Gorilla Glass Helps BMW i8 Deliver a Quiet Ride

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Corning had earlier announced that its chemically strengthened smartphone glass will soon find its way into the automotive sector and now we’re learning that the BMW i8 may become the first car to use Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass will help automakers like BMW reduce their car’s weight, which could lead to a savings in fuel […]

Using Siri in a MyFord Touch-equipped Vehicle

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Apple made news recently at their annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) by announcing that their Siri Eyes Free system was to be expanding to because a full Siri in the Car experience. Notably absent from this announcement and current Siri Eyes Free support is Ford. Even though there is not official Siri support built into […]

Test Driving the MyFord Mobile App

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Owners of Ford plug-in electric or gas-electric vehicle have access to a mobile phone app called MyFord Mobile. It allows the user to keep tabs on their Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Energi or Ford C-Max Energi. Utilizing an always-on data connection in the vehicle the vehicle transmits important information to the phone, and the […]

2013 Ford Explorer Sport Review (Video)

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Does having a family mean that a fan of horsepower and performance has to give up their sports car? Ford doesn’t think so. This week, we review the very big, and very fast, 2013 Ford Explorer Sport; a vehicle that attempts to do everything the more expensive Porsche and Mercedes-Benz SUVs can do, but not […]

2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review (Video)

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The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is an interesting vehicle for a variety of reasons. It is a European-inspired family hatchback geared to achieving maximum fuel economy. When looking at the vehicle, it is obvious why it exists: to look straight into the eyes of the dominating Toyota Prius V and say, “Bring it on!” After […]

Watch Adaptive Cruise Control in Action

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Many new vehicles have an option for Adaptive Cruise Control, Radar Guided Cruise Control or some other name. No matter the name, this smart cruise control feature offers a safer driving experience and can help drivers keep their sanity while stuck behind a car that can’t maintain the speed limit. These systems provide two services to the […]

2013 Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost AWD Review (Video)

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In the pantheon of new vehicle prices, the “as tested” price of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ that Ford provided for review is not really that expensive at $45,550. The MKZ is supposed to be the car the reboots the floundering Lincoln brand. It is designed to target luxury buyers who may not be interested in […]

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Review (US-Spec)

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For the 2014 model year the Ford Fiesta brings several big improvements to the vehicle technologically, bringing it in line with other Ford vehicles. There is also, for the first time, a version that carries the “Sport Technologies” badge, meaning that it has to be a performer. I recently had the privilege of being able […]

iOS 7 Beta Spills Apple iCar Connectivity Details

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New details about how Apple plans to connect the iPhone running iOS 7 to the car, the first step in an iCar, emerged as part of the iOS 7 beta 3 this week, and a new patent points to Apple’s plans to provide guidance to car manufacturers when it comes to the user experience. A […]

Garmin’s HUD Accessory Helps Drivers Keep Eyes On the Road With GPS Navigation

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Garmin is introducing an after-market heads-up display, or HUD, accessory that could project your next turn-by-turn direction onto your windshield. The aim of the accessory is so that users who use GPS navigation systems, particularly those manufactured or with software from Garmin or its Navigon subsidiary, could be more focused on driving and less distracted […]

Ford Talks Connected Cars, the Cloud and Data Security

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During the Ford Trends conference, Jim Buczkowski, Henry Ford Technical Fellow and director of Electrical and Electronics Systems, discussed the future of connected automobiles and storing data in the cloud. As part of the Evos concept, the vehicle will learn driving habits, routes, and even music preferences. In the current age of governments and companies […]

iOS 7′s Siri in the Car May Drive Hard Buying Choice for Tech Drivers

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While consumers may welcome the familiarity of having their favorite smartphone operating system in their new vehicle, particularly with Apple’s iOS 7 Siri in the Car announcement recently at WWDC, the answer isn’t so simple. Though General Motors hasn’t outlined its plans for iOS 7 in the car, the auto-manufacturer was on Apple’s short list […]

2013 Ford Fusion Review (Video)

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The 2013 Ford Fusion is an all new car that delivers a fresh aggressive look for 2013 and enough tech to keep drivers connected and entertained while on the road. The new 2013 Ford Fusion is available in seven models including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid model, all of which offer smartphone connectivity, navigation and […]

Smarter Brake Lights Tested By Ford

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Vehicle manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve the safety of the automobiles they produce. The “Holy Grail” is having a way for vehicles to communicate with each other while on the street. In an effort to help with that communication, the Ford Motor Company tested an intelligent brake light technology that allows for […]

Has Anki Solved The Autonomous Car Problem?

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Opening the 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) for Apple developers was a keynote speech that featured a demo from Anki. Anki Drive is an iOS controlled racing game where autonomous cars drive around a track racing. These vehicles are approximately the size of Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars, and feature very little intelligence on them. They […]

Siri Eyes Free Coming to ’14 BMW Models

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BMW has announced that they will be offering Siri Eyes Free functionality to all 2014 models via an update to its ConnectedDrive Internet service. ConnectedDrive allows drivers to utilize apps like Pandora, as well as receive Google mapping data. Delivered over-the-air, the Eyes Free functionality should be easy to roll out across the line. The […]

Why You Should Just Avoid Siri in the Car: It’s Not Safe

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While smartphone companies and car-makers are converging to promote new connectivity and inter-connectivity options inside your dash in an effort to espouse safer, hands-free use of technology while driving, you may want to wait before you jump in and get any of those options. According to the latest report by the American Automobile Association, also known […]