One of the key factors in the resurgence of the automotive industry since its near-collapse three years ago has been the introduction of extremely useful in-car electronics systems, such as Ford’s Sync platform. However, adding all those bells and whistles to the traditional on-board dash has alarmed U.S. regulators, who appear ready to set limits [...]
Here’s a question: would you feel comfortable having your GPS device track your driving style if it meant lower insurance rates? TomTom recently unveiled that it’s delving into the usage-based insurance market, meaning drivers who don’t whip around corners at F1 speeds could be rewarded for their safe driving habits by their automobile insurance company.
According to a recent J.D. Powers & Associates survey – new car buyers have a lot of hate for their factory navigation systems. Owners report an average of 3.5 problems with the built-in navigation systems that came with their cars. The worst offenders are those in-dash systems that attempt combine features like navigation, audio and [...]
As wireless carriers and auto manufacturers come together to usher in a new age of smartphone-to-vehicle integration, there’s a renewed emphasis on tighter mobile security. A recent report suggests several different systems including Ford’s Sync and General Motors’ OnStar could be vulnerable to attack by hackers.
Think a lot of people use hands-free smartphone technology in their cars right now? Well, that may be true, but the number is set to increase dramatically over the next few years. In fact, according to a new study, the amount of consumers who use telematic smartphones apps in their cars will multiply 40 times [...]
Everyone loves TomTom navigation services, especially when Star Wars characters like Darth Vader provide the voice behind turn-by-turn navigation. TomTom has just announced that it will work in cooperation with Sanyo to supply Mazda Motor Corporation with a line of connected in-dash multi-media and navigation systems.
If you’re sitting in hellish traffic on a hot, stuffy afternoon listening to endless repeats of mind-numbing pop tunes while annoying FM radio personalities blather away inside your speakers, ABI research says you’re not alone. But before your next road rage incident – consider GPS navigation!
Clarion, the Japanese car stereo company announced it’s working with Finish cell phone maker Nokia on a new connected car technology they call Terminal Mode. The partnership aims to produce an interface to bring applications and services from your smartphone into your car’s media system.
For anyone who wants to drive a Porsche and help control climate change at the same time, Porsche has announced prices on its first modern Hybrid – the Cayenne S Hybrid SUV. Porsche’s new crossover vehicle shares a frame with the Volkswagen Touareg (also a Hybrid). But the Porsche is lighter by some 400 pounds [...]
Audi demonstrated why they’re a leader in connected car technology at the Detroit Telematics show last week. The German car maker shared its booth with Google Earth and gave one of the most talked about demos at the show. Most impressive was that Audi was demonstrating technology you can expect to see for the 2011 [...]