Anyone who has been around technology for any length of time can point to at least one instance of the tech industry rushing headlong into product development without paying attention to factors that might restrain that momentum. In my last posting, I talked about the dangers of in-car cellular technologies and the problems they will pose for insurers.

Hot on the tail of that story comes another about 11 companies in the consumer electronics and automotive industries banding together to form a consortium to develop smartphone-to-vehicle connectivity standards, including a standard enabling control of smartphone functions from a vehicle's controls. According to the story in TWICE: This Week in Consumer Electronics, The Car Connectivity Consortium includes vehicle manufacturers Daimler, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Co., Toyota and Volkswagen; automotive-system suppliers Alpine and Panasonic; and consumer electronics suppliers LG Electronics, Nokia and Samsung.

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