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Logitech intros Protection+ iPhone case, +Trip car mount accessory

07/16, 9:41am

Car accessory mounts iPhone to air vents

Logitech has announced a pair of new accessories for the iPhone 5 and 5s. The first is the Protection+, a case with a tough external shell and a rubber internal layer to absorb some of the force of impacts. Its edges are deliberately raised to guard the screen. Phones in the case should be able to withstand drops up to 1.8 meters, or roughly 6 feet.

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Report: CarPlay could be available in 24 million US cars by 2019

07/10, 7:30pm

Number could be higher, as Apple broadens compatibility with makers

A new report from ABI Research suggests that as many as a third of all new vehicles sold by 2019 could be compatible with Apple's CarPlay techology, right alongside competitors such as Android Auto and potentially other systems. Just now hitting the market, Apple's CarPlay system works with automakers' built-in infotainment systems, cooperatively overriding the vehicle's native interface when users plug in a Lightning-compatible iPhone or other iOS device (Android Auto works in the same manner, but for selected premium Android phones).

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Eight more carmakers confirm support for Apple's CarPlay

07/01, 12:44pm

Includes major brands like Chrysler, Dodge, Mazda

An additional eight car brands have confirmed plans for vehicles supporting Apple's CarPlay platform. These include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. So far, though, the parties haven't said when their first CarPlay-ready vehicles will arrive, or which models will have support.

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Audi confirms plans to roll out CarPlay-capable vehicles in 2015

06/27, 1:06pm

Integration follows 'intensive dialog' with Apple

Audi has announced plans to offer CarPlay-equipped vehicles beginning in 2015. The integration is said to be the result of "intensive dialog" with Apple, and work at Audi's Silicon Valley development lab. Which models will get CarPlay, however, has yet to be revealed, and it's not known if custom apps or features will be used to distinguish Audi's take on the platform.

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Google Auto Link rumored to launch at Google I/O as CarPlay rival

06/19, 5:58am

Connected car system said to use Android smartphone functions

Google is preparing to unveil its competitor to Apple's CarPlay at Google I/O next week, according to a report. Believed to be codenamed Google Auto Link, the system is said to be a "projected" system instead of an embedded system, namely that the car can connect to a mobile device and be controlled using media interfaces and displays already installed in vehicle.

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Briefly: Uber pilots cars with child seats, LinkedIn cuts CardMunch

05/08, 2:33am

Uber launches uberFamily pilot service in NYC

Uber has announced a new pilot service, uberFamily, launching first in New York City. The cab-hailing service is offering users vehicles that are equipped with car seats for children. The seats will be installed by those who are trained and certified to do so, and accommodates children aged one year and up. Available for a $10 surcharge, those interested in trying out the service in the New York City area must enter "FAMILY" as a code in the app to access the option.

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Nokia launches $100M fund to invest in automotive computing companies

05/05, 9:37am

Connected Car Fund will work with Nokia's Here maps arm on investments

Nokia is planning to invest $100 million into companies working on computing in cars. Buoyed by a cash influx from the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft for $7.2 billion, the company wants to put money towards those creating technologies for "connected and intelligent vehicles," with the fund set to be managed by the company's own Nokia Growth Partners venture capital arm.

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Hyundai to install CarPlay in 2015-model Sonatas

04/16, 1:03pm

Brings mainstream cars into CarPlay lineup

Hyundai will support Apple's CarPlay beginning with 2015-model Sonatas shipping later this year, according to an announcement. The Korean carmaker is the first since Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz to reveal specific plans for vehicles shipping in 2014. One more, Honda, has yet to say which car models it will fit with CarPlay. Other brands -- such as Ford, BMW, and Toyota -- may not have CarPlay-ready vehicles until 2015 arrives.

