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  • BumpChat driver connection app

    For those who can't get enough of chatting to strangers in traffic, the experience can now be enjoyed more widely than ever with BUMP.com's acquisition of BumpChat. The 'social network for your car' allows you to contact other drivers and chat to your heart's content, all the while fine-tuning the criteria you use to find other drivers by. The app lets you select how far away you'd like to speak to others - whether in the same traffic queue as you or several miles away - or by a specific make, model and year of car, allowing you to keep in touch with other like-minded drivers. Simpler options...

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    The eBay Motors App Arrives At Last, But Can It Save The Day?

    We expected the eBay Motors app to arrive in March, but it missed that deadline by a couple of months. Now that it's finally arrived, can the app redeem itself by preserving eBay's standing as a worthwhile shopping destination? There's no denying that eBay has lost luster over the past few years...

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    Audi Launches Roadside Assistance App For Smartphone Users

    Just a few weeks ago Infiniti launched a new roadside assistance app for users of the Apple iPhone, and before that we saw MINI launch its own version, while Mercedes-Benz has had its mbrace assistance feature for what seems like forever. Now Audi is joining the fray with its own free roadside...

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    Audi Goes Mobile With New Roadside Assistance App

    Audi's newest product offering comes to owners of the Apple iPhone, as well as BlackBerry and Android devices, in the form of the Audi Roadside Assistance app. The free app delivers some emergency and concierge services to users' phones--everything from locating dealers to connecting with the...

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    Planning A Road Trip? Make It 'Appen With These Mobile Apps

    In the good old days all you needed for a road trip was a car, some buddies, and a sense of adventure. Even a map was optional. These days you can have it so much easier with the latest downloadable apps at your fingertips telling you everything from where to sleep to providing your tunes. Here is...

  • Li Chao, Executive Deputy General Manager of Shanghai OnStar Telematics
    OnStar Is China's First Automotive App

    General Motors has made huge inroads in China, and now, those inroads have grown a bit wider: yesterday at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, GM launched its smartphone app for China's OnStar subscribers. The OnStar app for Chinese drivers is nearly identical to the one that subscribers in North America...

  • Classic Car Guide app for iPhone

    We've seen a handful of apps for classic car aficionados, and we've seen apps for insurance quotes and claims, but until now, we haven't seen those two services combined in one handy format. Enter the Classic Car Guide for iPhone and iPad. The Classic Car Guide lets fans of vintage rides search for their dream car in a variety of ways, including location, make/model, and VIN. The app has access to the 100,000+ current and past sales listed in Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market database, and offers a wide variety of photos for many listings. During our testing, the Classic Car Guide...

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    Parking In Motion Tries Its Hand At Building A Useful Parking App

    If we were app developers, the next-to-last frontier we'd want to conquer -- right after organ donation -- would be parking. By their very nature, cars are constantly in motion, taking and leaving spaces in parking lots, garages, and on city streets. Maintaining an accurate database of available...

  • Screencaps from the Sheen's Ravines app
    Charlie Sheen Shifts To An Even Smaller Screen -- As An App Developer

    Like the streets of his beloved Hollywood Hills, Charlie Sheen's life is full of twists and turns. The actor has a reputation for being a party boy, and his tumultuous life has been well-documented in tabloids and tweets. But Sheen's recent meltdown gave him the opportunity to reinvent himself --...

  • Cobra iRadar for Android
    More Things Lawmakers Will Hate: Cobra iRadar for Android Debuts April 4

    Last week, four U.S. Senators expressed outrage over smartphone apps designed to reveal the location of DUI checkpoints. As they said in letters to Apple, Google, and Blackberry, "Giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of...

  • Sprint Drive First app for Android
    Sprint Pre-Installing Android App To (Mostly) Disable Your Smartphone While Driving

    If you're the sort of person who's tempted to take calls while driving -- or worse, answer text messages -- there are dozens of apps to help curb your addition. Now, Sprint is making the process even easier by pre-installing the Drive First app on every Android phone. Drive First works like many...

  • 2011 Saab PhoeniX Concept
    Video: Saab IQon Turns Your Car Into An Android Smartphone

    As we reported earlier, Saab is working on a new telematics and infotainment system for its future cars called Saab IQon. The new system, previewed this week in Saab’s striking PhoeniX concept, is essentially a new car communications platform based on Google’s Android operating system...

  • Barnes & Noble Nook Color modded to become in-dash stereo and more

    There are lots of gizmos on the market -- gizmos designed to meet the needs of nearly every consumer. And yet, a handful of consumers are never satisfied. They take matters into their own hands, poking, prodding, and modding until they get what they want, just as they've done for millennia. Now, one clever hacker has set his sights on a Nook Color from Barnes & Noble, and the results are pretty impressive. The nifty thing about the Nook line is that it's built on Android -- an operating system that's far more open and flexible (and accessible) than, say, iOS found on the iPad. That means...

  • AAA Roadside Assistance app on Android
    AAA's Free Roadside Assistance App Available For Android

    Drivers with Android-compatible smartphones can now download the American Automobile Association's free roadside assistance application allowing you to report a breakdown without even needing to make a phone call. Stranded motorists can now use their Android smartphone's GPS signal to transmit a...

  • Dodge Brand and Mopar Introduce Vehicle Information Smartphone Applications.
    Dodge Debuts Owner Apps On Android, Blackberry, And iPhone

    Smartphones have moved one step closer to controlling our lives: Dodge recently announced that it has launched owner's manual apps on the Android, Blackberry, and iPhone platforms. The apps offer a range of features that supplement and enhance the existing hard-copy manuals and DVDs that come with...

  • Screencap from DriveSafe.ly
    Smartphones Are Taking Over Your Car -- And The Planet

    Over 3 million of today's smartphone users use telematics apps -- apps ranging from navigational services like Waze to streaming music players like the now-ubiquitous Pandora. That figure is expected to rise dramatically over the next five years; in fact, ABI Research estimates that by 2016, it...

  • Honda ASIMO
    Honda ASIMO Gets His Own iPhone App, Android Version Coming Soon

    While it may not be strictly car news, we just couldn't resist writing this story up about Honda's new ASIMO app for the Apple iPhone. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, ASIMO is a robot that resembles a small astronaut wearing a backpack and can walk or run on two feet...

  • 2011 Ford Fiesta
    2011 Ford Fiesta Rocks Out With Voice Control For Pandora

    How would you like to choose between personalized Pandora stations, or select from the programming in your Stitcher custom channels, while keeping both hands on the wheel?

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