iPhone Focused Car Integration Arrives: Will Luxury Autos Suffer?

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After Samsung’s recent announcement of their new Galaxy S4 phone, the mobile landscape has been slightly altered once again. During the introduction of the S Voice Drive, Samsung has made it clear that it is targeting Apple’s Siri Eyes Free, and is attempting to improve on the design. However, as I watched the event, and wrote the […]

Volvo to Support Spotify via Volvo’s Sensus Connected Touch technology

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On the heels of the AppLink Ford vehicle integration announcement from Spotify, Spotify also announced support for Volvo vehicles with the Sensus Connected Touch technology. Sensus Connected Touch is a system fully integrated into Volvo vehicles, providing navigation, infotainment and other features. Similar to MyFord touch and Cadillac’s CUE system, the system can be used […]

Best iPhone 5 Car Accessories

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If you have an iPhone and a long commute to work, or you just need a way to stay connected while on the road, there are some accessories out there that can improve your experience, keep you safe by providing distraction-free driving and integrate the vehicle with the phone. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S […]

Vehicle Lock Prevents Distracted Driving

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ORIGOsafe has created a new device that could easily be adopted by state and local governments a deterrent for people who text while driving. It’s been shown that texting while driving can make you more of a dangerous driver than a drunk driver. Right now, if you are cited for a texting while driving violation, […]

Untapped Tablet Market: Sales to Penguins

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Looking for that special something on your pet penguin gift list? Fish may seem like the right gift, but based on this video we found, an iPad would be much more entertaining. At the Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, California, two of the youngest penguins have taken to playing with an iPad […]

Scosche Receiver Distracts Driver with Phone Control

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Scosche, a company that has been making aftermarket automotive products for decades, has released the controlFREQ, a replacement stereo head unit for your car. The controlFREQ is a typical head unit, providing sources like Bluetooth audio, CD playback, and satellite radio, but offers a unique twist not seen with most head units: control via a smartphone […]

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Caught Naked

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Which automobile first featured the 3-point safety belt? How about the first vehicle to feature electronic stability control and traction control? What about the first vehicle to feature pre-collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control? If you answered the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you would be correct. For 2014, Mercedes is bringing the next-generation S-Class to market. It […]

Think You Can Drive Distracted? This Web App Can Test If You Can!

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Ever been driving through an urban area and had someone texting on their phone walk right out in front of you, seemingly out of nowhere? Motion Induced Blindness is a concept pilots and racing drivers are taught to compensate for. By focusing on a point ahead of you (taillights on a race car, or a […]

Samsung Attacks Eyes Free with S Voice Drive on the Galaxy S4

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During Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S4, a shot was fired directly across the bow of Apple and their Eyes Free technology. S Voice Drive is a new feature of the Galaxy S4 that allows full voice control of the navigation system integrated into the phone while still maintaining distraction-free driving. Performing almost all the […]

Siri Eyes Free Integration Arrives in the European Auto Market

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Opel, a branch of General Motors that sells vehicles to continental Europe, has released a small car called the Adam. Opel is touting its IntelliLink system that features complete iPhone integration through Siri Eyes Free technology. The Adam is a small city car with an inexpensive price tag targeted at urban dwellers who need reliable, […]

Chevy Volt Outsells Nissan Leaf in 2012

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Everyone’s been paying attention to the very public disagreement between The New York Times and Tesla, but the real news is that in 2012 the all-electric Nissan Leaf was outsold by the range-extended Chevrolet Volt. With 30,090 units sold in 2012 that more than tripled the Volt’s 2011 sales. Growth of plug-in electric vehicles has […]

Is Amazon Planning to Put Kindle in Your Car?

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When Ford developed AppLink and introduced it in the 2011 Ford Fiesta they touted the API and developer platform allowing people to create apps that would integrate into the vehicle. Recently Amazon announced support for its Cloud Music Player with AppLink. People for years have been listening to Audible (owned by Amazon) audiobooks in their […]

splitsecnd: Could This $200 Gadget Save Your Life after a Car Crash?

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splitsecnd has created a small device that plugs into the power port (or cigarette lighter port) of your vehicle. Unlike many devices that could be plugged into that port (cell phone charger, GPS power cord, lighted fuzzy dice) this device actually does an amazing thing: it might save your life in the event of an automotive […]

Spotify Joins Ford Sync AppLink Lineup

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Ford announced today at Mobile World Conference that Spotify is the latest app supported by Sync’s AppLink system. Ford is the first manufacturer to directly collaborate with Spotify to delivery voice and steering wheel mounted control of Spotify’s extensive catalog of songs while driving. Spotify is a subscription-based music service that allows users to create […]

2014 Chevy Impala Secures Mobile Gear Behind a Huge Touchscreen (Video)

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Chevrolet announced that it will include a new Valet Mode in the 2014 Impala that will lock the infotainment system and also provide a storage area behind the touchscreen to secure belongings. Many vehicles have a locking glove box, and some Ram Trucks even have locking storage bins in the bed that automatically lock and […]

How to Pair an iPhone with Ford Sync

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If a new car is in your future, or if you recently purchased a new vehicle, odds are you can pair it with your mobile phone. On a Ford or Lincoln vehicle Ford’s SYNC technology, based on the Microsoft Car interface, actually works quite well with the iPhone. By pairing your iPhone to your Ford […]

Complete Phone Integration Coming to Jaguar and Land Rover in 2014

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RealVNC, a British company and a leader in remote computer control, just announced that it has signed a deal with Land Rover and Jaguar to offer its VNC Automotive product in 2014 vehicles. VNC Automotive allows the operator of the vehicle to control his or her mobile phone from the touchscreen integrated in the vehicle. Unlike other […]

Ford Sync Gains Amazon Cloud Player Support in AppLink

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When Ford introduced the Fiesta for the 2011 model year, it introduced a new feature to the Ford Sync platform: AppLink.  AppLink is a technology that allows you to connect the phone to the car and access advanced controls for certain apps. The apps that support AppLink on your phone can be controlled by the […]

Siri Eyes Free Mode Arrives on 2013 Chevy Sonic and Spark

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iPhone users with a 2013 Chevy Sonic or Spark can soon control Siri with a built in steering wheel control, offering faster, eyes-free, access to Apple’s digital personal assistant. According to Chevy, the Siri Eyes Free feature will arrive as an update to Chevy Mylink system in March. With distracted driving incidents on the rise […]