Tech for the Masses Keeps Hyundai an Inclusive Brand – TU Automotive Detroit 2015

June 5th, 2015 at 9:00am

Michael Dietz is the Senior Group Manager of Connected Car and Owner Marketing for Hyundai Motor America. He talks with John McElroy about Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics services and how its strategy of offering technology for the masses maintains its “inclusive brand” image.

Nissan Connect Services Brings the Human Touch – TU Automotive Detroit 2015

June 3rd, 2015 at 4:09pm

Daniel Teeter is the Director of Vehicle Connected Services for Nissan NA. He talks with John McElroy about its new Nissan Connect Services, which launches in Maxima models today. Teeter explains what the expanded connectivity will offer drivers including the ability to reach a “real live” person. We also find out just how much it will all cost.

Toyota: Self-Driving Cars Will Change the Way We Live – TU Automotive Detroit 2015

June 3rd, 2015 at 3:06pm

Ken Laberteaux is a Senior Principal Scientist for Toyota Research Institute North America. He talks with John McElroy about how the advent of self-driving cars will change the way we live from urban sprawl to cheaper mortgages.

Auto Tune: “Bumming Around” by Dean Martin

June 3rd, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

Dean-Martin-Im-the-one-who-loves-youIn the mid to late ‘60s it was hard to find anyone cooler than Dean Martin. Not only did he have a top-rated variety show, but he was the anti-James Bond playing the tongue-in-cheek secret agent Matt Helm as well as a recording powerhouse for his buddy Frank Sinatra’s label Reprise. It’s the latter that leads us to this week’s Auto Tune.

Because he was so popular, Dean was putting albums out two, sometimes three, per year. Buoyed by young producer Jimmy Bowen who always managed to find the right mix of songs for Dean’s Reprise releases, the team gave us “Remember Me” (I’m The One Who Loves You) in 1965. The last track on the album is a little chestnut written by Peter Graves (no, not Peter Graves the actor) and produced by Bob Gaudio (yes that Bob Gaudio from the Four Seasons).

The song was called “Bumming Around” and it featured Dean, doing his best hobo imitation for about 2:43. He had his “old slouch hat” and his ”roll on his shoulder” as he toured around town without a care in the world. The song doesn’t translate well to 2015 but just to hear Dean pretend to play a down on his luck laborer just hanging out in all the right spots shows how different today’s music is from just 50 years ago. But in spite of the generational differences this a great Auto Tune from one of the coolest cats to nudge up to a microphone ever.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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Jaguar Land Rover on Using Touch Screens Smartly – TU Automotive Detroit 2015

June 3rd, 2015 at 2:13pm

Tim Philippo is the Cross Car Line Product Manager for Jaguar Land Rover North America. He talks with John McElroy about Jaguar’s philosophy on touch screens. Should they be mounted portrait style as in the Tesla Model S? What functions are appropriate for touch screens and which should rely on physical knobs?

Coming Soon: Autoline on the Road from TU Automotive Detroit

June 2nd, 2015 at 3:00pm


Join John McElroy as he visits TU Automotive Detroit 2015! Autoline is bringing you ongoing coverage of the latest in telematics discussion and technology.

Keep checking as we post the latest automaker interviews, hot off the show floor. Personalities already scheduled to appear:

Tim Philippo with JLR
Ken Laberteaux with Toyota
Dan Tetter with Nissan
Michael Deitz with Hyundai
Dan Kinney with GM/OnStar
Klas Bendrik with Volvo

Ongoing TU Automotive Detroit Coverage
June 3rd, 2015