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Alpine to launch aftermarket CarPlay add-ons in fall

04/14, 9:25am

Uncertain if device will have Apple sanction

Car audio and navigation company Alpine will start selling its first aftermarket CarPlay upgrade in the fall, according to Nikkei. Details are relatively scarce, but the unit will reportedly cost between $500 and $700, and "likely" measure 7 inches. Given the nature of CarPlay, the unit will presumably need to be dealer-installed.

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Ferrari rules out chance of retrofitting older cars with CarPlay

03/14, 2:32pm

Volvo suggests retrofits unlikely

Ferrari will not be retrofitting any of its existing cars to support CarPlay, the company states. "The new system CarPlay is available only on new range cars and cannot be installed on older ones," a representative says. The company is instead pointing people to an aftermarket product it offers that provides "last generation infotainment" compatible with modern phones.

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Kenwood: no aftermarket CarPlay accessories until 2015

03/13, 4:58pm

Pioneer distances itself from service rep's statement

Kenwood isn't planning any aftermarket CarPlay add-ons for 2014, says a marketing manager for the company, Scott Caswell. He in fact suggests that Apple could be reserving CarPlay as a perk for automakers, who may want it to entice new car buyers. The manager adds, though, that Kenwood products already support some subsets of CarPlay, like Siri and media playback. CarPlay proper involves duplicating iOS control functions on an in-dash display.

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Toyota accidentally leaks CarPlay plans on UK website

03/13, 11:25am

No CarPlay support expected until 2015

Earlier today, Toyota accidentally leaked news of its CarPlay plans on its UK blog, reports note. The site was scarce on details, but briefly claimed that CarPlay was "coming soon" in 2015 models. That news was deleted however, and replaced with a new post and a correction. "A previous version of this article said Apple CarPlay would be in Toyota cars from 2015. This is incorrect and we are happy to put the matter straight," it says. "No announcements have been made about if and when Apple CarPlay will arrive in Toyota cars."

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Pioneer considering aftermarket CarPlay products, says service rep

03/12, 4:22pm

Suggests workarounds coming for cars without built-in support

Pioneer is exploring the possibility of adding CarPlay support to its current and future aftermarket car add-ons, a customer service representative for the company says. Although the claim doesn't constitute an official announcement, and no specific products have been named, it may represent the first hint that CarPlay could reach vehicles that don't even have built-in dash displays. Mercedes-Benz has proposed retrofitting older models for Apple's technology, but that might still be limited to cars with integrated displays.

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iHeartRadio says CarPlay requires only 'thin layer' for porting apps

03/06, 3:36pm

Main barrier may be Apple approval

CarPlay support is fairly easy to implement for apps, suggests Brian Lakamp, Clear Channel's president of Digital. iHeartRadio -- an app that streams Clear Channel stations -- is one of the few third-party offerings currently supported by CarPlay. "Apple is pretty selective about how they disclose information," Lakamp says about how his company gained a toehold. "Apple made us aware of the opportunity. We were enthusiastic to participate and then worked closely with them to build the demo that they just demoed in Geneva." The iHeartRadio team was given early access to the private CarPlay API.

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Mercedes-Benz promises aftermarket CarPlay upgrades

03/06, 2:35pm

May alleviate problem of limited CarPlay support

Mercedes-Benz is working on an aftermarket installation option for older cars without Apple's CarPlay, the company has confirmed. While the technology will be present in the 2014 C-Class, even people with older C-Class models won't have access to the technology at first. Mercedes will only say that it's developing "an after-market solution for previous cars," leaving pricing and other details unknown.

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No Pandora CarPlay integration; Apple shows off CarPlay for Ferrari

03/04, 9:38am

Pandora support could come down the road

As it stands, Apple's CarPlay doesn't currently support Pandora, according to an official statement. When CarPlay was announced on Monday, Apple initially highlighted just Spotify, Beats Radio, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and its own Podcasts and iTunes Radio as compatible music/podcast-themed apps. "At this time, Pandora is not integrated with Apple CarPlay," the Pandora statement reads. "As a first mover in the auto space, we continue to broaden our relationships with OEMs while also exploring other opportunities to expand our presence in the car. Apple has been and continues to be a valued partner."

