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Android Auto will soon run entirely on your phone while offering the same features as if it were connected to your dash.

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Waze is now alerting drivers in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington when they approach historically dangerous intersections.

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The carmaker has partnered with Drivemode to create a concept vehicle that completely replaces the head unit with a phone and a free app.

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Faraday Future offers a free app on iTunes and Google Play that lets users explore the FFZERO1 concept car inside and out with augmented reality.

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With Android Auto, it's possible to harness the power of your Google-powered smartphone and use it in your car in a way that doesn't distract the driver.

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Volvo now has apps for iOS and Android covering a lot of these functions, but only the new On Call for Band 2 app allows for voice commands.

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Porsche allegedly doesn't offer Android Auto in the refreshed 911 out of privacy concerns, but Google maintains that it's not collecting much of this information.

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Ford's new app update lets EV drivers unlock and monitor vehicles right from their wrists.

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Google's Location History feature keeps track of the places your mobile device has been (if you opt-in and turn it on) and now you can look back through that data with "Your Timeline."

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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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Updated versions of the FCA Owner apps from Mopar offer an increased array of functions to help the driver of any Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Fiat or Alfa Romeo.

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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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Hyundai has launched a Blue Link update that makes the app's features work through smartwatches.

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Once you pair the Hyundai Blue Link smartwatch app with your Android phone and your Hyundai vehicle, you can use touch or voice commands to remotely lock or unlock your car doors, start and stop your engine, flash the cars lights and honk the horn, or have it locate your car.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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