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With all this new technology available to us, much of it thanks to Google, it was only a matter of time before the automotive manufacturers tapped into its potential. Audi may be one of the pioneers in this field integrating an Internet-based navigation system into the new A6 with plans to include it in the new A8, A4 and Q7.
The primary focus of the Internet-based navigation system is to deliver accurate traffic not just on the freeways and highways, but on the local streets as well. The navigation includes technology from Inrix and Google Maps with the latter providing quick searches for point of interests.
Inrix’s XD Traffic service displays traffic flow information for 20-30 feet of covered roads as opposed to mile-to-mile that much of today’s navigation systems do. As a result, the Audi navigation system will use this accurate traffic information to provide up-to-the-minute routes to avoid traffic jams.
Currently in Europe, owners will be able to use a copied-SIM in the navigation in order to get data service while U.S. drivers will be able to use data through a Bluetooth connection from their smartphone.
[Source: Car Tech Blog]
Are you always amazed about how good of a singer you are while listening to the radio while driving? Then Aha Mobile has just the app for you – Caraoke.
Caraoke comes with a bundle of Aha Mobile iPhone apps, which include Inrix (monitors local traffic), pre-recorded podcasts, comedy clips, and an application that will read your Facebook friends’ postings aloud.
Caraoke allows users to record 15-second audio clips while they are driving and singing their little hearts out. Once they record themselves, these driving divas can share these clips with all Aha users. And what you’ll hear will keep you laughing for hours – in fact, it’s just as fun to listen as it is to sing. It’s pretty much guaranteed that even the longest commute will feel so much shorter when listening to a middle-aged business man belting out Sweet Child ‘O Mine.
“It does tend to sound like the American Idol bloopers reel,” says Robert Acker, chief executive of Aha Mobile, who refers to the program as a “community-only content channel.”
Isn’t it awesome that you can now prove to your friends that your rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” is way better than the original? If nothing else, Caraoke gives your kids just one more reason to cringe in the back seat.
[Source: Kicking Tires]