OTA Updates and Security Concerns: How to Put Your Customers at Ease

June 21, 2016

It isn’t that hard for you to come up with examples of big data breaches or vehicle hacks. Even worse, the average person could name off several without much effort. Thanks to plenty of media coverage and a public that's legitimately concerned about data security, this is the present reality.

Everyone is concerned about how connectivity affects their safety.

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How Indoor Maps Could Influence The Connected Car Consumer Experience

April 20, 2016

It seems like everyone these days is pretty heavily focused on how to make vehicle navigation systems better for the modern-day consumer. Anyone who's used the technology before to reach a destination knows that these improvements are long overdue and quite necessary.

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How Smartphones are the Future of the Connected Car Industry

April 6, 2016

Consumers hear about vehicle connectivity on a pretty regular basis these days. While for those of us in the industry the technology is familiar, the average driver might have little to zero hands-on experience with it. This fact can breed distrust of connectivity features, or at best make people wonder what all the hype is really about.

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We're Expanding in San Diego!

March 25, 2016

The past year has been great for Abalta Technologies. We experienced 40 percent growth in 2015, and we expanded our San Diego development team by 50 percent. And in January, we enjoyed a successful Consumer Electronics Show, where we introduced innovative features to our WebLink® and SmartLink® products and announced some exciting developments for 2016.

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Is There An Acceptable Level of Fatalities for Autonomous Vehicles?

March 7, 2016

As a practical matter, and regardless of today’s hype associated with autonomous vehicles, there are a number of major obstacles to be overcome before they engender wide acceptance. These include general consumer acceptance, and hosts of regulatory challenges, to the most daunting of all, issues associated with consumer versus commercial liabilities. Nevertheless, these technologies are evolving apace, so to set the scene as it were, here are some initial facts regarding the history and development of self-drive systems.

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How Tier 1 Suppliers Can Benefit From Connected Cars

February 29, 2016

The connected car phenomenon is going to give Tier 1 automotive suppliers the opportunity to make their products more valuable to consumers and OEMs. With connected car systems, Tier 1 vendors now have the means to access components directly to validate functionality, perform diagnostics, or upgrade firmware (with OEM approval) with bug fixes and new features. Having direct access to automotive components has the potential to change the game for Tier 1 vendors.

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What Does The GM & Lyft Partnership Mean For The Future of Automakers

February 25, 2016

Plenty of surprises come out of CES each year, and 2016 was no different. While there were a number of interesting developments that came out, one of the most influential for the automotive industry was the announcement that GM and Lyft are partnering up.

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How New Connected Car Standards Could Help Align OEMs and Developers

February 17, 2016

Connected car standards are a topic of discussion among many in the automotive industry, and for good reason. As you're no doubt aware, even more vehicles are being connected not only through embedded modems but also with solutions utilizing the smartphone. Connectivity is being used for a variety of purposes, including autonomous drive units, making it critical to future advances.

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How FordPass Is Helping To Push OEMs Beyond The Basics

February 9, 2016

Ford has been making a number of bold moves lately, including some that have taken a lot of people by surprise. One of the more unforeseen developments with the OEM is the announcement of FordPass. The bold new plan marks the beginning of a big transformation for the company that could have big implications for the industry. FordPass is blazing a trail for other automakers to push past the identity of only making cars.

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