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Google's plan for tomorrow's dashboards (smartphone not included)
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»

Didi Chuxing website
Apple gambles on ride-sharing with $1b investment in Didi Chuxing, China's Uber

Most of the recent talk around Apple and automobiles has centered on the company's highly secretive (but not especially secret) work on autonomous electric cars. When and if those vehicles will roll into showrooms is still anyone's guess, but one thing's certain: Apple is increasingly interested in...Read More»

Apple CarPlay On Ford's SYNC3
Technology More Important Than Car Color For 77% Of Shoppers

Over the past decade and a half, much of the world has changed the way that it consumes media. We download music in seconds, rather than visiting record shops. We use gadgets like Roku and apps like Sling instead of keeping pricey cable TV subscriptions. And most of us emptied our gloveboxes of...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
5 Biggest Car Stories Of CES: Faraday Future, Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, And One More Thing

In recent years, there's been a growing overlap between the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In fact, some would argue that CES is more exciting than NAIAS because it features more concepts, more far-out, pie-in-the-sky...Read More»

Apple CarPlay On Ford's SYNC3
Ford SYNC Adds Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, And Other Features For 2017, 2016 Models

If you love your smartphone as much as we do, and if you drive a new Ford, we've got some very exciting news: Ford has said that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will both roll out to the SYNC 3 infotainment system this year, as will several other useful features. Over the past year, Ford SYNC has...Read More»

Cadillac CUE With Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay Is Apparently A Big Selling Point For GM Shoppers

Apple fans have waited more than two years for the CarPlay infotainment system to arrive. Now that the roll-out has finally begun, we can ask: has it been worth the wait? According to some dealers, the answer is a resounding "yes". In fact, reports from the field suggest that CarPlay may be a big...Read More»

Cadillac CUE With Apple CarPlay
Yes, Drivers Do Want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto...When They Know What It Is

Why wouldn’t new-car buyers want to take their familiar smartphone interface and apps into their vehicle? It’s an open question asked in the wake of results released this past week by J.D. Power, mentioning Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as among the 14 technology features that 20...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto

This week, J.D. Power released its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, which reveals that motorists often don't use or appreciate the high-tech features in their new cars. The results should be a wake-up call to automakers around the globe. Heck, even Apple and Google should...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»

Google Android Auto
Automakers Concerned About Google Data-Mining Us In The Car

Unless you live a very isolated, disconnected existence, you’re probably leaving quite the trail for Google. Are you ready to leave more of a trail about how you stay connected in your car? Of course we already do drive around with GPS-tagging, server-connecting smartphones in our vehicles...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»

From the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study
J.D. Power: Younger Drivers Will Pay Nearly Twice As Much For In-Car Tech Than Older Shoppers

J.D. Power has released its 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study, which surveys consumers to gauge their opinions on in-car technology. As interesting as the study is, though, we can't say that it's full of surprises. ALSO SEE: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 To gather data for the study, Power polled over...Read More»

Liviu Tudoran's "Apple iMove" design study
Of Course Apple Is Building An Autonomous Electric Car. The Question Is: Should It?

Over the weekend, news broke that Apple is seriously investigating the possibility of creating an all-electric, autonomous car. People the world over seemed shocked and awed, but among those who've been paying attention, the revelation isn't too surprising. DON'T MISS: Self-Driving Cars Could Slash...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»

HAL 9000 from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey
Your Car's Voice Recognition System Is Terrible, Isn't It?

Be honest: you hate your car's voice recognition software, right? We're not talking about Siri or Google or Cortana or some other system that works via your smartphone, we're talking about the one that an automaker installed in your car. The one that gets you more worked up than a heated...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»

Pioneer's aftermarket options for Apple's CarPlay
Hungry For Apple CarPlay But Don't Want To Buy A New Car? Pioneer Has Aftermarket Options

Apple fans have a reputation for doing crazy things to get their hands on the latest products from Cupertino. So far, this year's most anticipated offering is Apple's in-dash CarPlay system, which gives drivers easy access to music, messages, and more without having to fumble with their iPhone...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»