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    Official: Honda reveals new cloud-based infotainment system [w/video]
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    Honda let the cat officially out of the bag today, revealing details about its new HondaLink infotainment system that will be featured in the new 2013 Accord. The new midsize sedan doesn't launch until the fall, but the Japanese automaker is clearly eager to start building momentum for its ...

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    Report: Distracted driving scourge a repeat of 1930?
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    The more things change, the more they stay the same. According to a report at carinsurance.com, Department of Transportation chief Ray LaHood isn't the first person to take on distracted driving. In 1930, George A. Packer, then the Massachusetts registrar of motor vehicles, wanted the state to ...

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    Official: BMW adds iDrive Touch and 3D maps to latest generation infotainment system [w/video]
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    BMW claims to have been the first carmaker to offer an in-dash navigation system all the way back in 1994 on its 7 Series. It was also arguably the first automaker to experience the backlash that comes with poor user interface design when it introduced the iDrive system in 2001. Nav systems today ...

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    Report: New Accord will feature Honda's answer to Ford's SYNC
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    Honda desperately needs to hit a home run with its all-new 2013 Accord, a car that's perennially on the best-seller list in the United States. The current Accord, which is in its eighth generation, debuted in 2008 before most of the latest and greatest technological advances began filtering ...

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    Official: J.D. Power Initial Quality Study highlights infotainment woes, puts Lexus on top
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    Despite an overall increase in overall quality of five percent, automakers are continuing to struggle with in-car technologies, says J.D. Power in its annual Initial Quality Study. Owners reports of problems with factory-installed hands-free communication devices has increased 137 percent since ...

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    Report: Apple adding a new button to your car, will activate Siri
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    Apple's 2012 Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote is winding down as you read this, and while many car enthusiasts could care less about the next version of iOS or the MacBook Pro's new Retina Display, they will probably care about one piece of news just delivered by Apple's VP of iOS ...

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    Mercedes partners with Glympse, adds location-sharing tech to A-Class
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    The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class continues to pack in the latest infotainment tech. This time it's in-dash integration of the location-sharing service, Glympse. Mercedes and Glympse announced their new partnership this week at the Detroit Telematics Conference. Normally found on smartphones, ...

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    Official: Audi offering four-year SiriusXM Traffic subscription on select 2013 models
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    There's about to be a whole lot more traffic news for select Audi buyers. SiriuxXM radio is already offered free for three months to folks who buy a new Audi, but now, if you select MMI Navigation Plus or MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, you'll get four years of SiriusXM Traffic, free, even if ...

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    Report: Livio developing common standard for using apps in cars
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    We can't see any way for Mr. LaHood and his crusaders against distracted driving to win; consumers want access to their connected lives even while behind the wheel and they're going to find a way to get it. Even if it means not being able to actually use a cellphone, manufacturers are right now ...

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    Official: Chrysler introducing industry's first* wireless charging mat in Dodge Dart [w/video]
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    Chrysler has announced it will offer wireless charging in its new 2013 Dodge Dart. The charging bin will work with MP3 players and iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobile phones, provided those devices are fitted with a special case. The Pentastar says that this $199.99 Mopar accessory is an ...

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    Teased: Nissan releases final teaser for all-new Altima [w/video]
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    Nissan has released the fifth and final teaser of its all-new 2013 Altima sedan ahead of the car's official debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. It's a good thing this is the last one, because Nissan has seen fit to show off almost the entire car, albeit very quickly and never stationary. It's ...

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    Report: NHTSA distracted driver guidelines would render navigation systems useless
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has produced a minutely detailed document addressing and attempting to assess driver distractions. According to its numbers, "17 percent (an estimated 899,000) of all police-reported crashes reportedly involved some type of driver distraction in ...

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    Official: Ford unveils 2013 F-Series Super Duty, now with Platinum [w/video]
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    Ford has officially served up the details on the upcoming 2013 F-Series Super Duty. Buyers will be able to snap up the latest work rig with in a new Platinum trim level that throws in niceties like SYNC, MyFord Touch, navigation and a rear-view camera as standard equipment. Power telescoping ...

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    Official: MyFord Touch, MyLincoln Touch upgrades shipping this week
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    A few months back, Ford told us that it had listened to consumers and wanted to cure the ills of the first generation MyFord Touch. Starting today, the Blue Oval will begin shipping out USB drives to owners of 2013 Ford Taurus and Flex models, allowing them to install the latest version of the ...

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    Official: Intel socks away $100M for Connected Car Fund
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    Here's a stat for you: By 2014, cars will be in the top three fastest-growing segments for connected devices and streaming content. So it's not entirely surprising that Intel, which has continued to diversify its businesses in the last decade, is betting big on the connected car market. To that ...

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    Video: Ford attends Facebook Hackathon to create The Social Car
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    Most of us don't quite understand why we'd want Facebook in our cars, but during a recent Hackathon at Facebook's Palo Alto campus, the Blue Oval and the new Big Blue combined forces to go beyond status updates and photos sharing. In an effort to make a truly "social" car, devs from Facebook ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz integrates iPhone, Siri into all-new A-Class
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    The paradigm has shifted. Normally an automaker's range-topper gets the latest and greatest technology, but with the introduction of the all-new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is flipping that order on its head. At next month's Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes will show off the next A-Class and with it, its ...

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    Podcast: Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #270 LIVE
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    We record Episode #270 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, and you can drop us your questions via our Q&A module below. Check out our discussion topics or chime in to help determine what else the crew chats about this evening. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already ...

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    Official: DOT proposes distracted driving guidelines for automakers
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    Distracted driving is a topic that's on everybody's minds these days, and for good reason. Every new car and truck sold today is packed with more technology than every before, from touchscreen LCDs that offer myriad audio and infotainment options to voice-controlled applications and various forms ...

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    Exclusive: Next Volkswagen infotainment system to use capacitive touchscreens, proximity sensors
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    The next Volkswagen Golf will be chock-full of standard and optional technology features, but its all-new Modular Infotainment System has the potential to set a new benchmark for both high-end and entry-level navigation, entertainment and connectivity. Three new systems will be available when ...

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