in-car electronics

  • New entertainment package on the 2013 Cadillac SRX

    Cadillac will offer an upgraded entertainment package on its 2013 SRX crossover, which features some of the latest technologies including a Blu-Ray DVD player and a cordless remote control. The new package will be linked with Cadillac’s CUE interface system and be accessible from every seat in the house. That’s because the package also allows passengers, including those in the back, to pair up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices at once, including mobile phones, SD cards, USBs, and MP3 players. While the front-seat passengers use an 8-inch dash-mounted screen to control most of the...

  • Audi Connect with Google Street View
    Audi Connect Gets Internet Radio And Google Street View

    We recently brought you news that Audi would be fitting its cars with a new broadband Internet connection based on the ultra-fast LTE mobile connectivity standard as the latest initiative in the automaker's 'Audi Connect’ vehicle networking strategy. Audi's system also has the ability to...

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    BMW And MINI Use Customizable Apps For In-Car Infotainment

    Yesterday, we saw Toyota's take on twinning smartphone and car to provide an enhanced in-car infotainment experience. By synchronizing your phone and car, you could use your phone's intuitive display in a larger format on a central dashboard screen. BMW and MINI are going about a similar concept in...

  • 2012 Hyundai Veloster
    2012 Hyundai Veloster Remixed With XBox, TVs, Guitar & More

    If the 2012 Hyundai Veloster wasn't quite funky and youthful enough for you already, then the only thing likely to convince you is cramming it full of the latest games, sounds and technology. That's exactly what RE:MIX Lab has done with three new Velosters, showing them at the opening of their...

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    Generation Y Prefers Internet, Tech And Gadgets To Cars

    For the average young person back in the 1950s, only two things really mattered: A hot date for the weekend, and a hot car to go to the local drive-in, diner or secluded spot. Okay, so a Grease-like lifestyle wasn't enjoyed by everybody, but it's a sign of the times that for the youth of Generation...

  • OnStar
    OnStar's Reassurance: We Respect Your Privacy. Really, We Do

    It's often the way with the modern world: The products and services we use aren't just products and services any more - they're experiences. Where once you used to use a car to get from A to B with the occasional trip via C, now you can be as connected to your life on the internet as you are with...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Turbo

    The last few years have seen a step-up in in-car telematics, with more connected systems than ever now available to drivers and their passengers. Kia is currently developing its next generation of telematics, to expand on the first-gen UVO system found in its current 2012 range of cars. The new system will also be rolled out globally - the current UVO is limited to North America. The next generation will take a leaf out of the iPhone's book and allow users to choose from a series of icons for different functions, and change screens by swiping a fingertip. Also in common with the current wave...

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    Ethernet May Reduce Cost, Improve Vehicle Communication Tech

    If ethernet brings up images of 1990s technology and its use in cars suggests a spaghetti of cables like your office, then think again. Freescale Semiconductor is one of several companies now exploring ethernet technology in an automotive communications and networking environment, and it could...

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    Tech Blamed For Stressed "Gen Y" Drivers; Some Tips To Help

    If you were born some time between the 1970s and the mid 1990s you're what's known as "Generation Y", and new research has shown that you're much more likely to be stressed behind the wheel than your "Baby Boomer" predecessors. The survey was conducted by Galaxy Research, on 1,010 people across...

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    Watchdog Tech Will Catch Dastardly Parking Lot Dingers

    If your car is your pride and joy you'll know the annoyance of returning to it after a shopping trip to find that some imbecile has opened their door onto yours or carelessly parked and left a dent and a scrape. And let's face it, if they're careless enough to ding your door they're hardly going to...

  • Ford's SYNC System. Image: Ford Motor Company
    Ford SYNC More Affordable, Hands-Free Tech Now From $295

    Very little in life comes for free, which makes us appreciate paying less for something all the more. A drop in price of $100 certainly makes Ford's SYNC hands-free, in-car connectivity system something to appreciate. The system is now only $295. Things haven't been easy for Ford with its GM OnStar...

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    Bavarian Rhapsody: BMW Makes Music With New 1-Series (Video)

    You might not think of the voice inside your sat-nav system or the sound of your blinkers as being particularly sonorous, but then you're probably not working with BMW to turn those sounds and more into a few minutes of music as the backdrop to production of the 2012 BMW 1-Series. The man behind...

