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Waze coming to Android Auto, and it's excellent
Waze coming to Android Auto, and it's excellent

In the next few weeks, Google will launch an update to its Android Auto service and make the popular Waze navigation service available directly through a compatible vehicle’s infotainment system. If you’re one of Waze’s many devotees, you’re probably doing a happy dance. And...Read More»

Ford Sync 3 infotainment system
Software to blame for an increasing portion of vehicle recalls?

Apps freezing or crashing, unexpected sluggishness, and sudden reboots are all, unfortunately, within the normal range of behavior of the software in our smartphones and laptops. While losing that text message you were composing might be a crisis for the moment, it’s nothing compared to the...Read More»

Apple CarPlay, in 2016 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai enables DIY CarPlay, Android Auto upgrades for some 2015-2016 models

In the not-too-distant past, buying a new car meant that you were able not only to flaunt the latest styling for a few years but also to relish the latest-and-best set of technology and entertainment features. Today it’s all on a much shorter timer, as vehicle dashes are far more influenced...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»

2016 Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf Security Flaw Puts Vehicle Telematics Apps Under Scrutiny

Drive away from the showroom in one of the more technology-forward new vehicles—or really now, nearly anything with a luxury badge—and it’s likely you at least have the option to bring some key vehicle functions with you nearly everywhere you go: in the form of an app for your iOS...Read More»

Cadillac CUE With Apple CarPlay
Yes, Drivers Do Want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto...When They Know What It Is

Why wouldn’t new-car buyers want to take their familiar smartphone interface and apps into their vehicle? It’s an open question asked in the wake of results released this past week by J.D. Power, mentioning Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as among the 14 technology features that 20...Read More»

Pro Trailer Backup Assist  -  in 2016 Ford F-150
2016 Ford F-150 Adds Fuss-Free Auto-Steering For Trailer Backup

If you’ve ever had to back a vehicle and trailer up into a tight space like a driveway, loading dock, or boat launch, you know that it really isn’t as easy as it looks. The trouble, of course, is that you don’t always turn the steering wheel the same direction to get your intended...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»

Google Project Ara modular phone
Could Google Interface Be A Better Way For Vehicle Connectivity?

If you keep your cars for more than a couple of years, and relish making the most of in-vehicle connectivity features, you’re probably familiar with a certain form of disappointment: You get a new smartphone, and suddenly discover that it’s no longer fully compatible with your vehicle...Read More»

Ford Sync 3 infotainment system
Ford Axes Troubled MyFord Touch For Sync 3

Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system is going the way of Windows XP--an ironic parallel, since Ford [NYSE:F] is also ditching Microsoft code as it ushers in a third-generation infotainment system dubbed Sync 3. ALSO SEE: 2016 Audi Q7: First Look The new system skips the MyFord Touch and...Read More»

David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider
Carduino Could Make (Almost) Any Car A Smart Car

Over the past few years, we've told you about several products that connect drivers to their cars in new and helpful ways. According to Wired, a start-up called CarKnow plans to raise the bar significantly higher, connecting cars of the last decade directly to the internet. Plug-and-play services...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»

2014 Honda Civic EX CVT  -  Driven
Your Next Vehicle Is More Likely To Have A CVT: Here’s Why

Like it or not: Nearly every new vehicle—we're talking around 95 percent—has an automatic transmission of some sort. And manual transmissions are rare today, except among a few performance-oriented models. That's the obvious. What might not be so apparent to new-car shoppers is that the...Read More»

Audi R8 LMX
Audi Says It's First With Laser Headlights on R8 LMX

To drum up a little extra anticipation for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans and its R18 e-tron quattro race car, Audi pulled the cover off a limited-edition version of the Audi R8 called the Audi R8 LMX. Only 99 examples of the Audi R8 LMX will be built, and adding to the exclusivity of these cars...Read More»

2014 Nissan Rogue Smart Rearview Mirror
2014 Nissan Rogue Moves Forward in Reverse With Smart Rearview Mirror

Nissan was one of the first automakers to introduce a 360-degree camera system to make parking easier, and it now offers this technology on its entry-level hatchback, the Nissan Versa Note. Nissan’s next big camera technology is the all-new Smart Rearview Mirror that will be on display in the...Read More»

Chevrolet cars now with 4G LTE capability
GM, Audi Roll Out 4G LTE Plans: The Car Goes High-Speed (Data)

General Motors [NYSE:GM] has announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it will be installing high-speed 4G LTE data connections—including hot-spot capability—into the majority of its Chevy vehicles within the next year, with the rest of automaker's vehicle portfolio to...Read More»

2015 Volvo V60
2015 Volvo V60 Wagon To Debut Engine Tech Headed For S60, XC60

When the 2015 Volvo V60 sport wagon arrives in January 2014, it will be the first model from Volvo to arrive with the automaker's new Drive-E powertrains, which will transition the automaker away from in-line five- and six-cylinder engines and toward an all-four-cylinder lineup that could be up to...Read More»

2013 Toyota Avalon
The Worst New-Car Features Of 2013

For better or worse, automakers and suppliers are getting inventive, pushing some innovative features into new vehicles. Some of them hit the mark, making our time in vehicles easier, safer, or more efficient, while other features leave us asking, “Seriously, why?” Today, convenience...Read More»

Nissan Altima Tire Pressure Assistant
The Best New-Car Features Of 2013

Some of the best ideas need no explanation, and many are relatively simple—things that make you ask, why didn't anyone come up with this before? That’s probably what you’re going to beam after first encountering a couple of our best features for 2013—Nissan’s Easy-Fill...Read More»

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