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Audi And Google Take Top Tech Honors (It's More Exciting Than It Sounds)
Audi And Google Take Top Tech Honors (It's More Exciting Than It Sounds)

We love a good telematics system, and Audi's MMI is a really good one -- so good, in fact, that it took home the award for "Best Embedded Telematics Navigation Product" at the 2010 Telematics Awards. And before you ask: • Yes, there is an annual Telematics Awards ceremony. • Yes, there is a...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»

Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]
Yes, Virginia, There Is A Downside To High-Tech Cars: Hacking

The line between cars and computers has begun to blur, leaving tech geeks like us giddy. In-car internet, real-time eco-driving feedback, social media apps: they're all great things, and they point to a day when gearheads and propellerheads will be wearing the same hat. But there is, in fact, a...Read More»

76 Gas logo
76 Gas Tries To Show That It’s on the Driver's Side With Clever Gadgets

“Now that I have your attention, you must tell me: Where did you get those lovely sunglasses?” the robotic voice that dwells inside my cell phone asked the police officer after being pulled over for speeding. No response met the polite inquiry. The mechanical voice persisted: “The hospital...Read More»

American Journey 2.0: Socially Networked Road Trip with the Ford Fiesta
Cars Are People, Too: Road Trippin' Ford Fiesta Tweets As It Travels

Last week, we told you about a group of University of Michigan students who'd been developing apps for cars. Now, some of those students are about to give their work a test drive -- a long, cross-country test drive in a new Ford Fiesta. But they won't be going it alone: in Fiesta #2, some road trip...Read More»

Turn-by-turn navigation for the Bing iPhone app
One Bing To Guide Them: Microsoft Brings Turn-By-Turn To (Some) Handhelds

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that Google's turn-by-turn navigation service -- currently available on Android headsets only -- is heading to the iPhone. That spells bad news for Garmin, TomTom, and other third-party GPS manufacturers, and unfortunately, there's more where that came from...Read More»

Intellidrive
Car Talk: Texas, IBM To Test Cars That Keep Tabs On One Another

A big part of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's job is making America's roadways safer. Over the past year or so, he's devoted much time and energy to fighting the hazard of distracted driving, but his newest program actually encourages talking on the go -- only now, it's the cars that...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Buick Eyes Younger, Hipper Drivers With New iPad Ads

Buick's skid from sporty family ride to stodgy senior-mobile was a long, slow one, and the road back to younger consumers has been decidedly uphill. Last week, we reported that after topping out at 72, the average age of Buick drivers has finally begun to drop, and thanks to a new ad campaign...Read More»

Custom dash installation of the Apple iPad in a Toyota Tacoma
Video: Apple iPad Installed In Toyota Tacoma Dashboard

We knew it was only a matter of time until someone managed to trick out their ride with a custom iPad installation -- and in this case, "matter of time" meant less than a week. The tuners at SoundMan Car Audio in Santa Clarita, California have already popped one of the first-gen devices into the...Read More»

MyFord Touch
Ford Upgrades SYNC To Keep Virtual Bad Guys Out Of Your Car

The internet is a pretty magnificent thing. It allows us to stay in touch with family and friends. It helps small companies to do business around the globe. And of course, it brought you here. But as the web grows, consuming every square inch of our daily lives, it brings numerous threats --...Read More»

Electronic Key Impressioner
Tech Tuesday: New Device Makes Life Easier For Some Locksmiths, Car Thieves

3-D printing is fairly new, but its popularity grows with every improvement to the technology. The process uses either a 3-D scanner to map an item's surface or 3-D imaging software to build something from scratch. Then a special printer recreates that surface in sandstone, plastic, ceramic, or...Read More»

Apple iPhone
Tech Tuesday: Apple's iPhone Is Friend, Lover, Garage Door Opener

Apple and its hyper-popular iPhone have been in the news a lot this week -- and not for good reasons. It seems that Steve Jobs' minions have begun heavily censoring the apps available on the App Store, removing any that contain nudity, swimsuits, or ice skating tights (not kidding). But while...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC70
Volvo Brings High-Tech To The Backseat With Wi-Fi And Touchscreens

The internet's slow, insidious takeover of Planet Earth inched forward at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, as Volvo unveiled a new, rear-seat entertainment system. The RSEi-500 debuted on the 2010 Volvo XC70, featuring touchscreens embedded in front-seat headrests, a built-in wi-fi router, and a 500gb...Read More»

Toyota Auto Access Seat
Video: Toyota Adds Auto Access Seat To Sienna Minivan

Anyone who's ever had to help a wheelchair-bound person into an average car or minivan -- one without a lift -- knows that the process can be exhausting. And with America's Baby Boomer population moving quickly toward senior status, the travails of transporting the elderly and infirm are likely to...Read More»

In-car internet
New York Times Fuels Hysteria Over In-Car Internet

True innovation is controversial. Most major developments come with their share of open-armed adopters and up-in-arms adversaries. The printing press, the light bulb, the automobile, the cell phone: while many have welcomed such inventions, many others have shouted them down as stupid, dangerous...Read More»

Garmin ecoRoute hd
New From Garmin: Record Your Own Driving Instructions, Learn Green Driving

It's high convention season here in the U.S., and while most of our attention is focused on Detroit, we've also got one eye on Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show. There are a number of gearhead-oriented gadgets on the CES launch calendar, including two from Garmin: Voice Studio, a program...Read More»

Chevrolet Volt OnStar mobile app
Chevrolet Volt To Feature 24 Hour Connection Via OnStar Mobile App

Chevrolet doesn’t want owners of its upcoming Volt plug-in hybrid to just have a car to get them from A to B. For Chevrolet, owning a Volt is all about the experience of having one of the most advanced cars on the road, a feeling the automaker wants owners to be able to take away with them once...Read More»

DrinkTracker iPhone app
Apps For Alkies: Track Your Tippling On New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a special night: a night for wary suburbanites to make their annual schlep to the city center, and for otherwise upright teetotalers to knock back the bubbly like barflies. Here at TCC, we fall somewhere in the middle -- right between "grandpa at the ice cream social" and "Gary...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta Aims For Annoyance Avoidance With Three-Blink Tech

The 2011 Ford Fiesta has garnered loads of attention in recent months. It's been popular with drivers and journalists, and it's been the subject of a highly successful marketing campaign. Now there's yet another reason to look forward to the Fiesta's U.S. release: it will be the first American Ford...Read More»

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