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Google Puts Geolocation Front And Center For Searchers
Google Puts Geolocation Front And Center For Searchers

Pundits have said it for years, but the chorus has grown louder in recent months: geolocation is the biggest trend since social networking. If you own a smartphone you probably already use geolocation on a daily basis through apps like Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter. Now, Google has put it front...Read More»

The Google Street View Car
Google Street View Raises Questions About Privacy, We Provide Answers

Last spring and summer, Google was embroiled in a brief but heated scandal involving data collection for its Street View service. America hasn't seen much fallout from the debacle, but courts in other parts of the world have dealt the folks from Mountain View a few setbacks. What does this mean for...Read More»

Homer Simpson on TomTom
TomTom Posts Major Profit Loss: Is The End Near?

Earlier today, TomTom posted a major drop in profit for the third quarter of 2010. How major? About 37%. That may not be the deathknell for the Dutch telematics company, but TomTom clearly needs to revamp its strategy if it wants to avoid the corporate coffin down the line. Part of TomTom's problem...Read More»

Screencap from AutoNOMOS Labs self-driving taxi
Video: Yes, You Can Finally Drive Your Car With An iPad. Well, Almost.

Last week, Google shared its new self-driving cars with the world, and Android acolytes said that it was good. Now Apple fanboys have cause to celebrate -- in their cool, minimalist way, of course -- thanks to some very enterprising folks from AutoNOMOS Labs at Freie University in Berlin. They've...Read More»

NYT tests Google's autonomous Toyota Prius
Google Gets Behind The Wheel With Self-Driving Prius

Google has jumped into the driver's seat. Really. The Silicon Valley company has revealed some details of a self-driving car project that it's been recently testing out in plain view, on normal streets and highways. The Google cars have already been tested for about 140,000 miles—with much of...Read More»

The Google Street View Car
Germany Gives Google Guff Over Street View Debut

It's easy to think that the internet is everywhere and that it's the same wherever you go. When we're on Amazon, for example, and we're told that we can't download a particular song because it's not yet available in America, that seems really strange. After all, we're not in America, we're online...Read More»

Search engines
Fewer People Using Search Engines: What Does It Mean For Automakers And Dealers?

Last week, Nielsen released search engine stats for July 2010. And while there weren't many surprises in the rankings -- at 64.2% market share, Google remains the 800-pound gorilla -- there was some shocking data to be found: over the past year, the number of searches conducted by folks in the U.S...Read More»

Screenshot of the Scion tC 'Take on the Machine' microsite
Scion Uses Search Engines To Promote The tC

Scion's been fairly quiet the past couple of years. The once-brash brand for tuners-in-training has been given a run for its money by other automakers like Kia and Nissan. But now that the new tC has arrived, Scion has put the gloves on and come out swinging -- and it's enlisted search engines in...Read More»

Audi A8 MMI Navigation with Google functionality
Video: Send Your Google Maps To 20 Different Car Brands

Google has been on a roll lately: between the growing popularity of Android, the soon-to-launch mobile app builder, and the recent addition of multiple email signatures in Gmail (a feature that's been standard on clients like Outlook for ages), the company has been aiming to please. Yesterday, more...Read More»

The 'Open Spot' app for Android
Parking Problems? Google Offers An App (And Good Karma) For That

For commuters and urbanites, we have good news, bad news, and good news. First, the good news: Google Labs has just launched an Android app that may help you find a parking space. The app is called Open Spot, and it allows users to pinpoint the location of any parking space that they're about to...Read More»

American Journey 2.0: Socially Networked Road Trip with the Ford Fiesta
The 9 Most Useful Mobile Apps for the Road

According to Mashable.com, today is Social Media Day. And even though we don't fully understand the rationale -- It's the end of Q2? The feast day of St. Theobald (unlikely, since he was a hermit)? -- we're happy to take part in the festivities as long as there's punch and pie. ...Okay, so we've...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»

Ford Syncs Google Maps Destinations For Free Through The Cloud
Cloud Commuting: Google Maps Will Be A Key Feature On Ford, GM, Audi Rides

We've talked a lot about Google Maps and how it can make drivers' lives easier. We're happy to report that several major automakers have fully embraced Google's free service and are working hard to integrate its unique features into their vehicles' existing telematics systems. Ford is a great...Read More»

Screencap showing the Chevrolet Volt app for Android
Video: GM Brings Apps To The Volt, With Help From Google's Android

Yesterday, Viknesh Vijayenthiran mentioned General Motors' plan to release a mobile app in conjunction with its upcoming hybrid EV, the Chevrolet Volt. Today, there's a video to show off that app, and it's so completely gee-whiz, we just had to share it. The video demonstrates what GM's press...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt in New York City, March 2010
Chevrolet Wanders The (Google) Earth To Spark Interest In The Volt

We didn't see many exciting auto launches last year. What with the worldwide economy in meltdown, that was probably to be expected. But 2010 is a different story, and we're gearing up for several major debuts -- notably, the Ford Fiesta, the Fiat 500, the Nissan Leaf, and that other EV that...Read More»

San Francisco's Ferry Building, with business listing in Street View
Google Street View Becomes Even More Driver-Friendly With Business Listings

It all began with Amazon. When Amazon launched its "recommendations" feature years ago, everyone found it amazing that a hunk of software could generate suggestions about items tied to personal taste like CDs (remember those?) and books (remember those?). But while the concept was radical, the...Read More»

Microsoft Videomap
Video: Microsoft-Google Fight Spills Over Into Street-Level Maps

If you're a fan of cars and have access to the Internet, you've no doubt heard of Google Street View, which lets you see the street-level image of many urban and suburban locations--hugely useful in finding your way with their mapping service. But now Microsoft is planning an over-the-top comeback...Read More»

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