Cars have become rolling listening posts. They can track phone calls and texts, log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to - even tell you when you are breaking the law by exceeding the speed limit.
Automakers, local governments, retailers, insurers and tech companies are eager to leverage this information, especially as cars transform from computers on wheels into something more like self-driving shuttles. And they want to tap into even more data, including what your car's video cameras see as you travel down a street.
Who gets what information and for what purposes? Here is a primer.
A mild sales slowdown is expected to continue for July, as forecasters expect U.S. auto sales to fall below July 2016.
Through the first half, U.S. auto sales were down 2 percent from a year ago, to about 8.5 million, analysts said. That's not too bad, considering last year was an all-time sales record.
U.S. automakers have also shrugged off the decline in sales in part because most of the slowdown this year has been in less-profitable sales to fleet customers, including daily rent-a-car companies.
Proponents of self-driving cars say they'll make the world safer, but autonomous vehicles need to predict what bicyclists are going to do.
Now researchers say part of the answer is to have bikes feed information to cars. A few years ago on Google's campus, Nathaniel Fairfield arranged an unusual lunch break.
He asked a bunch of staff to hop on bikes and ride around and around a self-driving car to collect data. "It was kind of gorgeous," he says.
AFLA is excited to announce Women In Fleet Management (WIFM), will once again hold their annual session and reception at this year's Annual Corporate Fleet Conference (AFLA 2017), on Sunday, September 17th, at the M Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
Kathleen Nalty will be the keynote speaker at WIFM's session: 'Outsmart Your Unconscious Bias.' Despite our best intentions, research shows we all have it – unconscious, unintentional bias.
The air was electric in Fremont, California, where a lucky few gathered to witness a momentous moment.
Thirty employees rubbed their hands together in glee, awaiting their prize after months of waiting. Elsewhere around the world, the faithful - the 500,000-odd people who threw down a $1,000 reservation deposit months ago - refresh their email for notifications. Happy Model 3 Day, Tesla fans.
Everyone is excited for a reason.
If all company bosses were as articulate and provocative as Sergio Marchionne, business journalism would be a cinch. Jargon-laden and gnomic pronouncements aren't his style.
The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO served up his latest zinger on last week's earnings call:
"From a valuation standpoint ... I have never seen an industry which is as little loved as being an OEM today. For a period of time I thought that banking had reached the bottom but I think we have now surpassed them in terms of dislike."
Following mobile as the third screen, the car of the future is poised to become yet another screen where publishers and advertisers compete for attention.
A new report paints a picture of autonomous vehicles becoming a new frontier aggressively used by brands to build deeper digital relationships with customers.
The study by Forrester suggests that autonomous vehicles will reshape the global economy, dramatically impacting six industries: media, automotive, shipping and logistics, insurance, government and data security and privacy.
Autonomous cars will drive an advertising renaissance, according to the study. "Texting, setting the navigation and playing with the infotainment system all contribute to accidents," states the report. "But in a world where transport is autonomous, people will consider the physical act of driving the distraction."
Automakers each would be allowed to test up to 100,000 self-driving cars per year on U.S. roads, and states would be prevented from passing laws to prevent them from doing so under a bill advanced Thursday by a panel in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The measure, unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would allow the Secretary of Transportation to grant exemptions to federal motor vehicle rules that require cars to have human operators for 25,000 cars per automaker initially if automakers can prove they meet existing safety standards for traditional cars.
After a 12-month period, the number of exemptions per manufacturer would increase to 50,000, and it would go up to 100,000 in the third and fourth years.