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Ford Drops Microsoft, Will Build Next Infotainment Systems Using Blackberry. Wait, What?
Ford Drops Microsoft, Will Build Next Infotainment Systems Using Blackberry. Wait, What?

If you love your Ford but hate Ford Sync, listen up: according to Detroit News, Ford may soon ditch the Microsoft platform that underlies Sync and migrate to a new, more stable system. SYNC: THEN AND NOW When Microsoft first partnered with Ford to build infotainment systems for cars, Bill Gates was...Read More»

Handicapped parking sign (photo by Ane Cecilie Blicfheldt/norden.org)
Finally: An App To Report Drivers Illegally Parked In Handicapped Spots

We are not what you'd call a bunch of goodie-goodies. We have prank-ordered pizzas for people we don't like. We have toilet-papered the yards of our friends and neighbors. We may have even consumed beer, then liquor, which as you can imagine, left us sicker. But few things make us quite as angry as...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»

Cellcontrol
Cellcontrol: A Smarter Solution For Distracted Drivers

We've seen a lot of tools meant to curb distracted driving, but they've all had their share of flaws. A new system called Cellcontrol looks better than most -- in part because of its unique, clever design. Like DriveSafe.ly, PhoneGuard, and SafeCell, Cellcontrol relies an app, which works on most...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»

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»

Detroit's Cobo Hall
Just Launched: Snazzy Mobile Site For 2011 Detroit Auto Show

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner, and this time around, event organizers have made it even easier for attendees to keep up on the action. Gone are the days of schlepping around guides and maps; for owners of smartphones and tablets, Detroit has launched a mobile site that...Read More»

Screencap from DriveSafe.ly
DriveSafe.ly Is A Top Five App, But Could Sharia Law Kill It?

One of the web's biggest tech and social media blogs has just announced its five finalists for Best Mobile App of the Year, and we're happy to report that one of the five is meant to minimize distracted driving. The blog in question? Mashable, and the app is DriveSafe.ly. Like PhoneGuard and...Read More»

Waze.com website
Waze Whizzes To 2,000,000 Users: Is This The Future Of Social?

Regular readers of SocialCarNews are probably familiar with Waze -- a free app that, among other things, works like a crowdsourced satnav, offering traffic info via updates from other Waze users. Over its nearly two-year history, Waze has developed a small but dedicated following of users on...Read More»

PhoneGuard app
Video: PhoneGuard App Is Expensive, Intrusive, And Possibly, A Very Hot Commodity

A couple of weeks ago, SocialCarNews told you about a new app called SafeCell. Using the accelerometer features available on most smartphones, SafeCell automatically disables phone calls, texts, and web access when it detects the phone (and thus, the driver who owns it) traveling faster than ten...Read More»

Screencap of Toyota's Shopping Tool App
Toyota's Updated App Simplifies Shopping

As we learned last week, car shopping isn't always fun -- but thanks to a slew of web-enabled devices, it's easier than it once was. If you own a smartphone or a tablet computer, you can cruise the lots and school yourself all at the same time. Now, Toyota's updated Shopping Tool App aims to make...Read More»

Lexus Enform iPhone App
Lexus Launches Enform iPhone App -- Blackberry And Android Not Left In The Cold

Lexus was no where near the first to the telematics game. But just as with its cars, it is in the pursuit of perfection for its Enform telematics service. Today Lexus announced a new iPhone app that helps users get the most out of Enform. Many competing companies have telematics offerings in...Read More»

Weeels app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm
Weeels App Arranges Backseat Hookups Between Total Strangers

Over the past couple of years, we've seen a number of apps aimed at commuters and ride-sharers -- apps like Zimride, Car2gether, and the simple, straightforward Taxi. Now, another has joined the fray: the Weeels app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Palm. What separates Weeels from its...Read More»

Leah Watkins-Hall
Getting Social With Jaguar Land Rover's Leah Watkins-Hall

A couple of weeks ago, we kicked off a new feature called "Getting Social", where big guns in the auto industry share their thoughts about what's next in marketing, communications, and social media. Today, we interview Leah Watkins-Hall, Manager of Corporate Brand & Interactive Communications...Read More»

Trapster screencap
Barely Legal: Trapster's New Features Make Vacations A Breeze & Help You Skirt The Fuzz

We've given a fair amount of coverage to the Trapster app -- and for good reason. At heart, it's a crowdsourced radar detector, which has enraged law enforcement officials and simultaneously made it a fave of drivers who chafe at the thought of going 20 in a school zone. But recent updates to...Read More»

Waze.com website
Video: Waze App For Mobile Phones Crowdsources Your Commute

How should you get to work today? Let us count the ways -- via the Waze app for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and (now in beta) Blackberry. Waze is one in an increasingly crowded field of traffic applications for mobile devices. The service gives drivers advice on which routes are congested...Read More»

Google Maps Navigation app for Android 2.0 phones
Yes, You Can Still Sue To Make Money Off Your Sheer Stupidity

Ah, America: land of the free, home of the brave, and one of the few places you can sue someone over the results of an act that might be viewed anywhere else as sheer, utter stupidity. Take, for instance, one Lauren Rosenberg of Park City, Utah. Fortune reports that she used Google Maps on her...Read More»

SIRIUS XM on Android
Sirius XM: Now Available On Android Handsets

Owners of Blackberries, iPhones, and iPods have been enjoying Sirius XM through their handheld devices since last year, and now, the popular music/talk/news radio service is expanding its reach with a new app for Android. The app is free, and if you're already a Sirius XM subscriber, there's no...Read More»

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