks will improve safety and ease purchasing for fleet buyers, sources told AutomotiveFleet.com/. Earlier this month, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors agreed to implement SAE J2807 for 2015 model-year vehicles. The Society of Automotive Engineers initially developed the…

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New Cord for Electric Vehicles Offers Charge-Anywhere VersatilityNew Cord for Electric Vehicles Offers Charge-Anywhere Versatility

Range anxiety and limited charging infrastructure are among the reasons some consumers don’t consider buying an electric vehicle. Those two concerns are related, because if there’s no place to charge an E.V., that affects the distance a driver can travel. AeroVironment, which builds electric-vehicle charging equipment, announced last week the release of a …

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Google Glass Faces Driving Bans as States Move to Bar UseGoogle Glass Faces Driving Bans as States Move to Bar Use

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — Motorists in at least six states may be barred from using Google Glass, the eyewear device under test that can access the Internet and take photos with a blink. Bills in West Virginia, Illinois and New Jersey would include Google Inc.’s glasses among hand-held mobile phones and other gadgets that are barred from …

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