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Apple CarPlay interface updated with latest iOS 13 update
Apple CarPlay interface updated with latest iOS 13 update

The refreshed Apple CarPlay interface shown Monday at the tech firm's Worldwide Developers Conference marks a major cosmetic and functional overhaul for the in-car smartphone interface and opens up the ability for third-party apps to work with the Siri virtual assistant. The updated CarPlay...Read More»

Jaguar Land Rover sensory steering wheel
Jaguar Land Rover tests steering wheel that heats and cools to indicate driving directions

Jaguar-Land Rover has shown off a heating and cooling steering wheel that it imagines could help drivers with navigation directions. The automaker on Wednesday detailed its "sensory steering wheel," which can heat or cool down in the driver's hands as they approach a junction or turn indicated on...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS 500h Executive Package (Lexus LS Hybrid)
Lexus makes Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa available on recent models for $199

Owners of a handful of recent Lexus cars and crossover SUVs now have the option to upgrade their infotainment system software to include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility—for a price. DON'T MISS: 2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS The luxury automaker...Read More»

Mitsubishi Electric and HERE develop road hazard alert system
New tech could alert drivers to potholes

Future cars may be able to tell drivers in cars behind them when to slow down to avoid potholes or other road hazards. Mitsubishi Electronics and Here Technologies collaborated on the new lane hazard warning system, which debuted Wednesday in concept form and aims to tell drivers of road hazards...Read More»

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
BMW, Microsoft team up to improve in-car voice recognition

BMW and Microsoft have forged a partnership to improve in-car voice-recognition systems. Both companies announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference on Thursday a partnership for improved machine learning and artificial intelligence. The goal is to create an open-source platform for voice...Read More»

Google Assistant Drive Mode
Google Assistant turns smartphones into infotainment systems

Drivers won't have to upgrade to a new car with a big screen and the latest hardware to use certain functions similar to Google's Android Auto. The tech giant on Tuesday said at its developer conference that its revamped Google Assistant feature set to roll out over the next few months will include...Read More»

Updated Android Auto user interface, 2019
Google redesigns Android Auto with cleaner look

Google will usher in a sleeker look for Android Auto this summer, the technology company announced on Monday. Android Auto's first major overhaul turns the interface into a sexier system with a cleaner menu and more controls placed in user-friendly portions of the screen. Google said the most...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota will retrofit 2018 Camry, Sienna with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility

2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna owners can take their cars to dealers to have Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility retrofitted, the automaker said last week. Toyota, once staunchly opposed to third-party infotainment solutions, climbed aboard the Apple CarPlay bandwagon first with its 2019...Read More»

Volvo connected car safety
Volvo cars can alert each other to road hazards

New Volvos will harness cloud-based communication technology to alert each other about obstacles and road hazards ahead. Initially, the system launches across Europe for the 2020 model year. Volvo told The Car Connection that there are plans to introduce the feature to the U.S., but it was not...Read More»

New Ford key fobs with anti-hack protection
Ford rolls out new key fob technology to stop hackers

Hackers beware of Ford's latest key fob technology. The automaker said Wednesday that it will begin to introduce new technology that puts its key fobs into a sleep mode to prevent them from being hacked. A duplicated key fob could be used to steal a vehicle. The automaker is launching the tech...Read More»

Hyundai next-generation cockpit prototype
Hyundai's future cars could include steering wheel-mounted touchscreens

Like a design straight out of MTV's '90s TV show "Pimp My Ride," the early prototype for Hyundai's cockpit of the future unveiled Tuesday is full of touchscreens—even on the steering wheel. The two-spoke steering wheel doesn't include a single button and instead places two touchscreen panels...Read More»

Domino's in-car pizza ordering app
New Domino's in-car app lets drivers order pizza on the go

Long gone are the days of calling for a pizza. Soon, all it'll take will be a few taps on a car's touchscreen to order a Domino's Pizza. The pizza chain on Monday debuted a new pizza-ordering platform that will be pre-loaded onto certain new cars that use the Xevo in-vehicle commerce service...Read More»

Hyundai phone-as-key technology
Hyundai wants to turn your smartphone into a car key

Hyundai on Monday unveiled a smartphone-based digital key that can unlock and lock the doors, start the car, and more. The automaker said it may begin introducing near-filed communication on its cars as soon as this year in some markets. The digital key tech is part of Hyundai's move toward...Read More»

Audi traffic light recognition
Audi unveils new tech to ride "wave" of green lights

Ask many commuters around downtown Denver and they'll acknowledge that catching the "South Broadway wave" is great, but it has nothing to do with the landlocked state's surf scene. That's because Denver's timed traffic lights along the major thoroughfare generally expedite traffic leaving downtown...Read More»

Volvo 360C concept
Volvo green-lighted to test self-driving cars in Sweden

A Volvo joint venture will take to Swedish highways to test a Level 4 self-driving car later this year, Reuters reported Monday. Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer, gained approval from Swedish authorities to test self-driving cars at speeds up to 50 mph without any human...Read More»

California digital license plate
Arizona becomes third state to offer digital license plates

Following California and Michigan, Arizona last week became the third state to introduce digital license plates as an option for motorists. Arizona said that its digital plates come the same firm that makes the technology for California and Michigan, Reviver Auto. The license plate, called the...Read More»

California digital license plate
Michigan puts digital license plates on the road

Following their high-tech debut in California last year, Michigan's Secretary of State on Thursday green-lighted the roll-out of digital license plates by the end of 2019. The digital plates are made by Reviver Auto and use the same technology as those now legal in California and Arizona. Called...Read More»

Bose noise-canceling technology (Image: Flickr user me and the sysop, used under CC license)
Bose to strip unwanted sounds with noise-canceling tech for cars

Bose first changed the way audiophiles take in music with noise-canceling technology in its headphones. On Tuesday, the company said it plans to offer similar technology to vehicles early next decade for a hushed ride. The company revealed its QuietComfort Road Noise Control technology and will...Read More»

Genesis G80 concept with holographic augmented reality navigation system
Hyundai shows off holographic head-up navigation system

Hyundai and its partner WayRay unveiled on Tuesday a prototype for a holographic head-up display system at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. The new system projects functions usually reserved for infotainment screens or gauge clusters–navigation, for one–on the windshield. Unlike a...Read More»

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