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Illinois Gets $3.5 Million Windfall From Late License Plate Renewals

In October 2015, during a budget crisis, the State of Illinois suspended mailings of license-plate-renewal reminders in order to save money on postage.  One unanticipated benefit for the state’s coffers (and detriment to residents’ wallets): Illinois has banked $6.5 million in late fees so far, a $3.5 million increase from the previous year. Get more from the Rock River Times http://rockrivertimes.com/2016/05/09/state-gets-3-5m-windfall-from-late-vehicle-registration-fees/

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A Comprehensive Guide to Automating Vehicle-Related Transactions

After 20 years, you are finally donating your Ford Taurus to your favorite charity and are ready to buy a new connected car that will transport you into the 21st century. Years after buying it at the auto dealership, and wondering if the optional cruise control was worth it, you’re finally stepping up to a truly intelligent car. But what a ride it’s been, with the countless memories, vehicle-related transactions – and hassles. Like a living creature, an automobile has a long and complicated life-cycle that makes automobile ownership or leasing a big responsibility. Over the years, you’ve had countless oil changes, continuously paid insurance premiums, and had to renew your registration regularly.

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Join Us on Our Journey to a Vehicle-to-Government (V2Gov) Future

A smartphone on wheels. And more. That’s how innovators in the automotive and auto tech industries are envisioning cars of the future. Imagine an intelligent, connected vehicle that communicates with your home heater on a cold, snowy day to ensure the interior is toasty when you walk through the door. A car that preheats your oven so you can start dinner upon arrival.

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AT&T Offers New Unlimited Data Plan for Connected Cars

AT&T has 8 million connected vehicles on its U.S. network, and has partnerships with 19 different automakers to install connectivity.  So how is the company offering data plans for connected cars – and how are its customers responding? Business Insider has the details: http://www.businessinsider.com/att-offering-unlimited-data-plans-for-connected-cars-2016-5.

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Autonomous Vehicles Will Have Huge Impact on Global Economy

Morgan Stanley analysts say the economic impacts that autonomous vehicles are about to deliver – both on the U.S. and global economies – will be enormous.  The firm projects a staggering $1.3 trillion in annual savings for the U.S. economy, and $5.6 trillion in annual savings for the global economy, once autonomous vehicles fully penetrate these markets. Here’s Morgan Stanley’s detailed analysis: http://orfe.princeton.edu/~alaink/SmartDrivingCars/PDFs/Nov2013MORGAN-STANLEY-BLUE-PAPER-AUTONOMOUS-CARS%EF%BC%9A-SELF-DRIVING-THE-NEW-AUTO-INDUSTRY-PARADIGM.pdf.

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What Forces Are Accelerating and Decelerating Connected Car Realities?

Technological innovation, consumer enthusiasm, data and information security risks, government and legal regulations and more – what are the forces driving (and slowing) adoption of connected cars?  Tech Target takes a detailed look: http://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/blog/IoT-Agenda/Driving-forces-accelerating-and-decelerating-connected-car-security.

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Intel Bets Big on IoT and Connected Cars

After being a late entrant into the smartphone market, tech giant Intel is determined to be an early entrant into the IoT (Internet of Things) market. With 20 million connected cars expected to hit U.S. roads by 2020, Intel sees a huge opportunity for growth across the semiconductor industry. Through innovation and acquisition strategies, here’s how Intel is trying to take advantage: http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2016/05/31/intels-push-in-autonomous-cars-to-expand-its-iot-opportunities/#249e6c086ce3.

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Is a Unified Privacy Framework Coming to Connected Cars?

Multinational connected car automakers face an astonishing legal and regulatory maze, which, for better or worse, often slows innovation. Adopting unified, self-regulatory standards – protecting data privacy, while powering connected cars and autonomous vehicle communications – may be the fastest way to get connected cars on the road, globally. Bloomberg BNA spoke to several automotive executives to find out why: http://www.bna.com/unified-connected-cars-n57982072473/

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