telematics

Ford Drops The Price Of SYNC To End Distracted Driving
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 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle information iPhone app
Today's Car Thieves Can Use Cell Phones, Not Slim Jims

If you have a new car, equipped with the latest in cellular-network-based security, we’ve got bad news for you. A group of hackers has proven that they can find a vehicle’s specific location, remotely unlock it, and start it using nothing more than a simple cell-phone-initiated text...Read More»

GM OnStar FMV
Win OnStar FMV System Via Facebook Contest

Earlier today, OnStar announced its OnStar For My Vehicle (FMV) system for launch on July 24th. If you can't wait that long, or just want it for free, OnStar is giving out OnStar FMV via a Facebook contest. OnStar FMV adds OnStar to most non-GM vehicles with an aftermarket mirror that replaces your...Read More»

Texting while driving
Ford Is First To Support Cell Phone Ban. Will Sync Sales Soar?

Yesterday, Ford announced its support of a federal law banning the use of handheld cell phones by drivers. It's the first automaker to do so, and as a result, it's received praise from advocacy groups. But the clever move also offers Ford some advantages in showrooms, too. Background The "Safe...Read More»

2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink
Will Ford's Live SYNC Assistants Match OnStar? #YouTellUs

Ford's SYNC system has a lot of features, but the one thing it is missing is a real live person. That may be changing, as Ford has announced it is beta-testing live operator assistance for its SYNC services. Ford says no extra hardware or software is necessary. By using the Operator Assist voice...Read More»

Ford SYNC Destinations app
Can Ford's Live SYNC Beat OnStar? #YouTellUs

Ford announced yesterday that it will begin beta-testing live operator assistance for SYNC services. The concept is similar to what OnStar offers with directions and points of interest. But will SYNC beat OnStar at its own game? Ford has already set itself up as a technology leader with SYNC...Read More»

MyFord Touch
Ford Plummets In Initial Quality Rankings, MyFord Touch To Blame

In 2010, Ford was ranked fifth overall in J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey (IQS). In 2011, the automaker plunged to twenty-third overall, slotting in just above Nissan but just below Ram. Even luxury-brand Lincoln took a significant hit in initial quality ratings, falling from eight...Read More»

Hyundai Blue Link screen interface
Hyundai Prices Blue Link Telematics System

Hyundai has mastered the Japanese art of first launching, then improving on, technology like that from your competitors. Such is the case with their Blue Link telematics system, which will offer features that OnStar users will be intimately familiar with, but include additional functions aimed...Read More»

Teen driving
NHTSA Puts Industry On Notice: A Car Is Not A Mobile Device

Continuing a campaign initiated by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) addressed the Telematics Detroit 2011 conference with harsh words on the growing trend to integrate infotainment technology into cars. David...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»

OnStar for Retail
Didn't Buy Onstar After Six Free Months? GM Wants You Back

If you're like almost half of GM new-car buyers, you didn't choose to pay the monthly fee to continue Onstar services once the first six months, which are free, elapsed. Don't worry, though: General Motors still loves you. In fact, GM is planning an aggressive campaign to woo people like you back...Read More»

Hyundai Blue Link rear-view mirror
Blue Link Suite Of Services To Debut In 2012 Hyundai Veloster And Sonata

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Hyundai unveiled a new Blue Link system that will rival GM's OnStar and "will offer more than 30 unique connectivity features." Just as with OnStar, these services will be available through a rearview-mirror-mounted interface, or via the...Read More»

Ford SYNC
Ford SYNC Hits The 3 Million Mark

Ford SYNC hit an important milestone this week: the popular telematics and infotainment system has now been installed in 3,000,000 Ford vehicles. Though impressive, that figure shouldn't be too surprising. Consumers and critics alike have been impressed with SYNC since its debut in 2007. Over time...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
GM Wants To Give OnStar Subscribers A Break -- On Insurance

General Motors' OnStar service has been popular with consumers, but it's facing stiff competition from other providers that offer many of the same services -- often, for free. How can GM stay competitive? By scoring insurance rate reductions for OnStar subscribers. GM has been working to secure...Read More»

Homer Simpson on TomTom
TomTom Posts Major Profit Loss: Is The End Near?

Earlier today, TomTom posted a major drop in profit for the third quarter of 2010. How major? About 37%. That may not be the deathknell for the Dutch telematics company, but TomTom clearly needs to revamp its strategy if it wants to avoid the corporate coffin down the line. Part of TomTom's problem...Read More»

Ford Sync with SIRIUS Travel
Floodgates Officially Open: Ford Releases SDK For Sync Apps

Whether you're a techie, a social media junkie, a car fan, or all of the above, you should know: the future is officially here. It arrived in the form of a software develoment kit (SDK) for the Sync system, issued by Ford. Along with the SDK came news that Ford is also developing an application...Read More»

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Like That Driver In The Next Lane? Now You Can Stalk Her/Him With Bump.com

So there you are, puttering along, minding your own business, when some hottie rolls up beside you, gives a long, lingering glance, then zips down the road. Finding that gal or guy used to mean posting a "Missed Connections" ad in your local paper, which seemed sad and desperate and potentially...Read More»

OnStar engineer demonstrates OnStar MyLink for mobile phone applications.
OnStar Rumors Are True: Upgrades Bring The Service Into The 21st Century

Last week, we reported not once, but twice about rumored upgrades to General Motors' popular OnStar service. Now, they're no longer rumors: the upgrades are coming, and they're coming soon. Well, probably. Most of today's news from GM centers around stuff we've already mentioned -- stuff which is...Read More»

Facebook and OnStar logos
Typing Is For Chumps: OnStar Lets You Speak Your Facebook Updates, Listen To Mail

It seems like just yesterday we were discussing GM's plans for OnStar, and now, we're getting more information about the popular telematics system's new offerings -- namely, a voice-to-text feature that will allow users to speak their Facebook updates and listen to their Facebook mail. The feature...Read More»

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