Gadgets/Products

Recall Alert: Belkin TuneBase May Catch Fire
Recall Alert: Belkin TuneBase May Catch Fire

There are lots of ways to enjoy music from portable devices in your car. Many new vehicles come with built-in iPhone/iPod docks, but there are a range of other options,¬† including Belkin's popular TuneBase device. The TuneBase plugs into your car's cigarette lighter, keeping gadgets charged as you...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»

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»

Riding shotgun
Holiday Preparations: Know The Rules Of Shotgun

It feels like summer just ended, but another round of mini-vacations lies just around the corner. Holiday road trips aren't usually as fun as the summertime variety, since they typically involve moms, dads, and eggnog-scented aunts, but a few precautions will make them slightly more enjoyable. We...Read More»

Monitoring lights for drivers (from GreenRoad)
New Ways To Watch Your Teen Driver, Courtesy Of GreenRoad

Back in the 18th century, British philosopher Jeremy Bentham came up with a nifty way to keep prisoners in line: as long as the incarcerated thought they were being watched, they behaved, even if they couldn't see the guards. The same "big brother" philosophy has been used ad nauseam since then...Read More»

Car Finder app for iPhone
Just In Time For Shopping Season: Car Finder For The iPhone

Here at TCC, we cover a lot of applications for mobile devices, and at the risk of sounding like shills for Apple, we've stumbled across another one that could come in handy -- especially for mall mavens during the coming holiday season. The app is called "Car Finder", and it's designed to help...Read More»

The LTE Connected Car concept
Video: LTE Connected Car May Be The Future Of Telematics

Over the past couple of weeks, we've mentioned several systems that bring home computer-like services to automobiles. We've discussed proprietary systems like Ford's Microsoft Sync and its rumored Hyundai rival, and, at the other end of the spectrum, in-car routers that function as "dumb pipes"...Read More»

Scion Kogi xD mobile kitchen from MV Designs
Extreme Tailgating With The Scion Kogi xD From MV Designs

Looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to wow your fellow tailgaters? You could go the obvious route with an impressively oversized SUV, but really, where's the fun in that? Far more interesting is this sweet ride from MV Designs, which crams everything you need for beers and brats into a...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata South Korean model shown
Rumor: Hyundai Developing Telematics To Rival OnStar, Sync

Rumor has it that Hyundai is working on its own telematics system to rival GM's OnStar and Ford's Microsoft Sync. The news comes via a memo from Hyundai's manager of brand strategy, wherein he asks members of a focus group to help name the new product. Apparently, the system will have four¬† major...Read More»

Ford Microsoft SYNC
Ford Wants Cloud Computing, Social Media On Sync System

"The Cloud" is hot news these days: it gives people the ability to upload data to the web -- spreadsheets, movies, music files -- and access them from anywhere. That's exciting stuff, and it explains why Ford has cracked open the operating system on its popular Sync software for students at the...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
General Motors Takes OnStar To China

In what could be one of General Motors' smartest moves in recent years, the company has announced plans to roll out its popular OnStar system in China. This marks the first time OnStar will be offered outside North America. The service will be available as of December 6 -- first in Cadillacs, then...Read More»

Caddy goes high-tech
Buick, Chevy, And GM Join Cadillac On The Info Superhighway

Back in March, we mentioned that Cadillac planned to offer Wi-Fi routers as a special option on most of its vehicle lineup. Now comes word that General Motors is extending the service, making on-the-go high-speed web access available on Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC models, too. Like the Cadillac...Read More»

The INRIX TRAFFIC! app
Mobile Apps: INRIX TRAFFIC! For iPhone And Android Users

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but there are loads of other things you can get for nothing -- including thousands of applications for mobile phones. Notable among them is the INRIX TRAFFIC! app, which has been available on the iPhone for some time, and recently launched on the...Read More»

Automoblox HR2 hotrod
Tchotchke Watch: Automoblox Rolls Out New Models This Fall

Here at TCC, we're of two minds about the toy vehicles put out by Automoblox. Aesthetically speaking, they're fairly awesome: spare, abstract, and evocative. On the other hand, they feel a little like toys for aging hipsters who've begun to wax nostalgic about the days of sandboxes...Read More»

Hammacher Schlemmer Red Light Camera Detector
Traffic Cam Detector: For The Bad Driver Who Has Everything

Nobody likes traffic cams, but most urban dwellers have come to accept them as an unfortunate part of city driving. Still, there are quite a few folks who'll want a second look at this new dashtop red light camera detector, made by everyone's favorite sea-level SkyMall, Hammacher Schlemmer. Yeah...Read More»

The iPhone app from Mercedes-Benz Financial
Need To Pay Your Car Note? Mercedes-Benz Has An App For That

The concept of making payments by mobile phone is not a new one. For years, articles and ads have heralded a bright, shiny future wherein we'll all be able to purchase soft drinks, gas, and other things with a wave of our phones instead of that "other plastic" (i.e. the trusty credit card)...Read More»

FollowMe portable navigation unit from Toyota and TomTom
Toyota Launches Portable GPS

This opening line from Toyota's latest press release may be the emptiest sentence we'll read all day: "Toyota Genuine's all-new FollowMe navigation unit is a stylish in-dash navigation and audio solution, which enables simultaneous and seamless operation of navigation, communication and...Read More»

Pronto4 System
Technology: Pronto4 System Lets Vehicles Drive Themselves

A couple of months ago, John Voelcker reported on a futuristic, self-driving vehicle dreamed up by Google's industrial designers. That sort of personalized, automated transport may seem fairly sci-fi, but it's not as far off as you might think. For proof, look no further than the Pronto4 System...Read More»

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