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?

Anki Drive Autonomous Vehicles

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 […]

iOS 7 Supercharges Siri for an iCar Experience

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During today’s keynote at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced some significant changes to the Siri voice control system. Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, announced that the new version of Siri will be completely integrated into infotainment systems in many new automobiles. Presently, the “best” integration option that […]

Hackers Take Control of Vehicle Door Locks Remotely

Keyless Entry Hack

Automotive electronics are becoming quite advanced. In the past, each electrical component of a vehicle would operate independently of the other systems. In modern vehicles, manufacturers utilize CAN bus (Controller Area Network) to allow each computer component to be able to talk to each other. This technology allows for state-of-the-art infotainment systems, radar cruise control […]

Tesla One Deal Away from EV Critical Mass?

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I seem to be talking a lot about Tesla Motors lately. Not without reason, mind you. The company repaid their Department of Energy loan a whole nine years early. They are beating production estimates, selling more cars than they thought they would, and they turned a profit for the first time ever. They have even announced […]

Detroit Electric SP:01 Brings the Electricity Back to Detroit

Detroit Electric SP:01

People often forget that electric propulsion for automobiles is not a new concept. Anderson Carriage Company in the early 1900s produced The Detroit Electric, a popular electric vehicle for the time. Now the name is back with a Detroit company producing the SP:01. The $135,000 SP:01 is Detroit Electric’s first foray into the electric sports car, and […]

Tesla Outselling Similarly Priced German Sedans

Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors’ Model S all-electric sedan is starting to become a bit of a sales sensation. In the past few weeks Tesla has announced the the Model S exceeded sales estimates. Then Tesla announced that they were the plug-in car sales leader in the United States, by beating the Chevrolet Volt in sales. Finally, Tesla then […]

Spotify’s Ford AppLink Support Is Now Live

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At Mobile World Congress, Spotify and Ford announced that they would be partnering to bring a new Spotify app which would support AppLink. AppLink support will allow Ford drivers to access their playlists, move forward and back through songs, and everything else that they can do natively on the phone through the steering wheel or […]

Tesla Motors Announces Country-wide Free Supercharger Network

Tesla Model S Supercharger

Tesla Motors announced today a dramatic increase in the number of available Superchargers for drivers of the Tesla Model S and future vehicles. According to Musk, “You will be able to drive all the way from Los Angeles to New York using the Supercharger network.” The company will be increasing the number of metro areas […]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Chimes In on Self-Driving Cars

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk recently discussed the idea of autonomous, self-driving cars. He actually does not like the term “self-driving” because that implies that the vehicle is going to do all the work. Like an autopilot system in an airplane, Musk believes autonomous vehicle systems should function the same way. He actually prefers to […]

Consumers Want More Autonomous Vehicles

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Cisco recently released the results of the Cisco Customer Experience Report, which focused on automobile purchasing and the experience of driving. It was a global study that featured 1,500 respondents across 10 countries. Some of the results are not surprising: 83 percent start their purchasing research for a new vehicle online. Other results are surprising: 46 percent of respondents […]

Car Makers Aim Advertising at Generation Y

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Generation Y: they are the children of the Baby Boomer era. They are a large and growing population connected to the latest smartphone and technology pieces. They do not drive. They do not want to drive. Car culture, the freedom of the open road, and the camaraderie that comes from being an automobile enthusiast is lost on […]

Google Wants to Sell You a Car

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Google has launched a test program in California that allows people to search for cars at dealerships without having to leave the Google search page. Similar to services offered from Autotrader.com and Cars.com, the Google car search would allow people to find a vehicle, view the price, play around with configuration and be directed to […]

Tesla Repays Government Loan 9 Years Early

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Tesla is the first US automaker to pay back its loan from the government in its entirety, a full 9 years before it is due. If you are paying attention, not too long ago Tesla made a loan payment and announced that it would have the loan paid off in half the amount of time required. […]

iOS 7 is Apple’s Chance to Cut Down on Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is an issue facing every person and every local government nationwide. Presently, there are solutions for Android phones and from automobile manufacturers that attempt to curb distracted driving. Apple does provide Siri as a way to curb distracted phone use, but Apple markets it as a personal assistant rather than a driving aid. […]