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General Motors Takes OnStar To China
General Motors Takes OnStar To China

In what could be one of General Motors' smartest moves in recent years, the company has announced plans to roll out its popular OnStar system in China. This marks the first time OnStar will be offered outside North America. The service will be available as of December 6 -- first in Cadillacs, then...Read More»

The 'Laptop Steering Wheel Desk' from Mobile Office
The Convenience Of A Desk, Right On Your Steering Wheel

As if there weren't already enough gadgets for cars, a company called Mobile Office is now offering something called the "Laptop Steering Wheel Desk". That isn't exactly the catchiest name on record, but it's a pretty accurate description of the product. Basically, the "desk" is like one of those...Read More»

Caddy goes high-tech
Buick, Chevy, And GM Join Cadillac On The Info Superhighway

Back in March, we mentioned that Cadillac planned to offer Wi-Fi routers as a special option on most of its vehicle lineup. Now comes word that General Motors is extending the service, making on-the-go high-speed web access available on Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC models, too. Like the Cadillac...Read More»

The INRIX TRAFFIC! app
Mobile Apps: INRIX TRAFFIC! For iPhone And Android Users

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but there are loads of other things you can get for nothing -- including thousands of applications for mobile phones. Notable among them is the INRIX TRAFFIC! app, which has been available on the iPhone for some time, and recently launched on the...Read More»

Hammacher Schlemmer Red Light Camera Detector
Traffic Cam Detector: For The Bad Driver Who Has Everything

Nobody likes traffic cams, but most urban dwellers have come to accept them as an unfortunate part of city driving. Still, there are quite a few folks who'll want a second look at this new dashtop red light camera detector, made by everyone's favorite sea-level SkyMall, Hammacher Schlemmer. Yeah...Read More»

The iPhone app from Mercedes-Benz Financial
Need To Pay Your Car Note? Mercedes-Benz Has An App For That

The concept of making payments by mobile phone is not a new one. For years, articles and ads have heralded a bright, shiny future wherein we'll all be able to purchase soft drinks, gas, and other things with a wave of our phones instead of that "other plastic" (i.e. the trusty credit card)...Read More»

FollowMe portable navigation unit from Toyota and TomTom
Toyota Launches Portable GPS

This opening line from Toyota's latest press release may be the emptiest sentence we'll read all day: "Toyota Genuine's all-new FollowMe navigation unit is a stylish in-dash navigation and audio solution, which enables simultaneous and seamless operation of navigation, communication and...Read More»

Pronto4 System
Technology: Pronto4 System Lets Vehicles Drive Themselves

A couple of months ago, John Voelcker reported on a futuristic, self-driving vehicle dreamed up by Google's industrial designers. That sort of personalized, automated transport may seem fairly sci-fi, but it's not as far off as you might think. For proof, look no further than the Pronto4 System...Read More»

Trapster
Trapster: The Joys Of Texting & Speeding In One Mobile App

Crowdsourcing has become a popular means of gathering data in the 2.0 world, and now it's come to the driving community via Trapster, a mobile application that helps drivers avoid speed traps. Trapster is available on variety of platforms -- iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and more -- and it's seen...Read More»

XM SkyDock
XM SkyDock Pairs iPods And iPhones With In-Car Service

Between cell phones, iPods, satnav systems, plug-in toasters, and the countless "conveniences" found in modern vehicles, driving has become a serious challenge. Thankfully, Sirius XM is looking to make things a little easier by combining its subscription radio service with a new iPod/iPhone...Read More»

Tailgaters [via HoustonPress.com]
Tailgating Tools: Party Equipment For The Road

Fall officially begins tomorrow at 5:18pm EDT (not that we're counting the minutes or anything), and that means two things in our book: the return of sweater-friendly temps, and the return of tailgating. Right on time, the folks at MyRide.com have cobbled together a nifty overview of the most...Read More»

Panasonic's HD in-dash satnav
Panasonic Launches Pricey Blu-ray Player, In-Dash HD Satnav

Tech fans and early adopters, take note: Panasonic is prepping for the Japanese release of its new in-dash high-def navigation system and an in-car Blu-ray player. The latter is pretty standard, although its ¥99,750 ($1080) price tag isn't. However, that's nothing compared to the satnav, which not...Read More»

One of the voice actors behind Mercedes' LINGUATRONICS system
Faces To Match The Voices Of Mercedes' LINGUATRONIC System

GPS and other in-car control systems have matured to the point that we've really begun to care about their sound. The clunky, robot voices from early generation models don't amaze us anymore; drivers want to hear someone friendly leading us through traffic jams and construction zones. To put a face...Read More»

Navigon 2150 Max traffic-enabled satnav
Traffic-Enabled Satnav May Save Drivers Four Days Per Year

A satnav study released last week reached some interesting conclusions: U.S. drivers who use GPS systems with traffic-enabled navigation save the equivalent of four days on the roadways each year. Moreover, as a result of driving smarter and shorter, those folks reduce their CO2 output by 21%...Read More»

Mini Roadside Assistance app
Mini Releases First-Ever Roadside Assistance App

So you ran over a log with your new Mini and you're stuck at the side of the road with nothing but your iPhone and a bag of Cheetos? Yeah, there's an app for that. Mini has just announced availability of an app that it's billing as the first of its kind: a roadside assistance app that phones home...Read More»

The Avis iPhone app
iPhone App Du Jour: Avis Rent-A-Car

Taking a cue from innovative thinkers who've learned to monetize farting, belching, yodeling, and other profit-rich activities, Avis has finally entered the iPhone app arena. The company's new free application (link opens in iTunes) allows you to search for and rent vehicles in a variety of...Read More»

Jaguar XJ satnav
Jaguar XJ Advanced Satnav System May Be Too Advanced For U.S. Law

The Jaguar XJ has a spankin' new in-dash satnav system, featuring a split screen that allows passengers to watch movies and other media, while giving the person behing the wheel access only to maps and other driving-related data. But as snazzy and envelope-pushing as that may sound, the system may...Read More»

Bugatti Diva 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine
Bugatti Coffee Maker Also Offers Jolt, Sticker-Shock

Sadly, we here at Stalag TCC cannot afford to own Bugattis. Yes, a fortunate few get to test drive them, but when the sun goes down, we head home in humbler rides. However, there'll soon be a way for even schmoes like us to get a piece of the Bugatti pie, thanks to the Bugatti Diva 15-Bar Pump...Read More»

Ford and Chevrolet logo toolboxes
Chevy And Ford Fans Know Where To Put Their Tools

Are you a Chevy man (or woman)? Or possibly a Ford fanatic? Either way, you'll appreciate a quick trip over to What On Earth, where you'll find nifty toolboxes crafted in the shape of the blue oval and the bowtie -- although why the blue oval box appears to be black we couldn't say. No idea why...Read More»

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