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GM Wants To Give OnStar Subscribers A Break -- On Insurance
GM Wants To Give OnStar Subscribers A Break -- On Insurance

General Motors' OnStar service has been popular with consumers, but it's facing stiff competition from other providers that offer many of the same services -- often, for free. How can GM stay competitive? By scoring insurance rate reductions for OnStar subscribers. GM has been working to secure...Read More»

Ford Sync with SIRIUS Travel
Floodgates Officially Open: Ford Releases SDK For Sync Apps

Whether you're a techie, a social media junkie, a car fan, or all of the above, you should know: the future is officially here. It arrived in the form of a software develoment kit (SDK) for the Sync system, issued by Ford. Along with the SDK came news that Ford is also developing an application...Read More»

Lexus Enform iPhone App
Lexus Launches Enform iPhone App -- Blackberry And Android Not Left In The Cold

Lexus was no where near the first to the telematics game. But just as with its cars, it is in the pursuit of perfection for its Enform telematics service. Today Lexus announced a new iPhone app that helps users get the most out of Enform. Many competing companies have telematics offerings in...Read More»

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Why Don't In-Car Voice Controls Work Better?

If you have one of the newer smartphones, like an iPhone or anything running Android, chances are you have an app (or several) that takes advantage of voice-recognition capabilities. These new apps, for the most part, are amazingly good, getting quite accurate results even when whispering, or...Read More»

MyLincoln Touch - 2011 Lincoln MKX
In-Car 3G Audio Could Cost You--But How Much?

The future of in-car audio will revolve around plug-and-play portables--that's the take of many automakers like Ford and Kia, where voice-controlled audio and mobile-phone links are being knitted into current and future cars while old-school features like CD changes are being pruned from valuable...Read More»

Screencap from GM's holiday OnStar promotion
Rumor: GM Will Offer Some OnStar Services For Free To Take On Ford Sync

OnStar is the 800-pound gorilla of telematics systems: it came out early, and it came out swinging. OnStar is now available on 40+ vehicles across GM's wide-ranging lineup, meaning that customers in every income bracket have access to OnStar services (and its $199 - $299 annual subscription fee)...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville
Ford Uses Assembly Line WiFi To Load SYNC Software On MyFord Touch Vehicles

Chances are you already know all about Ford's SYNC and MyFord/MyLincoln Touch software. But did you know Ford is using the on-board WiFi to load the software on the cars while they're rolling down the Oakville assembly line? The 2011 Ford Edge is the first vehicle to get the high-tech build...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»

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»

Ford SYNC AppLink system
Ford Sync Gets Voice-Activated Horoscopes, Stock Quotes

Stuck at a standstill in traffic and wondering if you have options? Or wondering if tomorrow's the right time for a blind date? Through the new voice-activated Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) application that Ford offers in 2010- and 2011-model-year vehicles, both are now possible...Read More»

App preview from Ford & U Mich's 'Cloud Computing in the Commute' project
Driving In The Cloud: Ford, UM Show Off New Apps For Your Car

Some people believe that electric vehicles will reshape the auto industry. Others think fuel cells are the game-changer. The funny thing is: they're both completely wrong. The biggest shake-up in the auto industry won't come from under the hood. It'll come from the dashboard, and it'll leverage the...Read More»

Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama
Phone In One Hand, Ticket In The Other: Ray LaHood Gets Serious About Distracted Driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has worked tirelessly to curtail distracted driving. Now, he's funding a pilot program designed to raise awareness about the dangers of talking and texting behind the wheel, and to ticket those who don't heed the warnings. The program will be centered on...Read More»

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Ford Recognizes Two Million Installations Of Sync

Just ten months after Ford had reached one million installations of its Sync connectivity interface, it’s already at the two-million mark, which puts it way ahead of any other automaker for factory-installed Bluetooth and hands-free devices. Ford has found that, at auction, two-year-old used...Read More»

Screencap from Ford SYNC demo with Pandora
Video: The Pandora App For Ford SYNC In Action

Lots of folks use Pandora. In fact, the service currently has 48 million users accessing its 700,000 music tracks -- and nearly half of them do so on their mobile phones. But while Pandora has always been a breeze to use when you're sitting at a computer or in a wi-fi zone, listening on the go has...Read More»

MyFord Touch
Ford Upgrades SYNC To Keep Virtual Bad Guys Out Of Your Car

The internet is a pretty magnificent thing. It allows us to stay in touch with family and friends. It helps small companies to do business around the globe. And of course, it brought you here. But as the web grows, consuming every square inch of our daily lives, it brings numerous threats --...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta Comes With Free SYNC When You Reserve Online Or By Text

The 2011 Ford Fiesta has always been aimed at the Millennial generation -- specifically, those drivers in their 20s and 30s who avidly use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and other social media sites. To make the zippy, affordable Fiesta even more attractive to that demographic, Ford is now...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Bluetooth Blues: Why Won't Your Phone And Car Play Nice?

If you upgrade to one of today's most popular high-end smartphones—like the iPhone or a Blackberry—from a standard flip-phone, you might be surprised to find that you can no longer take advantage of some of the features in today's most technologically advanced vehicles. Even in Ford's...Read More»

Ford Sync with SIRIUS Travel
Ford Offers Six-Month Trial Of SIRIUS XM On Pre-Owned Vehicles

To boost business in these tough times, Ford Motor Company is now offering used-car customers a little lagniappe: a trial subscription to SIRIUS XM radio's "SIRIUS Everything" package. The service's 130+ channels of music, talk, and news ordinarily cost $12.95 per month, but they'll now be...Read More»

Ford Sync wi-fi hotspot
Eyes On The Road: New Tech Developments Diminish Distractions For Drivers

Here at TCC, we spend a lot of time reading and writing about roadway safety. In recent years, we've provided extensive coverage of distracted driving issues -- especially texting behind the wheel and more recently, in-car internet. Both are serious concerns (phone-related distractions caused 6,000...Read More»