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Toyota drops Pandora music streaming from Entune infotainment system
Toyota drops Pandora music streaming from Entune infotainment system

If you drive a relatively new Toyota, come November, that Pandora icon on your infotainment system will no longer work. The company said in an email to customers on Tuesday that it will be dropping the popular music streaming service along with OpenTable restaurant reservations from its...Read More»

IKEA Space10 Autonomous Cafe Concept
Self-driven design: Even IKEA has autonomous vehicle concepts now

Though it’s likely you won’t be able to buy an autonomous car from IKEA and assemble it at home anytime soon, the Swedish home goods and furniture giant debuted several wacky self-driving car concepts Tuesday. The vehicles, of which there are seven designed by Space10, IKEA’s...Read More»

Lance Treankler receives his replacement Certified Pre-owned 2008 Escalade (source: gm)
Used car sales skyrocket as high prices drive down new car sales

If you think new cars are getting too expensive, you’re certainly not alone. According to a report Monday by The Wall Street Journal, the gap between the price of the average new and used vehicle is as wide as it’s been in five years, pushing buyers away from dealerships and towards...Read More»

Amazon Echo Auto
Amazon rolls out Echo Auto for Alexa voice-activated capability in almost any car

Amazon announced Thursday the launch of Echo Auto, an in-car device that brings the familiar Alexa system to your car. Though many new vehicles now offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Amazon has been late to the game. The Seattle-based tech giant is attempting to catch up by bringing...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 receives 5-star rating in NHTSA crash tests

Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the company’s newest and arguably most important model, achieved a perfect 5-star crash test rating from the federal government’s NHTSA. The compact electric vehicle received top marks in front driver and passenger protection, front and rear side...Read More»

ZF Autonomous Delivery Vehicles
Auto supplier ZF turns focus to commercial sector with self-driving delivery vehicle

German auto parts giant ZF announced Wednesday that it is developing an autonomous electric delivery vehicle for “last mile” solutions with a $14 billion investment in the next five years. Even if you’ve never heard of ZF, it’s likely that your car, truck, or SUV uses parts...Read More»

2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive
Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi to switch to Android-powered infotainment system for next generation

Smartphone compatibility is a major selling point in new cars, with a majority of new vehicles offering either Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or both with their standard infotainment systems. Nissan and Mitsubishi, members of the aptly-named Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, are taking things a...Read More»

Ford and Lyft partner on self-driving cars
Lyft users reach 1 billion trips in six years, all in US and Canada

In the six years since the ride-sharing company was founded, Lyft has crested one billion rides. According to The Verge, while it took Uber about the same amount of time to reach the mark, Lyft accomplished this feat entirely within the U.S. and Canada, with no overseas operations to bolster...Read More»

2018 Buick Regal TourX
Fidelity favors: The best loyalty discounts on cars, trucks, and SUVs

If there’s one brand you’re loyal to above all others when it comes to buying cars, you may be able to get a reward for your fidelity in the form of a serious discount. Some marques offer up to $3,500 in savings on select models these days, and Cars Direct on Tuesday laid out the...Read More»

Cargo in-Uber food service
Cargo in-car convenience store brings snacks and gum to your Uber

On your way to a date or business meeting in the back of an Uber and realize your breath could use freshening up? A new service called Cargo has a solution for that. According to CNBC, the start up aims to put fully-stocked boxes of snacks, toiletries, and more on the center consoles of...Read More»

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