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Delphi has introduced a unique plug-and-play connectivity device called “Connected Car” that will allow consumers to quickly lock and unlock their vehicle’s doors, locate, track, and also monitor their vehicles through a mobile device.
The name of the game at CES is cool new technology, so naturally computer software maker QNX is showing off its latest, oversized, infotainment system in. Not just in any car either, but a Bentley Continental GT Convertible.
Cadillac‘s latest in-vehicle connectivity and control module, called CUE, has been given a big boost by receiving the Top Gadgets of 2012: Editor’s Choice Award by Popular Mechanics magazine.
The award was presented to Cadillac at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. Cadillac was the only auto manufacturer to walk away with an award from Popular Mechanics.
The CUE was picked because of its innovative technology and potential impact on the industry.
Andrew Del-Colle, assistant editor of Popular Mechanics magazine said; “After seeing an earlier demonstration of the system at the Los Angeles Auto Show, I knew it would be a strong candidate for an award at CES. The show offered a great opportunity to compare the CUE with many other OEM and aftermarket systems, and it stood out to us for its innovative use of new standards such as HTML 5, as well as for its intuitive user interface.”
CUE brings the first application of capacitive touch in an automobile. It uses electrodes to sense conductive properties of objects such as fingers. This system is similar to the touch and interaction one gets from gadgets like the iPad.
Other key aspects of CUE are natural speech recognition, Bluetooth connectivity for up to 10 devices and a motorized concealed storage compartment. The system runs on an ARM 11 3-core processor on a Linux open-source HTML5-based software platform.
The CUE system will debut in the Cadillac XTS and the ATS, and will be thus available to consumers from this summer.
Mercedes-Benz made waves for the wrong reason at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It didn’t have anything to do with their cloud-based Mbrace2 system that brings everything from Yelp! to Facebook right into the latest Mercedes models, or anything related to the cars, for that matter. In fact, what’s really making a stir is how the company chose to use the iconic image of Ernesto “Che” Guevara as a backdrop with their emblem stamped on his beret.
Mercedes told msnbc.com that it was one of many images used during their presentation and that they only meant to evoke the idea that their cars are revolutionary, but that they do not condone Guevara’s actions. Trouble bubbled up, however, after the Heritage Foundation, a conservative political group in Washington published a blog with the headline ”Mercedes-Benz Uses Communist Madman Che Guevara to Sell Luxury Cars.”
Regardless of what the company actually meant by putting the image up, it created a notion that Mercedes might, on some level, condone the communist revolutionary’s actions in Cuba, which isn’t an easy message for everyone to swallow, regardless of its validity.
Mark Zuckerberg, the introverted king of social media, has his fingers in so many pies that it’s starting to look like he grew a few thousand extra hands.
To be fair, it’s not so much Zuckerberg having a hand in Mercedes as it is Mercedes integrating Facebook into their new cars. Nonetheless, the fact that it’s happening and that this isn’t the first instance, means Facebook is evolving far beyond anything other social media tools creators could have fathomed.
We published a story late last week that talked about Mercedes’ mbrace2 technology, but at the time there wasn’t as much information as there is after the company elaborated.
Since then we’ve learned that the cloud-based apps previously mentioned will include Google, Yelp and -you guessed it- Facebook.
Feel free to debate the merits of checking your friends newsfeed or status update in the comments below, wasn’t that part of why we all started buying smart phones?
Regardless, other manufacturers are doing it, and Mercedes insists their adoption of the technology is just representative of staying on the cutting edge. Aside from keeping up with your BFF’s latest relationship quibbles, mbrace2 will let you stay up to date on news and events via a real-time concierge service.
Some people might look at this and feel a pang of nostalgia for when cars ran on gas, got fixed with wrenches and had little more than a spare tire and owners manual packaged with it from the dealer. Then again, the allure of being constantly connected could prove to be a seller. Expect mbrace2 in the MY13 SL-Class.
Dodge is showing off a new Blacktop edition Charger at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The menacingly dark Charger features black wheels, tinted windows and a black exterior, giving it a truly evil appearance.
