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Nissan Brings Live Video Stream to Your Rearview Mirror

Nissans Smart Rearview Mirror Ever wished you had eyes in the back of your head? That may soon become a reality, as automakers introduce new technology to improve visibility in upcoming vehicles. Nissan recently won an award for its Smart rearview mirror, which is the industry's first rearview mirror that can toggle back and forth between mirror and rearview camera settings. Rearview camera displays that are built in to the rearview mirror aren't new. The 2014 Honda CR-Z comes standard with a ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, backup camera, rearview camera

2015 GM Vehicles Will Get Wi-Fi Internet Access

General Motors announced that 2015 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles will be available with a 4G LTE mobile broadband connection. GM says that the data connection could be used to provide Wi-Fi Internet connectivity or video streaming in models equipped with a back seat entertainment system. GM’s system will not need to be paired with a smartphone to operate, which makes it a little different from the systems found in upscale midsize cars like the Lincoln MKZ. “In ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, General Motors

Lose Your Car Keys? Just Pull Out Your Smartphone

Misplace your car keys? Hyundai may have a solution that puts an end to this problem. Earlier this month, near its European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, Hyundai unveiled its Connectivity Concept, which allows owners to unlock and lock their car using a smartphone. This technology goes beyond Bluetooth pairing, which is now a common feature in most new cars. By placing a smartphone over a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept lets users lock and unlock the ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai

Is Your Infotainment System's Font Distracting You?

A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Age Lab, the New England University Transportation Center and Monotype Imaging, a provider of typefaces for consumer devices and applications, reveals that different kinds of typefaces used in vehicle infotainment and portable navigation screens impact glance time, which is the amount of time drivers spend with their eyes off the road and on display screens. Easy-to-read typefaces could improve driver focus, and potentially, reduce the risk of accidents. In two studies ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Distracted Driving, technology, infotainment systems

2013 Ram 1500, SRT Viper to Have Built-in Cellular Connection

Chrysler Group is offering a new infotainment feature in its 2013 Ram 1500 and 2013 SRT Viper models that essentially offers wireless hotspot access by using a cellular connection that’s built into the vehicle.  The system, called Uconnect Access, utilizes a cellular connection provided by Sprint and voice recognition software, which allows drivers to send a text message, make a phone call or use the navigation system without taking their hands off the wheel. In a press release, Sprint ... continue reading»

Tags: Car Tech, Model News, Ram 1500, SRT Viper

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