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Auto Dependability Increasingly Defined By Tech Woes, Not Breakdowns
Auto Dependability Increasingly Defined By Tech Woes, Not Breakdowns

Which is more disabling: A component failure that makes you late to work one morning, or a connectivity system that fails, almost every single day, to connect to your smartphone? While in-car tech features were not all that long ago considered separate from dependability, consumers are increasingly...Read More»

Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi
Delphi Lets Nearly Anyone Control Their Car Via Smartphone

Smartphones have become our cameras, our radios, and our wallets, and they'll continue to become more central in our lives -- at least until they're integrated into eyeglasses or contacts or some kind of high-tech implant. If you've been paying attention to auto news, you also know that phones are...Read More»

Pandora audio streaming  -  in 2012 Hyundai Veloster
2012 Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: Pandora Audio Streaming

Over the time we've had our High Gear Media long-term Hyundai Veloster test car, we've enjoyed a whole suite of entertainment services that aren't typically wrapped into a vehicle that has a bottom-line sticker of just $22,645. One of them is the capability to stream Pandora Internet Radio from an...Read More»

Volvo animal detection safety development
Poll: Shoppers Still More Willing To Pay For Convenience Than Safety

American car shoppers are considering safety in a way they never did just a decade or two ago. Thanks to rigorous testing programs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the federal government, it's now much easier to separate the safest vehicles from the rest. But when it comes...Read More»

2011 Scion xB
All 2012 Scion Models To Get Bluetooth, HD Radio

Scion has the youngest buyer demographics of any brand. And for those younger drivers, the lack of Bluetooth in a new car is increasingly becoming a deal-breaker. So it certainly makes sense that Scion is stepping up to the plate. According to Scion officials, all 2012 models—including the...Read More»

Ford Capacitive Touch Center Stack
What Next-Gen Technology Do You Want In Your Next Car? #YouTellUs

It's no secret that in-car technology is taking over the driving experience. While the poster child for new car technology is currently Ford's MyFord Touch, it will soon be eclipsed by technology that push the boundaries even further. Lexus engineers are using advanced simulators to monitor...Read More»

Texting while driving
States Toughen Hands-Free Laws, Close Enforcement Loopholes

Don't take talking and texting rules too lightly. As data continues to stream in about the dangers of hand-held cellphone distraction, state legislators—and highway patrols—are getting tough. The first round of cellphone-related distraction laws were, in some states, vague and poorly...Read More»

Cell Phone Safety
Yet Another Reason To Go Hands-Free In The Car: The Big C?

You've probably heard that using a handheld cellphone while driving increases your chances of being in (or causing) an accident—by some calculations four-fold. And you probably know that in many states, driving while talking this way (or texting) is illegal. But what you might not be aware of...Read More»

2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink
Researchers: Hackers Could Break Into Vehicles From A Distance

If you drive a new or nearly new car, you could be packing just as much computing power in your vehicle as you have on your desk or in your briefcase. Plus, vehicles are more connected than ever before. And that connectivity, while it can make our vehicles better and our experience more convenient...Read More»

Mercedes and Pandora
Mercedes Benz Jumps Into The Streaming Age With Pandora and Bluetooth Streaming Audio

I have witnessed the migration of AM/FM radio to XM satellite radio, and XM satellite radio to iPods and iPhones. Now I sit and watch, as Pandora streaming radio moves in to change how we listen to music in the car, yet again. Mercedes has announced that passengers in some of their cars will be...Read More»

bmw voice command 2009 011
Why Don't In-Car Voice Controls Work Better?

If you have one of the newer smartphones, like an iPhone or anything running Android, chances are you have an app (or several) that takes advantage of voice-recognition capabilities. These new apps, for the most part, are amazingly good, getting quite accurate results even when whispering, or...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima EX
2011 Kia Optima: UVO Allows Hands-Free Calling, Audio Features

In the 2011 Kia Optima, Bluetooth connectivity and USB device connectivity come standard—even on the base LX model. But if you step up to Kia's new UVO (short for YourVoice) connectivity system, you'll get a fully capable voice-control system that rivals the best systems on the market and is...Read More»

Scosche MotorMouth II Bluetooth adapter
Could Connectivity And Smartphones Open Your Car Up To Hackers?

Is it time for firewalls and malware protection for your car? Almost, but not quite yet, say experts, in a top-notch report from CNET. Earlier this year we reported on research from the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, that showed how researchers were able to...Read More»

Scosche MotorMouth II Bluetooth adapter
Need To Talk Hands-Free? Here’s One Budget Bluetooth Solution

It’s a bit of a Catch-22: You’re not allowed to talk on a hand-held cellphone in at least nine states—and likely more by the time you part with your current vehicle—yet Bluetooth hands-free systems still don’t come standard on most vehicles. To compound the matter, when Bluetooth systems...Read More»

Ford Syncs Google Maps Destinations For Free Through The Cloud
Cloud Commuting: Google Maps Will Be A Key Feature On Ford, GM, Audi Rides

We've talked a lot about Google Maps and how it can make drivers' lives easier. We're happy to report that several major automakers have fully embraced Google's free service and are working hard to integrate its unique features into their vehicles' existing telematics systems. Ford is a great...Read More»

Ford SYNC AppLink system
Ford Sync Gets Voice-Activated Horoscopes, Stock Quotes

Stuck at a standstill in traffic and wondering if you have options? Or wondering if tomorrow's the right time for a blind date? Through the new voice-activated Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) application that Ford offers in 2010- and 2011-model-year vehicles, both are now possible...Read More»

Apple iPhone
Better In-Car Integration Coming To The iPhone With OS 4.0?

It's been a glaring omission with the iPhone from the start: Users of the much-loved Apple device have no way of tapping into its full potential while in the car and behind the wheel—except by picking it up and operating it by hand, which is now, in most places, illegal. Yet the temptation...Read More»

Ford Sync - in Navigator
Ford Recognizes Two Million Installations Of Sync

Just ten months after Ford had reached one million installations of its Sync connectivity interface, it’s already at the two-million mark, which puts it way ahead of any other automaker for factory-installed Bluetooth and hands-free devices. Ford has found that, at auction, two-year-old used...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Bluetooth Blues: Why Won't Your Phone And Car Play Nice?

If you upgrade to one of today's most popular high-end smartphones—like the iPhone or a Blackberry—from a standard flip-phone, you might be surprised to find that you can no longer take advantage of some of the features in today's most technologically advanced vehicles. Even in Ford's...Read More»

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