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We walk through the update process on a Ram 1500 to show what owners of the 1.4 million recalled FCA products can do to secure their infotainment systems.

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Plus: GM Makes A Billion, Infiniti Reveals Q30, And Ford Adds 2016 F-150 Limited Trim

We curate the week's events with a focus on hacking in the automotive industry. Plus, other news and notes from around the biz.

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The ninth-generation Honda Accord gets a thorough refresh for 2016. The sedan packs upgraded styling and a ton of new tech, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Driving Gizmos That Make Us Smile

We asked the Autoblog team which car and car-related technologies have stood out this year. The list is as diverse as we are.

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GM now has a patent for a cloud-based system to transfer personalization settings between vehicles, including the seating position, audio presets, contacts, and much more. The automaker sees useful applications for car sharing services and rental companies.

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Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is replacing MyFord Touch in the manufacturer's lineup and is a marked improvement over its predecessor. We had a personal demonstration at a recent Ford event.

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The 2016 Ford F-150 is getting some minor but noticeable updates. Buyers benefit from the switch to Sync 3 for infotainment and an available Pro Trailer Backup Assist system. There are also new Special Edition Appearance Packages for the XLT and Lariat.

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The simple, minimalist approach to Volvo's interior layout is set to become a focal point for the brand, according to its CEO, Hakan Samuelsson.

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All Cadillacs To Get Apple CarPlay And Android Auto

The next-generation Cadillac SRX is officially being renamed the XT5 when it debuts early next year. Meanwhile, 2016 Caddys get a faster CUE infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

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A major update for Apple CarPlay lets automakers create their own apps to work from within Apple's software. The announcement was made during the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

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We get a video guide through the features of the Hyundai Blue Link smartwatch app as it works with the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid.

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Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system launches for the 2016 model year. Today, the company announced that the first vehicles to get this tech will be the 2016 Escape and Fiesta.

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Apple has patented a system to select a navigation route based on the cellular network signal strength along the way.

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Gothenburg extends its long-running Volvo On Call system to Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches, giving drivers control of car functions straight from the wrist.

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Hyundai Lends Us A Sonata, A Phone, And A Watch In Order To See What's What

We spend a week with Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Our verdict? It fulfills the promise of the technology. Here's how.

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General Motors Officials Say Interfaces Will Hit Dealerships This Summer

Long awaited, the race among automakers to keep drivers connected to their smartphones has officially entered a new era.

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A British research firm examines the coming data problems resulting from traffic jams. In 10 years, data surges at specific sites could interfere with connected cars and devices.

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VW powertrain chief confirms that the upcoming facelifed Golf will incorporate the gesture-control and smartphone integration features from the Golf R Touch concept showcased at CES.

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Hyundai is the first automaker to launch the Android Auto operating system on a production vehicle. The software is available on the 2015 Sonata and mirrors a smartphone's interface on the sedan's infotainment screen.

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Mercedes-Benz is introducing the MB Companion App for Apple Watch this fall, porting directions between the wearable device and the vehicle's onboard navigation system, with further features to follow.

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Apple files for a patent for 'humanized navigation instructions for mapping applications' that would provide more human-like detail to navigation instructions.

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