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  • Land Rover Explore smartphone

    You can now find a smartphone that's as tough as a Land Rover. The Land Rover Explore smartphone has arrived and it's ready for you to get beat up. Land Rover is tapping into the lifestyle side of its brand. It’s been doing this for some time now, most recently with its activity key wristband, a water-proof, sweat-proof wristband that doubles as a key fob, ostensibly for outdoor activities. With the Explore smartphone, owners will be even better able to document their Instagram-worthy adventures. Seriously though, this actually sounds like a pretty tough phone. It's packing a massive...

  • Breathometer smartphone breathalyzer
    Now Your Smartphone Can Be A Breathalyzer

    These days, smartphones seem to be the answer to everything including, apparently, drunk driving. A new device called the Breathometer is billed as the "World's First Smartphone Breathalyzer." Its makers say it gives people the opportunity to asses their ability to drive before the police have to...

  • 2014 BMW i3
    BMW i Genius: Artificial Intelligence To Answer Your Questions

    In the new, strange and intriguing world of electric cars, customers have plenty of questions to ask--and BMW is launching a tool to help answer those questions without having to contact your dealer. Called i Genius, it's actually an artificial intelligence service, combining a database of...

  • Hyundai Connectivity Concept
    Hyundai Turning Your Smartphone Into Your Car Keys

    Hyundai is previewing its vision for the future of car connectivity with a new technology demonstrator based on its i30 hatchback sold overseas. Aptly named the Connectivity Concept, the new i30-based technology demonstrator showcases the future of mobile phone and car integration from the Korean...

  • GM working on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-X communications systems
    GM Working On Cars That Use Smartphone Signals To Detect Pedestrians

    Several automakers have introduced advanced technology in their cars that can read the road ahead and anticipate whether a vehicle in front is slowing down or a pedestrian or cyclist is nearby. Most of these systems rely on cameras or radar systems monitoring the road ahead, though these can be...

  • Ford's Keyfree Login
    Ford May Have Built The Perfect... Password Manager?

    Near Field Communication (NFC) keys are nothing new to the auto industry, which has embraced the concepts of keyless entry and push-button start on a near-universal basis. Getting into your car and starting it without having to dig for keys adds convenience, but will likely pay big dividends when...

  • All-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric

    What separates your regular gasoline car from an electric car? The batteries? The motor? Plugging in each night versus going to a gas station in the morning? All of the above, of course, but also the high levels of interactivity now available to electric car users, via their smartphones. Ford is one such company touting smartphone app integration, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Connectivity is becoming increasingly important in the automotive world, and several carmakers are striving to incorporate your real driving experiences with the virtual world. MINI Connected, for...

  • NPR News App with Ford Sync AppLink  -  2012 CES
    CES 2012: NPR News App Making Debut In Ford Vehicles

    If there’s one in-car tech trend we predict will really take off by the end of this year, it’s in-vehicle apps. With most major automakers now phasing in touch-screen infotainment interfaces, it’s pretty much ‘game on’ to see which automakers, mobile services, and...

  • Navigon 2.0 update for iOS
    Navigon Now Lets Users Download Maps One State At A Time

    Millions of Americans are planning road trips this holiday week, and many of them will use navigation software to get them where they need to go -- whether that's over the river and through the woods or to the outlet mall. The Navigon MobileNavigator smartphone app recently made things simpler for...

  • Porsche Design P-9981 BlackBerry smartphone
    Porsche Design Unveils The Ultimate BlackBerry Smartphone

    For the sophisticated executive who has everything, or the geekiest of Porsche fans, industrial design group Porsche Design together with Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, has brought out a very stylish piece of tech. That piece of tech is the new Porsche Design...

  • Cobra iRadar for Android
    Cobra Electronics Launches iRadar Connected Community App

    If you consider awareness of radar speed traps and checkpoints to be a vital component of your defensive driving armoury, then you may already have heard of Cobra Electronics Corporation. You'll also know that they're a market leader in radar detection systems, and the company has today announced a...

