Gadgets

Today In Tech: Ford Launches HD Radio And iTunes Tagging
Today In Tech: Ford Launches HD Radio And iTunes Tagging

Digital radios are much like the standard sets that many people have in their cars today, except they offer access to free, crystal-clear, digital programming that's hidden from analog units. iBiquity's digital HD Radio sets have been around for a few years now, working to make up market share lost...Read More»

Mustang Pool Table
Last-Minute Shopper: 1965 Ford Mustang Pool Table

Okay, so technically, you can't get this 1965 Ford Mustang pool table in time for Christmas. In fact, so far as we can tell, nobody will find one of these babies under the tree tomorrow, since MustangPoolTable.com only seems to be "taking orders" for them. However, you'd be hard-pressed to find any...Read More»

Eko light concept by Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic
Traffic Light Countdown Display Could Ease Anxiety. Or Not.

Drivers in urban areas have developed countless ways to cope with red light anxiety -- that frustration that stems from not knowing when that pesky traffic light dangling overhead will turn green. Some folks keep their eyes trained on pedestrian crossing signs, waiting for them to switch from...Read More»

Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything by Stephen Bayley
Last-Minute Loot: Ten Days, Ten Gifts From HighGearMedia

A few weeks ago, we offered readers some great picks for holiday gifts.  And we know that some of you took our advice, but others...well, you've waited, haven't you? Don't worry, we're not here to judge. (Much.) No, we're here to help with ten great gifts -- one for each day remaining until...Read More»

Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile
Tech Update: Wi-Fi Now Available On Seven Chevy Models

Back in October, General Motors announced plans to offer Wi-Fi routers for its full lineup of vehicles. Although the routers -- built by Autonet Mobile -- had been available as aftermarket add-ons for quite a while, putting installation in the hands of dealers made in-car internet an "official" GM...Read More»

Pandora for the iPhone
Today In Tech: Pandora Coming To Cars

Pandora.com is a fantastic free site that allows users to create personalized radio stations chock-full of their favorite music. When Pandora jumped to the iPhone in 2008, we were stoked because it meant we could finally take streaming music on the road (even though playback is a little dodgy...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible
Self-Healing Paint Makes The Jump From Fenders To Phones

Nissan developed self-healing paint to protect vehicles from the surface damage caused by parking lots, home garages, and the like. Known as "Scratch Shield", it's appeared on a handful of vehicles in the U.S. like the 2009 Infiniti G37, but now the paint's making the leap to objects that see much...Read More»

Mercedes SPLITVIEW
Mercedes-Benz Launching Splitview Technology At L.A. Auto Show

Mercedes Benz today announced the availability of a new display technology that allows driver and passenger to see two totally separate programs from the same screen, at the same time. The technology has been around for a while but it’s only now making its North American debut, which is...Read More»

Belkin TuneBase
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»

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»

2009 infiniti essence concept 018
Windows 7 Has Desktop Themes From Infiniti, Porsche, Ferrari

Microsoft has lost face in recent years -- both in court and in the marketplace -- but with the release of Windows 7, the folks from Redmond are working hard to restore the company's stature. One of the ways they're doing that is via strategic partnerships, including some targeted directly at auto...Read More»