  • Lexus driving simulator

    What's the most advanced computer in a modern car? The ECU controlling your car's fuelling, ignition, throttle and more? Or perhaps it's the in-car infotainment systems with satellite navigation and downloadable apps? None of the above, says Lexus. The most advanced computer in the modern car is you, the driver. You're the computer Lexus knows least about, but also the one that can process more information than any other and with more ultimate safety outcome than any of the other in-car systems. That's why Lexus has built a hugely expensive and, well, just huge driving simulator, to monitor...

  • 2012 Toyota Yaris
    2012 Toyota Yaris: Focus On Infotainment With Touch & Go

    As we're seeing with cars like the 2011 Ford Fiesta, small size no longer means a small specification list. The 2012 Toyota Yaris will be no different. The car has just been launched in Europe and more details have been revealed about what toys you can expect to have in Toyota's smallest model. The...

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    Store'n'Go With Tiny Verbatim Micro USB Car Audio Drive

    It's official: In-car CD players are so last century. If you're not listening to your music via a portable MP3 player or USB drive in your car, then you may as well give up on the luxuries of modern motoring altogether. Okay, we won't be that harsh on you, but flash drives and in-car MP3...

  • Tesla Model S Infotainment Screen
    J.D. Power: Consumers Want Vehicle Diagnostics Technology

    What electronic feature would you most like from your next car? That's what J.D. Power and Associates asked 18,000 vehicle owners, and 55 percent were interested in a vehicle diagnostics service. A system that allows your vehicle to send and receive information on car troubles to an engineer was...

  • BMW Left Turn Assistant
    BMW Left Turn Assistant: Increasing Safety At Intersections

    Hear "left turn assistant" and you might think stereotypical images of helping drivers of a certain German marque to use their blinkers for once when turning, but you'd be quite wide of the mark... BMW's Left Turn Assistant is actually a safety system designed to help drivers turning left across...

  • T-Pad tactile touchscreen display (Image: i-programmer)
    Greater Interaction With "Sticky" Touchscreen Display Tech

    Touchscreen displays have revolutionized our gadgets, both in and away from our automotive lives. Now, they're set to get even better to use. From iPhones to satellite navigation systems, many of our electronic gadgets use the technology, and that's only going to increase as makers strive for ever...

  • Pioneer AVIC-VH09CS augmented reality sat nav

    Electronics giant Pioneer has revealed the latest in the world of automotive satellite navigation technology, with its new AVIC-VH09CS double din unit showcasing the first production example of an in-car ‘augmented reality’ system. Using a wireless windshield-mounted camera, the system streams live footage of the outside world onto its 7-inch display screen, with the standard navigation display data and visual instructions layered over it. The key benefit here is that distances before turns can be accurately interpreted by the driver as he or she will be able to see exactly where...

  • Volkswagen and Microsoft in-car technology
    Volkswagen And Microsoft Working On New In-Car Movie Technology

    While in the past we’ve seen Microsoft work closely with Fiat in the auto industry to develop the Blue&Me electronic interface, the software giant is now partnering with Volkswagen to help develop the next-generation of in-car entertainment technology, and possibly do-away with in-car DVD...

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    Jaguar Land Rover, BlackBerry Join In Smartphone Integration

    Integrating smartphones with in-car vehicle technology is nothing new. Bluetooth connection for making calls, and playing music and plugging in via USB has been around for years. Full integration of smartphones into a car's systems hasn't really been seen yet beyond the concept stage. One of the...

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    Extra Media Storage Turns VWs Into Rolling Movie Theatres

    Kids these days don't know how good they have it. The most entertainment many of us could muster on a long journey was playing I-spy, or maybe kicking our siblings and getting away with it when they complained. In-car DVD has made long trips a much quieter experience for parents, and now a deal...

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    In-Car Screens Could Soon Use 3D Image Technology

    Nintendo's 3DS has caused something of a stir in the world of 3D imaging. Rather than using unfashionable and unwieldy 3D glasses to view a stereoscopic image, the 3DS and some other recent gadgets use autostereoscopy, utilizing two layered screens to display an image that appears 3D to the user...

  • Kinect control of an R/C car
    Video: Kinect Used To Steer R/C Car: What Else Could It Do?

    Not long ago we took a look at a remote control car steered not via a traditional controller, but using a touch-screen smartphone. It's already been upstaged, this time using an Apple iPad and an HTML5 web app that uses the tablet's motion sensors in a similar manner to that of the smartphone R/C...

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