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With all of the COTY, 10 Best and All-Star awards being handed out this time of year, it's easy to tune out and miss some of the more interesting awards. The tech website CNET has announced 11 winners of its annual Car Tech Awards that rather than focusing on which particular vehicle is simply best of the year, breaks it into more narrow and, in some cases, funny categories.

CNET's overall Tech Car of the Year award goes to the 2008 Cadillac CTS, which beat out the one-trick-pony Lexus LS600h and its self-parking feature thanks to the Cadillac's ability to pause live radio and receive a live weather feed through satellite radio. We, too, are smitten with the recording capability incorporated into the Cadillac's radio and hope to see this technology proliferate quickly in car's available with an in-dash hard drive.

Ford's SYNC system nabbed the honors for Coolest new car tech, while the Most frustrating interface award went to the Acura RL and its button-happy instrument panel. The Best car to take you for a ride was the Rolls-Royce Phantom, which we happen to agree with 100% having driven around our own friends in it. There's eight more categories to peruse over at CNET, so click the Read link if you're so inclined.

[Source: CNET]

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