• BMW laser headlight technology

    We'll likely look back on 2011 as the year that the app truly entered our automobiles, becoming integrated with our Bluetooth-connected smartphones and, in some cases, fully integrated with vehicle infotainment systems.

  • IntelliLink wireless vehicle connectivity
    2012 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Verano Will Come With Pandora

    Pandora has been on a roll the past few years. After a shaky period during which the company fought for the right to broadcast copyrighted material, Pandora roared back, becoming one of the first infotainment services to be featured on Ford's popular Sync system. Now, the company has developed a...

  • 2012 Buick Verano teaser
    Buick Making Pandora Internet Radio Standard Across Lineup

    Buick is rolling out Pandora Internet radio services as a standard feature across its lineup, integrating it with the new IntelliLink infotainment system announced in April. It will be made standard initially on the 2012 Buick Verano, Regal and LaCrosse, and on the Enclave crossover in 2013...

  • Sirius Backseat TV - Chrysler
    Which Automaker Is Trying To Save SiriusXM From Pandora?

    We are at a crossroads. Thanks to the internet, people have become accustomed to the free and easy flow of information. Subscription services -- from newspapers to magazines to cable TV -- are scrambling to keep their heads above water as mobile devices make no-cost infotainment even more...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Photo by Joe Nuxoll
    2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Spotify Invites For Info Requests

    As a replacement for the dull and unfashionable Chevrolet Aveo, GM is hoping the funky 2011 Chevrolet Sonic will appeal to a more savvy car buyer, and tempt people away from their Ford Fiestas and Honda Fits. One way of doing this is giving free invitations to the Spotify digital music service to...

  • 2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink
    Pandora Internet Radio Expands Relationship With Ford, Scion

    Pandora Internet radio is rapidly expanding their presence in the automotive segment, where nearly fifty-percent of radio "consumption" happens. Pandora solutions are now available from automakers and the aftermarket alike.

  • New SiriusXM channel lineup

    Starting tomorrow, drivers who subscribe to SiriusXM in their cars are going to find a changed landscape on their tuners. Effective May 4, SiriusXM says they've "re-ordered our channels to make it easier for you to quickly find what you want to hear." The new lineups make better sense of the channels that the two brands, Sirius and XM, brought together in their 2008 merger. For example, all the comedy channels now span a range in the low 90s, running right into Howard Stern's blockbusters at 100 and 101. The company says it'll make it easier to navigate, but for a primer, they're steering...

  • BMW i App
    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...

  • MINI Connected with Pandora
    BMW Serves Up Pandora For All Its 2011 Models

    Like their MINI cousins before them, the 2011 BMW lineup will have access to Pandora, the music-streaming app that's colonizing car audio systems from Ford to Toyota. Bringing Pandora service into the cars is as simple as downloading it to its host iPhone. Once it's installed and configured--and...

  • IntelliLink wireless vehicle connectivity
    Buick And GMC Brands Get New IntelliLink Vehicle Connectivity Feature

    GM is introducing a new connectivity feature dubbed IntelliLink in its Buick and GMC line of cars for 2012, which is essentially designed to connect to a driver’s smartphone or other portable device and then control it using the vehicle’s touchscreen display or in some cases through...

  • Chevrolet MyLink preview event, New York City, February 2011
    Chevrolet Launches MyLink Infotainment System on Volt, Equinox

    Tonight, Chevrolet unveiled its new Chevy MyLink in-car infotainment package, which lets drivers control integrated online services like Pandora internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio using either touch-screen menu options or voice commands to control smart phones via Bluetooth connectivity. While...

  • MINI Connected with Pandora
    MINI Enlists Pandora To Develop New Apps For MINI Connected

    If the words MINI Connected sound alien to you, you’re probably not a heavy smartphone user… or a MINI fan. MINI Connected is MINI's latest smartphone-controlling, Internet-enabled connectivity system, paralleling parent BMW's system of the same name. This week MINI has announced that...

  • MINI Connected with Pandora

    MINI's Connected system, borrowed and reworked from corporate parent BMW, and its Pandora and Twitter app capabilities, were announced back in August, but today at the 2011 CES, we've learned a few more details. Unfortunately, what we learned is that it's a slower process than you might expect. Five months after the first word on the topic, MINI today announced it is "collaborating" with Pandora to deliver the first third-party app for MINI Connected. The good news: it will be available to all 2011 MINIs equipped with the system, for free. When, exactly, the app will show up for download, we...

  • 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?

  • MyLincoln Touch - 2011 Lincoln MKX
    MyFord: 2011 Ford Edge, 2011 Lincoln MKX To Bring Twitter To SYNC

    The MyFord Touch and MyLincoln system aims to keep drivers connected even on the road.

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