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GM embraces Google voice, maps
GM embraces Google voice, maps

General Motors announced Friday that it is moving toward a more connected in-car experience with the upcoming integration of Google Assistant and embedded Google applications, including navigation via Google Maps. With this announcement, GM joins automakers such as Volvo in expanding in-car...Read More»

Apple iPhone SE lineup
iPhone users more likely than Android users to text behind the wheel

Results of a study conducted by an insurance comparison website revealed that iPhone users may be more likely than Android users to text and check their phones will driving. The Zebra surveyed 2,107 Americans and shared the results of its study with The Car Connection on Wednesday. The study found...Read More»

2019 Toyota Sienna
Toyota reportedly will add Android Auto to its cars

Good news, Android fans. A Bloomberg report Monday said that Toyota and Google have reached an agreement that will see Android Auto compatibility appear in the automaker's cars in the future. The report cited, but did not name, a Toyota representative who said the automaker could announce Android...Read More»

2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive
Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi to switch to Android-powered infotainment system for next generation

Smartphone compatibility is a major selling point in new cars, with a majority of new vehicles offering either Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or both with their standard infotainment systems. Nissan and Mitsubishi, members of the aptly-named Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, are taking things a...Read More»

Mazda Apple CarPlay connectivity
Mazda finally gets on board with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in U.S.

And then there were three—or maybe four. With Mazda's announcement Tuesday that its 2018 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan will soon be Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible (and retrofittable), just a handful of major new car brands lack support for iOS and one more isn't on board with Google. The...Read More»

2018 Toyota C-HR
Toyota owners to get Linux system instead of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. Hooray?

Nearly two years ago, Toyota stunned much of the auto world when it revealed that it had no plans to offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on any of its vehicles. Instead, Toyota said that it was going to build an infotainment system of its own. New reports indicate that work on that system is...Read More»

Ford SYNC 3
Ford adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto with first over-the-air update

Today, much of the auto world's attention is focused on the game of musical chairs taking place in Ford Motor Company's corner offices. In all the hubbub, though, you might've missed a truly interesting technology tidbit: the automaker has rolled out Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to late-model...Read More»

Anti-Scientology Protest, February 10, 2008 (by Flickr user Strevo)
9 popular Android car apps vulnerable to hackers, putting owners at risk

As we tumble headlong into the Era of the Connected Car, one thing engineers are struggling to address is the possibility that evildoers might hack our cars' burgeoning networks. Unfortunately, a new report suggests that automakers have left open a fairly large back door for the bad guys--a back...Read More»

Apple CarPlay, in 2016 Hyundai Sonata
What technology do you want most in your next car? Our poll results

Today's cars are loaded with high-tech features--some great, some not so great. While a bit of that technology comes standard on new vehicles, much of it doesn't, which means consumers have to pay extra for it. And that presents a dilemma for many new-car shoppers: unless they're of unlimited...Read More»

Android Auto
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»

Apple CarPlay
Ford offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in all 2017 models

Good news, Apple and Android fans: every 2017 Ford model in the U.S. will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That's because Ford is rolling out its latest telematics platform, SYNC 3, to the full 2017 model-year lineup. As the automaker revealed back in January, SYNC 3 is what makes CarPlay...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»

Android Auto in the 2016 Chevrolet Spark
Want Android Auto In Your Next Chevrolet? Get It Via Software Update On 2016 Models

Android Auto first began making headlines in early 2014. Since then, fans of Google's mobile operating system have been patiently waiting for the software to roll out to cars. The bad news is, the wait isn't over for most folks. Chevrolet will be one of the first mass-market auto brands to offer...Read More»

Apple Vice President Eddy Cue announces iOS7 vehicle integration at WWDC 2013
Toyota Chooses Not To Offer Apple's CarPlay Or Google's Android Auto: Dumbest Move Ever?

Yesterday, we told you about Audi, BMW, and Daimler, who have banded together to keep Google from dominating the mapping industry and, thus, the autonomous car industry. Now, Toyota has done something similar, but in many ways, dumber. Far dumber. The automaker has decided not to offer Apple's...Read More»

The open-source version of Ford AppLink called SmartDeviceLink or SDL
Toyota Teams With Ford To Stop Apple, Google From Dominating Dashboards

Car companies aren't known for creating awesome infotainment systems. In fact, though today's vehicles are mechanically very good, quality scores have plummeted because of terrible in-dash software. That's why many shoppers are excited about the long-overdue arrival of Google's Android Auto and...Read More»

Apple CarPlay.
Waiting For Apple CarPlay And Android Auto? We Hope You Brought A Book

In 2013, Apple introduced something called "iOS in the Car", an infotainment system that could run on dashboards, mimicking the screens of our beloved iPhones. Early last year -- nearly 14 months ago -- Apple renamed the product CarPlay and said that it would become available on Ferrari...Read More»

2014 Cadillac ATS
GM Takes Cue From Amazon, Builds Its Own Infotainment System On Android

Here's what we know: 1. Consumers generally hate infotainment systems designed by automakers. (Sometimes, they hate them so much, they file lawsuits.) 2. All that hatred has had an impact on quality and reliability ratings. 3. Both Apple and Google hope to improve the infotainment experience with...Read More»

Google Android Auto
Android Auto, Google's Answer To Apple's CarPlay

Back in January, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Google announced its plans for world dashboard domination. We didn't get much in the way of details, but were told that the company's unnamed infotainment system for center stacks would come to Audi, General Motors, Honda, and Hyundai vehicles...Read More»

Screencap from demo of Windows in the Car
Hold The (Windows) Phone: Microsoft Wants To Take Over Your Dashboard, Too!

For years, automakers have attempted to refine our dashboards, making them as slick, simple, intuitive, and interactive as our smartphones. For the most part, they have failed. Miserably. Thankfully, smartphone manufacturers -- or rather, the companies that build the operating systems powering...Read More»

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