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State Farm Launches OnStar Competitor: In-Drive [UPDATED]
State Farm Launches OnStar Competitor: In-Drive [UPDATED]

It's no secret that car shoppers are smitten with technology, and nothing is hotter right now than the mix of navigation and concierge services known generally as "telematics". GM has made a bundle with OnStar, and now State Farm has partnered with Hughes Telematics to grab its own slice of the pie...Read More»

TheCarConnection on Flipboard for iPad
Have an Apple iPad? Try TheCarConnection On Flipboard

Faithful Web readers of TheCarConnection have watched us grow from a niche site into one of the most respected auto news and reviews sites on the Web. And if you consume Web content voraciously, via RSS like we do, you know sometimes it can lack the warm and fuzzy feel of a good, old-fashioned...Read More»

2012 Porsche 911
2012 Porsche 911, Fiat, 2012 Honda CR-V, 2013 Infiniti JX: Car News Headlines

Mercedes-Benz will build the M-Class Coupe in Alabama. [TheCarConnection] The 2012 Porsche 911 has been caught on video with barely any disguise. [MotorAuthority] Infiniti has released another teaser image of the upcoming 2013 JX Concept. [FamilyCarGuide] Will the 2012 Honda CR-V be best-in-class?...Read More»

Backseat Driver app from ToyToyota
ToyToyota Lets Your Kids Be The Backseat Driver

No, we’re not kidding. Automaker Toyota has a new brand, ToyToyota, and with it a new game perfect for keeping the kids entertained in the back seat called…Backseat Driver. To be more precise, Backseat Driver is an app, the first product from ToyToyota, and its intended audience is the...Read More»

Weeels app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm
Lawmakers Aim To Limit Stalker Apps, GPS Data Mining

Could data from your cellphone be obtained to see how much you speed? Could your music-streaming app be tracking where you listen to Lady Gaga, or your navigation app be dropping breadcrumbs and marketing your trail to businesses? The answers might be a little surprising, as users of smartphones...Read More»

HazelMail
Memorial Day Apps, Audi A9 In The Works: Today's Car News

Small cars are getting better at crash safety, so says the IIHS. [TheCarConnection] A new Facebook page makes your Facebook page look totally acceptable. While you may be doing belly shots off a cougar, this group's suggesting that Saudi women be beaten for driving. [TheCarConnection] Whether it's...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevy Cruze, Jeep Wrangler, Lenny Kravitz: Car News for May 17, 2011

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is shopping its 38-mpg highway rating to the media today. Relax, Cruzey--you had us at "active aero." [GreenCarReports] You might think it's charming in a Ferris Bueller way, but the way this 22-year-old clocked out a Lamborghini Murcielago is no laughing matter. Well...Read More»

Gas pump
Murphy USA Offers Gas Discounts On Foursquare (But Customers Seem Confused)

Gas prices in the U.S. hit the $4 mark earlier this week, and Murphy USA is hoping to ease the burden on drivers by offering discounts on Foursquare. Judging from comments on Facebook and Twitter, though, we're not so sure that customers are pleased. The offer was announced yesterday on Murphy's...Read More»

Range Rover Evoque 'Pulse of the City' app
Video: OK Go Demos Art Project Using Range Rover Evoque 'Pulse Of The City' App

Last fall, Land Rover partnered with a wide range of celebs to flaunt its new Range Rover Evoque. Aiming squarely for the high-end hipster demographic, Land Rover tapped influencers around the globe for its campaign, from Posh Spice to Juliette Lewis. As part of the promotion, the automaker also...Read More»

TheCarConnection mobile app
TheCarConnection iPhone App Hits Version 2.0

If you are an avid SocialCarNews reader, then you no doubt do your research before buying a new car. If you aren't already using our sister site TheCarConnection, now's the time--now that there's an updated mobile version live on the Web. Late last night the Apple mothership approved version 2.0 of...Read More»

Google Maps for Android, 5.3
Google Maps Adds Location History Dashboard -- And A Special Feature Just For Stalkers

If you own an Android smartphone -- as an increasing number of you do -- you might've linked your Google Maps account to Google Latitude. Doing so allows data-hungry types to track their check-ins and travel history, and to see at a glance how much time they've spent at home, at work, and...Read More»

CPT002 concept phone from Aston Martin and Mobiado
For Better Or Worse, Aston Martin Develops Luxury Concept Phone

Aston Martin has been busy lately, showing off its new 2012 Virage and reminding us about the impending return of the Lagonda line at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, the company has scooted to another gathering in another Swiss city: the annual watch and jewelry show known as BaselWorld. There Aston...Read More»

Field sobriety test
Four Senators Push Takedown Of Apps That Show DUI Checkpoints, One Provider Complies

Four U.S. Senators have come out swinging against smartphone apps that reveal DUI checkpoints, allowing potentially intoxicated motorists to find alternate ways to the next whiskey bar. The Senators sent letters to Apple, Google, and Research In Motion asking the companies to remove offending apps...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 towing a trailer
Ford Truck App Offers Towing Tips For F-Series Owners

The first towing app for pickups is coming soon from Ford, but it's not the kind of app you're probably thinking of: it uses a built-in four-by-two inch screen to display information, checklists, and tips to help make towing easier. The app is exclusive to Ford F-Series trucks. Ford says more than...Read More»

Texting while driving
Fleet Solutions Targeting Distracted Driving On Company Time

With cellphone-related driving distraction rampant and many drivers officially on company time when they do it—and in some cases using a company phone and driving a company car—it makes sense that companies would be concerned. Reston, Virginia-based ZoomSafer, which secured $1.1 million...Read More»

GasBuddy
GasBuddy, GasBook, And Local Gas Prices: Save Money With Social

With unrest still bubbling in the oil-producing Middle East, it's time for a reminder on how to save money when filling up--on where and how to get the cheapest gas prices. These three iPhone apps let you report gas prices and share in the love from other drivers, so you'll spend less: GasBuddy...Read More»

2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
Yikes: Facebook, Twitter Come To The 2011 BMW 1-Series

Early last month, our colleagues at AllCarTech wrote about BMW's Future Lab and its ConnectedDrive telematics system (which reminds us a bit of GM's upgraded OnStar, with a bit of Pandora thrown in for fun). Now, the automaker has tweaked its Connected app for the iPhone to include social...Read More»

Waze updated to include road hazard voice alerts
Wary Of Winter Weather? Waze Adds Voice Alerts For Driving Hazards

We've spilled a good bit of ink on Waze, the smartphone app that makes commuting more comfortable (and occasionally, entertaining). Using elements like crowdsourced mapping and real-world prizes, Waze has built a following of more than 2,000,000 users, but the company isn't resting on its laurels...Read More»

AutoTones app
Want Your Car To Sound Like A SuperCar? There's An App For That

Ever wished your Chevrolet Cavalier sounded like a supercar? Of course you have, and now it can. Like everything else in the world, there's an app for that. Created by Black Frog Industries, the AutoTones app is an engine sound simulator for your iPhone. The app is easy enough to use: choose the...Read More»

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