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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»

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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

2013 Buick Lineup Gets Standard IntelliLink Infotainment System

General Motors announced that the entire 2013 Buick lineup will come with Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system as standard equipment, which includes Enclave, LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore models. The IntelliLink system lets users connect their smartphones or iPods through USB and Bluetooth connections, which integrates the device into the vehicle’s touch-screen display. Additionally, IntelliLink integrates online music services like Pandora. General Motors says in a press release that IntelliLink has been designed to minimize distractions by letting drivers ... continue reading»

Tags: Car Tech, Model Updates, Buick LaCrosse, Buick Enclave, Buick Regal, Buick Verano, Model News, Buick Encore

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