Infotainment

Bad app-titude: The problem with infotainment is our expectation
Bad app-titude: The problem with infotainment is our expectation

For most new car buyers, a functional touchscreen might be the second-most important input on a car—not far behind the steering wheel. (Gas and brake pedals? Meh.) An intuitive, smart infotainment system with all the controls we want—but none of the headache—should be a "gimme" by...Read More»

Android Auto
Android Auto now works in any car--and it's free

So far, automakers have done a pretty terrible job of designing infotainment systems. Those systems are so bad, they're causing quality scores to plummet and inspiring unpleasant lawsuits. And yet, automakers stubbornly keep churning out wonky in-dash tech. Toyota went so far as to say that it...Read More»

MyFord Touch made simpler for 2013
Lawsuits against MyFord Touch move forward: will this discourage automakers from doing infotainment?

Remember MyFord Touch and MyLincoln touch, the infotainment systems that shoppers loved and loved to hate? Three years ago, owners sued Ford over the systems' glitchy, underwhelming performance. Now, many of those cases have been wrapped into a class-action lawsuit, which could mean a big payout...Read More»

Google previews Android-based infotainment system
Google's plan for tomorrow's dashboards (smartphone not included)

This week, Google held its annual I/O conference for developers. At least one of the company's announcements could have automakers shaking in their boots or jumping for joy, depending on their point of view. The announcement came by way of a beautifully tricked-out dashboard on a Maserati Ghibli...Read More»

Apple CarPlay On Ford's SYNC3
Clutter or clarity: How soon will automakers banish buttons?

You certainly wouldn't be an outlier to think that a vehicle dash that's cluttered with individual buttons looks so dated. It’s been nine years since Apple introduced the first iPhone, which replaced the typical cellphone’s suite of buttons and replaced it with a capacitive touch screen...Read More»

Apple CarPlay On Ford's SYNC3
Technology More Important Than Car Color For 77% Of Shoppers

Over the past decade and a half, much of the world has changed the way that it consumes media. We download music in seconds, rather than visiting record shops. We use gadgets like Roku and apps like Sling instead of keeping pricey cable TV subscriptions. And most of us emptied our gloveboxes of...Read More»

Cadillac CUE With Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay Is Apparently A Big Selling Point For GM Shoppers

Apple fans have waited more than two years for the CarPlay infotainment system to arrive. Now that the roll-out has finally begun, we can ask: has it been worth the wait? According to some dealers, the answer is a resounding "yes". In fact, reports from the field suggest that CarPlay may be a big...Read More»

Apple's Siri Eyes-Free
Ford Vehicles From 2011-2016 Get Siri Eyes-Free In New Sync Update

In hard-boiled detective films, someone usually utters the line, "Ain't nothing free in this world, kid". But a new upgrade to Ford Sync could prove that tough talk wrong. Sync and the MyFord Touch infotainment system have a mixed record with consumers. On the one hand, shoppers like the idea of...Read More»

The Matrix
Despite Hacking Concerns, Computerization & Networking Of Cars Are Good Things: Discuss

The auto world seems hyper-sensitive to hacking these days -- and rightly so. Good-guy hackers have exposed numerous vulnerabilities in today's telematics systems, which could be exploited to frustrate drivers, pilfer personal information about owners, or worse. But are these worries just growing...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto

This week, J.D. Power released its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, which reveals that motorists often don't use or appreciate the high-tech features in their new cars. The results should be a wake-up call to automakers around the globe. Heck, even Apple and Google should...Read More»

Apple Vice President Eddy Cue announces iOS7 vehicle integration at WWDC 2013
Toyota Chooses Not To Offer Apple's CarPlay Or Google's Android Auto: Dumbest Move Ever?

Yesterday, we told you about Audi, BMW, and Daimler, who have banded together to keep Google from dominating the mapping industry and, thus, the autonomous car industry. Now, Toyota has done something similar, but in many ways, dumber. Far dumber. The automaker has decided not to offer Apple's...Read More»

Google Android Auto
Automakers Concerned About Google Data-Mining Us In The Car

Unless you live a very isolated, disconnected existence, you’re probably leaving quite the trail for Google. Are you ready to leave more of a trail about how you stay connected in your car? Of course we already do drive around with GPS-tagging, server-connecting smartphones in our vehicles...Read More»

The open-source version of Ford AppLink called SmartDeviceLink or SDL
Toyota Teams With Ford To Stop Apple, Google From Dominating Dashboards

Car companies aren't known for creating awesome infotainment systems. In fact, though today's vehicles are mechanically very good, quality scores have plummeted because of terrible in-dash software. That's why many shoppers are excited about the long-overdue arrival of Google's Android Auto and...Read More»

Apple CarPlay.
Waiting For Apple CarPlay And Android Auto? We Hope You Brought A Book

In 2013, Apple introduced something called "iOS in the Car", an infotainment system that could run on dashboards, mimicking the screens of our beloved iPhones. Early last year -- nearly 14 months ago -- Apple renamed the product CarPlay and said that it would become available on Ferrari...Read More»

2016 Scion iM
Youth-Oriented Scion Cars Keeping Aftermarket Approach To Infotainment

Get into any models from the current 2015 Scion lineup—or the upcoming 2016 Scion iM, as was recently shown at the New York Auto Show—and you’ll find a very different audio and infotainment system than what you’d get in mainstream Toyota models like the Yaris, Corolla, or...Read More»

Volvo 'roam delivery'
Volvo Project Aims To Make 'Roam Delivery' Easier Than Home Delivery

Do you have issues with home package delivery? What if you could simply get deliveries tucked neatly into your car? The automaker Volvo is working on that. It cites 2013 data, noting that 60 percent of those shopping online have, and that home delivery in general places additional time...Read More»

Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey
Today's Infotainment Systems Are Terrible (Especially On American Cars)

For several years, studies have shown that, on the whole, today's cars are built pretty well. And yet, quality ratings keep dropping. How is that possible? The answer: technology. More specifically: infotainment systems, those frequently clunky dashboard contraptions that aim to mimic the...Read More»

Volvo Sensus infotainment system  -  in 2016 Volvo XC90
2016 Volvo XC90: Tablet-Like Sensus Is The Future Of Infotainment

Is it any surprise that we're all very visual when it comes to staying in touch in our vehicles? What most drivers are accustomed to seeing, almost constantly, are tiled, list-style interfaces on phones and tablets. And so it makes a whole lot of sense that Volvo is going with what drivers know: a...Read More»

HAL 9000 from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey
J.D. Power Offers More Proof That Voice-Recognition Systems Are The Worst Things In Our Cars

Earlier this month, J.D. Power's Kristin Kolodge told a group of conference-goers that voice-recognition software is the most troublesome technology found on cars today. Of all the problems that customers have with their new vehicles, Kolodge said that complaints about voice-recognition are more...Read More»

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