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Honda Acquires Smartphone App Developer Drivemode

Honda Acquires Smartphone App Developer Drivemode

Honda’s research and development division has announced the acquisition of Drivemode Inc, a startup company that develops and operates smartphone-based connected service, with special emphasis on cloud-based tech and user interfaces. Drivemode officially became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honda R&D on September 26, 2019, after the latter — itself a subsidiary of the Honda Motor […]

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New Hyundai Tech Lets Smartphone App Customize EV Performance

New Hyundai Tech Lets Smartphone App Customize EV Performance

New technology from Hyundai will allow electric vehicle owners to control performance settings via smartphone. Using this technology through a smartphone app, drivers will be able to customize an electric vehicle’s ignition, maximum torque, acceleration and deceleration, regenerative braking capacity, responsiveness, and climate control energy use. Hyundai is able to offer this service because, unlike […]

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Vehicle Locate Feature Now Available on myChevy Smartphone App

Vehicle Locate Feature Now Available on myChevy Smartphone App

If you’ve ever lost your vehicle in a crowded parking lot, you know how frustrating and time-consuming this scenario can be. Now, there’s good news for Chevy owners. Chevrolet recently announced that the myChevy smartphone app will now include a Vehicle Locate feature. Per GM Authority, this function replaces the Family Link function, which lacked […]

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6 Essential Smartphone Apps for Car Care

6 Essential Smartphone Apps for Car Care

If you’re keen on caring for your car and aim to keep it in working condition for years to come, it’s important to have the best resources at your fingertips. Keep atop your car’s maintenance needs and service records by installing these six essential car care apps. Read More: Important vehicle maintenance tips for the […]

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NHTSA Proposes Rules to Lock Phone Apps for Drivers While Moving

NHTSA Proposes Rules to Lock Phone Apps for Drivers While Moving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a proposal for voluntary guidelines aimed at making sure drivers are less distracted by phones, first by having smartphone manufacturers lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car and second by making infotainment systems easier to pair with smartphones. Think […]

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Potential Apple Car Key Could Be as Simple as an iPhone App

Potential Apple Car Key Could Be as Simple as an iPhone App

Despite the fact that Apple has yet to confirm that it’s working on a super top-secret vehicle, it’s possible that the cat is now out of the bag. A recent patent filing suggests that the tech giant is looking to enter the automotive world one technological advancement at a time, and could potentially influence the […]

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[VIDEO] Volvo’s New Digital Key Smartphone App Could Replace Physical Keys

[VIDEO] Volvo’s New Digital Key Smartphone App Could Replace Physical Keys

If you buy a new Volvo vehicle in 2017, don’t automatically expect to be provided with a physical set of keys because the Swedish automotive brand plans on introducing new digital key technology starting next year.   Starting in 2017, consumers will be offered a smart phone app that will be able to lock and […]

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Apple Wants to Replace Your Car Key Fob with an iPhone

Apple Wants to Replace Your Car Key Fob with an iPhone

A new Apple patent application proposes using an iPhone or even an Apple Watch as a vehicle’s key fob. Many automakers offer the ability to lock and unlock your vehicle using a smartphone, but Apple’s idea contains a crucial difference. With a service like General Motors’ OnStar, your phone doesn’t give a direct command to […]

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Will Cars’ Built-In GPS Systems Put iPhone Navigation Apps Out of Business?

Will Cars’ Built-In GPS Systems Put iPhone Navigation Apps Out of Business?

As technology progresses, our vehicles are becoming more and more plugged-in (sometimes literally with electric cars). Technology systems are integrated into our vehicles now, with infotainment, navigation, and even built-in Wi-Fi hotspots. While many of us use iPhone navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps to reach our destination, some experts suggest those apps could […]

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Why Are iPhone Users Downloading Additional Navigation Apps?

Why Are iPhone Users Downloading Additional Navigation Apps?

If you own an iPhone, you probably know that it comes with a standard navigation app called Maps. You can punch in an address and it’ll take you to your destination. Pretty simple, right? Well, as it turns out, a large number of iPhone users simply aren’t satisfied with the services Apple Maps offers. To […]

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Apple’s New System Designed to Silence Cell Phone Distractions on the Road

Apple’s New System Designed to Silence Cell Phone Distractions on the Road

Despite the warnings, statistics, and grim realities such as fatalities, accidents, and injuries caused by texting and driving or really any interaction with a cellphone while driving, drivers still text and drive, respond to messages, and check notifications. So, Apple is trying to stop drivers’ cellphone-obsessed behavior and save them from dangerous and stupid choices […]

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UK Apple iPhone Wallet App Prototype Includes Driver’s License

UK Apple iPhone Wallet App Prototype Includes Driver’s License

The iPhone Wallet App is useful for holding onto tickets, your Apple Pay cards, and boarding passes. Now, in the United Kingdom, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is working on allowing this app to hold on to your driver’s license, too. The DVLA recently tweeted a photo of how the license will appear […]

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5 Best Navigation Apps for iPhones and Androids

5 Best Navigation Apps for iPhones and Androids

I have one friend who literally gets lost every time she goes someplace new. She’s been known to even lose her way getting home from the grocery store—and no, I’m not kidding. So she appreciates how important a good navigation system is. And really, who hasn’t gotten lost in a new (or old) place at […]

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Don’t Hold Your Phone in a Florida School Zone

Don’t Hold Your Phone in a Florida School Zone

Before we go any further, let’s make this clear: Regardless of whether there’s a law against it or not, you should never have your cellphone in your hand while driving near construction, schools, or anywhere else. If you do need the threat of a ticket to keep you from engaging in this kind of risky […]

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Pros and Cons of Cell Phone Car Mounts

Pros and Cons of Cell Phone Car Mounts

Your smartphone is doing its best to become indispensable to you. Not only does it call and text people, but it can serve as navigation and entertainment. To keep it in view at all times, you might be tempted to buy a cell phone car mount for your car. Before you make your decision, consider […]

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New Toyota Prius Finally Offers Apple CarPlay

New Toyota Prius Finally Offers Apple CarPlay

It’s taken a while for Toyota to finally come around to adding Apple CarPlay smartphone integration to its cars, but now it’s finally here. In its announcement of the new, 2020 Prius hybrid, Toyota says the model will be offered with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility on every trim level — though Android users […]

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New Supra Comes With Four Years of Free Apple CarPlay

New Supra Comes With Four Years of Free Apple CarPlay

Though it’s now all caught up, Toyota was once behind the curve when it came to providing Apple CarPlay functionality to its vehicles, so new Supra buyers may be pleased to learn the car’s iPhone compatibility feature will be free for four years. You may also be inclined to ask: “But wait a minute, don’t […]

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What is the MyBuick App?

What is the MyBuick App?

These days, you can control a lot of things from your phone. Thanks to Buick, that also includes your car. The MyBuick App is available for Buick drivers with compatible Apple or Android devices. It’s designed to make your life as a Buick owner that much easier. Here are some of the top features of […]

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