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12Google developing car-specific Android operating system

The automotive world is rapidly leaping into the next generation of infotainment systems. We already know that the CarPlay from Apple and Sync 3 from Ford based are on the way. Google showed off its future concept for Android Auto earlier this year and promised that it would be available by the end of 2014. That didn't happen, but the technology giant has put a tentative plan in place for its challenger in this crowded field.

15Google shows off its Android Auto system

Cars fitted with the Apple CarPlay system should be in dealerships next year, available as a delayed option on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata and eventually expected to be available on Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari vehicles. Google isn't that far behind with its Android Auto, and after Hyundai showed it off at the LA Auto Show, Google Developers used their Dev.Bytes program give us a better look at it.

3Google maps updates with lane guidance, offline use and more

Google Maps, especially its Street View function, has redefined the way we use maps. The tech giant just launched an update for its mobile app on Android and iOS with a variety of useful, new features.

2Crowdfunding Combat: ATLAS Heavylifting Multicopter vs. The Pocket Drone

In early December, online retail goliath Amazon made headlines when they announced their plan for octocopter delivery drones, but that's not the only use for multi-rotor aerial technology. Similar multicopters have become extremely popular with photography and filmmaking enthusiasts in recent years by offering a reasonably inexpensive way to take aerial photos and videos.

7Audi gets into tablet market with Android-powered Smart Display

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.

35Automakers teaming with Google to bring Android to cars this year

Remember how we mentioned that Hyundai would be offering a BlueLink infotainment app for Google Glass? And how last week, we told you about a rumored partnership between Audi and Google? Well, both of these things were just part of a much bigger deal.

19Audi, Google readying infotainment partnership announcement for CES?

The merging of our smart phones and automotive infotainment systems may be about to get an even bigger boost, if a report from Forbes is to be believed. The business publication is reporting that Google and Audi may announce a partnership at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that would see Google's Android OS taking control of Audi's MMI infotainment system.

19Hudway turns your iOS device into a heads-up display

Smartphones can enhance driving by acting as GPS systems, but Hudway takes the concept to the next level with its app, which turns any device running iOS (and in February 2014, Android) into a heads-up display that can be viewed on your windshield in low-visibility and low-light situations.

6Tesla looking at Chrome, Android update for Model S; big Supercharger network in Germany

There's even more to digest from the Elon Musk speech in Germany video that's been making the rounds this week. Our original post mentioned the highlights of an Autobahn performance package for the Tesla Model S and Tesla CEO Musk's distaste for hydrogen fuel cells. Then we took a look at the new of the next-generation EV tidbits, including the news that we can expect to see the car for the first time in 12-18 months. Given the length of the video and the release of a new press release, we've go

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58I'm Stuck app informs your elected officials when you're in traffic

Traffic, as we've established, is one of the worst things about driving. Too many motorists on too few roads is enough to ruin one's day, not to mention the impact vehicle congestion has on the environment. Now, though, an app called I'm Stuck can share the misery that comes with being lodged on the 405 for three hours for no apparent reason with the people that have the power to make road improvements: politicians.

15Shift Shock: Ford Engineer Mods Mustang Shelby GT500 Shift Knob With Xbox 360 Controller Parts

In the late 1990s, Nintendo bundled a controller attachment known as the Rumble Pak with their popular Star Fox 64 video game. The motorized accessory attempted to mimic the onscreen action through physical controller feedback, and we'll admit that slamming into an asteroid after being instructed to "do a barrel roll!" carried a bit more impact with the Rumble Pak.

5Renault Zoe EV gets an iPad app, with Android to follow

Every now and then, there are moments when a certain reporter concludes he should've studied a bit harder during his four years of high school French. This is certainly one of them. French automaker Renault figures it can improve both sales and exposure of its Zoe electric vehicle by appealing to the hyper-connected set by releasing an app specifically for users of Apple's iPad tablet computers, with an Android app soon to follow. Renault is promising "an astonishingly life-like virtual environm

2Google Glass App Gives Tesla Model S Owners A Wearable Way To Control Their Ride

A new app for Glass, the wearable smart device from tech giant Google, provides Tesla Model S owners with a futuristic way to control their futuristic ride. The appropriately named GlassTesla app was designed by Sahas Katta, an "aspiring tech evangelist" based in San Jose, Calif. A website dedicated to the app provides a first person view of GlassTesla's features, which include vehicle location services and the ability to view and control charge status, climate control and door locks, all from

2LiveMap Proposes Futuristic Motorcycle Helmet With Integrated Heads-Up Display

Tony Stark isn't the only one with a heads up display (HUD) in his helmet.

2How To Create A Jurassic Park Jeep

The Jeep Wrangler has long been considered one of the most capable 4x4 vehicles in the world. Perhaps that's why John Hammond selected the Wrangler as the off-road vehicle of choice for his spectacular amusement park. After all, he "spared no expense."

2U.S. Department Of Energy Awards $34,000 To Apps For Vehicles Challenge Winners

You no longer need the latest car to keep track of vital vehicle data--only the latest app for your smart phone. The Apps for Vehicles Challenge, announced in October by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a competition aimed at creating innovative and accessible apps that employ vehicle information to help drivers improve fuel efficiency and safety.

24Ford and Glympse hook up to give Sync location-sharing technology

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 wheel and says, "Send Glympse." With that, the vehicle's location is sent to the other parties he has enabled in the app.

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