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 |  Mar 21 2013, 6:15 PM

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Lodging official complaints about your car just got easier.  

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 |  Jun 30 2012, 11:03 AM

Looking to get your automotive fix but can’t find where to go? The new ShowFinder app can help solve your dilemma, providing access to over 25,000 automotive events throughout the United States and Canada.

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 |  May 27 2011, 11:18 AM

Pioneer Electronics has decided to join the app party by bringing them to the dash of your car. The company is about to release a simple in-dash platform that allows you to plug in an iPhone and transfer apps to it.

Available next month for under $500, the apps available for the Pioneer AppRadio include Pandora and Rdio (music), Google Maps and MotionX-GPS (navigation) and INRIX (traffic information). Pioneer is working on a potential list of apps that will work with it, but for the time being, only apps designed for Apple’s iOS 4 and the devices that run it will be able to be loaded onto the Pioneer AppRadio.

Keeping its design simple, the Pioneer AppRadio features a home button and a volume up/down toggle switch, as well as 6.1-inch high-res WVGA capacitance touch screen that controls the rest of the functions. It also comes with a built-in AM/FM tuner, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and a 30-pin connector cable for an iPhone or iPod, a GPS antenna and an external Bluetooth microphone.

If you’re worried about the lack of apps, Pioneer reassures us that by the time it launches in June, it’ll come with more apps. And when new apps become available, owners of the AppRadio will be alerted. It’s even possible that it will be able to support other mobile-device platforms like Android and BlackBerry somewhere down the road.

Would you be interested in getting the Pioneer AppRadio installed in your car? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]

 |  Dec 28 2010, 9:53 AM

If you are the owner of an Apple iPhone and a Ford vehicle equipped with the SYNC system, you may have noticed that your phone and your car don’t like talking to each other.

That’s probably due to the fact that the SYNC system was developed by Microsoft, and since Bill Gates is not exactly best friends with Steve Jobs of Apple, the lack of communication between the two systems was likely deliberate.

So unless you have a RIM or Android operating system, your SYNC system could not be all that it could be. However, Ford has now announced that the next generation of SYNC will feature AppLink, which will happily talk with your iPhone, and this system will be first available to Fiesta customers.

Among the first apps to work with the SYNC system include Pandora internet radio, Stitcher news radio and OpenBeak. More apps adaptability is on its way says Ford.

So if you’ve been ignoring Fords because your iPhone didn’t work in them, rest easy now, all has been resolved.

Download SYNC AppLink at www.syncmyride.com

Hit the jump to see the press release.

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 |  Oct 08 2010, 4:27 PM

Do you even notice that the music that you’re listening to affects how you drive? Now, MINI has taken infotainment systems to the next level with the MINI Connected system – a cool feature that adjusts the music based on your driving style.

Just one part of the MINI infotainment systems (there’s radio MINI Visual Boost and MINI Navigation too), the MINI Connected plays music that have been exclusively composed for MINI and then adjusts the rhythm depending on how you’re driving.  All of these functions are integrated via an app for the iPhone and can be operated using the car’s joystick, steering wheel buttons and on-board monitor.

Another cool feature included in the package is the iPod Out. This lets the MINI Connected system display the iPod navigation menu in the vehicle’s main center speedo display, and control the music playback features in the iPhone, the iPod touch and the latest generation iPod nano, using the vehicle’s controls.

Also added to the MINI Connected system is a web radio function lets drivers listen to local radio stations independent of their location, and the “Minimalism Analyzer” provides advice on how to drive more efficiently. The app can be programmed to read RSS news feeds, supply Google local searches and send information from your browser to the Cooper’s display. And no infotainment system would be complete without Facebook and Twitter integration.

No word on when this system will be available, but you can check out all of the details in the press release after the jump.

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 |  Aug 24 2010, 6:41 PM

Dude, that app is so cool! It’s so cool that it won Volkswagen’s “App My Ride” contest.

Taking the top spot of this contest was “DUDE,” a talking car pal that communicates with the driver to get them to their destination in the funnest way possible. Beating out 100 other applicants, DUDE was chosen as the winner by a recognized panel of experts.

Second place went to the “Re-Action” app, a reflex game, and “Twitter Map, Heat of Conversations” app – an app that links into Twitter to navigate a driver to events – came in third.

Prizes were awarded for creativity in the such as categories of Best Idea, Student Award and Best Community App. They included cash and non-cash prizes, totaling around 14,000 euros in total value (That’s about $17,800 in US) as well as an internship at Volkswagen Group Research at Tokyo, Shanghai, California or Wolfsburg.

Check out all the winners and other applications at www.app-myride.com.

 |  Jun 10 2010, 2:35 PM

At it’s past Palm Beach auction, Collector Car Auction powerhouse Barrett-Jackson experimented with a free app for the iPhone and iPod touch, in an effort to make the events, news and featured vehicles more accessible than ever before. The trial proved a success and now; Barrett-Jackson has officially released its own app.

One of the neat features about B-J’s app for the iPhone and iPod, is that it presents users with real time updates, with a regularly updated list of vehicle lot numbers, so they can see which vehicle will cross the block next. Combined with maps that direct the user to each sale, the app also allows for easier navigation of Barrett-Jackson’s auctions, which traditionally could be overwhelming at times. The app is also able to provide such features as online ticket sales and program scheduling on Speed TV.

Hit the link below to get more info and download the app.

[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 |  Jun 01 2010, 12:31 PM

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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]