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    Official: Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept previews a fullsize future of luxury
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    Well, this certainly looks like a concept, doesn't it? From the wide, portal-esque door opeings to the boattail rear window design, there's just so much about the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration that looks like it would never actually reach production that we're impressed the automaker had the gumption ...

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    Exclusive: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata first in-car observations
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    We've had few days to digest the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata since the roadster was first revealed on Wednesday evening when we offered you our first impressions. Since that time, we've gone back and looked at the car a number of times in person here in California, and we've even seen it ...

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    Official: Jaguar reveals upcoming XE's InControl infotainment system [w/video]
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    Jaguar has been keeping busy lately, rolling out both the new Lightweight E-Type and F-Type Project 7 at Pebble Beach this past weekend. But the more important project for the British automaker is the upcoming new XE. Coventry has been releasing a steady stream of information and teasers on its ...

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    Report: J.D. Power confirms auto voice-recognition tech is as lousy as we think
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    Let's just all admit that in its current state voice recognition technology is atrocious. The success rate even with Apple's Siri feels like it hovers around 50 percent and similar systems aren't much better. There are just too many possible accents, cadences and word choices to make the tech a ...

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    Video: Navdy is portable HUD with smart phone integration and a sense of humor
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    Automotive head-up displays were once limited to high-end luxury sedans and sports cars, but in recent years they have started trickling down to affordable models like the latest Mini Cooper and Mazda3. Navdy, a startup from San Francisco, is aiming to broaden this tech even more with its new, ...

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    Featured: Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds
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    "It was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents" – Daniel Kaffine Common sense says that talking on a cellphone while driving is not a particularly safe thing to do. But recent studies have found banning cellphone use while behind the wheel is ...

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    Official: Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally lands on Google board
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    Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally often referred to the Blue Oval as a technology company when he led the automaker. Now he'll be offering guidance to a different kind of technology firm: Google. Mulally was appointed to Google's board of directors July 9, and late Tuesday, it was announced that he ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #387 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #387 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio ...

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    Report: Google's new Android Autos OS unveiled, will be in cars this year [w/video]
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    Connected cars are coming en-masse. We know this much. How, though, remains something of an open question, especially as two of the world's largest tech companies are preparing to battle for control of your car's dashboard. On the one hand, we have Apple and its CarPlay system. And now, we know ...

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    Report: Nokia ventures into smart cars after exiting smartphones
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    Not long ago one of the world's top cellphone makers, Nokia recently completed the sale of its phone unit to Microsoft. Now, it's looking for a new business to focus on, and may have found it in the form of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, mapping and other cutting-edge auto tech. According to ...

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    Video: This is what Microsoft's latest Windows In The Car looks like
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    Following Apple's unveiling of CarPlay at this year's Geneva Motor Show, Microsoft used its recent Build developer conference to reveal how it plans to allow the integration of its smartphones with automobiles. Instead of automakers using Microsoft programming to create their own infotainment ...

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    Report: Apple CarPlay drawing early safety concerns [w/video]
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    Apple's CarPlay infotainment system hasn't made it into a single vehicle yet, and it's already drawing criticism for distracting drivers among safety advocates. The new tech unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show pairs users' iPhones with the car's dashboard display to make calls, dictate messages and ...

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    Video: See Volvo's integration of Apple CarPlay in action
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    Apple unveiled its new CarPlay touchscreen infotainment system earlier today, and Volvo has just released a video showing the system in action. The Cupertino tech giant is expected to announce partnerships with Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz to license CarPlay, as well, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show ...

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    Official: Volvo unveils all-new user interface destined for next-gen XC90 [w/video]
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    Take a close look at the cabin of the Volvo Concept Estate shown above. One of the big features on the fancy, brown shooting brake is an all-new user interface called, well, it doesn't really have a name, at least not one Volvo is revealing. The refreshingly nameless system looks seriously ...

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    Video: Volvo working to allow groceries delivered to your car, even when you aren't there
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    Volvo cites research showing that 60 percent of online shoppers had problems with their deliveries in 2013, and that missed first deliveries cost the industry roughly one billion euros ($1.37B US) in re-delivery costs, as impetus for its "Roam Delivery Service" that delivers packages to your car. ...

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    Video: Get an early look at Apple's iOS in the Car
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    Apple unveiled its iOS in the Car operating system during the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference last June. During the keynote, it showed off how iOS 7 could be adapted to work as an automotive infotainment system. Since then, Apple has been mum on the subject, but the first demo of the new OS ...

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    CES: Volvo launches next-gen Sensus Connect infotainment system [w/videos]
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    To borrow a line from another automaker, the Volvo S60 has the power to surprise – it's likely not top of mind for most entry-level luxury sedan buyers, but it's good enough that it probably should be. There's long been one pretty serious chink in its armor, though, and that goes for the ...

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    CES: First impressions of Audi's next TT interior and Virtual Cockpit [w/video]
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    Not content to pummel CES show goers with laser lights and self-piloting vehicles, Audi has also pulled the wraps (well, some of the wraps) off the interior of its upcoming next-gen TT. While the car itself wasn't on hand for us to check out, Audi did mock up the cockpit, complete with its ...

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    CES: Audi gets into tablet market with Android-powered Smart Display
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    Relatively small in newsworthiness compared with laser-equipped hybrids and all-new cockpit concepts, Audi has also announced a branded, Android-powered tablet called Smart Display at CES this week. Audi has partnered with Google for its in-car computing software for years now, so it's hardly ...

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    Official: You can now order Domino's pizza from your Sync-equipped Ford
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    The news keeps pouring in from the Consumer Electronics Show now underway in Las Vegas, and the latest comes from Ford which has announced two new apps for its Sync AppLink system. First up is a cooperative app launched by Ford together with Domino's Pizza that lets drivers of the former order ...

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