telematics

Rumor: GM Will Offer Some OnStar Services For Free To Take On Ford Sync
Rumor: GM Will Offer Some OnStar Services For Free To Take On Ford Sync

OnStar is the 800-pound gorilla of telematics systems: it came out early, and it came out swinging. OnStar is now available on 40+ vehicles across GM's wide-ranging lineup, meaning that customers in every income bracket have access to OnStar services (and its $199 - $299 annual subscription fee)...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz's Mbrace for the iPhone
Mercedes-Benz's New Mbrace System Offers Primo Concierge And Roadside Services

Pretend you're on a road trip. You've taken the family shopping, maybe indulged the younger ones (or your spouse) with a few hours of miniature golf, and now, you're ready for some You Time. Sushi and a day spa sound great, but you're on unfamiliar turf: to whom should you turn for advice? If...Read More»

CoPilot Live USA
Frugal Shopper: Want To Save Thousands? Skip The Nav System

If you're trying to pinch pennies with your next vehicle purchase and not sure about the extra cost of a factory-option in-car nav system, don't get it. Especially if you don’t intend to splurge and get a completely loaded vehicle, skipping a nav system makes sense. Cross off the requirement that...Read More»

Audi A8 MMI Navigation with Google functionality
Audi And Google Take Top Tech Honors (It's More Exciting Than It Sounds)

We love a good telematics system, and Audi's MMI is a really good one -- so good, in fact, that it took home the award for "Best Embedded Telematics Navigation Product" at the 2010 Telematics Awards. And before you ask: • Yes, there is an annual Telematics Awards ceremony. • Yes, there is a...Read More»

TomTom's interactive Star Wars game
On TomTom: 'Luke, I Am Your Father! Now, Take The Third Left.'

Tuesday was Star Wars Day, and we spent it the same way every other fanatic did: by ordering a couple of pizzas, cracking open a case of Mountain Dew, and polishing our Yoda figurines while watching Robot Chicken's obsessive, amazing Star Wars parody. We also downloaded Star Wars voices to our...Read More»

Intellidrive
Car Talk: Texas, IBM To Test Cars That Keep Tabs On One Another

A big part of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's job is making America's roadways safer. Over the past year or so, he's devoted much time and energy to fighting the hazard of distracted driving, but his newest program actually encourages talking on the go -- only now, it's the cars that...Read More»

App preview from Ford & U Mich's 'Cloud Computing in the Commute' project
Driving In The Cloud: Ford, UM Show Off New Apps For Your Car

Some people believe that electric vehicles will reshape the auto industry. Others think fuel cells are the game-changer. The funny thing is: they're both completely wrong. The biggest shake-up in the auto industry won't come from under the hood. It'll come from the dashboard, and it'll leverage the...Read More»

Screencap from Volkswagen's 'App My Ride' contest
Starting Today: Volkswagen Needs Your Input (To Beat the Ford Sync)

The mobile web is big business, but that technology has been a little late catching on in cars. Now, with the imminent release of new entertainment devices  from Ford, Hyundai, Kia, and others, automakers of all stripes are fast-tracking in-car internet systems. Volkswagen may be a bit behind the...Read More»

MyFord Touch
Ford Upgrades SYNC To Keep Virtual Bad Guys Out Of Your Car

The internet is a pretty magnificent thing. It allows us to stay in touch with family and friends. It helps small companies to do business around the globe. And of course, it brought you here. But as the web grows, consuming every square inch of our daily lives, it brings numerous threats --...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC70
Volvo Brings High-Tech To The Backseat With Wi-Fi And Touchscreens

The internet's slow, insidious takeover of Planet Earth inched forward at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, as Volvo unveiled a new, rear-seat entertainment system. The RSEi-500 debuted on the 2010 Volvo XC70, featuring touchscreens embedded in front-seat headrests, a built-in wi-fi router, and a 500gb...Read More»

Ford Sync with SIRIUS Travel
Ford Offers Six-Month Trial Of SIRIUS XM On Pre-Owned Vehicles

To boost business in these tough times, Ford Motor Company is now offering used-car customers a little lagniappe: a trial subscription to SIRIUS XM radio's "SIRIUS Everything" package. The service's 130+ channels of music, talk, and news ordinarily cost $12.95 per month, but they'll now be...Read More»

Ford Sync wi-fi hotspot
Eyes On The Road: New Tech Developments Diminish Distractions For Drivers

Here at TCC, we spend a lot of time reading and writing about roadway safety. In recent years, we've provided extensive coverage of distracted driving issues -- especially texting behind the wheel and more recently, in-car internet. Both are serious concerns (phone-related distractions caused 6,000...Read More»

Limited-edition Kia Soul 'Ignition'
Tech Watch: Kia To Launch Ford Sync Rival Next Week

Just months after Hyundai announced that it's planning a telematics system to rival GM's OnStar comes news that Hyundai's sister, Kia, is working on a Ford Sync-killer. Details about the system -- called UVO -- remain under wraps, but it's expected to debut at next week's Consumer Electronics Show...Read More»

2010 Ford Flex
Lincoln MKS, Ford Flex Are Tops In Nav-System Satisfaction

Happy with your nav system? So are a lot of Lincoln MKS and Ford Flex owners. The Clarion-supplied navigation systems in those vehicles have the most satisfied customers. Also ranking high are the systems in the Acura TL (Pioneer), Ford F-150 (Clarion), and Porsche 911 (Harman/Becker). Toyota's...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
OnStar Turn-By-Turn Is Free On Friday (To Current Subscribers)

Remember when HBO and Cinemax used to offer free weekends, just to show non-subscribers what they were missing? Well, General Motors' OnStar has taken half a page from that playbook: this Friday, OnStar will provide free turn-by-turn navigation -- but only to current subscribers. Presumably, the...Read More»

Affective Intelligent Driving Agent (AIDA) developed by MIT and Audi
MIT, Audi Develop Onboard Robot For Road-Trips & Guilt-Trips

Here at TheCarConnection.com, we see a lot of gadgets designed to enhance the driving experience. Like the Mercedes-Benz mbrace system we mentioned yesterday, most are telematics devices offering directions, traffic news, and other familiar data. But MIT's SENSEable City Lab envisions something...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz's Mbrace for the iPhone
Mercedez-Benz's 'Mbrace' Puts Luxury In Your Lap

The intersection between technology and daily life became slightly more seamless yesterday with the launch of Mercedes-Benz's new "mbrace" telematics system. It features a lot of the bells and whistles we've come to expect from such gadgetry, like roadside assistance, real-time traffic, and the...Read More»

GM Renaissance Center American flag
GM’s Post Bankruptcy Results, New Mercedes-Benz Mbrace: Today’s Car News

The results are in and by the looks of things GM is doing alright since emerging from bankruptcy back in July. The revitalized company may have posted a net loss of $1.2 billion for the third quarter of 2009 but revenues are up more than $4.9 billion on the preceding quarter. [Motor Authority] From...Read More»

Tutorial for the Aha Mobile iPhone app
Today In Tech: The Aha Mobile App For iPhone

First, the good news: technologically speaking, the Aha Mobile traffic app is at the front of the pack. It pairs the iPhone's built-in geolocation capabilities with data from INRIX, Yelp, SitOrSquat, and PhotoEnforced, making Aha your one-stop-shop for data on traffic, food, bathrooms, and speed...Read More»

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