Smartphone Box Brings High-End Features to Low-Cost Cars

Smartphone Box Brings High-End Features to Low-Cost Cars
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Magellan is best known for its navigation systems, but the tech company’s latest gadget will provide access to connected-car features like Bluetooth and music streaming to cheaper vehicles. Continue Reading...

Infotainment Issues Going Unreported: Consumer Reports

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Infotainment Issues Going Unreported: Consumer Reports
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The latest 2013 reliability study from Consumer Reports (CR) revealed once again that many folks are unhappy with their in-car infotainment systems, and the issue may be even bigger than the study suggests.  Continue Reading...

Hands-Free Communication Issues Cited as Largest New Vehicle Complaint Says JD Power

Hands-Free Communication Issues Cited as Largest New Vehicle Complaint Says JD Power
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The latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study highlights problems with issues related to in car technology, though what’s troubling is just how predominant the problems have become and how much impact they are having on overall vehicle scores. Continue Reading...

North Carolina Town Bans Bluetooth

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North Carolina Town Bans Bluetooth
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As pressure mounts to curb distracted driving, one North Carolina town has made an unprecedented move, banning cell phone use in cars, including Bluetooth. While most states have some type of ban on cell phone use while driving, Bluetooth hand’s free devices are promoted as a safer alternative – even if the jury is still out… Continue Reading...

Rearview Mirror Kit Offers GPS, Bluetooth and Games

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Rearview Mirror Kit Offers GPS, Bluetooth and Games
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How’s this for a driving distraction – a GPS-enable rearview mirror that features a 4-inch touchscrren, Bluetooth and games. This innovation, brought to you by gadget wholesalers Chinavasion, is a kit that can replace any standard rearview mirror. The biggest perks it offers is its GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities, as well as a 4.3-inch… Continue Reading...

Ferrari Enzo RC Car Can Be Controlled By Your iPhone, Yours For $80

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Ferrari Enzo RC Car Can Be Controlled By Your iPhone, Yours For $80
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Looking to get yourself a nice little gift this holiday season to go with your brand new iPhone 4S? Silverlit is proud to offer you a Ferrari Enzo toy car that can be controlled through an iPhone app via Bluetooth. Even though we’re only offered a single photo of the toy car, we’re impressed by… Continue Reading...

2012 Scion xD Priced from $16,075 with Bluetooth and HD Radio Now Standard

2012 Scion xD Priced from $16,075 with Bluetooth and HD Radio Now Standard
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Pricing for Scion‘s 2012 xD model has been announced with the five-speed manual set at $16,075 and the four-speed automatic at $16,875, including a delivery, processing and handling fee of $730. In addition, Scion announced that Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and streaming audio along with HD Radio are now standard for the 2012 xD model. The… Continue Reading...

BMW Reveals All New i3 And i8 Concept Vehicles

BMW Reveals All New i3 And i8 Concept Vehicles
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BMW has developed two new hybrid vehicles that the German automaker says  have redefined the understanding of personal mobility with a focus on sustainability. The i3 concept,  previously know as the Megacity,  is an all-electric car that focuses squarely on the mobility challenges in urban areas. The i8 hybrid concept is a “forward-looking, intelligent, and innovative” sports… Continue Reading...

2012 Scion xB Gets Standard Bluetooth and HD Radio, Pandora Internet Radio Optional

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2012 Scion xB Gets Standard Bluetooth and HD Radio, Pandora Internet Radio Optional
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Another year and another release for Scion’s now infamous xB urban utility vehicle. Much of what we’ve come to know about the second generation xB has been left untouched for their 2012 version, except for the addition of standard Bluetooth hands-free and HD radio technology. An option for a premium audio system with 5.8-inch touchscreen… Continue Reading...

Cobra iRadar App Now Available for Android OS

Cobra iRadar App Now Available for Android OS
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While it may seem that Apple’s iPhone continues to dominate the smart phone market, Google’s Android is actually the more popular operating system. So naturally, many app developers and companies are slowly creating variants of their iPhone/iPad apps to work on Google’s Android system. Included in that list is radar detector company Cobra. Cobra’s iRadar… Continue Reading...

Taser App Locks Down Cell When Vehicle’s In Use

Taser App Locks Down Cell When Vehicle’s In Use
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Before you get too excited, the Taser app isn’t what you think it is. But what it will do is protect your family while they are driving. A special app that’s only available for Blackberry and Android platforms (it needs Bluetooth to function properly), the Taser prevents cell-phone related driving distractions, promotes responsible driving behaviors,… Continue Reading...

GM MyLink System Announced to Rival Ford’s Sync

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GM MyLink System Announced to Rival Ford’s Sync
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GM’s MyLink, available starting with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and Equinox, will offer smartphone charging, Pandora radio streaming, GraceNote music identification, Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, voice activation, OnStar, and USB inputs, in case listening to drive-time radio is too crushing for commuters. The MyLink comes hot on the heels of Ford’s SYNC as an inevitable… Continue Reading...

Garmin Releases NuLink 1695 GPS

Garmin Releases NuLink 1695 GPS
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Get ready to upgrade your driving directions. Garmin has just updated the 1600 GPS series with the new Garmin NuLink 1695. Available this September, the Nuvi has changed its name to NuLink for the 1695. This is to signify the importance of the NuLink service, which offers a data connection to the portable GPS unit…. Continue Reading...

Is Your High-Tech Vehicle Vulnerable to Hackers?

Is Your High-Tech Vehicle Vulnerable to Hackers?
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You’ve decided to buy a new car, complete with all the high-techy trimmings. But does that make your car vulnerable to hackers? Your new ride probably isn’t a high-priority target for hackers, but security experts believe that car hacking is going to become more mainstream. This is thanks to new wireless technologies and a dependence… Continue Reading...

Mazda to display Mazda3 Hatch at Detroit Auto Show

Mazda to display Mazda3 Hatch at Detroit Auto Show
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After the Mazda3 Sedan was unveiled at the 2008 LA Auto Show, North American audiences will be treated to their first look at the Mazda3 Hatchback when it makes its US debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this January. Looking much like its sedan counterpart, the hatchback has even more… Continue Reading...
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