Apps

Volkswagen Gets Serious About Smartphone Integration With The iBeetle
Volkswagen Gets Serious About Smartphone Integration With The iBeetle

Many of us have experienced bugs in our iPhones, but the new iBeetle from Volkswagen aims to turn the tables by putting the iPhone in a Bug. At this month's Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen will unveil the iBeetle, a special edition of the popular VW Beetle. The car's design will echo the...Read More»

Ford SYNC
Ford Launches Contest For Apps That Boost Fuel Economy

Ford marketing honcho Jim Farley recently gave the keynote address at the 2013 New York Auto Show. While speaking about changes in the auto industry caused by shifts in demographics (e.g. Millennials) and mindsets (e.g. connectivity), he also announced a new app contest. That contest -- dubbed the...Read More»

NHTSA's SaferCar app
NHTSA's SaferCar App Offers Details About Safety, Recalls, And More

Government agencies can do many things well, but their websites often come up short. Consider the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's site, which even we have trouble navigating -- and we use it on a near-daily basis. We don't blame NHTSA for the website's awkwardness: the agency has a...Read More»

Automatic app for iPhone
Automatic App Is A Coach, Mechanic, And First-Responder All In One

They say there's an app for everything, but it's more accurate to say that there are many apps for nearly everything. By which we mean that there are plenty of apps on the market, but most are very specialized. They're better at solving specific problems rather than a range of related issues. When...Read More»

Honda's app-based congestion minimization technology
Honda's New Smartphone App Could Ease Your Commute

Commuters: Honda feels your pain. Even better: Honda hopes to alleviate that pain with new software designed to reduce traffic congestion. What's interesting about this project is that Honda hasn't simply riffed on existing traffic management programs like those we've seen from Inrix and TomTom...Read More»

Breathometer
Would You Carry A Breathalyzer In Your Car? Will You Be Required To?

Drunk driving is a big problem in many parts of the world. In France, for example, it's the leading cause of traffic fatalities, accounting for about one-third of all roadway deaths. Accordingly, last year France passed a law requiring motorists to carry breathalyzers in their cars. That law went...Read More»

GEICO mascot Maxwell the Pig
GEICO Accused Of Promoting Interspecies Love In Ad For Roadside Assistance App

Many people confuse fiction with reality. Soap opera stars, for example, complain about being harassed at grocery stores for things their characters have done, as if viewers can't distinguish between an evil stepmother on daytime television and a woman squeezing grapefruit in the produce aisle...Read More»

Canary app for Android and iOS
Canary App Pecks Away At Distracted Driving

Texting and driving is a terrible habit. In fact, drivers distracted by texts and phone calls account for an increasingly large proportion of deaths on America's roads. Countless studies have shown that the problem of distracted driving is worst among teens and young adults. Many parents have had...Read More»

Inrix Park may soon make life for urban-dwellers easier
Traffic Service INRIX Can Help You Find A Parking Spot, Too

The way drivers travel from Point A to Point B has changed a lot in the past decade. That's largely thanks to satellite navigation systems, found our cars' dashboards and on our smartphones. But despite many, many details those gadgets provide about construction, accidents, checkpoints, and other...Read More»

Parkmobile
Parkmobile & Allstate Join Forces To Simplify Car Ownership

If you spend time navigating city traffic, you may have already experienced the Parkmobile app, which lets you pay for parking via your smartphone. This week, the company announced a new partnership with Allstate, offering roadside assistance -- and soon, the ability to pay for it -- right from...Read More»

BringGo app, in 2013 Chevrolet Spark
2013 Chevrolet Spark: Is A Smartphone App The Future Of Navigation?

The new 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar is already one of the lowest-priced models for sale in the U.S. market; and late this year it's going to delight a lot of no-frills shoppers—in being the lowest-priced new car to offer a fully functioning in-dash touch-screen navigation system. In the...Read More»

Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3
5 Must-Have Travel Apps For iPhone & Android Fans

Yesterday, our colleagues at Total Car Score offered their take on the best iPhone 5 apps for drivers. We agree with many of their picks, but we also know that a growing number of our friends own Android phones, which can't use software like Apple Maps. Naturally, we began to wonder: what must-have...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) spy shots
Corvette Spy Shots, iPhone 5 Fights Distraction, Front-Drive BMW: Today's Car News

Today at The Car Connection, we show you spy photos of the upcoming 2014 C7 Corvette, tell you how the new iPhone will work to combat distracted driving and spill the beans on a new front-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid concept from BMW. The weekend is nearly here, so be sure to stock up on car news, as...Read More»

Tina Fey and Steve Carell for the movie Date Night
Dates.fm App For Ford SYNC Helps Plan Epic Date Nights

Today, most of the tech world's attention is focused on Apple and the likely debut of the iPhone 5 (and maybe the iPad Mini). But there's another tech story on the West Coast that could have a direct effect on your love life -- especially if you drive a Ford. In San Francisco, the gadget blog...Read More»

2013 Dodge SRT Viper
SRT Viper Priced, City Workers Dodge Tickets, Chevy Volt Math: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you pricing information for the new SRT Viper models, tell you which city’s employees seem immune from red-light camera tickets and let Bob Lutz explain why the math is all wrong regarding losses on each Chevy Volt sold. It’s Tuesday, so that means...Read More»

OneProtect distracted driving app
OneProtect Improves On The Distracted-Driving App

Nearly every week, we see the debut of a new app that half-heartedly promises to end distracted driving once and for all. This time around, however, the app du jour does something a little different, which makes it -- if not perfect -- at least a bit better than its predecessors. Anti-texting...Read More»

Avego ride-sharing app
Ride-Sharing Apps Take Off

From urban dwellers to long-distance commuters, more and more Americans are opting to leave the driving to others – and taking advantage of the growing number of ride-sharing apps available today. The potential audience is huge. Census survey data shows the percentage of people car-pooling...Read More»

DriveScribe, a digital driving coach
DriveScribe App Coaches Teen Drivers & Offers Big Rewards

If you're a parent, you know that having a teenage driver in the house can keep you up at night. You wish you could be with your kids all the time to make sure their inexperience doesn't have fatal consequences. Of course, that's completely impractical -- not to mention unhealthy. At some point...Read More»

Anti-distracted-driving tech from Rutgers University & Stevens Institute of Technology
New App Takes Clever Approach To Curb Distracted Driving

We all know that using a cell phone behind the wheel is a bad idea. Texting is the worst offense, but even gabbing on a hands-free headset isn't perfect. We've seen an array of apps to combat the problem of distracted driving, most of which rely on a phone's built-in accelerometer to determine when...Read More»

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