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Would you buy a car on your smartphone? Many Americans would
Would you buy a car on your smartphone? Many Americans would

Love them or hate them, there's no denying that smartphones make life easier for many of us. Need a ride? Book it on Uber. Want to skip the line at the cinema? Open an app and grab some quick tickets. Shocked to see that your beloved new videogame costs $60 in the big box store? Haul out your...Read More»

A map of auto trails and highways in Iowa in 1919
Iowa May Be The First State To Offer Digital Driver's Licenses On Smartphones

The smartphone has become a central component of daily life. It's where we go to make calls, send texts, keep up with endless Facebook feeds, and store frequent-shopper cards. In Iowa, it will soon be where motorists keep their driver's licenses, too. ALSO SEE: 2016 Audi Q7: First Look According to...Read More»

Screencap from demo of Windows in the Car
Hold The (Windows) Phone: Microsoft Wants To Take Over Your Dashboard, Too!

For years, automakers have attempted to refine our dashboards, making them as slick, simple, intuitive, and interactive as our smartphones. For the most part, they have failed. Miserably. Thankfully, smartphone manufacturers -- or rather, the companies that build the operating systems powering...Read More»

Waze
Waze Adds Celebrity-Voiced Navigation, Featuring Kevin Hart (Video)

Connoisseurs of commuting could argue that Waze has single-handedly upended navigation technology. Think about it. Once upon a time, gadgets and apps had to rely on data from big corporations like INRIX to tell travelers about traffic ahead. Waze said, "Forget that. Why not let the drivers...Read More»

Bluetooth Keyless Entry from Mobile Enhancement Specialist
Unlocking Your Car With A Smartphone & The Increasing Irrelevance Of Automakers (Video)

If you've ever driven a car like the Toyota Prius, you know the joy that comes with a know-it-all key fob. There's no fumbling in your pocket in the rain to unlock the door; so long as the fob is in your pocket, the car unlocks itself when you approach. Now, now matter what sort of vehicle you...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
Should Automakers Get Out Of The Infotainment Business?

When Apple's App Store debuted in 2008, automakers saw change a-comin'. Since then, they've been scrambling to find ways to integrate apps into dashboards, and many are working hard to build proprietary app environments. But is it a good idea for automakers to micromanage the infotainment...Read More»

The Car Connection Android App
The Car Connection's New Android App: Car Reviews, Used Car Listings, Car News, And More

The Car Connection has been a pioneer in mobile apps, and today we're proud to announce our latest effort: a native Android app for the millions of users who read our news, reviews, tips, and advice on a device that doesn't grow on trees. It's the perfect way for car shoppers and enthusiasts alike...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»

Google Maps Navigation app for Android 2.0 phones
Why Isn't Satnav As Simple As Google Maps? Drivers Prefer Phones For Getting Around

If your job requires you to spend time slouched in front of a computer, chances are good that you use several software programs to accomplish your daily duties. And naturally, you find some of those programs easier to use than others. That's similar to the way that many drivers feel about...Read More»

Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi
Delphi Lets Nearly Anyone Control Their Car Via Smartphone

Smartphones have become our cameras, our radios, and our wallets, and they'll continue to become more central in our lives -- at least until they're integrated into eyeglasses or contacts or some kind of high-tech implant. If you've been paying attention to auto news, you also know that phones are...Read More»

BringGo app, in 2013 Chevrolet Spark
2013 Chevrolet Spark: Is A Smartphone App The Future Of Navigation?

The new 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar is already one of the lowest-priced models for sale in the U.S. market; and late this year it's going to delight a lot of no-frills shoppers—in being the lowest-priced new car to offer a fully functioning in-dash touch-screen navigation system. In the...Read More»

Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3
5 Must-Have Travel Apps For iPhone & Android Fans

Yesterday, our colleagues at Total Car Score offered their take on the best iPhone 5 apps for drivers. We agree with many of their picks, but we also know that a growing number of our friends own Android phones, which can't use software like Apple Maps. Naturally, we began to wonder: what must-have...Read More»

Tina Fey and Steve Carell for the movie Date Night
Dates.fm App For Ford SYNC Helps Plan Epic Date Nights

Today, most of the tech world's attention is focused on Apple and the likely debut of the iPhone 5 (and maybe the iPad Mini). But there's another tech story on the West Coast that could have a direct effect on your love life -- especially if you drive a Ford. In San Francisco, the gadget blog...Read More»

OneProtect distracted driving app
OneProtect Improves On The Distracted-Driving App

Nearly every week, we see the debut of a new app that half-heartedly promises to end distracted driving once and for all. This time around, however, the app du jour does something a little different, which makes it -- if not perfect -- at least a bit better than its predecessors. Anti-texting...Read More»

Transportation and the New Generation, a study by the Frontier Group
Generation Y's Auto Aversion, By The Numbers: Can It Be Fixed?

We've spilled a lot of ink on Millennials and their aversion to buying cars. Some data indicates that folks born between 1981 and 2001 are so un- and under-employed that their parents are the only ones who can afford to shop the showrooms. Other studies suggest that Gen Y finds driving to be a...Read More»

AAA Mobile app for iPhone
AAA Mobile Bundles Three Apps In One

Bundling is big news these days. We bundle insurance, phone, internet, and more, all in the hopes of saving time, energy, and money. AAA seems to have taken the bundling mantra to heart with the latest update to its AAA mobile app for the iPhone and Android devices. The company has wrapped three of...Read More»

HondaLink interface with Aha integration  -  for 2013 Honda Accord
2013 Honda Accord, Crosstour Get Aha Smartphone-Based Infotainment

Honda has announced a new generation of infotainment systems that will make its debut first in the all-new 2013 Honda Accord and in the refreshed 2013 Honda Crosstour, both expected later this year. And reflecting a simplified approach that we've seen increasingly in systems like Toyota's Entune or...Read More»

CoPilot Live app
New CoPilot App Helps With Your Spring & Summer Road Trips

When planning a road trip these days, you've got plenty of tools at your disposal. Countless sites allow you to book hotels and event tickets, and even more offer reviews of restaurants and attractions. But of course, you still need a tool to arrive at your destination. If you don't already have...Read More»

LG Optimus LTE Android smartphone with LG Tag+
Apps, Schmaps: LG Aims To End Distracted Driving With Stickers

Mobile phones are often criticized as distractions, particularly for drivers. According to Mashable, however, handset maker LG aims to make modern life a little more focused, thanks to some well-placed stickers. Like the automobile, the television, and many other inventions, mobile phones bring...Read More»

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