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  • Cadillac’s CUE Collection appstore to rollout with 2015 ATS Coupe

    Cadillac is all about the connected car with its new 4G vehicles coming soon, which will also benefit from an in-car appstore dubbed CUE (Cadillac User Experience) Collection. According to the car maker, CUE "blends first-of-its-kind technology with highly intelligent design, bringing the intuitive control of smartphones and tablets safely to the road". According to Cadillac, the 2015 ATS Coupe will be the first of its vehicle to launch with this app platform as well its OnStar 4G LTE system. Based on the carmaker's site it seems to have gone for a clean, touch responsive platform that integrates natural voice...

  • TomTom Start 60 review: the phablet-sized GPS that tries to do more

    Life can't be easy for after-market GPS companies right now. What was once a must-have gadget on gift lists around the world is feeling the squeeze from mobile apps from the likes of Google and Apple as well as the increasing ubiquity of in-car navigation (they're about to become a standard feature in most new Polos). The sales bear out those figures too. Garmin and TomTom have both faced declining sales in the personal navigation space over the years. Their responses to that have been myriad and range from upping their efforts in the sports watch category to...

  • 4 ways to get the HUD experience without shelling out for a new car

    It's pretty easy to understand the appeal of a head-up display in your car. From a safety point of view, it means you can get vital information about the way you're driving without taking your eyes off the road. And once you've given that explanation to the rational part of your brain, you can start coming to terms with the real reason you want it: it makes you feel like a fighter pilot. The rusting Peugeot that refuses to move onto the shoulder and let you overtake it is suddenly a bandit clearly in your sights. Heck, no one...

  • 4 ways GPS tech is better than ever

    The GPS used to be a luxury item, reserved for the rich who couldn't use maps, but with basically everyone owning a smartphone, the GPS is now as common as a pigeon in a city. For that same reason, it's become a bit strange to have a standalone GPS when there's a perfectly good one in your pocket. That may not be the case any longer, because the GPS seems to have taken off in a few new directions that your fancy phone haven't even conceived of; not yet at least. Locata Satellites: as many as there are floating about, doesn't...

  • Automatica: The WiFi music dongle for your car

    A European internet company, Inrete, has introduced a WiFi USB dongle that can plug into your car's port to play music stored on it. The device can connect to various cloud storage services such as Dropbox (or your personal stash of music) and download about 24 hours of music to its internal memory. The device has WiFi that allows it to piggyback on your smartphone's internet connection or from WiFi sources in its surrounds. This enables it to connect to the cloud services on the go while you drive to download whatever new content is available. This walk around music...

  • 5 of the best in-car GPS devices you can buy right now

    In the age of the smartphone, does a GPS device has any real value anymore? What of the smartphone? Those are ultimately not designed to offer the experience a GPS device delivers. With a plethora of devices to get lost in, we put together a list of the top five GPS units currently on the market that meets most needs. Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT At US$350, the Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT is the most expensive GPS unit on the list. Why the hefty price tag? The 3490 LMT is part of Garmin's premier range of navigators. Featuring a 4.3-inch dual...

  • iVIC Vehicle Infotainment Center is the Android-powered heart and soul of your ride

    Most cars nowadays have screens in them, so why not use them to their full extent? Here is the next step of mobile integration: a navigation screen in your car that mirrors your Android phone. The iVIC is an "in Vehicle Infotainment Center for Android smartphone integration", says its website. It allows the user to access almost every app on their Android smartphone. You can use your Android smartphone with the car's...

  • Pioneer HUD adds a dose of awesome to your commute

    This is cool -- especially if, like me, you spent large chunks of your youth playing various titles from the Need For Speed franchise. It's the latest head up display from electronics company Pioneer. The laser-projected Augmented Reality (AR) system (how cool does that sound?) comes packaged with the company's new range of "Cyber-Navi" head units, alongside in-car entertainment, GPS and DVD playback. Here's how it works. You get a translucent visor that clips into where your sunshade would ordinarily be. From there the MicroVision laser projector kicks in, plotting a virtual GPS navigation path to follow in real...

  • 6 gadgets that changed motoring forever

    Motoring is an industry that is always worth keeping an eye on for innovation, creativity and technology. The people who design cars are all entrepreneurs in their own way: they actively seek new and better ways to utilize and access the world as we know it from within the realms of your car’s cabin. Thanks to the Automotive Industry and a certain Henry Ford, we were given the assembly line, the Ford Model T and the concept that everyone could own a car. Over 100 years later the car has evolved into something truly remarkable and packed with...

  • Review — Parrot Minikit+

    The Parrot Minikit+ is the Bluetooth, hands-free kit you've always wanted, but never knew you needed. Confused? So am I. Talking on your mobile while driving is illegal in some countries, so it makes a modicum of sense to employ a hands-free kit. Some use the voice-free option on their phones, shouting loudly into a tiny speaker as they drive. Other less fashionable drivers use the headphones which come standard with their mobile. But I roll with a different, tech-infused crowd and prefer to embrace the future, yo. Parrot style The look and feel of the Minikit+ is stellar. The device is...

  • Rydeen is backing Android to win the in-car infotainment battle

    Almost a year ago, we asked “Will Android dominate the new in-car infotainment battleground?”. Walking around the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) last year, it was clear that cars would be the new battleground for operating systems. Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive was the choice of Ford, Kia, Fiat and Nissan, while General Motors were onboard with Research In Motion’s QNX. We saw our first glimpse of Android in cars with the Roewe 350’s Continental AutoLinq system, and a year later it seems Android is gaining momentum. At CES 2012 a company called Rydeen showed off a close to be...

  • Never lost again. We review TomTom’s GoLive 1000

    Convergence is the combination of similar devices into a single platform. Digital cameras, books and GPS devices are products which now generally exist on smartphones like the Nokia N9 and the iPhone 4. The GPS in particular is at home on the touchscreen display and long battery life of the modern smartphone. So why then bother with a non-converged device? Why should I spend money on a GPS which only does one thing? You do it because the TomTom GoLive 1000 is one of the best navigation systems on the market and a must for your car. Designed well It's built to...

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