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Photos show Mercedes-Benz CarPlay integration

03/03, 2:23pm

Carmaker to also offer Android, existing in-car options

Following in the same steps as Volvo, Mercedes-Benz has published a series of photos (below) showing how CarPlay integration will look in future vehicles. The company is due to show off a new C-Class with CarPlay support at this week's Geneva Motor Show. Significantly, though, Mercedes says it will continue to offer non-Apple alternatives.

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Volvo shows off CarPlay integration in new video

03/03, 12:11pm

Tech to be supported in Volvo vehicles with Scalable Product Architecture

Carmaker Volvo has published a new promotional video (below), demonstrating how Apple's CarPlay will be integrated into its future car models. Seven apps are shown, including Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, Now Playing, Podcasts, and Spotify. In related press material Volvo notes that integration will be reserved for vehicles supporting its new Scalable Product Architecture, beginning with the XC90 SUV.

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Briefly: Powerline Edition Wireless Extender, Volvo's new interface

02/27, 7:29pm

TP-Link now shipping Wireless Range Extender Kit PowerLine Edition

Networking products company TP-Link is now shipping its TL-WPA4220KIT, a wireless range extender kit which uses Powerline and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technology. Capable of providing network coverage anywhere up to 1000 feet measured by electrical circuitry, the new wireless extender is ideal for multi-level home and large offices. The kit includes two Powerline adapters, of which one connects to the router and feeds network connection through existing electrical circuitry at 500Mbps, and the latter broadcasts that connection as a 300Mbps Wi-Fi signal while providing two fast Ethernet ports for concurrent wired connectivity. The TL-WPA4220KIT is priced at $60, and is available for purchase online.

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Apple considered buying Tesla in 2013, report hints

02/17, 10:41am

Newspaper also suggests iWatch might be able to predict heart attacks

Apple was at one point considering buying electric auto maker Tesla, a report from the San Francisco Chronicle suggests. The paper cites a source who says that in April of 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with Apple's head of acquisitions -- Adrian Perica -- at the company's Cupertino headquarters. It's speculated that he might also have met with Apple CEO Tim Cook, a strong possibility given Musk's importance, especially if the two companies were exploring a buyout.

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Briefly: Aereo reopens in New York, Tesla gains Rdio in Europe

02/07, 6:29am

Aereo reopens new registrations in New York City after extending capacity

Aereo has re-opened itself to new subscribers in New York, after rectifying its temporary capacity issues in the region. The cloud-based DVR service will not be allowing for new registrations, reports CNet, with a company spokesperson advising those who pre-registered will get priority for joining the service, with others expected once the wait list queue is shortened. Aereo's other service areas remain unaffected.

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Automatic Link driving assistant gets iBeacon support

01/29, 9:49am

Could be used for mobile payments for gas, parking

Automatic's Link "smart driving assistant" has been issued a software update allowing it to operate as an iBeacon, reports say. The Link is normally just meant to help optimize a car's performance. With the update, though, the device should be able to both transmit and receive data from compatible devices within Bluetooth range, such as iPhones and iPads.

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Video shows iOS in the Car running in iOS Simulator

01/28, 11:08am

Depicts voice, location-beaming features

New video from developer Steven Troughton-Smith shows iOS in the Car in action, running in iOS Simulator. The clip (below) shows Troughton-Smith going through some basic functions, including beaming a location from an iPhone to a virtual in-dash display. The dash also brings up a Siri prompt, asking people to speak a search term such as "1 Infinite Loop," "ice cream," or "San Francisco."

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Latest code shows iOS in the Car evolving from WWDC incarnation

01/21, 3:11pm

Timeline for feature's launch still vague

iOS in the Car has changed significantly since it was first demonstrated at WWDC 2013, the current state of pre-release code shows. Apple has for instance rearranged the status bar into a vertical position, and altered the look and placement of buttons. This includes completely revamping the app screen to use a more standard icon placement, instead of displaying an unlabeled bar.

