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As we enter the third year for the Technology of the Year award, there are lots of changes coming. First, we're proud to announce the award is moving to Autoblog, AOL's site for obsessive gear heads. Our team of writers go over each car we test drive with a fine-tooth comb, and we're eager to get our hands on the newest technology.
We've also decided to drop the categories, which will open up the award to even more cutting-edge technology. In the past, we split technology into four categories: telematics, connectivity, active safety and fuel economy. But we've realized automakers and suppliers are coming up with technology that we can't predict and fit into those neat little boxes. By eliminating categories, we're taking an open mind about what kinds of new fangled gadgets the industry might come up with.
Our grand prize winner in 2013 was Tesla's Supercharger network. The year before, Chrysler Group's Uconnect won in the connectivity category. But there were other things we would have loved to taken a look at, like car sharing apps or a nifty new suspension that radically improved road smoothness.
Our panel of judges will test vehicles and technologies throughout the year. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2014. The technology must be available to consumers by that date. To qualify, the technology must be new or upgraded significantly from the year before. Anyone can nominate a technology — the automaker, a supplier, a member of the public or one of the Tech of the Year judges. Nominations start June 23, 2014.
The finalists will be announced in early November with the winner announcement made at the end of the month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Good luck!
- Sharon Carty
Editor in chief, Autoblog and AOL Autos
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