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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iOS in the Car Video

Video: Here’s an early look at Apple’s iOS in the Car system in action

By on January 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Video: Here’s an early look at Apple’s iOS in the Car system in action

Last week, developer Steven Troughton-Smith released several screenshots of Apple’s upcoming iOS navigation software, iOS in the Car. Using iOS Simulator, Troughton-Smith has since put together a short video that shows the app in action both as it would appear on the dashboard of a car and on an actual iPhone screen. According to the video description, iOS in the Car will support multiple resolutions as well as touchscreens, buttons, wheels and basically any other dashboard control mechanism. While the app is running, users will not be able to multitask; the “car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone.” The app also lacks a keyboard UI. In order to control iOS in the Car, you’ll have to resort to voice commands. Check out the full video below to see how the app functions in conjunction with an iPhone. More →

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Audi Laser Headlights

Video: Here’s how Audi’s incredible new laser headlights work

By on January 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM.

Video: Here’s how Audi’s incredible new laser headlights work

Earlier this month at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Audi showed off an amazing new laser headlight system that one-ups the standard high-intensity discharge lamps found on many modern automobiles. The new headlight system, which was showcased on Audi’s Sport Quattro concept car, uses a blue laser instead of a standard bulb to cast light that Audi says can illuminate the road for a distance of more than 1,600 feet in front of a driver. Audi also stated that its new laser high-beams have twice the light range and three times the luminosity of LED high-beam headlights — but as great as that all sounds, how exactly does it work? More →

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Google Self Driving Car Patent

Google may offer you free cab rides if you let it spam you with ads

By on January 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

Google may offer you free cab rides if you let it spam you with ads

Google may eventually be offering you free taxi rides in its self-driving cars. A new patent, brought to our attention by Ars Technica, describes an advertising system that stores could use to bring customers into their physical locations for free. Based on an algorithm that uses the customer’s location and propensity to buy, the customer would receive a coupon for a free ride. These ads could appear for various means of transportation, including taxis, trains, buses, and most interestingly, autonomous vehicles. More →

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iOS In The Car Screenshots

New screenshots show what iOS may look like in your car

By on January 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM.

New screenshots show what iOS may look like in your car

As we’ve mentioned before, the next big battle between Apple and Google seems to be over which company will get to use its software to power your car. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has posted a number of screenshots from Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car release that show us how Apple is refining the user interface of its new car-centric mobile OS. 9to5Mac notices, for instance, notes that “the design shown in the images… show a user-interface that is strikingly different to the one shown at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013,” as “Apple is toying with moving the horizontal status bar into the vertical position,” thus giving it “more space on the already small car touchscreen consoles.” More →

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Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept

Video: Audi unveils amazing new Laserlight advanced headlights system

By on January 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Video: Audi unveils amazing new Laserlight advanced headlights system

Audi at CES 2014 unveiled its Sport quattro Laserlight concept based on the classic 1983 Sport quattro, but filled with plenty of new tech innovations. The dual laser headlights may be the car’s most interesting feature, at least from a tech perspective, being described by an exec as Audi’s “technological spearhead” during the company’s press event. The laser diodes are said to illuminate the road for a distance of up to 500 meters, with the high-beam having twice the light range and three times the luminosity of LED high-beam lights. The software can manage LED lights individually in order for oncoming cars to not be affected by the Sport quattro’s Laserlight system. More →

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BlackBerry Car Engine Sounds

BlackBerry’s next big thing: Fake engine revving sounds for quiet cars (no, seriously)

By on January 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

BlackBerry’s next big thing: Fake engine revving sounds for quiet cars (no, seriously)

In the (terrible) 2011 film “The Dilemma,” Kevin James stars as an engineer whose wife is cheating on him. Co-star Vince Vaughn plays the best friend and business partner who catches James’s cheating wife and has to decide whether or not to rat her out. Why wouldn’t Vaughn just come out with it? Because he needs James to focus on completing a project that will land their company the contract of a lifetime. The project in question involves the creation of a system for a major automaker that would duplicate the sound and feel of a classic muscle car engine in an electric vehicle. And now, life is imitating art as BlackBerry-owned QNX showcases a system at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show that imitates James’s fictional creation. More →

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Corvette Record Share VIdeos Camera

GM’s newest Corvette will let you record, share all your road trips

By on January 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

GM’s newest Corvette will let you record, share all your road trips

Some of the most interesting news footage of the over the past several years has come from a very unlikely source: cameras mounted on cars. The Associated Press reports that General Motors is hoping to capitalize on the windshield-mounted camera for a new social initiative that will allow drivers of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette to record their cruises down the interstate and then download the footage to their computers. When parked, drivers will be able to view the recordings on an 8-inch touchscreen and “edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.” According to the report, drivers can record up to 13 hours of driving time using the new system. The 2015 Corvette will be available next fall.

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Google Android Open Automotive Alliance

Google’s plan to take over your car takes shape

By on January 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

Google’s plan to take over your car takes shape

Google is looking to get a big head start in the upcoming battle with Apple in the realm of car-based software. Google announced on Monday that it has joined with several car manufacturers to cofound the Open Automotive Alliance, a new industry group that is working to bring Android to more cars and that is a clear reference to the Open Handset Alliance that helped make Android into the world’s No. 1 mobile operating system. More →

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Apple Google Car Software Plans

The next big Apple-Google battle looks much bigger than smartphones

By on January 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

The next big Apple-Google battle looks much bigger than smartphones

The most important battle in the tech world over the past few years has been the epic clash between iOS and Android, the rival mobile platforms that Apple and Google have used to give themselves a dominant position in the smartphone and tablet markets. But as Forbes contributor George Anders writes, Apple and Google are already gearing up for their next fight that could be much, much bigger than smartphones. More →

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New car technology

Forget TVs and watches, cars are the next big battleground for Apple and Google

By on December 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM.

Forget TVs and watches, cars are the next big battleground for Apple and Google

While everyone expects Google and Apple’s next big fight to be over watches or TVs, it increasingly looks like cars will be the next big tech battleground — as cars become more connected and intelligent, Apple and Google are striving to be at the center of the driving experience. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is set to announce a partnership with Audi at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month to “develop in-car entertainment and information systems that are based on Google’s Android software.” Google will also announce joint efforts with other car and tech companies, including Nvidia, to integrate Android into various cars. Google wants to make Android the default operating system for the car, much as it has done for mobile devices. More →

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