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Volvo, Google Working On Android Infotainment System



Volvo Infotainment System

Android Auto connectivity, along with Apple CarPlay, has already become a staple in the auto industry. Volvo is now taking the technology a step further, having entered into a partnership with Google to develop the next generation of its infotainment system.

Slated to launch by 2019, Volvo’s new infotainment system will use an Android operating system and will supposedly revolutionize how Volvo owners interact with their cars.

A large catalog of popular Android apps from Google, Volvo, and third party app developers will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car.

Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group, stated:

“We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective.”

Another initiative has Volvo and Google working together to update recent Volvo models with the addition of Google Local Search, a location based service application. The feature will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation.

Do you have any advice for Volvo and Google?


Stand Out From The Crowd With Tekmetric Auto Repair Software



Tekmetrics Auto Shop Software

Despite what you might think, anyone can start a business, but it can be difficult to stay in business because customers have got an avalanche of choices when deciding where to spend their hard earned money. For those that own an auto shop or want to start one, the question then becomes: “How can I make my business stand out from the crowd so that customers will choose to spend their cash with us, instead of the competitor down the road?”

The answer to that question is broad, but one way is to invest in cutting edge technology such as the Tekmetric auto repair software to streamline your business processes. Here are some other great suggestions on how you can make your auto shop stand out from the crowd.

Cater To Individual Needs Of Your Customers

Mary Jane might like to come in every couple of months and get her tires changed, and Thomas might like to have his windscreen wipers changed every 6 months. The point is that each of your customers has their own individual needs, and they expect them to be met when they walk into a store, be it yours or the mechanic down the road’s.

Get to know your customers and pay attention to their purchases. Tekmetric auto repair software, you can set up individual profiles that enable you to input information about each customer.

Be Outstanding

If this means sending your workers on a course to gain additional skills, then so be it. Excellence should not be compromised, and your customers will pay attention when what you do is noticeably better than what’s being done at other auto shops they have visited. Tekmetric can provide you with the necessary tools needed to assist you in making sure that everything your shop does is outstanding.

Be Authentic, Bold And Different

Do what very few are doing in the auto industry. which is to go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that your customers feel that they are highly-valued. Unfortunately, this appears to be a thing of the past for a lot of auto shops. You rarely hear a good word about a garage these days — it’s always a complaint about how they were ripped off by an unscrupulous store owner.

Return to simple values such as handshakes and face to face marketing, combined with modern day technology such as Tekmetric, to stay ahead and establish yourself as an authority within your industry.

Time Is Money, Act Fast!

Tekmetric wants your business to suceed, to grow, expand and become an industry leader. The company is so confident in the effectiveness of their that they are giving it away FREE OF CHARGE for the entire 2018! Get in touch with them as soon as possible to get your shop on the right track.

The sooner you start, the better it is for your customers and bottom line.

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Having Fun Driving Reduces Distracted Driving? Mazda Thinks So



2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Clubsport

With distracted driving now reaching epidemic levels, would people be less inclined to be distracted if they drove something more than just an appliance on wheels — something more fun and exciting? Mazda for one seems to think so.

The Japanese automaker plans to counter the wave of automotive technology that’s seemingly making drivers less engaged with a novel new system that monitors the level of driving engagement and rewards you for it.

Mazda on Jan 2, 2018, showing an in-car system that monitors the driver’s engagement with the act of driving, measuring such things as how much they are looking away from the road, fiddling with accessories, and delays in pedal switching. There is nothing new about senors in a car, but the way the company is using them is truly innovative.

Cars equipped with the system will not only log the driver’s engagement level, but also the road’s characteristics, guiding them to roads that have more engaging features.

Is there a better win-win situation than increasing road safety while subtilely coaxing drivers to enjoy their cars more? Let’s hope the system works as intended and sells many cars for Mazda.

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Honda Working On Electric Cars That Can Recharge In 15 Minutes



Honda Urban EV Concept

Other than revealing two retro styled concepts, one of which will enter production,
Honda has been pretty quiet about its future electric car plans. However, a new report claims the company is working on a new lineup of electric vehicles that will only require 15 minutes to recharge.

Most of today’s electric cars, be it a Chevrolet or a Tesla, take nearly twice as long to recharge using a DC Fast Charger.

According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Honda’s electric cars, which are expected to have a driving range of up to 150 miles (241 km), will have significantly reduced charging times thanks to a new high capacity battery that is being developed entirely in-house.

Even though fast charging times will definitely enhance the appeal of any electric car, the biggest hurdle is the inability of existing charging networks to provide such charging speeds. Fortunately, government officials in Europe, the United States, and Asia are working with the private sector to build thousands of high-capacity chargers before the next wave of electric cars hits the market, with Europe in particular expected to have 350 kW charging stations up and running by 2020.

Do you find an electric car that has a driving range of 150 miles and can recharge in 15 minutes competitive?

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