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Family Cars With Drowsy Alert Technology
Family Cars With Drowsy Alert Technology

In keeping with Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 6-12, we thought it fitting to follow up our story on one-third of drivers admitting to driving while half-asleep with a list of some of the family cars available today with drowsy alert technology. While different manufacturers call their...Read More»

Ford Kuga Concept
2013 Ford Escape Debuts Hands-Free Liftgate Using Motion-Sensing Technology

When the all-new 2013 Ford Escape small SUV debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show in two weeks, it will showcase a handy feature that many busy parents can appreciate: a hands-free power liftgate. Who among us hasn’t fumbled in purse or pocket looking for the key fob to open the trunk while...Read More»

Ford Kuga Concept
2013 Ford Escape Uses Video Game Tech For Hands-Free Liftgate: Video

If you've ever found yourself carrying a load of groceries in the rain and cursed under your breath while fumbling for the key fob to open your car's liftgate, we have great news: the 2013 Ford Escape will let you open that gate with a simple gesture, meaning that your keys can stay in your pocket...Read More»

2012 Ford Explorer
Ford To Fit Lane-Keeping Technology On Explorer

Proving that technology eventually makes its way into mainstream affordable vehicles, sophisticated safety systems to keep drivers alert and in their lanes are now starting to appear on more and more family vehicles. Here we take a look at Ford’s new Lane Keeping System that debuts early next...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Family Cars With Self-Parking Technology

Remember back in driver’s ed, or when getting ready for your driving test at the DMV, when parallel parking was a tad tricky? Some drivers, even after navigating their cars for years, still have a difficult time parking, especially in tight situations. But several automakers offer...Read More»

GM's smartphone-based vehicle communication app
GM Develops Technology To Prevent Crashes

Safety technologies to help drivers minimize collisions on the road are a tremendous advancement, no doubt about it. But perhaps an even better solution is technology that can prevent crashes from ever occurring. At the recent Intelligent Transport World Systems Congress in Orlando, Florida...Read More»

Statistics on children and heat stroke, via Ward's Auto
Should NHTSA Mandate Technology To Prevent Child Heat Stroke Deaths In Cars?

A recent article in WardsAuto.com by Drew Winter caused a bit of a stir with its title, “The Nanny State Eyes Nanny Cars.” The gist of the story is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after its July 2011 roundtable in Washington, D.C. on child hyperthermia...Read More»

Statistics on children and heat stroke, via Ward's Auto
Preventing Children From Dying In Hot Cars: Good Or Bad?

Every summer, we see dozens of headlines about children being left in hot cars. Many suffer heat strokes, many die. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun exploring new technology -- and new mandates -- that might cut down on such tragic incidents. But is that good or bad?...Read More»

GM's newest Ecotec small engine family.
GM Announces New Ecotec Small Engine Family

GM’s Ecotec engines have been around since 2000 or so, and have been used to power everything from the Chevy Cavalier through the 2011 Saab 9-5. Currently available in displacements ranging from 1.4 liters (as used in the 2011 Chevy Cruze and upcoming 2012 Chevy Sonic) through 2.4 liters (as...Read More»

2013 Lexus GS 350
2012-2013 Family Cars With The Best Sound Systems

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could take our awesome home theater-surround sound system with us on the road, especially if we’re frequently traveling or carry the family along? Sure, it costs a little more for the best in-car sound systems direct from the factory, but isn’t the pure...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Genesis Prada
2014 Hyundai Genesis, Equus To Get Ten-Speed Automatic?

It was pretty much destined to happen. With luxury automakers climbing on the increased gear ratio bandwagon, giving us seven-, eight- and nine-speed transmissions, Hyundai is upping the ante even further with their in-house development of a ten-speed automatic for future luxury models. As...Read More»

2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
F-150 Raptor Gets Upgrades, BMW 5-Series Hybrid, Tesla: Car News Headlines

Hyundai is working on a 10-speed automatic and is bringing a rally-ready Veloster to SEMA. A camera-based collision detection system debuts on the 2012 GMC Terrain, and GM introduces the first front center air bag. All this and more in today's car news, right here on TheCarConnection. Hyundai, the...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Ups The Ante, Announces Ten-Speed Automatic Transmission

For the 2012 model year, Hyundai is launching an eight-speed automatic transmission in its Genesis and Equus luxury sedans. The transmission, developed by Hyundai in-house, promises to improve acceleration, boost fuel economy and deliver a smoother ride than more traditional six-speed...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
OnStar Is Watching (Even After Your Subscription Expires)

UPDATE: OnStar has issued a video clarifying the TOS. It's embedded below. Every day, it seems the world gets a little smaller, and like a slowly shrinking dormitory, it becomes harder to get any privacy. Sadly, the latest Terms of Service agreement from OnStar isn't making things easier for...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited
Best Backseat DVD Entertainment Systems: Parents, Bliss Out

Among the many features you can spend money on in the family car, one is perhaps most sought-after by passengers in the rear seat. In-car DVD rear entertainment systems, though often a bit costly, can make a big difference between back-seat peace and quiet and sibling rivalry gone awry. We took a...Read More»

The BUGswarm fuel economy challenge module. Image: Ford Motor Company
Ford Partners With Bug Labs On Modular, Connected Car Accessories

How about a module that compares your fuel economy to drivers around you, then displays the information on an interactive map? Whether you need that at all, or whether it will be another distraction, is the subject of some debate; but Ford is betting that some drivers will want this (or other cloud...Read More»

Ford MyKey Message Center-- Buckle Up
Bad News, Euro Teens: Ford's MyKey System Crosses The Pond In 2012

We’ve got bad news for teen drivers living in Europe: starting in 2012, Ford will import the MyKey system into Europe, which means no more top-speed runs down the Autobahn in dad’s new Taurus SHO. You can also forget about cranking Rammstein at threshold-of-pain volumes, or even playing...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Toyota Camry, 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid, Fireworks Laden SUV: Today's Car News

We drive the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry. [TheCarConnection] Volkswagen might be working on a seven-seat SUV. [TheCarConnection] Ford and Toyota team up on telematics. [AllCarTech] Here are five electric cars you'll still be able to buy in five years. [GreenCarReports] Steve McQueen's 1970 Porsche...Read More»

Kia Four-Door Sports Sedan Concept
Ford And Toyota Collaborate, 2012 Jeep Wrangler, Kia Concept: Today's Car News

We drive the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. [TheCarConnection] Ford and Toyota are going to collaborate on future hybrid development for rear-wheel drive vehicles. [GreenCarReports] The national "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" campaign runs from August 19 through September 5. [FamilyCarGuide] We unravel...Read More»

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