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You can now go off the grid while staying on the road with Google Maps.
It is perhaps the most exotic car maker of them all, and now you can tour the facilities of Pagani Automobili from the comfort of your seat.
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 app is now available for Android, though we still find it a little oddly named now that it’s on Android. The app offers a collection of standalone features (no actual Cobra radar required) that includes GPS warnings for road hazards, traffic cameras and speed traps. By utilizing Cobra’s Aura Camera and Driving Hazard Database with Google Maps integration, users are able to access a plethora of information to enhance their driving experience.
Those with an actual Cobra iRadar hardware can pair their app via Bluetooth for additional features. The app can serve as an auxiliary display for the detector and allows users to make their own road hazards for subsequent trips and aid other drivers.
The app is free on Android’s Market while a Cobra iRadar Detector is $125.
[Source: Car Tech Blog]
For electric car owners, finding a place to plug-in when you’re on the road can be a challenge. Sure you can just ‘borrow’ some energy by unplugging the Coke machine at your local gas station, but those standard output outlets can take eight hours to get your car fully juiced.
Being the forward-thinking company that it is, Google has taken steps to aid EV owners, adding electric vehicle charging stations to Google Maps.
Relying primarily on the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Google Maps now includes almost 7,000 ‘alternative fueling stations’ with a total of 600 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment locations.
Now whether you own a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf or even a Tesla Roadster, there’s a lot less range anxiety when you head our for spin.
Using Google Maps to plot your route is a major convenience on a home computer, but there’s no good solution on taking them with you. Printing them is cumbersome, and inputing them onto a smartphone or PDA is just another level of distraction.
Now, Ford and Google have teamed up to let you send your Google Maps data right to your car via Sync. Combined with a mobile phone (used for downloading the Google Maps Data), the route information can be sent directly to the GPS system in a Sync equipped vehicle, and drivers can get real-time traffic updates thanks to a tie-in with Sync’s Traffic, Directions and Information system. The service will launch later this month, with a Mapquest based system coming later in 2010.
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After much speculation, General Motors has now confirmed its first project with Google. An updated Chevrolet Volt Mobile App will include a Navigation tab that allows Google Maps to work with OnStar. Using their Google Android smart phone, Volt customers will be able to see the location of their Volt on Google Maps, as well as their location in reference to their car. This setup will work with Google’s voice search function to allow Volt owners to search for a location in reference to the Volt. OnStar can then take over, giving turn-by-turn directions to the destination, once the driver gets in the car. And possibly the best feature; this partnership will also be able to give Volt owners voice directions to the location of their vehicle through their smart phone.
More info about this new Navigation Tab, as well as future plans for the Chevrolet Volt Mobile App will be given at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, which runs from May 19-20.
The Navigation Tab won’t be available at the launch of the Volt Mobile App (set for this Fall), but will be available on version 2.0. The current version offers functions like showing the Volt’s charge level and range; if it is plugged in; the ability to charge the vehicle or schedule a charging; send text or email reminders to charge the battery; provide info on past fuel economy performance and, of course, remotely start the car.
GALLERY: OnStar Google App
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While the focus at the BMW stand at the New York Auto Show will no doubt be the new M version of the X6, BMW has also announced that it will display “freshly updated” versions of the 5 Series and 6 Series for 2010.
There is no word on if this update will include any design changes, something both models could certainly use to stay current. The last time with 5 Series underwent an update was in 2007 for the 2008 model year, when it received new front and rear bumpers as well as LED taillights.
What we do know is that all 2010 5 and 6 Series models will get an improved navigation system (the same one found in the current 7 Series). This new system provides access to Google Maps points-of-interest when the car is equipped with BMW Assist.