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Honda Civic, Fit to get touch, Siri Eyes Free control for iOS devices

12/03, 3:33pm

Display Audio tech requires iPhone 5 or later

The 2014 Civic and the 2015 Fit will each get two forms of iOS integration, Honda has announced. The most significant is Display Audio, which will let users control functions like music, calling, and navigation through gesture controls on a built-in capacitive touchscreen. Connecting will require an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c, and one or more of four new HondaLink apps: Connect, Navigation, Aha, and Launcher. Aha provides access to Internet audio including radio, podcasts, and audiobooks, plus Twitter and Facebook updates, and listings for nearby points of interest. Launcher is used to find and launch HondaLink-compatible apps. The official Honda apps are all free except for Navigation, which costs $60.

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Honda rolls out Siri Eyes Free installs for select 2013, 2014 models

11/26, 4:39pm

iOS mirroring still limited to 2014 Civic Coupe

Honda has officially launched Siri Eyes Free integration for a handful of vehicles. These include 2013 and 2014 models of the Honda Accord, and 2013 models of the Acura RDX and ILX. Eyes Free lets people trigger Siri through a button on their steering wheel, instead of having to reach for their iPhone to control functions like texting, music playback, or turn-by-turn navigation; it also shuts off the phone's screen to reduce distractions. To get the feature, car owners must pay for a dealer installation.

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2014 Honda Civic Coupe to support iOS mirroring on dash display

11/22, 3:25pm

2014 Honda Civic Coupe to support iOS mirroring

The 2014 Civic Coupe will support iOS mirroring when it becomes available on December 4th, Honda has announced. The car has a 7-inch multi-touch display built into the dash, which people will be able to use to control an iOS device without having to use a mount or reach down. Honda adds that promised Siri Eyes Free updates for its vehicles will also be available in early December.

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Siri Eyes Free coming to several 2014 Chevrolet models

10/15, 9:31am

Feature integrated into Chevy MyLink

Siri's "Eyes Free" mode will be supported in several 2014 Chevrolet cars, GM has announced. These include the Camaro, Volt, Malibu, SS, Cruze, and Equinox. The technology will be integrated via Chevy's MyLink service. Earlier in 2013, the company's Spark and Sonic models were among the first vehicles to get Eyes Free support.

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Nissan reveals concept smart watch for Nismo car drivers

09/09, 6:31am

Watch monitors driver, provides car feedback notifications

Automobile manufacturer Nissan has revealed its own concept of smart watch, designed to work in tandem with its line of performance sports cars. The Nismo Concept Watch, instead of providing the usual features associated with smart watches such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble, focuses on monitoring the driver as well as offering messages and details relating to the car itself.

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BMW skipping iOS in the Car based on design issues

06/12, 4:03pm

Would require too many dashboard changes, carmaker says

BMW vehicles will not support iOS in the Car anytime soon, a spokesperson for the company says. "The upshot is that as we have such an advanced multimedia offer that has been in vehicles in various guises for more than a decade, it would not be that straight forward to start changing all of the architecture of a car as has been implied [by Apple]," the person explains, adding that the process of integrating iOS into a dashboard is "not as simple as it sounds."

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All 2014 BMW cars to come with Siri Eyes Free support

06/07, 10:30am

Tech enabled through ConnectedDrive service

All 2014-model BMW cars will support the Siri "Eyes Free" technology included in iOS, the luxury automaker has announced. The technology is being delivered through an update to BMW's iDrive platform. By pressing and/or holding a voice command button on the steering wheel, people will be able to trigger Siri without reaching for their iPhone. The same button will also be able to trigger S Voice on Samsung phones.

