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Wireless charging has been around for years in some way or another, but there's one thing that really keeps it from booming: incompatibility. Also, inefficiency. Although the odds are against it, Chrysler is pushing forward with an industry first: in-vehicle wireless charging. And here, we can totally see people adopting a technology where they may otherwise skip over it. The goal is to eliminate unsightly cabling from the car's interior and also make it safer and easier to charge your phone. The company will first make the technology available on the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart that arrives in dealerships... Read more...
One thing that has baffled technophiles for years is this: if car navigation systems are so expensive as factory options, why aren't they any good? Even simple Android phones can provide superior turn-by-turn directions, but the general idea is that Android in a car opens up far too many ways for drivers to distract themselves. Perhaps that logic is correct, actually. But either way, Clarion is giving those who don't mind third-party installs a reason to celebrate, as the "Mirage" is the first Android-based full automotive grade car stereo. It's equipped with a 6.5" display, Android touchscreen... Read more...
In-car infotainment has admittedly come a long way in recent years, but it's still got a ways to go before it matches the innovation we're seeing in smartphones, tablets and notebooks. But this is a big step in the right direction. As a partner of the LeWeb'11 exhibition, Europe's number one showcase for digital entrepreneurs, Renault has chosen the Parisian show to reveal R-LINK, the tactile, integrated, connected tablet that is poised to equip its forthcoming models. R-LINK will provide future Renault vehicles with affordable, intuitive multimedia connectivity, both with the outside world and... Read more...
Oh, Spotify. How you've grabbed the hearts of American technology lovers. We haven't seen a music service with this much fanfare in the U.S. since the days of Napster, and while we suspect that half of the hype has to do with the incredibly long wait for Americans to actually get the service (it was available in Europe long before), it's also a fantastic service that's largely worth the wait. For music lovers who don't mind paying a monthly subscription to have access to nearly everything on the planet, coupled with a great mobile app and a perfectly-executed "offline" feature, Spotify has proven... Read more...
What if your car could power your home? Wait, what? It's true -- Nissan is reportedly saying that their Leaf electric card can actually feed power from its battery pack back into a home, with plenty of juice to run appliances. The new project is called Leaf to Home, and it uses Li-ion batteries as emergency backup for homes. According to Nissan, this functionality would prove most useful if a home were hit by a natural disaster or power outage, and we certainly could see it going over quite well with prospective buyers. According to the company, plans are in motion to commercialize the tech by... Read more...
There's a saying that makes it pretty clear: it doesn't matter how you get from point A to point B, just as long as you do indeed get there. But with today's vehicles, that's not perfectly true any longer. The ideal vehicular travel involves high-end stereos, and anymore these days, connectivity. Companies have been trying to figure out ideal ways to make cars connect to the Internet, and it looks like Panasonic is going the route of linking up with a trusted telecom in order to make it happen. Panasonic Automotive Systems of America has teamed up with AT&T in order to explore a number of connected... Read more...
We've known that technology and automobiles have been growing closer for some time now, and Toyota is clearly riding that bandwagon for as long as it's going. The company just announced a new cloud computing initiative with Salesforce.com that will result in a new social network service, enabling owners to become "friends" with their cars, and receive heads-up reminders (similar to tweets) for maintenance reminders. Granted, Chevy's OnStar system could already do something similar, but the more the merrier! The deal will mean that Japan gets it first, with electric cars being the first to integrate... Read more...
Internet in cars? What a novel idea! It's actually not as far-fetched as you may have thought; in fact, it's widely offered as a third-party solution from AutoNet by many dealers. But Ford's thinking about something a little different, and a little more first-party. The company that has made the SYNC system famous is getting ready to offer Wi-Fi in the 2012 Focus across the pond, and if the Focus gets Wi-Fi, it's probably only a matter of time before the rest of the fleet gets it. Starting next year, the UK's Focus will be a rolling hotspot, and sure enough, Ford's already saying that the feature... Read more...
Broadband Internet has definitely moved into the wireless world in the past few years, and the next logical step is into the automobile. Some cars already have Internet access, and some are getting it soon. Very soon. Cars like the Ford Focus. What's crazy is that the Focus isn't really a luxury car, but still, Internet is coming to it. This once again proves that the Internet is no longer seen as a luxury, it's seen as vital enough to be an option on a car like the Focus. The wireless connection will enable drivers to control vehicle settings when away from the car, which is part of a strategic... Read more...
The Internet isn't quite "everywhere" yet, but it's well on the way to being so. Rural broadband projects are hoping to take the Web to new places, and with 4G networks popping up all over the place, mobile connectivity is booming as well. One place where the Internet has only recently found is the automobile. While some cars have been equipped with Internet access in the past, it generally required a bulky modem and expensive data plan. But now, automakers are warming up to the idea of just installed Web connectivity into vehicles from the start, and by integrating that into car features, the... Read more...
Cars have been "just cars" for an awfully long time. It's 2012, and we still feel that we're a century or more away from having surroundings like that of The Jetsons. But slowly, cars are becoming more and more advanced. Microsoft's SYNC system started things off a few years ago, and companies have obviously looked at that in order to copy that setup somewhat. Consumers are becoming more and more demanding when it comes to having technology within the vehicle, and while iPod playback and Bluetooth support is a great start, it won't be enough much longer. MOG, which currently hosts an on-demand... Read more...
A car isn't really a piece of computer hardware. It's made of up lots of them, though, and Chevrolet's Volt holds a special place in the hearts of technology freaks. For years, people have watched the Volt progress from a concept, into a car with a questionable future, into a car that's all-but-ready for release. Now, the final hurdle is upon General Motors. The Chevy Volt is expected to debut on American car lots as a 2011 model, and the biggest question surrounding it was just how good would the gas mileage be. Now we know. The EPA has just revealed the MPG sticker for the 2011 Volt, and it's... Read more...
These days, getting funding for a project is rather difficult. A lot more difficult than it once was, that's for sure. But it's pretty clear that Panasonic believes in what Tesla is going after, as they have just set aside $30 million to invest in Tesla. The two companies already have an existing relationship, and it definitely just became stronger. Panasonic purchased $30 million worth of common stick in a private placement at a price of $21.15 per share, and if you were wondering why Panasonic -- a company typically associated with televisions and cameras -- would invest in a car company, here's... Read more...
Sony announced its first in-dash car navigation systems. Powered by TomTom technology, the new Sony XNV-770BT (7-inch widescreen display) and XNV-660BT (6.1-inch widescreen display) A/V navigation systems feature many of TomTom's navigational features such as IQ Routes, Advanced Lane Guidance, Quick GPSfix, and MapShare. The units will have more than 6 million preloaded points of interest. The new systems also offer rear USB-1 wire connectivity so you can hook up your iPod or other digital music player to the unit. SONY AND TOMTOM TEAM UP TO DELIVER PREMIUM IN-DASH A/V NAVIGATION SYSTEMS Two New... Read more...
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