telematics

Android Auto now works in any car--and it's free
Android Auto now works in any car--and it's free

So far, automakers have done a pretty terrible job of designing infotainment systems. Those systems are so bad, they're causing quality scores to plummet and inspiring unpleasant lawsuits. And yet, automakers stubbornly keep churning out wonky in-dash tech. Toyota went so far as to say that it...Read More»

Google previews Android-based infotainment system
Google's plan for tomorrow's dashboards (smartphone not included)

This week, Google held its annual I/O conference for developers. At least one of the company's announcements could have automakers shaking in their boots or jumping for joy, depending on their point of view. The announcement came by way of a beautifully tricked-out dashboard on a Maserati Ghibli...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»

The Matrix
Despite Hacking Concerns, Computerization & Networking Of Cars Are Good Things: Discuss

The auto world seems hyper-sensitive to hacking these days -- and rightly so. Good-guy hackers have exposed numerous vulnerabilities in today's telematics systems, which could be exploited to frustrate drivers, pilfer personal information about owners, or worse. But are these worries just growing...Read More»

Volvo 'roam delivery'
Volvo Project Aims To Make 'Roam Delivery' Easier Than Home Delivery

Do you have issues with home package delivery? What if you could simply get deliveries tucked neatly into your car? The automaker Volvo is working on that. It cites 2013 data, noting that 60 percent of those shopping online have, and that home delivery in general places additional time...Read More»

Police car with headlights on
Ford Develops New Way Of Tracking Police Actions To Save Lives & Boost Public Confidence

America's police have an image problem. As kids, many of us are introduced to Officer Friendly, and we're taught that police are forces for good. But as we get older, we read headlines about racial profiling, we see officers set up speed traps, we hear about entire departments outsourcing traffic...Read More»

Apple CarPlay.
CarPlay Comes To The iPhone In iOS Update (But When Will It Come To Volkswagen?)

CarPlay hasn't appeared in actual cars yet, but Apple has already begun laying the groundwork for its arrival via the latest update to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1. DON'T MISS: Tiny Florida Town's Pursuit Of Speeders May Get It Wiped Off The Map The update began rolling out yesterday, and...Read More»

Ford SYNC preset text messaging responses
Ford Drops Microsoft, Will Build Next Infotainment Systems Using Blackberry. Wait, What?

If you love your Ford but hate Ford Sync, listen up: according to Detroit News, Ford may soon ditch the Microsoft platform that underlies Sync and migrate to a new, more stable system. SYNC: THEN AND NOW When Microsoft first partnered with Ford to build infotainment systems for cars, Bill Gates was...Read More»

Designer Matthaeus Krenn's proposed telematics interface
Designer Creates New Touchscreen That's More Terrifying Than Anything We've Seen

If you have a (relatively) new car, the center stack is probably flawed. You'd hoped for something sleek and intuitive, and instead, you wound up with Lieutenant Uhura's computer from Star Trek: lots of bells and whistles that don't seem to do much of anything. This is a major problem, and solving...Read More»

MyFord Touch system in the 2014 Ford Fiesta - image: Ford Motor Company
Despite Complaints, Ford Sync & MyFord Touch Remain Popular

Two years ago, J.D. Power published a brutal assessment of Ford Motor Company: in just one year, the company's rank on Power's Initial Quality Survey plummeted from #5 to #23. The tumble wasn't due to dodgy build quality on the vehicles themselves. Rather, it was almost entirely attributed to...Read More»

Monotype and MIT AgeLab study links fonts with reduced driver distraction risk
Garamond Vs. Arial: Fonts Can Increase Your Risk Of Crashing

Design fanatics spend a lot of time obsessing over fonts. They debate the readability of Times Roman, the 20th-century functionalism of Helvetica, the low-level IQ of Comic Sans. (Which has generated a hilariously profane response from Comic Sans itself.) But discussion of typefaces is more than an...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz app store for European customers
Did Mercedes-Benz Just Debut The Future Of In-Car Apps?

As everyone with a smartphone or tablet knows, apps are big business. But searching online shops for the app you need can be frustrating -- and Mercedes-Benz isn't simplifying matters. Today's app environment Today's consumers purchase most of their apps for one of two platforms: Android or iOS...Read More»

Audi A3 e-tron prototype: first drive, June 2012
Audi A3 e-tron Prototype Driven, 2013 Cadillac ATS: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media we drove the Audi A3 e-tron prototype and Mitsubishi teased the upcoming Outlander Plug-In Hybrid. Mercedes-Benz said it isn't going to build a four-door SLS AMG and we took a look at new car features you don't really need. All this and more in today's car news, right here...Read More»

2012 Audi A8 L
Luxury Car Concierge Services: Who's The Best Jeeves?

Having it all when it comes to luxury car ownership increasingly includes comprehensive concierge services--little touches like car pickup and delivery, guaranteed loaner cars, even free detailing. Ward’s Auto data shows that factory concierge service share is up from 14 percent in cars, and...Read More»

Chrysler's DriveUconnect website for Uconnect owners
Chrysler Launches New Uconnect User Guide Website

Smartphone connectivity, navigation systems, Pandora and Stitcher and a multitude of other high-tech devices and applications may be all the rage, but they do require a certain amount of education and, well, common sense when used in a vehicle. As families search for ways to become smarter about...Read More»

Chrysler's DriveUconnect website for Uconnect owners
Chrysler Launches Uconnect Website To Dodge Ford's Fate

Technology is a great thing -- except when it's not. While computers, smartphones, and satnav have generally made our lives easier, they have to be designed to be usable by folks across the tech spectrum, from web-savvy grandparents to their even-more-savvy grandchildren. To that end, Chrysler has...Read More»

Jaguar C-X16 Concept
2012 Chrysler 200 Driven, 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Coda: Today's Car News

Coda has set up shop in a...mall. [GreenCarReports] We drive the 2012 Chrysler 200 and find it to be stylish, but not glamorous. [TheCarConnection] The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has 580 horsepower. [MotorAuthority] Here are some energy facts for your consideration. [GreenCarReports] Kia is already...Read More»

OnStar FMV
Would You Buy OnStar From A Dealer Or Best Buy?

Earlier this year, General Motors announced plans to sell OnStar as an aftermarket system called OnStar FMV (or "For My Vehicle"). The company recently made good on its promise, shipping OnStar FMV kits to select dealerships across the country, as well as other shops like Best Buy. Which raises at...Read More»

State Farm's In-Drive telematics system
State Farm Launches OnStar Competitor: In-Drive [UPDATED]

It's no secret that car shoppers are smitten with technology, and nothing is hotter right now than the mix of navigation and concierge services known generally as "telematics". GM has made a bundle with OnStar, and now State Farm has partnered with Hughes Telematics to grab its own slice of the pie...Read More»

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