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Apple expands hiring for iOS automotive integration

03/06, 2:40pm

Attention turns back to stereo systems

Apple has opened up yet another automotive-related job position, notes AppleInsider. The company is currently searching for an In-Car Software QA Manager, who will help "drive iPod/iPhone/iPad integration testing with car stereos." The person is specifically expected to help test stereo compatibility with iOS products.

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Apple, Ferrari in talks with expanding in-car entertainment

03/05, 2:34pm

New LaFerrari builds iPad mini into passenger seats

Apple and Ferrari are in talks about expanding a partnership on in-car entertainment systems, says Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo. Bloomberg reports that the executive made the comments at today's Geneva motor show. Ferrari has just introduced a new hybrid car, the LaFerrari, which builds iPad minis into the passenger seats.

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2013 Chevy Sonic, Spark models get Siri support via MyLink

02/13, 1:48pm

Allows music, calling, texting control

As promised, Chevrolet's 2013 Sonic and Spark cars have been updated to support Siri Eyes Free. The bridge is handled through MyLink, a touchscreen interface built into the vehicles. To use the function a person has to connect a cellular-equipped iOS device via Bluetooth; commands are issued by pressing a voice activation button on the steering wheel.

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Honda reveals 2013 cars with Siri Eyes Free support

01/30, 12:29pm

May integrate with HondaLink and AcuraLink

Honda has announced a slate of 2013 cars that will support Apple's Eyes Free feature for Siri. The technology will come as a dealer-installed option for the new Honda Accord, as well as for the Acura RDX and ILX. On the Accord it may be integrated with the company's new HondaLink console, whereas the Acuras will likely rely on AcuraLink. No prices have been revealed so far.

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Hyundai joins car makers supporting Siri Eyes-Free tech

01/07, 5:43pm

Listing of supporting companies so far up to 10

Korea's Hyundai is joining the list of car makers supporting Apple's Siri Eyes-Free technology, according to a CES announcement. The company hasn't identified specific car models yet, but says that upcoming vehicles with dashboard consoles will get the technology. Using Eyes-Free requires a mobile device running iOS 6.

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A Driving Love Affair

06/27, 11:30am

Chevy Volt Owner Sokoler

The Chevy Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric -- a battery -- that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too. Feeling all revved up? Check out what this current Chevy Volt driver has to say about his unique driving lifestyle…

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Having a Blast With New Driving Technology

06/14, 9:40am

Chevrolet Volt Sponsored Post

The Chevrolet Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too.

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Drexler: Jobs wanted to build 'iCar' before his death

05/17, 5:18pm

No sign Apple working on car tech

Before his death on October 5th, one of the things Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wanted to build was a so-called "iCar," according to company board member and J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler. "Look at the car industry; it's a tragedy in America," he said during a Fast Company conference this week. "Who is designing the cars? ... Steve's dream before he died was to design an iCar."

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Hyundai ditches iPad manuals for Equus

08/15, 2:55pm

Technology 'redundant' to owners

The American branch of Hyundai is abandoning its program of giving out free iPads as Equus owner manuals, according to CEO John Krafcik. The promotion was originally announced in April 2010, at the same time as the first iPad was launching in the US. The campaign has also been a central element of TV ads for the Equus.

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Saab gives iPads to prospective 9-4X buyers

11/22, 3:40pm

Deal requires early deposit

Swedish car maker Saab is now using the iPad as a promotional tool, says Leftlane News. People placing an order on the upcoming 9-4X can now get a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad. The deal requires putting down a $500, non-refundable deposit; nevertheless, Saab says it expects most 9-4X reservations to turn into car sales.

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iOS 4.2 allows direct iPad connections to car audio

10/28, 3:35pm

Extra technical imitations apply

With the advent of iOS 4.2, iPad owners will finally be able to connect the device directly to a car audio system, reports say. Unlike iPhones and iPods, iPads can only currently pump audio into a first- or third-party car system using an aux-in stereo connection. The addition of USB support should allow for more advanced features, such as charging, and controlling an iPad through a head unit.

