This week’s most impactful OEM headlines, including:

  1. Carmakers’ Rush to Put Latest Tech in Lower-Priced Models Carmakers like Mercedes are rushing to put the latest tech in lower-priced models. The New York times says the latest example of this would be the new E-Class from Mercedes Benz. The mid-side sedan comes with better computer chips, cameras, software and sensors than those in the larger and more expensive s-class. Head of Mercedes, Dieter Zetsche says the speed of innovation is so fast that you have to use every launch of a new model to roll stuff out.
  2. Feds and 18 car companies team up to create new auto safety standards The L.A. Times Reports that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has teamed up with 18 car manufacturing companies to announce new auto safety guidelines. The focus would be on the importance of building safety systems that eliminate or reduce the instances of human error.
  3. Toyota Partnership Could Give Connected Drivers All the Bandwidth They Can UseToyota’s partnership with Kymeta Corp could give connected drivers all the bandwidth they can use. The Detroit Bureau says the Washington state-based tech company is developing a new type of satellite antenna that could deliver massive amounts of data to moving vehicles.
  4. Obama administration ready to put $4B toward self-driving carsUSA Today says the Obama Administration has proposed a 10-year, $4 billion dollar push to spark the development of self-driving cars. Pilot projects would include a program to test self-driving cars by investing in technologically connected roads.

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