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OnStar Family Link Pilot Program Helps Parents Track Teens
OnStar Family Link Pilot Program Helps Parents Track Teens

Parents have it tough, trying to keep track of their teens driving the family car. With a new system from OnStar called Family Link, however, the job could get a whole lot easier. Of course, for now, the program is just in the pilot stages. But there’s obviously a great deal of interest in...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
Need To Keep Tabs On Your Teen? OnStar Could Soon Help

Parents of teenagers have it rough -- the backtalk, the defiance, the growth spurts. Perhaps worst of all is having to worry about young, inexperienced drivers, but General Motors is working on an update to OnStar that could put parents' minds at ease. GM is testing a new OnStar service called...Read More»

Ford SYNC
Ford Drops The Price Of SYNC To End Distracted Driving

A string of new studies have shown that when it comes to cars, shoppers love high-tech options -- particularly those involving navigation and infotainment features. That may explain why Ford has decided to cut the price of its popular SYNC telematics system. The $100 discount will make SYNC a $295...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60 4-door Sedan Temperature Controls
Opinion: Make Collision Avoidance Systems Mandatory

When I was a teenager back in the '80s, we relied almost exclusively on the car to get us around. It was the car because the bus was slow and infrequent. Furthermore, a car was a sign you were successful enough to not have to resort to public transportation. Or worse - your bike. I also remember...Read More»

OnStar FMV
OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) Now Available for 90K Older Vehicles

The OnStar suite of automotive safety and security services is now available for some 90 million older vehicles on the road in an out-of-the-box application called OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle). The cost for OnStar FMV is $299.95, plus $75 installation. The product will be available July 24 at Best...Read More»

2011 Volvo XC60
IIHS: Volvo's City Safety Cuts Low-Speed Car Accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is giving praise to an anti-collision system developed by Volvo and used on their XC60 crossover. The IIHS found that Volvo’s City Safety system can reduce frontal crash accidents by as much as 25 percent, and can reduce property damage claims...Read More»

Volvo City Safety collision-avoidance system
Volvo Crash-Avoidance System Cuts Accidents By About 25%

There's no question that technology has made auto travel safer -- in fact, gadgets ranging from safety belts to airbags are at least partially responsible for the fact that U.S. highway fatalities have hit record lows. According to a new study, collision-avoidance systems like Volvo's City Safety...Read More»

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DOT’s Connected Vehicle Drive Clinics Gear Up for 6-City Test

Although the first venue in the six-city U. S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Drive Clinics is just weeks away, there’s a lot at stake in what happens. Dubbed the Driver Acceptance Clinics, these clinics are designed to test how drivers respond to and accept in-car...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Adaptive Cruise Control Available For Ford Focus, Just Not Here

In Europe, buyers of the 2012 Ford Focus can equip their cars with adaptive cruise control. Once found exclusively on luxury cars, the technology has decreased in cost to the point where offering it on mainstream C-segment vehicles can be done profitably. That’s not to say that all adaptive...Read More»

Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot in action
VW's Temporary Auto Pilot Shows The Future of Motoring

Today, new cars can be equipped with such high-tech features as adaptive cruise control, which keeps a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you, and lane departure correction, which gently nudges you back into a lane should you begin to drift over a lane marker. In the future...Read More»

2012 Volvo S60 R-Design
Volvo Researches ‘Road Train’ Software Technology For Future Hands-Free Driving

An intriguing story out of Fast Company really got us thinking: Could U.S. drivers one day (in the rather distant future) be convinced to join a “road train” and engage in truly hands-free driving? The concept is more than just a fantasy. Volvo is already hard at work developing...Read More»

Getaround
Getaround Car-Sharing Service Gains Traction (But We Have Doubts)

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about RelayRides, a car-sharing start-up that lets folks loan out their vehicles to friends and strangers for cold, hard cash. Now, a similar peer-to-peer start-up seems to be drawing a lot of attention and at least one high-profile investor. Is this the way of...Read More»

MyLincoln Touch - 2011 Lincoln MKX
Should Apple's iCloud Integrate With Cars? #YouTellUs

In-car electronics have suddenly become all about the apps--who has 'em, and what can they do, with Pandora and Stitcher being two of the more popular audio streaming applications. Today Apple confirmed it has big plans for a new iCloud service. A formal announcement comes next Monday, June 6 at...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In
'Toyota Friend' Links Driver, Car, Dealer and Factory

Toyota has developed a new telematics system called “Toyota Friend”, which looks to bring interactive social media into your Toyota automobile. Developed jointly between Toyota and Salesforce.com, the system allows communication between the driver, the car, the dealership and the...Read More»

Cadillac CTS or iPad2: who wins? Image: YouTube user SoldierKnowsBest
Car Vs. Apple iPad 2: Which One Wins?

Would you jump up and down on your iPad 2, smash it with a hammer and then drive over it repeatedly with a car? Chances are good that your answer to those questions would be “no,” yet that’s exactly what product tester and YouTube reviewer SoldierKnowsBest did in the video below...Read More»

BMW 8-speed transmission
BMW Working On GPS-Linked Transmission

When it comes to the automobile, there are useful technologies like electronic stability control and anti-lock braking systems, that make driving safer for the vast majority of motorists. Then there's technology for technology’s sake, like rain-sensing wipers or like BMW’s latest...Read More»

Field sobriety test
Four Senators Push Takedown Of Apps That Show DUI Checkpoints, One Provider Complies

Four U.S. Senators have come out swinging against smartphone apps that reveal DUI checkpoints, allowing potentially intoxicated motorists to find alternate ways to the next whiskey bar. The Senators sent letters to Apple, Google, and Research In Motion asking the companies to remove offending apps...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 towing a trailer
Ford Truck App Offers Towing Tips For F-Series Owners

The first towing app for pickups is coming soon from Ford, but it's not the kind of app you're probably thinking of: it uses a built-in four-by-two inch screen to display information, checklists, and tips to help make towing easier. The app is exclusive to Ford F-Series trucks. Ford says more than...Read More»

Toyota 'Ideas for Good' ad about head injuries and football helmets
Video: NFL Censored Toyota Ad Because It Hit Too Close To Home

If you follow football, you know that there's been a lot of talk lately about the damage done to player's brains. According to an article in the New York Times, at least 20 former NFL players have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease that can result in memory...Read More»

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