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iPhone 4.0's 'iPod Out' feature to support car integration?

04/13, 11:05am

Enables secondary interface

One of the lesser-known additions to iPhone 4.0, "iPod Out," may be intended in part to support integration with vehicles, a source suggests. When a handheld is connected to a device supporting the iPod Accessory Protocol, iPod Out will allegedly bring up a special interface (seen below) to be fed to a secondary display, with a simplified menu system resembling the one on the iPod classic and nano. Evidence for a connection to cars is said to come from two strings in iPod Out code, "IAPSimpleRemoteCarButtonNotification" and "IAPSimpleRemoteCarButtonTypeKey."

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Ford reveals MyFord dashboard interface

01/07, 12:05pm

Combines touchscreen, voice controls

Presenting at the CES expo in Las Vegas, Ford has formally introduced MyFord, a new dashboard interface. The technology replaces a number of the gauges in a vehicle with two 4.2-inch LCDs, which can be customized to display particular information. Many controls are being replaced with an eight-inch touchscreen, as well as five-way buttons on the steering wheel, and Sync-based voice commands.

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Ford 2010 cars to support iTunes Tagging

12/29, 12:00am

Linked with HD Radio receivers

Some Ford cars shipping next year will support iTunes Tagging, the automaker has announced. In vehicles equipped with HD Radio receivers, people will be able to push "Tag" buttons on their displays, automatically saving the track data from on-air music. Once an iPod is docked with a car via Ford Sync, up to 100 tags will be transferable for later display in iTunes.

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Viper SmartStart for iPhone starts cars remotely

10/13, 5:00pm

Works with Viper security systems

Viper has launched Viper SmartStart for the iPhone. The app works with Viper remote start systems to start a car, lock or unlock its doors, and open its trunk. It can also be used to find a car, or set off a panic alarm. The app can control more than one car, and allows for multiple users to control the same vehicle.

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Nissan developing iPhone app to accompany new cars

07/28, 11:05am

Nissan iPhone car app

Nissan is developing an iPhone app to accompany a trio of electric cars, according to sister site Leftlane News. The cars are expected to be announced on August 2nd, at which point the iPhone app may be announced as well. Taking advantage of Apple's iPhone 3.0 firmware, the app should be able to monitor a car's battery level away from the display.

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Cadillac to debut in-car Internet in April

03/19, 1:00pm

Cadillac in-car Internet

GM-owned car maker Cadillac has announced an April introduction for its first in-car Internet service. Dubbed Cadillac WiFi, the service is actually based around a device from Autonet Mobile, which is portable between vehicles and should allow computers and similar devices to access the Internet via a local network connection. The first car to come with the option will be the CTS sport sedan; the Autonet device will sell for $499, while maintaining service should cost $29 per month.

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Mercedes iPhone integration due in Aug for $400

06/25, 2:40pm

Mercedes iPhone services

As iPod integration becomes a standard option, the iPhone is next in line for car-audio upgrades. Mercedes is preparing to offer a $400 iPhone integration as an option on 2009 model-year cars, according to Leftlane News. First announced last week, the device is an iPhone cradle integrated into the console between the driver and passenger seats, and can be operated from the car's steering wheel-mounted controls. The cradle should offer full connectivity to all the iPhone's audio options. A retrofit for older Mercedes models will also be available. It is expected in August for about $400.

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Mercedes-Benz offers iPhone integration

06/20, 10:20am

Mercedes integrates iPhone

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz this week revealed that an integrated iPhone cradle is now available as an option on all its vehicles. Allowing drivers to easily switch between standard radio and iPhone functions, it offers full iPhone functionality through the vehicle's driver display and multifunction steering wheel. In addition to helping drivers comply with traffic legislation specific to mobile telephone usage in cars, Mercedes believes that the cradle "enhances road safety, as the driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel, leaving them free to concentrate on the traffic and the other controls in the cockpit."

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