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 |  Nov 21 2012, 4:02 PM

A new gadget is on the market that aims to keep drivers from sending and receiving text messages behind the wheel. 

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 |  Jun 14 2012, 3:03 PM

How are you planning to spend your summer vacation? If you’re looking for some ideas, check out the “Subaru Guide to Everything,” a social guidebook where people from around the world can share their favorite sites and activities.

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 |  Feb 17 2012, 3:15 PM

New EPA labels have had QR codes for users to scan with their smart-phones since 2011, but an update to the mobile site of fueleconomy.gov allows users to take the next step in fuel savings.

Using www.fueleconomy.gov/m on your smartphone now gives you more options than ever before. Users can not only browse the EPA numbers of new and older cars, but can also personalize the information of each car to reflect that driver’s commute.

That means that you can plug in the cost of gas in your neighborhood, the distance of your commute, and your annual driving habits to reflect what the annual cost of fuel would be for your individual situation. Additionally, you can modify the percentage of city and highway driving you do to understand how many miles per gallon a car could bring you.

Another new feature that helps people who aren’t interested in buying a new car is the “Your MPG” feature. Now users can log their own MPG right at the pumps. The old process had users doing it when they got home to use the full desktop site.

The information you use in the “Your MPG” section of the site can be used to help fueleconomy.gov users find out real world MPG information on cars from actual drivers instead of EPA estimates.

Lastly the updated mobile site includes “Gas Mileage Tips” in order for you to save cash with better driving habits.

 |  Feb 01 2012, 7:30 PM

What’s better than winning a brand-new 2012 Toyota Camry? Winning one for yourself and a friend!

Along with a Super Bowl ad, which will air during half time, Toyota is launching its “pay it forward” contest that is an extension of Toyota’s “Camry Effect” campaign. This social media campaign shared Camry stories and memories from the past 30 years from over two million Camry owners across the U.S.

The Super Bowl ad, called “Connections,” is a tip of the hat to the “Camry Effect” campaign, showcasing a variety of memories that have taken place in a Camry.

To enter the contest, you have to download the Shazam mobile app and then visit Toyota.com/CamryEffect. Once there, just follow the instructions to tag audio while the “Connections” ad is playing during the Super Bowl. If you can’t download the app, you can still enter – just go to the website and follow the on-screen instructions. You can enter the contest a day leading up to the Super Bowl debut of the commercial, as well as entering again by using Shazam or entering online when the spot airs live on Sunday. You’ll be in the running to win a new Camry for yourself and another for your best bud – a prize that’s valued of $53,000.

We’ve got the commercial for you to watch now, right after the jump.

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 |  Jun 07 2011, 12:46 PM

Volvo has just released a fascinating new version of their OnCall app for iPhone and Android phones that provides the owner with a range of beneficial features. The features include a car locator, incase you forget where you parked, remote door lock or vehicle health check. This app works on 2012 Volvo models and can be downloaded for free.

The app’s features include:

Car locator: The location of the car is shown on the smartphone map

Remote door lock: The doors and windows can be opened and close via the phone.

Vehicle dashboard: This feature allows the driver to see vehicle information such as fuel level, average fuel consumption, average speed, odometer reading and trip reading.

Car Check: This impressive app allows the driver to check the “health” of the car, displaying bulb outages, brake fluid level, coolant level, engine oil level and engine oil pressure.

Theft Notification: If the Volvo alarm is triggered, a message will be sent to the phone

“We design cars around people’s needs and lifestyle. Creating an intuitive and ergonomically optimised driver’s environment is part of our aim to offer a feeling of relaxed control. It is only logical that you should feel in command of your vehicle, including after you have parked it,” says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO at Volvo Car Corporation. “The new mobile applicationtransforms Volvo On Call from an emergency system to a useful convenience feature. It will help us boost sales of the system – and we are convinced that our ambitious plans in this connectivity field will help us attract more and more new customers in the future,” explained Stefan Jacoby.

[Source: Motor Ward]