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Gadgets: Navdy Heads-Up Display Offers A Glimpse Of Driving In The Future
Gadgets: Navdy Heads-Up Display Offers A Glimpse Of Driving In The Future

Think back a few years to 2011 and the release of Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. Remember the stunning heads-up display shown on the amazing BMW i8? Well, you can't have it -- at least, not yet -- but several manufacturers are working hard to improve the humdrum HUDs that many of us rely on...Read More»

Evacuation
Six Car Tips To Help You Wade Through Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is poised to make landfall on the Eastern seaboard, then cruise up the coast, impacting up to 50 million drivers in cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston. Are you prepared? While hurricanes can be brutal and devastating, they offer at least two upsides that many other natural...Read More»

Mitsubishi 'i' Emergency Power Supply
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Becomes A Tool For Surviving Disaster

There's nothing like a brief power outage to make us realize how thoroughly dependent we are on electricity. The fact is made even more obvious during a natural disaster, when power supplies can be cut off for days or weeks, but a new add-on for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle aims to soften...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»

Ford SYNC
Ford SYNC Hits The 3 Million Mark

Ford SYNC hit an important milestone this week: the popular telematics and infotainment system has now been installed in 3,000,000 Ford vehicles. Though impressive, that figure shouldn't be too surprising. Consumers and critics alike have been impressed with SYNC since its debut in 2007. Over time...Read More»

TomTom 1.6 for iPhone
TomTom Adds Crowdsourced Maps -- But Is It Too Little, Too Late?

July 11, 2008 is a date that will live in infamy for many manufacturers. That's the day that Apple launched its acclaimed App Store, and with it, a slew of mobile applications chock-full of productivity, entertainment, and social networking features. Since then, the market for apps has exploded...Read More»

Progressive Snapshot device
Progressive's 'Snapshot' Program Tracks Your Driving To Lower Your Rate (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below* Are you a safe driver? Are you sure about that -- sure enough to let your insurance company monitor your driving habits? What if the company offered you the chance to lower your premium by 25%? Progressive Insurance hopes that some of its customers will be brave enough to give...Read More»

Flash Rods Delorean Time Machine 500gb hard drive
High Gear Media's 2010 Holiday Gift List

Time really flies, huh? It seems like just yesterday we were complaining about the recession and lazy politicians and now...well, nevermind. The point is, we've reached another holiday season, and thus, another holiday gift list. To help you with your year-end gift-giving, we've divided our list...Read More»

Cadillac WiFi demonstrated in a CTS sedan
Europe Vs. America: Which Will Win The Battle For In-Car Wifi?

In the 1967 film The Graduate, Mr. McGuire pulls young Benjamin Braddock aside and offers him one word of advice about the future: "Plastics". In the upcoming remake (starring Jennifer Aniston as hot-to-trot housewife Mrs. Robinson), "plastics" could just as easily be replaced with "mobile wifi"...Read More»

Screencap from Toyota 'Ideas for Good' video
Video: Win A Toyota And Improve The World With Your Own 'Ideas For Good'

Earlier this year, Ford Motor Company launched a new website that encouraged everyday folks to submit their ideas for improving Ford vehicles. In May, Volkswagen unveiled a simliar site, with the intention of gathering ideas for VW's new infotainment system. Now, Toyota has hopped on the...Read More»

Screencap from Mavizon website
Mavizon Taps The Power Of Your Smartphone To Make A Smart Car

Several months ago, we talked about the Chevy Volt app, which allows Volt owners to unlock their vehicle, check battery levels, and more, all from their smartphones. Then, GM rolled out something similar to OnStar subscribers. That technology is pretty cool, but obviously it's restricted to...Read More»

BMW iPad dock (Paris 2010 preview via AutoSpies)
BMW Shows First Glimpse Of iPad Cradle In Advance Of Paris Auto Show

Design is a funny thing. Really good design requires an obsessive attention to detail -- the kind that can reduce a person to tears when the 15-degree slant of a blueprint is rendered at 16 degrees in the mockup. Good designers often live in Crazytown. Bad design can be obsessive, too, but more...Read More»

Screencap from GM's holiday OnStar promotion
Rumor: GM Will Offer Some OnStar Services For Free To Take On Ford Sync

OnStar is the 800-pound gorilla of telematics systems: it came out early, and it came out swinging. OnStar is now available on 40+ vehicles across GM's wide-ranging lineup, meaning that customers in every income bracket have access to OnStar services (and its $199 - $299 annual subscription fee)...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz's Mbrace for the iPhone
Mercedes-Benz's New Mbrace System Offers Primo Concierge And Roadside Services

Pretend you're on a road trip. You've taken the family shopping, maybe indulged the younger ones (or your spouse) with a few hours of miniature golf, and now, you're ready for some You Time. Sushi and a day spa sound great, but you're on unfamiliar turf: to whom should you turn for advice? If...Read More»

Garminfone from T-Mobile
Garmin Recalls 1.3 Million GPS Units, Pushes Further Into Smartphone Market

If you're a Garmin fan, the company has good news and bad news. On the bad front, the company has recalled 1.3 million of its popular GPS units because they constitute a potential fire hazard. Technically, the devices themselves aren't at fault, just the batteries from an unnamed third-party...Read More»

Speck Toughskin for TomTom
Need A Mechanic Now? TomTom And Localeze Team Up To Offer More Options

One of the biggest guns in satnav has just inked a deal with one of the largest repositories of local listings to make your life behind the wheel a little bit easier. TomTom and Localeze announced the arrangement yesterday, and the combined service is expected to launch in 2011. By now, everyone...Read More»

smart drive kit for iPhone
Smartphones Are The New Pot

If you drive a car, chances are good that you own a smartphone, so we feel it's only fair to warn you that you're messing with fire. J.D. Power recently conducted its 2010 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study, and the results are clear: smartphones are a technological gateway drug, leading...Read More»

Subaru badges from BadgeOfOwnership.com
Subaru Brings Badges To The Bumper

Social media has changed the way we talk -- or at least what we mean when we talk. "Checking in" used to mean getting a key at the hotel desk, "sharing" was done over coffee, and giving a "status update" was reserved for astronauts and combat personnel. Thanks to Facebook, Google, and a host of...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle information iPhone app
Video: New iPhone App Has Chrysler Feeling Social

Yesterday saw the launch of two auto-related iPhone apps -- one from Daimler, the other from Chrysler. And if you think you know which was more impressive, you might be in for a surprise. Daimler's app was designed specifically for owners of the new Smart EV, though anyone can download it if they...Read More»

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