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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

How to Connect Spotify for iPhone to Ford AppLink

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Last month Ford and Spotify announced that the Spotify app would be compatible with Ford’s AppLink interface for SYNC. Recently, that app went live and you may be wondering how to take advantage of this functionality in your Ford vehicle. Here is how you do it! Pair Your Phone to Sync Via Bluetooth We previously covered how […]

2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Review

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Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) is responsible for quite a few special vehicles. The F-150 Lightning, the SVT Focus and the Shelby GT500 are just a few of their popular items. In 2010 the SVT produced the Raptor. The Raptor is designed to be a truck that is more capable off-road than on. It is a […]

GM and Ford Partner Up to Make Advanced Transmissions

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GM and Ford have announced a joint collaboration to help develop the latest automatic transmissions. These units will feature 9 and 10 gears, and will be available to both manufacturers. Work has already begun on these transmissions. The new designs will “raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers,” according to GM’s Vice […]

U.S. Government Publishes Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is the talk of the nation these days. Gruesome reports of accidents that occur from texting while driving are on the rise. Adults text and drive even when they know that it is more dangerous to do so. New technology is even coming along to prevent distracted driving. The government has now chimed […]

Ford Pushes for More Integrated Euro-US Auto Market

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Ford, along with allies in Congress, is pushing for a trade deal with the European Union that would allow companies to design one vehicle for sale everywhere in the world. Talk to any automotive enthusiast in the United States and they will tell you that Europe has some great cars. The Ford Focus RS is a […]

Mustang Rocks Flat Rock with 1 Million Ford Mustangs

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The Ford Mustang began production at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan 9 years ago. On the 49th anniversary of the launch of the first Mustang, the Flat Rock Assembly Plant rolled off the 1 millionth Mustang produced there. “Mustang is one of the most beloved nameplates in the industry, with fans around the […]

$15/month Internet Makes Your Audi Easier on the Budget

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Audi announced a cheaper version of its Audi Connect service that provides unlimited 3G wireless Internet in your vehicle for $15/month. WiFi access in-car is a growing trend, and Audi was the first company to offer it integrated within the vehicle without a dealer add-on module. Now, they are trying to make a statement by offering […]

The “Self Driving” Lincoln MKZ May Receive a Relaunch

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The 2013 Lincoln MKZ launch was not the best for the Lincoln Motor Company due to a lack of availability of the vehicle.  Just as the company started pumping up the advertising for the vehicle launch (and in fact, a complete brand re-launch), Lincoln became plagued with supply issues affecting production and delivery of the vehicles. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ford SYNC Turns 5: The History of Ford SYNC

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The Ford SYNC, in car connectivity and infotainment system is five years old, and as Ford announces the 5 millionth vehicle with SYNC we take a look back at the history of SYNC. SYNC is a joint partnership with Microsoft that played a major role in driving the innovation for in-car connectivity and infotainment and help […]