  • Toyota Touch Life smartphone synchronizing
    Toyota Touch Life: Sync Smartphones With In-Car Displays

    Given how well the display and layout of functions found on modern smartphones works, it's surprising that automakers haven't turned to companies like Apple and Android in an effort to improve the user experience. While they work on that, there's a short term solution, thanks to Toyota. We now...

  • Ford SYNC

    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 began offering text-to-speech functionality on most model-year 2012 vehicles (Ranger not included). Today, we're happy to announce that this feature has begun rolling out as an upgrade for older vehicles equipped with Sync. To activate text-to-speech, Ford owners simply need to download the latest...

  • GM's smartphone-based vehicle communication app
    Smartphone Communication Could Make Roads Safer, Says GM

    Your car might already have an option to synchronize with your smartphone, but General Motors reckons the technology could offer so much more. Apps like Waze and Bump can be handy for avoiding traffic (or chatting if you're already stuck) but vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems...

  • Silverlit Ferrari Enzo Bluetooth RC
    Ferrari Enzo Smartphone App

    No, we're not talking about the upcoming Enzo successor. And no, Ferrari's hardest street car won't be getting a lock/unlock smartphone app (as far as we know). This here is the Silverlit Ferrari Enzo Toy Car that we came across on Chip Chick. It's a remote-controlled car that eliminates one of two...

  • 2011 Audi A8 L
    Audi Launches New Mobile Site And Features In The U.S.

    Any carmaker worth it's salt has at least one mobile customer information point these days whether an iAd, app or mobile site for customers browsing on the move. Audi of America knows this, and has updated m.audiusa.com for mobile users to provide them with a new way of accessing information about...

  • A screen grab from Invictus' Race of Champions game.
    Race Of Champions Game Screeches Onto iPhone, iPad, Android

    As naming norms for sports events go, Race Of Champions is fairly self-explanatory. Take top drivers from the highest reaches of motorsport including Formula 1, NASCAR, the WRC and more, and pit them against each other in front of a stadium audience. The trouble with all this is that it's very much...

  • In-car internet
    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...

  • Car Accident Sidekick app from the American Lawyer Academy

    Ads from ambulance-chasers make life worth living. Many are so outrageous, so ridiculous, so covered in schmaltz that viewers can't help but smile. But the times they are a-changin': a new app for accident victims could make such cheesy TV spots obsolete. The app is called "Car Accident Sidekick" (the website for which is actually TrafficCollisionAttorneys.com). Not surprisingly, the app is brought you by the "American Lawyer Academy", which appears to be a professional organization for, well, traffic collision attorneys. "Car Accident Sidekick" claims to have many great features, including...

  • 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...

  • 2011 Kia Optima Turbo
    Kia's Next-Gen Telematics Tech Now Under Development

    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...

  • SignalGuru
    SignalGuru Uses Crowdsourcing To Time Stop Lights & Save Gas

    Stopping is inefficient. When a vehicle comes to a complete stop, it wastes energy, frittering away gas while idling, and consuming even more to get moving again. This is in part why we're seeing stop-start technology become commonplace in today's greener vehicles. But what if drivers didn't have...

  • Chadwick Martin Bailey study on smartphone & tablet usage habits, May 2011
    Taps For TomTom: The Standalone GPS Unit Is Dead

    The lightbulb killed the gas lamp. The DVD killed the VHS tape. And now, the world is preparing for the death of another invention past its prime: the standalone GPS device. We've been expecting this funeral for some time. Google Maps' debut on smartphones was a bad omen, and each new travel app...

  • 2012 Nissan Altima QR code
    Nissan First Carmaker To Use QR Codes On Window Stickers

    You can't fail to have noticed the abundance of Quick Response (QR) codes on products and services these days. They appear on everything from soda cans to billboards, websites and TV adverts. The curious little pixellated codes have become a great way for companies to offer information to anybody...

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