The new styling package for the Charger is debuting at CES, which may seem like an odd place for a vehicle to make its debut, but Dodge is also showing off their Beats by Dr. Dre Audio System that is now an option on select Dodge Charger models. The 10-speaker audio system was designed by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine that features a 12-channel amplifier and an 8.4-inch Uconnect screen that controls the sound.
Dodge unfortunately didn’t release any more details regarding the Blacktop package, only mentioning that the Beats by Dr. Dre Audio System is included with it. The audio system will be standard equipment on 2012 Dodge Charger R/T Max models and will also be included on the Rallye Appearance Group package on Charger SXT models. Dodge Charger R/T models can get the system with the Sound Group and Wheels and Tunes Group packages.
GALLERY: 2012 Dodge Charger Blacktop
Mercedes-Benz has a new collection of technological innovations set to debut at the upcoming 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starting on January 10th, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. These new innovations encompass Mercedes-Benz’s vision for the future of driving.
Starting off with their mbrace2 system, Mercedes will show off its pioneering communications platform that has now expanded to offer a complete cloud-based system. The system enables a range of features and services related to safety, information, entertainment, personal assistance and vehicle care while offering cloud-based applications, traffic and navigation assistance, speech recognition, Internet browsing and searching, concierge services, automatic crash notifications and more. Mbrace2 will be offered standard on the newly revamped 2013 SL Class and will be standard in many more models this year.
In addition to the in-vehicle mbrace2 system, Mercedes will be demo’ing the mbrace2 smartphone app which allows drivers to communicate and send information to their vehicle prior to entering it. They will also be able to find their vehicle, lock and unlock it, set valet parking protection, receive geo-fence alerts and Send2Benz which connects to other drivers socially in order to find and navigate to one another.
Mercedes will also show off their latest suite of Advanced Driver Assistance System, a comprehensive active safety system that helps prevents accidents before they happen. On hand will also be a new Mercedes-Benz C350 coupe to demonstrate their upcoming DriveStyle iPhone app. The app allows drivers to interact with the vehicle rather than the phone in order to help minimize distractions and ultimately accidents.
To celebrate 125 years of the automobile, Mercedes will also have a F125! Research Vehicle in their booth. Geared towards presenting a visionary outlook on future technical developments in the luxury car market, the research vehicle will show off innovative new ideas and future trends that will find their way into luxury cars. The emission-free vehicle has a range of 621-miles.
Lastly, Mercedes will have their Dynamic & Intuitive Control Experience (DICE) simulator on display, allowing visitors to take a seat into the future and wave your hands to take control of the vehicle.
OnStar has teamed up with long-time partner Verizon to showcase just how much the in-car technology could be capable of in the near future. A list of several new ‘prototype technologies’ ranging from entertainment, to communications to safety, are on display for the first time in a custom Buick LaCrosse at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.
Taking OnStar beyond the confines of 4-wheels, the proposed new features are possible thanks to Verizon’s 4G network, many of them including smart phone features.
Top among the features are Vehicle monitoring and Impact detection, with cameras mounted inside and outside the car, letting a driver see inside or around their car wherever it is parked, using a computer or a smart phone. The camera can even take a short video clip, which will be triggered automatically if the vehicle is bumped by another.
Bringing OnStar from the car to the home, GM is also showcasing a new feature that would allow you to view your home through security cameras, as well as control household functions like the temperature and lights.
Additional technologies being previewed include a navigation system than can provide real-time traffic camera images to help you avoid congested streets; an Electronic User’s Guide that can show owners how to operate and maintain their vehicle through videos; a Voice Portal that will let you connect to social web sites using the in-vehicle display; and finally a Video Chat service that uses Skype to enable video phone calls using that same in-dash screen.
GALLERY: OnStar Verizon 4G Prototype Features
Official release and a video demo after the jump:
With perhaps more in common with a smart phone than with the gasoline engine in your common car, it’s appropriate that Ford will debut its new Focus EV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Just over a year ago, Ford first confirmed it would begin production of an electric Focus model, based on the same platform as the new 2012 model it first rolled out at the Detroit Auto Show last January.
Powered by lithium-polymer batteries, the Focus EV will initially be offered in 14 states as well as Washinton, D.C.
No additional details have been provided but with CES starting January 6th, look for an update to this story soon.