Don't Text And Drive

Video: This ad might scare you away from texting and driving forever

By on April 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Video: This ad might scare you away from texting and driving forever

Texting while driving is something that everyone knows is a bad idea but that many people end up doing anyway simply because the temptation to respond to an incoming message is too great. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put out a new ad about an ill-fated car full of young people who get completely obliterated by an oncoming truck because the driver was looking at her cellphone instead of watching the road. The Department of Transportation says that it’s put out the ad to raise awareness about the “thousands of people” who “die every year in crashes related to distracted driving.” The full video follows below. More →

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Best Concept Cars

The 12 most amazing concept cars from this year’s Geneva Motor Show

By on March 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

The 12 most amazing concept cars from this year’s Geneva Motor Show

For car lovers around the world, the annual International Geneva Motor Show is one of the most exciting and important events of the year. Many automakers use the event to show off the most exciting innovations they have to offer, and while the concepts on display in Switzerland each March don’t always become available to the public in the years that follow, they often give us a good idea of where things in the industry are headed down the road.

And as is always the case, it’s just good old-fashioned fun to check out all of the crazy concept cars on display at the show every year. More →

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Featured
Apple CarPlay Availability

The Boy Genius Report: Can we please stop talking about how bad Apple’s CarPlay is?

The Boy Genius Report: Can we please stop talking about how bad Apple’s CarPlay is?

By on March 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

I don’t think there’s anyone more excited than I am about never having to deal with a terribly designed car infotainment system again. I have used the best and the worst, and they are all downright horrible. I have also found that the more expensive the car, the worse the system you’re stuck with is. Bentley? The worst. Mercedes? Getting better but still horrid. Porsche? Functional but basic. Tesla is in another league so we’re going to leave them out of this for now. But seriously, let’s just go over this one time and one time only so we don’t ever have to speak about it again, alright? More →

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Goodyear SUV Tire Concept

These revolutionary new tires could help your car traverse any terrain

By on March 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

These revolutionary new tires could help your car traverse any terrain

Goodyear at the Geneva auto show unveiled a new SUV tire concept that’s specifically crafted to deal with multiple types of terrain while improving fuel efficiency, CNET reports. The tire has two rings, each serving a different purpose — a main outer ring that takes up two-thirds of the tire’s width and is used for regular day-to-day driving on regular roads, and an inner one that takes up the rest and is used for off-road action. More →

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Apple CarPlay

As smartphones control cars, your ecosystem decision carries even more weight

By on March 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

As smartphones control cars, your ecosystem decision carries even more weight

Think buying all news apps is a pain? Try buying a new car. For years, the switching costs involved in changing from one handset to another was little more than an hour’s wait — you know, for that painfully slow contact transfer procedure to finish up over Bluetooth. Phones made calls, sent texts, and if you were lucky, treated users to a game of Snake. Today, things are far different. More →

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Apple CarPlay BlackBerry QNX

Guess which company powers Apple’s CarPlay (Hint: it starts with ‘Black’ and ends with ‘Berry’)

By on March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Guess which company powers Apple’s CarPlay (Hint: it starts with ‘Black’ and ends with ‘Berry’)

Apple on Monday finally took the wraps off of CarPlay, the company’s rebranding and launch of “iOS in the Car.” The new system will allow iPhone owners to use their handsets to power the infotainment system in their cars, and early partners include Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, BMW, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and more. Apple revealed plenty about the new CarPlay system in its announcement from the Geneva International Motor Show on Monday, but there’s one tidbit it didn’t reveal. It turns out the system is actually powered by a company some might consider an unlikely partner: BlackBerry. More →

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Volvo CarPlay User Interface Demo

Video: Volvo demos seamless integration with Apple’s new CarPlay

By on March 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Video: Volvo demos seamless integration with Apple’s new CarPlay

Volvo on Monday posted a short teaser video in which it demos the user interface of Apple’s newly launched CarPlay iOS feature that will let drivers connect their iPhones to upcoming car models and control them via touch and/or voice while driving. CarPlay is fully integrated in Volvo’s new UI for upcoming models, offering users access to a UI that’s similar to the iPhone’s UI, on a touchscreen console placed in the middle of the dashboard. More →

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CarPlay iOS in the Car Launch

Apple’s new hobby: CarPlay finally brings iOS to the car

By on March 3, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Apple’s new hobby: CarPlay finally brings iOS to the car

Apple on Monday at the Geneva International Motor Show launched CarPlay, the company’s iPhone-related foray into the automotive industry. Previously known as iOS in the Car, the new CarPlay functionality is already available in select Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo models, with several other carmakers planning to offer it to their customers in the future, including BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp. More →

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Ford Sync BlackBerry QNX

Humiliation: Ford Sync reportedly ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry

By on February 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM.

Humiliation: Ford Sync reportedly ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry

Here’s at least one reason that BlackBerry should be thankful that Ford CEO Alan Mulally didn’t take over as CEO of Microsoft. Unnamed sources tell Bloomberg that Ford’s Ford Sync in-car communications and entertainment system will soon be powered by BlackBerry’s QNX-based operating system and not Windows. This would represent both a huge win for BlackBerry and a humiliating defeat for Microsoft, which reportedly heavily courted Ford chief Mulally to be its next CEO. Mulally has also served as a close advisor to Steve Ballmer in the past and helped the outgoing Microsoft boss draft plans to restructure the company into a devices and services company. More →

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Winter Tires Studs

This might be the best thing to happen to cars since the invention of headlights

By on February 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM.

This might be the best thing to happen to cars since the invention of headlights

Anyone in the Northeastern United States right now (or anywhere else that might be getting hammered by snow) knows how much of a pain it can be to drive during and after a blizzard. There’s ice everywhere, mounds of snow to drive around or over, and you have to fight your way through it all while other drivers who are less careful slide around the roads. Winter tires can definitely help, but buying them and having them put on your car is a pricey proposition that many people don’t want to deal with or simply can’t afford.

But what if there was a better way? More →

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Futuristic car UI concept

Video: This is what iOS in the Car should look like

By on February 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Video: This is what iOS in the Car should look like

Touchscreen car displays are notorious for being terrible. Either the screen isn’t very responsive to touches or the interface is incredibly clunky. Of course, both Google and Apple are aware of this. Apple is working on iOS in the Car, a feature of iOS 7 that allows cars to tap into the music and navigation on iPhones. Google has also shown interest in bringing its OS to cars, with its announcement last month of the Open Automotive Alliance. Instead of waiting for these projects to come to fruition, Matthaeus Krenn, a designer from San Francisco, decided to make his own prototype car display. And while it’s not perfect, it sure is beautiful. More →

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Motorola Car Technology Patent

New patent gives first glimpse at how Google might make our cars safer

By on January 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM.

New patent gives first glimpse at how Google might make our cars safer

As we’ve said recently, the next big battle between Apple and Google will most likely be over your car. Phandroid draws our attention to a recently disclosed Motorola patent that describes a radar system designed to warn you when there’s an object on the road in front of your car. Essentially, the system includes a video camera, a video encoder and radio frequency modulation circuitry that is constantly scanning for wayward objects on the road and that gives you an alert if something is up ahead of you. Phandroid speculates that this new in-car system may be an attempt on the Google-owned Motorola’s part to enhance the capabilities of Waze, the mobile map app it bought that lets users send out reports of traffic jams, accidents and other hazards of the road.

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