Mobile Audio

AA: Apple iPod Turns Drivers Into Zombies
AA: Apple iPod Turns Drivers Into Zombies

The Apple iPod and iPhone are the root of more than a dozen accidents every day in the UK, and one insurance company says its nation's drivers are losing their grip on good driving thanks to "iPod oblivion." AA Insurance says drivers fall into a "zombie-like state" when using their Apple and other...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta infotainment system
Video: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Joins the Infotainment Era

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is joining the infotainment era, bit by bit, with a newly available system that blends navigation and entertainment features into a single touchscreen-driven system. It's not as flexible as Ford's SYNC system, or the Kia UVO setup we tested this week in the 2011 Sportage...Read More»

Kia UVO - 2011 Kia Sorento
2011 Kia Sportage Techs Up with Uvo, WiFi, Real-Time Traffic

Kia's new Sportage gets a heavy dose of technology in its 2011 edition, with a trio of technologies the company thinks will appeal to a whole new set of buyers. The new Sportage is being tasked with moving out of the crossover bargain basement and into a richer market segment filled with...Read More»

KVH TracVision A5
In-Car Satellite TV Still Tuning In, Slowly

In-car television is still in its infancy--at least, the satellite-powered variety. But AT&T may have moved a step closer to delivering 22 channels of auto-aimed broadcasting with its CruiseCast service, announced last year and finally moving out of the vaporware phase. Engadget reports that...Read More»

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Alpine Announces New HD Radio Tuner with iTunes Tagging Capability

Alpine announced yesterday that it will begin shipping its newest HD Radio tuner, which provides HD's benefits of improved sound quality and more content choices plus a new iTunes Tagging functionality that eases the ability of consumers to track and purchase music they hear on their Alpine HD...Read More»

2008 Audi R8
Audi to Offer HD Radio Across 2011 Lineup

"Vorsprung durch Technik"--that's German for "Advancement Through Technology," a concept that Audi espouses in promoting new technologies such as HD Radio as standard equipment on many of its model-year 2011 lineup. The German automaker, who shares a U.S. headquarters with Volkswagen in Herndon...Read More»

Cell Phone Safety
Cell Phone Software Reduces "Driving While Distracted"

There is mounting pressure against using that mobile phone while driving, even if you go the safe route of hands-free, Bluetooth talking. From the AP Wire, a new mobile phone technology developed by Canadian software firm Aegis Mobility was announced Monday. The software, called DriveAssist, works...Read More»

Nissan Connect
Nissan Connect Sounds Like Ford's SYNC

Believing that buyers of compact cars shouldn't have to deal with economy-sounding radios and the lack of affordbale nav and in-car communication systems, automaker giant Nissan is rolling out its new Connect System. Described as an "integrated audio, navigation and communication system," the...Read More»

HD Radio: Going Digital On The Cheap

One of the most interesting features in BMW's 2008 lineup comes not under the hood of the new M3 coupe, nor the 128i Convertible, nor the 135i coupe. It's embedded in the dash--factory-installed HD Radio. While the rest of the auto industry has installed satellite radio at a blazing pace, BMW took...Read More»

What Time Is It? Merger Time!

It's only been hours since the news broke that GM and Chrysler may be exploring a merger - and mere minutes since XM and Sirius announced they're going to pair up to fight off the likes of HD radio and Apple's iPod. But both mergers have been on the radar of business pubs and insiders for much...Read More»

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