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Why doesn't Apple end texting and driving?
Why doesn't Apple end texting and driving?

We're in the midst of a distracted driving crisis, and mobile phones are largely to blame. Motorists young and old can't seem to resist the temptation to check text messages, email, and social media when they're behind the wheel. As the New York Times recently noted, mobile networks and phone...Read More»

The Car Connection On Apple News
The Car Connection's On Apple News

iPhone users, are you using the Apple News app in iOS 9? If so, we have good news for you: The Car Connection is now on Apple News. That's right; we have a shiny new channel with all the important information you've come to expect, and rely on. Shopping for a car? The Car Connection channel on...Read More»

Openbay
Need Car Repairs? Openbay Gives You Options

No one likes taking in a car for repairs. We have to carve out time to drive it in or have it towed, we have to arrange for transportation back home or to a car rental shop, and of course, we have to shell out our hard-earned cash -- cash that could be better spent on vacations or groceries or bolo...Read More»

'Car mode' concept by Joey Cofone, Michael Vanderbyl, and Malin Reedijk
Does The iPhone Need A "Car Mode"? Would You Use It? (Video)

We spend a lot of time writing about the problem of distracted driving and various solutions offered by app-makers and automakers. With few exceptions, though, handset manufacturers like Apple and Samsung haven't been working overtime to address the public's concerns about texting and talking...Read More»

Hudway HUD app for iPhone
Hudway: The Poor Man's Head-Up Display

We spend lots of time writing about adaptive cruise control, lane-assist, and other safety systems that herald the eventual arrival of fully autonomous cars. But there are plenty of other high-tech treats on the market -- treats designed to make driving safer and easier. Consider for example the...Read More»

TireCheck app
Can You Check Your Car's Tire Pressure With An App? Should You?

The smartphone is an amazing invention. It lets us place video calls to friends around the globe. It can sniff out cancer and chemical weapons. It even entertains us while we're waiting in line to buy the latest, greatest smartphone. But smartphones also have a dark side. They preoccupy us when we...Read More»

iOS in the Car
What's Coming From Apple, And What It Means For Motorists

Once upon a time, the world could keep a secret. It took us ages to learn that Lindsay Lohan is loony, that Liberace was gay, that the calls were coming from inside the house. Now, not so much. Case in point: this morning's Apple press event. A few years ago, the world would've been buzzing with...Read More»

Handicapped parking sign (photo by Ane Cecilie Blicfheldt/norden.org)
Finally: An App To Report Drivers Illegally Parked In Handicapped Spots

We are not what you'd call a bunch of goodie-goodies. We have prank-ordered pizzas for people we don't like. We have toilet-papered the yards of our friends and neighbors. We may have even consumed beer, then liquor, which as you can imagine, left us sicker. But few things make us quite as angry as...Read More»

Audi A3 eKurzinfo augmented reality owner's manual app
Audi A3 Comes With An Augmented-Reality Owner's Manual: Video

Do you know where your owner's manual is? Did you read it from cover to cover when you bought your car? Do you read it these days? Chances are, the answer to at least one of those questions is "no". Maybe that's because you're a whiz at cars, or maybe you feel like you know everything there is to...Read More»

iPhone 5
Apple Patents User Profiles That Follow You From Car To Car

Years ago, many of us reached a tipping point -- a point at which we spent so much time in front of electronic gizmos that we became frustrated with objects that weren't computerized. (Has anyone else instinctively hit an imaginary CRTL-Z after spilling a cup of coffee? Thought so.) Then, we hit...Read More»

Apple Vice President Eddy Cue announces iOS7 vehicle integration at WWDC 2013
In 2014, iOS7 Brings Calls, Texts, Maps, & Music To Your Dashboard

Early last month, 9to5Mac suggested that Apple is developing a modified version of iOS (its mobile operating system) that can work on touchscreens in cars. Yesterday, at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we learned that the rumor is true. Well, probably. During his portion of the computing...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
Rumor: Next-Gen Apple Software Will Marry Your Car & Your iPhone

June is a big month for Apple fans. That's when the company typically makes major announcements at its Worldwide Developers Conference (which sold out this year in two minutes flat). We're not entirely sure what to expect from WWDC 2013, but rumor has it that one of Tim Cook's onstage revelations...Read More»

Drive with Lynk
Kickstarter Project Of The Day: Drive With Dash

Once upon a time, apps were pretty simple. Most were little more than websites that had been optimized for pint-sized smartphone screens. (Remember GasBook?) Then came social networking integration. Apps like Waze leveraged the power of the crowd to track traffic, roadway construction, and other...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
Volkswagen Gets Serious About Smartphone Integration With The iBeetle

Many of us have experienced bugs in our iPhones, but the new iBeetle from Volkswagen aims to turn the tables by putting the iPhone in a Bug. At this month's Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen will unveil the iBeetle, a special edition of the popular VW Beetle. The car's design will echo the...Read More»

NHTSA's SaferCar app
NHTSA's SaferCar App Offers Details About Safety, Recalls, And More

Government agencies can do many things well, but their websites often come up short. Consider the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's site, which even we have trouble navigating -- and we use it on a near-daily basis. We don't blame NHTSA for the website's awkwardness: the agency has a...Read More»

Automatic app for iPhone
Automatic App Is A Coach, Mechanic, And First-Responder All In One

They say there's an app for everything, but it's more accurate to say that there are many apps for nearly everything. By which we mean that there are plenty of apps on the market, but most are very specialized. They're better at solving specific problems rather than a range of related issues. When...Read More»

Breathometer
Would You Carry A Breathalyzer In Your Car? Will You Be Required To?

Drunk driving is a big problem in many parts of the world. In France, for example, it's the leading cause of traffic fatalities, accounting for about one-third of all roadway deaths. Accordingly, last year France passed a law requiring motorists to carry breathalyzers in their cars. That law went...Read More»

Chevrolet Spark & Sonic models add Apple's voice-activated Siri software to MyLink
Siri, Amazon Cloud Player, Slacker Come To Dashboards

If you're a fan of cars and technology, this is a very big week. Three important services have arrived on infotainment systems, which could make your daily commute more comfortable -- provided you've got a good data plan with your mobile carrier. Siri Last June, we mentioned that Apple's Siri...Read More»

Canary app for Android and iOS
Canary App Pecks Away At Distracted Driving

Texting and driving is a terrible habit. In fact, drivers distracted by texts and phone calls account for an increasingly large proportion of deaths on America's roads. Countless studies have shown that the problem of distracted driving is worst among teens and young adults. Many parents have had...Read More»

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