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Bad News, Euro Teens: Ford's MyKey System Crosses The Pond In 2012
Bad News, Euro Teens: Ford's MyKey System Crosses The Pond In 2012

We’ve got bad news for teen drivers living in Europe: starting in 2012, Ford will import the MyKey system into Europe, which means no more top-speed runs down the Autobahn in dad’s new Taurus SHO. You can also forget about cranking Rammstein at threshold-of-pain volumes, or even playing...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Toyota Camry, 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid, Fireworks Laden SUV: Today's Car News

We drive the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry. [TheCarConnection] Volkswagen might be working on a seven-seat SUV. [TheCarConnection] Ford and Toyota team up on telematics. [AllCarTech] Here are five electric cars you'll still be able to buy in five years. [GreenCarReports] Steve McQueen's 1970 Porsche...Read More»

Kia Four-Door Sports Sedan Concept
Ford And Toyota Collaborate, 2012 Jeep Wrangler, Kia Concept: Today's Car News

We drive the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. [TheCarConnection] Ford and Toyota are going to collaborate on future hybrid development for rear-wheel drive vehicles. [GreenCarReports] The national "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" campaign runs from August 19 through September 5. [FamilyCarGuide] We unravel...Read More»

Adam Carolla in Toyota GP gear
2012 Chevy Sonic, Adam Carolla Bashes Gays, Electric Avenue: Today's Car News

Comedian and host of The Car Show, Adam Carolla, bashed gays on his podcast. [TheCarConnection] We visit Portland's Electric Avenue project. [GreenCarReports] Advice on how to prevent backovers and keep the kids safe. [FamilyCarGuide] Is HP's WebOS coming to a dashboard near you? [AllCarTech] The...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus
2012 Hyundai Equus Trades iPad For Paper Manual

By almost anyone’s standards, the 2011 Hyundai Equus is an exceptional automobile at a near bargain-bin price. Depending upon the model you choose, you can even get a reclining and massaging rear passenger seat, as well as a rear beverage chiller and dedicated audio and climate controls. The...Read More»

Toyota's heart rate monitor
Toyota Focuses On Technologies For Safer Driving

Vehicle safety technology is a primary consideration for family buyers, actually for any driver and passenger in the family, including the elderly and children. Depending on manufacturer, make and model, the kinds and types of safety technology standard or available run a wide gamut. Now, Toyota...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
OnStar Family Link Pilot Program Helps Parents Track Teens

Parents have it tough, trying to keep track of their teens driving the family car. With a new system from OnStar called Family Link, however, the job could get a whole lot easier. Of course, for now, the program is just in the pilot stages. But there’s obviously a great deal of interest in...Read More»

OnStar Family Link
Need To Keep Tabs On Your Teen? OnStar Could Soon Help

Parents of teenagers have it rough -- the backtalk, the defiance, the growth spurts. Perhaps worst of all is having to worry about young, inexperienced drivers, but General Motors is working on an update to OnStar that could put parents' minds at ease. GM is testing a new OnStar service called...Read More»

Ford SYNC
Ford Drops The Price Of SYNC To End Distracted Driving

A string of new studies have shown that when it comes to cars, shoppers love high-tech options -- particularly those involving navigation and infotainment features. That may explain why Ford has decided to cut the price of its popular SYNC telematics system. The $100 discount will make SYNC a $295...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60 4-door Sedan Temperature Controls
Opinion: Make Collision Avoidance Systems Mandatory

When I was a teenager back in the '80s, we relied almost exclusively on the car to get us around. It was the car because the bus was slow and infrequent. Furthermore, a car was a sign you were successful enough to not have to resort to public transportation. Or worse - your bike. I also remember...Read More»

OnStar FMV
OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) Now Available for 90K Older Vehicles

The OnStar suite of automotive safety and security services is now available for some 90 million older vehicles on the road in an out-of-the-box application called OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle). The cost for OnStar FMV is $299.95, plus $75 installation. The product will be available July 24 at Best...Read More»

2011 Volvo XC60
IIHS: Volvo's City Safety Cuts Low-Speed Car Accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is giving praise to an anti-collision system developed by Volvo and used on their XC60 crossover. The IIHS found that Volvo’s City Safety system can reduce frontal crash accidents by as much as 25 percent, and can reduce property damage claims...Read More»

Volvo City Safety collision-avoidance system
Volvo Crash-Avoidance System Cuts Accidents By About 25%

There's no question that technology has made auto travel safer -- in fact, gadgets ranging from safety belts to airbags are at least partially responsible for the fact that U.S. highway fatalities have hit record lows. According to a new study, collision-avoidance systems like Volvo's City Safety...Read More»

Traffic
DOT’s Connected Vehicle Drive Clinics Gear Up for 6-City Test

Although the first venue in the six-city U. S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Drive Clinics is just weeks away, there’s a lot at stake in what happens. Dubbed the Driver Acceptance Clinics, these clinics are designed to test how drivers respond to and accept in-car...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Adaptive Cruise Control Available For Ford Focus, Just Not Here

In Europe, buyers of the 2012 Ford Focus can equip their cars with adaptive cruise control. Once found exclusively on luxury cars, the technology has decreased in cost to the point where offering it on mainstream C-segment vehicles can be done profitably. That’s not to say that all adaptive...Read More»

Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot in action
VW's Temporary Auto Pilot Shows The Future of Motoring

Today, new cars can be equipped with such high-tech features as adaptive cruise control, which keeps a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you, and lane departure correction, which gently nudges you back into a lane should you begin to drift over a lane marker. In the future...Read More»

2012 Volvo S60 R-Design
Volvo Researches ‘Road Train’ Software Technology For Future Hands-Free Driving

An intriguing story out of Fast Company really got us thinking: Could U.S. drivers one day (in the rather distant future) be convinced to join a “road train” and engage in truly hands-free driving? The concept is more than just a fantasy. Volvo is already hard at work developing...Read More»

Getaround
Getaround Car-Sharing Service Gains Traction (But We Have Doubts)

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about RelayRides, a car-sharing start-up that lets folks loan out their vehicles to friends and strangers for cold, hard cash. Now, a similar peer-to-peer start-up seems to be drawing a lot of attention and at least one high-profile investor. Is this the way of...Read More»

MyLincoln Touch - 2011 Lincoln MKX
Should Apple's iCloud Integrate With Cars? #YouTellUs

In-car electronics have suddenly become all about the apps--who has 'em, and what can they do, with Pandora and Stitcher being two of the more popular audio streaming applications. Today Apple confirmed it has big plans for a new iCloud service. A formal announcement comes next Monday, June 6 at...Read More»

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