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'Toyota Friend' Links Driver, Car, Dealer and Factory
'Toyota Friend' Links Driver, Car, Dealer and Factory

Toyota has developed a new telematics system called “Toyota Friend”, which looks to bring interactive social media into your Toyota automobile. Developed jointly between Toyota and Salesforce.com, the system allows communication between the driver, the car, the dealership and the...Read More»

Cadillac CTS or iPad2: who wins? Image: YouTube user SoldierKnowsBest
Car Vs. Apple iPad 2: Which One Wins?

Would you jump up and down on your iPad 2, smash it with a hammer and then drive over it repeatedly with a car? Chances are good that your answer to those questions would be “no,” yet that’s exactly what product tester and YouTube reviewer SoldierKnowsBest did in the video below...Read More»

BMW 8-speed transmission
BMW Working On GPS-Linked Transmission

When it comes to the automobile, there are useful technologies like electronic stability control and anti-lock braking systems, that make driving safer for the vast majority of motorists. Then there's technology for technology’s sake, like rain-sensing wipers or like BMW’s latest...Read More»

Field sobriety test
Four Senators Push Takedown Of Apps That Show DUI Checkpoints, One Provider Complies

Four U.S. Senators have come out swinging against smartphone apps that reveal DUI checkpoints, allowing potentially intoxicated motorists to find alternate ways to the next whiskey bar. The Senators sent letters to Apple, Google, and Research In Motion asking the companies to remove offending apps...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 towing a trailer
Ford Truck App Offers Towing Tips For F-Series Owners

The first towing app for pickups is coming soon from Ford, but it's not the kind of app you're probably thinking of: it uses a built-in four-by-two inch screen to display information, checklists, and tips to help make towing easier. The app is exclusive to Ford F-Series trucks. Ford says more than...Read More»

Toyota 'Ideas for Good' ad about head injuries and football helmets
Video: NFL Censored Toyota Ad Because It Hit Too Close To Home

If you follow football, you know that there's been a lot of talk lately about the damage done to player's brains. According to an article in the New York Times, at least 20 former NFL players have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease that can result in memory...Read More»

Ford SYNC
Ford SYNC Hits The 3 Million Mark

Ford SYNC hit an important milestone this week: the popular telematics and infotainment system has now been installed in 3,000,000 Ford vehicles. Though impressive, that figure shouldn't be too surprising. Consumers and critics alike have been impressed with SYNC since its debut in 2007. Over time...Read More»

Progressive Snapshot device
Progressive's 'Snapshot' Program Tracks Your Driving To Lower Your Rate (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below* Are you a safe driver? Are you sure about that -- sure enough to let your insurance company monitor your driving habits? What if the company offered you the chance to lower your premium by 25%? Progressive Insurance hopes that some of its customers will be brave enough to give...Read More»

TheCarConnection mobile view
Now Live: TheCarConnection Mobile

You're part of the now generation, what with your WiFi and your Bluetooth and your social media and all. You think what you really need is a Verizon-based, large-form-factor tablet PC with thought-scanning capability? Okay, we'll give you that one. But you also need a platform-agnostic mobile...Read More»

rearview camera
Feds Wants Rearview Cameras Standard by 2014

Rearview cameras could become standard equipment by 2014, if a new proposal by the Department of Transportation makes its way into law. The DOT is expected to require that all vehicles make available to drivers, an unobstructed 180-degree rear view of their car's surroundings when the car is in...Read More»

Cadillac WiFi demonstrated in a CTS sedan
Europe Vs. America: Which Will Win The Battle For In-Car Wifi?

In the 1967 film The Graduate, Mr. McGuire pulls young Benjamin Braddock aside and offers him one word of advice about the future: "Plastics". In the upcoming remake (starring Jennifer Aniston as hot-to-trot housewife Mrs. Robinson), "plastics" could just as easily be replaced with "mobile wifi"...Read More»

GPS satellite
Warrantless Police GPS Tracking Turns Illegal Again, For Now

Six months ago, we wrote about the legal confusion about whether police officers could track a person's movements by placing a GPS transponder on that person's car without a warrant to do so. If private citizens place those same transponders--especially if they're former boyfriends or estranged...Read More»

Screencap from Toyota 'Ideas for Good' video
Video: Win A Toyota And Improve The World With Your Own 'Ideas For Good'

Earlier this year, Ford Motor Company launched a new website that encouraged everyday folks to submit their ideas for improving Ford vehicles. In May, Volkswagen unveiled a simliar site, with the intention of gathering ideas for VW's new infotainment system. Now, Toyota has hopped on the...Read More»

OnStar engineer demonstrates OnStar MyLink for mobile phone applications.
GM, OnStar Handing Out Free Smartphone Apps

Ever forget where you parked the car? Or wished you could pre-heat your vehicle in below zero weather? Smartphone apps solve those problems, and more. Owners of 2011 Chevrolet models will be able to access their vehicle information and OnStar services right from their smartphones, via free download...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL550
Mercedes To Make Its Xenon Headlights Even Brighter

Xenon headlights are the brightest thing on the road at night, and Mercedes-Benz is making them even brighter. Starting in December 2010, production of E-Class and S-Class models will use of new, higher intensity xenon burners from Osram, the company that used to be called Sylvania. Mercedes says...Read More»

Screencap of 'Places' search on Google
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»

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer: Inflatable Rear Seat Belts Are Here

It has been just about a year since Ford announced that the company would make available an inflatable rear seat belt that would incorporate airbag technology in a seat-belt application to protect rear passengers. USA Today reported that the restraints that double as air-bags would be an option...Read More»

Screencap from Mavizon website
Mavizon Taps The Power Of Your Smartphone To Make A Smart Car

Several months ago, we talked about the Chevy Volt app, which allows Volt owners to unlock their vehicle, check battery levels, and more, all from their smartphones. Then, GM rolled out something similar to OnStar subscribers. That technology is pretty cool, but obviously it's restricted to...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»

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