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    CES: Ford and Glympse hook up to give Sync location-sharing technology
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    Among the numerous apps that Ford has added to its Sync AppLink system is the location-sharing service Glympse. After The app is installed on a smartphone and the phone is paired with the AppLink interface either through Bluetooth or USB, a driver just presses the Sync button on the steering ...

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    Official: Chrysler Uconnect gets dealer-activated navigation, new infotainment features
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    Get in just about any mid-level Chrysler product these days, and you'll see a touchscreen head unit that would be perfect for a navigation system. The only thing is that some of these cars equipped with the head unit for Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system were not optioned up with navigation ...

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    Official: Hyundai and Kia adding Google Maps API to nav systems
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    Hyundai's Blue Link and Kia's UVO infotainment systems will be adding three Google features: Send2Car, Point of Interest Search and Local Search by Voice. Send2Car lets travelers send destinations to their vehicle's navigation system from a computer or via a mobile phone app, and the POI and ...

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    Report: Volvo and Ericsson to take Spotify on the road
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    Volvo is working to bring Spotify to its vehicles. Ericsson has announced it will provide its Connected Vehicle Cloud service to Volvo for future products, and Spotify streaming music is part of that service. Like Toyota Entune and other infotainment services, the Connected Vehicle Cloud will use ...

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    Opinion: These are a few of my favorite (and least favorite) things
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    New Cars Continue To Amaze And Dismay The Ford Fusion's sleek shape proves midsize cars need not be boring. Automakers face a huge challenge in creating cars that have to meet a dizzying array of emission, safety and fuel economy regulations and at the same time meet or exceed the ...

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    Official: Kia launching Uvo 2.0 in 2014 Sorento
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    Along with all the new model introductions hitting the stages of the LA Auto Show, automakers made plenty of announcements in regards to technology heading into the show. Chevrolet's MyLink will be adding Siri and Ford is reportedly preparing some more updates for its MyFord Touch and My Lincoln ...

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    Report: MyFord Touch getting second update, extended warranty
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    There is no doubt that Ford has had its hands full fielding complaints with its MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch systems these days, but looking to keep its customers happy, Ford is once again upgrading its infotainment systems and extending the warranties. Despite having just sent out updates ...

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    Report: Many more people surfing the web while behind the wheel
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    If you think texting while driving is dangerous, then you may be shocked to learn that many people do more than just text while driving, they actually browse the web while behind the wheel, and the number of people who do it is on the rise. A USA Today report cites a study that recently polled ...

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    Official: Chevy announces Spark, Sonic will be first to integrate Apple's Siri, debuts next-gen MyLink [w/videos]
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    Get ready for Siri in your car. Early in 2013, Chevrolet will be the first automaker to roll out Apple's Eyes Free technology, showing up initially in the Spark (in 1LT and 2LT trims) and Sonic (in LTZ and RS versions). Both models also come with six months of OnStar service included for free, ...

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    Official: MyFord Touch makes its way into the 2014 Fiesta
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    Ford took the wraps off its refreshed Fiesta at the Paris Motor Show, but we'll have to wait to see our version of the car debut in Los Angeles a little bit later in the week. Until then, Ford has made it official that the 2014 Fiesta will be available with the MyFord Touch infotainment system. ...

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    Motorsports: Michael Schumacher has driven around the Earth twice in an F1 car
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    In Texas, during what will go down as one of the absolute best inaugural Grand Prix weekends in series history, there was yet another Formula One record set by his lordship, the soon to retire Michael Schumacher of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 squad. And, no, it wasn't his finishing in 16th place ...

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    Official: Ford marks 5 million Sync-equipped vehicles over 5 years
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    It's pretty amazing how much in-car technology has advanced in recent years, and Ford's Sync system has been at the forefront of vehicle connectivity and infotainment. Since its debut on the 2008 Ford Focus, Ford says more than five million of its vehicles have been equipped with ...

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    Hyundai, Broadcom to equip vehicles with built-in ethernet
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    Hyundai is the second manufacturer after BMW – having put its Flexray ethernet system into the X5 – to pledge to install Ethernet technology in its cars. This isn't a ploy to give you yet another place to work on those regional sales spreadsheets, it's about reducing vehicle ...

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    Official: GM announces new entertainment package for 2013 Cadillac SRX
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    Infotainment systems have come a long way in improving connectivity and entertainment for front-seat passengers, but Cadillac is about to show what they can do for those sitting in the back seat. The 2013 Cadillac SRX is already being upgraded to include the automaker's new CUE system, but now ...

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    Toyota Smart INSECT city car concept makes the connection
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    Just like automakers have started invading the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the same trend might be starting at the CEATEC show in Japan. Last week, we showed you a rendering of the Toyota Smart INSECT, but now we're getting our first live look at the single-seat electric ...

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    Paris: Espera Sbarro Eight Concept is the best student project car in history
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    Here's a showstopper. Tucked away in a corner of the Fourth Pavilion here at the 2012 Paris Motor Show was this carbon fiber hot rod from the Espera Sbarro Montbéliard School of Design. Known simply as the Eight, cribbed from the Maserati-sourced V8 engine, this machine was reportedly ...

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    Report: Infiniti registers highest emotional attachment among car brands
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    Do you love your car? Like, really love your car? How about your iPhone? According to Forbes, a group called New Media Metrics has a way to quantify just how much you adore your devices, and how that emotional connection determines your purchasing behavior. The metric is called Leveraging ...

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    iPhone 5 gets native turn-by-turn navigation, car connectivity questions remain
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    The big news yesterday in the tech world (and most of the rest of the world) was the debut of the iPhone 5. If you have not yet been left with a feeling of inferiority due to your current device, this should put you over the top. The new iPhone will come with the Apple Maps app. Maps is Apple's ...

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    Official: OnStar expands service to Mexico
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    "Bienvenidos a OnStar."
    General Motors Co. announced this afternoon that it's taking its OnStar services south of the border and will begin offering them in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles sold in Mexico in 2013. Services included: automatic crash response, 24/7 emergency ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #297 LIVE
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    We record Episode #297 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, and you can drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module below. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at ...

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