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Categories: Technology

Auto Companies Welcome Google Glass Into Cars

On: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last week, all eyes were on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One of the biggest themes at this year's show was wearable technology—computing-power gadgets that you can wear on your wrist, over your eyes, and on your body. While automakers did not figure out a way to make cars wearable, they still got in on the craze. Several auto companies made announcements about integration with wearable gadgets. It's news that's both intriguing and terrifying.

GM & Tesla Race Towards Affordable Electric Vehicles

On: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:04AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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When Tesla Motors emerged as America’s fourth domestic auto manufacturer, the Detroit three felt the pressure bearing down. Tesla not only threatened the big brands in this country, it threatened the whole mind-set of the industry. Instead of trying to discredit the technology, the top three Detroit automakers are responding with fierce competition—and GM could be taking the lead.

For Safer Cars, Less Is More

On: Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 7:08AM | By: Karen Cook

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I’m all for technology. We live in an age when cool new gadgets appear almost daily. Everything from our home appliances to our vehicles are connected with each other, can be controlled from almost anywhere, and most of them will respond to voice commands. The theory is that all this technology makes life easier and, in the case of driving, safer. But does it really solve the problem?

Ford Makes Fantasy A Reality

On: Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 5:06PM | By: Karen Cook

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Did you ever watch the TV show Eureka on Syfy? If you didn’t you missed a fun geeky show and you might want to pick it up on Netflix. One of the characters in the show was a house named SARAH (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat). She could do all the things your current security system does along with lots of other things, including having conversations and occasionally throwing fits. She was entirely voice-activated and knew all inhabitants and visitors through advanced voice recognition. At one point, she was put into a car (not the house, just the operating system) and she began to suggest places to go since she had never had the ability to “go” before.


A Plea to Automakers

On: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 2:23PM | By: Nick Bakewell

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Purveyors of cars, big and small, I want to have a word with you about your business models. In reading through the often lyrical and always entertaining Doug DeMuro’s back catalogue of posts (see www.playswithcars.com), I found a similar entreaty to car manufacturers from a likeminded enthusiast driver: sell us more manuals.

Automakers Are Storing Your Driving Habits & Location Data

On: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 11:18AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Automakers in the U.S. are using navigation and infotainment systems in millions of cars to track the habits and locations of the driver. Through these systems, the people who make your car can track your location, and monitor how long you’ve stayed at a place. According to a new government investigation, as your car’s owner there’s nothing you can do about it either.

Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle Will Be For Sale, Not Just Lease

On: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:44AM | By: Chris Weiss

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In past years, the North American International Auto Show marked the official beginning of the auto new year. As the auto and tech industries cooperate more and more closely, however, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has taken over as the first major "auto show" of the year, allowing automakers and aftermarket companies to focus attention on their latest navigation systems, connected car hardware, autonomous driving technologies, and green designs. Toyota used this year's CES to showcase its upcoming fuel cell vehicle.

The New Versa Note

On: Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:00PM | By: Karen Cook

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Sometimes car makers have to decide where to spend their money when making a new model vehicle. Nissan faced just this question when redesigning the 2014 Versa Note. After researching this little car, it’s easy to see where the money went and, if your priorities match Nissan’s, this may be the perfect vehicle for you.

Two Roads to the Same Destination

On: Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 5:50PM | By: Karen Cook

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Truck buyers are not willing to give up their trucks, but, with gas prices ever on the rise, truck makers are becoming more creative in boosting fuel economy in their vehicles. GM and Ford are the top-selling truck manufacturers and have approached the problem from different angles. Ford has created an “Ecoboost” engine, while GM has dubbed its creation “Active Fuel Management.” It comes down to the way you drive; that will determine which will be the option best for you.

Cutting the Dark with Lasers!

On: Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 9:20AM | By: Karen Cook

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The days of squinting into the darkness while driving at night are nearly gone. With most new cars sporting LED headlights we are able to see farther than ever on those poorly lit rural back roads. Deer and other wildlife are safer than ever and the insurance companies sleep a little easier.

Something New Under the Sun

On: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 2:28PM | By: Karen Cook

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Ford has a hot new idea. Solar-powered vehicles! Next month at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Ford will debut its latest concept vehicle, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The car itself isn’t new, but the technology it sports is. It has a “sunroof,” but not the kind that lets light (and sometimes rain) into the vehicle. This sunroof is made of solar panels which allow the battery to charge using rays from the sun.