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  • QNX CAR 2 in-car infotainment platform

    If you're a typical car owner, or even an enthusiast, you probably don't know what QNX is--but you should. Or at the least, you should know about the company's work in the field of in-car technology, because chances are good you use it every day. In the near future, you'll use it to do new things with your car, and to customize the look and feel of the interface. Andy Gryc is the product marketing manager at QNX, a company that has spent 33 years working in computer operating systems. What does that have to do with cars? Quite a lot, actually. We recently spent some time talking with Gryc to...

  • Apple iPhone 5 and iOS6 Maps updates
    iPhone 5 & iOS 6 For Drivers: Real-Time Traffic, Navigation, Yelp

    Unless you've been living under a digital mountain of rocks, you've heard the new iPhone 5 was announced today. Maybe you even watched a liveblog of the updates. But here, we bring you the juicy details of the iPhone 5 and the iOS 6 updates from a driver's perspective. So how will the latest bounty...

  • Ford SYNC
    Ford Sync Reads Text Messages Aloud, Starting Today

    We've reviewed a number of smartphone apps that read texts aloud to drivers -- apps like DriveSafe.ly, PhoneGuard, and SafeCell -- but we've seen very few text-to-speech applications from automakers themselves. Ford is a notable exception. Through its popular Sync infotainment system, Ford recently...

  • Nokia Car Mode, using MirrorLink
    2011 Frankfurt Auto Show: Nokia Merges Cars & Cell Phones

    Last spring, we told you about Terminal Mode, a new protocol being pushed by GM, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Volkswagen, and other automakers, as well as handset manufacturer Nokia. Terminal Mode (now known as MirrorLink) promises to make smartphone integration in cars much easier, and during this...

  • GM's OnStar smartphone app technology
    "New Message: Your Car Has Been Stolen"... With A Text

    Getting text messages from friends or loved ones is always welcome. Spam messages from companies can be a nuisance. Having someone unlock and start your car with a text message is much more concerning. Unfortunately, it's not impossible, and researchers from San Francisco security consulting firm...

  • Traffic
    Future Urban Mobility Relies On Real-Time Data Access

    The requirements for travel within the urban environment comes under greater pressure with every passing year. We're already past the point at which more than 50 percent of the world's population live in cities rather than rurally, and it's only set to increase. The Future Urban Mobility (FM)...

  • Google Street View car

    UPDATED: See below. If you use a mobile device -- a laptop, a cell phone -- you know how great it can be to stay connected on the go. But as we've seen with the Apple iPhone and even with RSS feeds on the Nissan Leaf, mobility often comes with its share of privacy headaches. The latest issue? Google Street View, which in addition to its previous privacy transgressions, may have also logged the location of your mobile device and shared it with the world. Oops. The basics It's impossible to deny: many of us are hooked on mobile services, and our addiction is only getting worse. Problem is, for...

  • GMC Showroom Mobile App for iPhone
    GMC Brings Its Showroom To The Smartphone

    According to Nielsen, Americans are finally shifting to smartphones: 38% of mobile users already have one, and the majority of those shopping for new handsets are planning to purchase one in the near future. General Motors is hoping to cash in on that development with its new GMC Showroom App. Like...

  • iOnRoad app
    iOnRoad App Brings Collision-Avoidance To Your Smartphone: Video

    If you're in the market for a new vehicle, you might be tempted to go for something with high-tech safety features, like a collision-avoidance system. At the moment, though, most of that technology is tied to luxury rides or comes as pricey add-ons. But if you've got an Android smartphone, a new...

  • eBay Motors app infographic
    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...

  • Pulled over by the police
    Senators Push Apple, Google To Nix DUI Apps -- But Does It Matter?

    In March, we told you that four U.S. Senators had pushed Apple, Google, and Research In Motion (creators of the Blackberry) to remove apps that revealed the location of DUI checkpoints. At the time, RIM was the only provider that agreed to do so, but now Apple and Google have indicated that they...

  • Mobiado Aston Martin CPT002 Phone
    Move Over iPhone, Mobiado Aston Martin Concept So Much Cooler

    One of the little joys in owning an Aston Martin - and we're guessing there are many - is the little crystal key you get to start the car. Sure, it has an enormously pretentious name, the "Emotion Control Unit", but the little glass sculpture is a pretty cool way to start your car. We bet it looks...

  • Powermat

    Last month, we told you that GM cars would soon feature built-in charging devices from Powermat and that the Chevy Volt was first in line for the goods. Now, Powermat has announced that it'll soon offer a version of its wireless charger for cell phones and other mobile devices that will fit any car. Powermat made the announcement this week in Madrid, at the Mobile World Congress. The new device take the form of a cradle that attaches to a car's windshield, with arms that adjust to fit a range of mobile phones and other devices (the Nintendo DSi, included). Like Powermat's existing products...

  • Cell Phone Safety
    Cellcontrol: Kick The In-Car Cell Phone Habit With New Device

    Whilst not illegal in many states, taking a call or texting whilst driving can be very dangerous since it can take your eyes and mind off the road and if you're not using a hands-free device, occupy one of your limbs, too. American Auto Sales in Fremont is one of the first retail outlets now...

  • Ryan Mottau's DIY phone holder
    Save Money With Do-It-Yourself Cell Phone In-Car Mount

    Four simple and cheap products from an office supplies store are all you need for a functional and universal in-car cell phone mount. Why spend $50 on a dedicated mount when you could build one for a tenth the price? Ryan Mottau asked those questions of himself and with a large binder clip, some...

  • T-Mobile's DriveSmart
    T-Mobile Joins The Battle Against Distracted Driving With DriveSmart

    Over the past few months, we've seen a number of smartphone apps designed to curb distracted driving -- namely, SafeCell, PhoneGuard, and Mashable's mobile app of the year, DriveSafe.ly. Now a nationwide carrier has joined the fray: T-Mobile, with its DriveSmart service. Of the various apps...

  • 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...

  • Multitasking man on highway
    Video: Man On Freeway Reading A Book, Kindle E-Book And Using A Cell Phone

    For those of you who ever thought men were incapable of multitasking, meet the man who could possibly be the most efficient person in the world.. or the most dangerous. He was spotted driving down a freeway at speeds of up to 60 mph with not only a book in front of him, but also a Kindle e-book...

  • Lamborghini and Tag Heuer Meridiist mobile phone

    The mobile phone’s official name is Meridiist Automobili Lamborghini and it’s available now at select watch, jewellery and Lamborghini stores.

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