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Ford's Jim Farley Apologizes For Claiming, "We Know What You’re Doing"
Ford's Jim Farley Apologizes For Claiming, "We Know What You’re Doing"

Dennis Rodman isn't the only person suffering from foot-in-mouth disease this week. Jim Farley, Ford's Global VP for Marketing and Sales, succumbed to it, too, and now, he's trying his best to recover. Farley began to show symptoms on Wednesday night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas...Read More»

Toll plaza with E-ZPass on the Spaulding Turnpike near Rochester, NH (via Wikimedia user Fletcher6)
E-ZPass, Smartphones, GPS-Tracking, And The End Of Privacy

Privacy ain't what it used to be. Just a decade or so ago, most of us paled at the thought of sharing our phone numbers and addresses with corporations, knowing that an onslaught of junk mail and telemarketing calls would follow any slip-up. Today, we distribute our contact info as freely as we'd...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
OnStar Family Link Lets You Keep Tabs On Your Car (And Your Kids)

Last summer, we told you about Family Link, a new service being tested for OnStar subscribers who want to track their vehicles from afar. Apparently, the test run was a smashing success, because the service is now being made available to all OnStar subscribers over the course of this year. Family...Read More»

GPS tracking device
Supreme Court: GPS Tracking By Cops Without Warrant Illegal, Unconstitutional

Antoine Jones, a nightclub owner in Washington, D.C., was sentenced to life in prison on a drug conspiracy conviction. Prosecutors built their case around police GPS tracking of Jones’ Jeep, which was followed to a residence used as a stash house for money and drugs. Jones appealed his...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC90
Has The Government Attached GPS To Your Car?

There's no need to signal, the small-town joke goes, because everyone knows where you're going. We're learning you need to be less concerned about nosy Aunt Margaret than Uncle Sam. Mind you, what follows aren't the rants of a government conspiracy junkie, the kind that wears a tinfoil hat and is...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»

Angry teen driver
Survey Says: Younger Drivers Prone To Get Lost, Frustrated

Today's drivers have access to a multitude of tech tools that make travel easier: in-car GPS, telematics services, smartphone apps, and so on. But a new survey suggests that those tools aren't helping younger drivers keep their cool on the road. The study comes from marketing firm Galaxy Research...Read More»

2012 Lincoln Navigator
Ten Ways to Organize Weekly Family Errands in Your Car

In cities, towns, suburbs and rural areas all across America, one thing is nearly universal: the need to use a car to do weekly errands. Families trying to economize by saving money on gas as well as maximizing their use of time can use all the help they can get. In line with this, here are ten...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Study: Most Drivers Are Distracted 25% - 50% Of The Time

By now, everyone agrees that distracted driving is a serious problem. What everyone might not agree on, however, is what constitutes "distracted driving" in the first place -- or the degree to which it's causing accidents on U.S. roads. A new study aims to address some of those discrepancies, and...Read More»

Weeels app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm
Lawmakers Aim To Limit Stalker Apps, GPS Data Mining

Could data from your cellphone be obtained to see how much you speed? Could your music-streaming app be tracking where you listen to Lady Gaga, or your navigation app be dropping breadcrumbs and marketing your trail to businesses? The answers might be a little surprising, as users of smartphones...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Today's Car News from High Gear Media: May 10, 2011

Which wagons should you be shopping this year? We nominate a handful of not-crossovers. [FamilyCarGuide] We're fans of the 2011 Ford Explorer, but Consumer Reports isn't. Who's more righter? [SocialCarNews] The latest national amnesty movement has nothing to do with Jan Brewer--it's all about...Read More»

2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe
Searching For The Worst Stretch Of Road In America

Bedeviled by potholes the size of trashcans that somehow just haven’t been repaired along your daily drive? Who among us hasn’t cringed after hitting that dip or upheaved pavement that wasn’t there before yesterday’s rains or appeared after the winter thaw? Maybe it’s...Read More»

BMW 8-speed transmission
BMW Working On GPS-Linked Transmission

When it comes to the automobile, there are useful technologies like electronic stability control and anti-lock braking systems, that make driving safer for the vast majority of motorists. Then there's technology for technology’s sake, like rain-sensing wipers or like BMW’s latest...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»

2011 Dodge Journey
Today at High Gear Media: First Drives, Social Hooks, and GPS

Another trio of first drives are fresh off the production line: we're checking in with the 2011 Dodge Journey, Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. [TheCarConnection, TheCarConnection, FamilyCarGuide] In other first drives, we go for a spin in the Wheego Whip LiFe, but only after sorting...Read More»

GPS satellite
Warrantless Police GPS Tracking Turns Illegal Again, For Now

Six months ago, we wrote about the legal confusion about whether police officers could track a person's movements by placing a GPS transponder on that person's car without a warrant to do so. If private citizens place those same transponders--especially if they're former boyfriends or estranged...Read More»

Speck Toughskin for TomTom
TomTom Offers Roadside Assistance To Users Of iPhone App & GPS Devices

TomTom, the location and navigation provider, has launched a roadside assistance service which will be made available to users of their GPS devices as well as the TomTom App for iPhone. Utilizing the Cross Country Motor Club’s network of tow truck and emergency road service operators, TomTom...Read More»

TomTom Star Wars voices for GPS
Video: Darth Vader, Dark Side Get Voiced for GPS

While cleaning up my inbox, I came across one of my favorite ads for navigation systems--from TomTom, actually. My current vehicle doesn’t have a nav system, and I bought a portable TomTom competitor. And wished I hadn’t. TomTom has the best possible performance, and better yet, it...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Equator
Suzuki Recalls Equator, Grand Vitara, SX4 For Fire Hazard From Garmin Satnav

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that Garmin had recalled over 1.3 million GPS units due to a problem with the devices' batteries. When mated to Garmin circuit boards, those cells have a tendency to overheat, causing a fire hazard. Now that recall has bled over to Suzuki, which is recalling three...Read More»

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