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    Report: Near-field communications with tap-to-pair phones coming to cars
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    Expect to find Near-Field Communications (NFC) in your next new car if you're planning on buying one in a few years. If you have kids who play with Disney Infinity, you're already somewhat familiar with the technology that allows nearby devices to talk to each other. Apple is already giving the ...

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    Official: Verizon's Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi now on sale for $250
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    Partnering with Verizon Wireless, Delphi Automotive has released its Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi product that allows drivers to to locate, track, secure, access and monitor their vehicle using a smartphone, computer or tablet. Touted as a first-in-class product, it works with most vehicles ...

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    Report: Will your next car feature Bluetooth-enabled, self-adjusting seats? [w/video]
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    At one time, recently at that, the 22-way adjustable seat was a marvel – especially since we didn't know our own bodies even had 22 different ways to be seated comfortably. Automotive supplier Faurecia plans on going well beyond that, however, with its prototype Bluetooth-enabled SmartFit ...

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    Report: New iPhone 5 may come with incompatible connector for cars
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    Nearly the entire auto industry has finally caught up with the world of consumer electronics, offering a way to connect the iPod/iPhone – be it via USB, Bluetooth or official Apple connector – in most new cars. The 30-pin Apple connector was first incorporated in a car by BMW in 2004 ...

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    Report: NTSB still pushing to ban hands-free phones in cars
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    Today's automobiles are more connected than ever, and the National Transportation Safety Board doesn't seem to approve. The Detroit News reports that NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman is standing behind a recommendation to ban drivers from making hands-free phone calls that aren't of the emergency ...

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    How researchers can shut down your phone while you're driving
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    With every state looking to enact (or having already passed) legislation that makes it illegal to operate a mobile phone while behind the wheel, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers in New Jersey are taking it one massive step further. A team led by Drs. Yingying Chen, ...

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    Infiniti Personal Assistant concierge service now comes with every new car purchase
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    Infiniti is looking for ways to make your life easier, and not just with the continued improvement of its vehicles, either. In fact, the automaker has just launched a new service called Infiniti Personal Assistant, and it puts a team of professionals at your beck and call 24 hours a day. Offered ...

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    Designated Distraction? SYNC begins offering Fantasy Baseball updates
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    The Ford SYNC hands-free tech has proven to be a well-liked commodity over the past several years, in part because the automaker continues to update the feature-packed system. Now the automaker is catering to the estimated seven million fantasy baseball fans with on-demand weekly statistic ...

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    Report: LaHood mulling nationwide ban on all in-car mobile phone use?
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wants to make our roads a safer place. Distracted driving is arguably his number one issue, and LaHood is waging a concerted campaign to try and curb it. Is he taking things a step too far, though? According to Automotive News, LaHood has now stated that ...

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    Video: Volkswagen developing Terminal Mode for full smartphone control through nav screen
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    Volkswagen and Nokia's Terminal Mode – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Bluetooth connectivity is getting better all the time. No longer content with just connect your phone, new systems also allow you to wirelessly stream music to your car's speakers. Volkswagen is working on a ...

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    Chronolyze unleashes the potential of Porsche's Sport Chrono Plus
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    Chronolyze software – Click above for high-res image gallery of screen shots
    Porsche's optional "Sport Chrono Package" adds a Sport button to the center console that kicks throttle, suspension and engine behavior up a few notches. It also adds a cool swivel-mounted timer to the center of ...

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    The Next Big Debate: Hardware or software?
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    More tech in your car? Oh, that's inevitable. But automakers are trying to figure out the best way to implement it. There are two main architectures currently; tethered and embedded. Ford's SYNC is an example of a tethered tech-integration system that uses Bluetooth to connect to mobile devices ...

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    RIM and BMW collaborate on iDrive-controlled BlackBerry integration [w/video]
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    BMW iDrive BlackBerry connectivity – Click above to view the video after the jump
    Research In Motion has been hard at work bringing new ways to integrate the functionality of its BlackBerry devices into the automobile. We recently brought you news of RIM's acquisition of QNX Software ...

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    Report: NSC decrees all cell phone driving as dangerous, cites 30 studies
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    Surprise, surprise. The National Safety Council just released a report saying that all cell phone use while driving – even hands-free – is potentially dangerous and "risky behavior." The study includes some pretty scary figures, including this one: At any time, 11 percent of drivers ...

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    BREAKING: Hyundai developing competitor for OnStar, Sync... but new system needs a name
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    Hyundai Equus – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As part of its product and marketing development process, Hyundai has reached out to owners and enthusiasts to create a network of consumers with which to discuss everything from future models and technologies to advertising tactics, ...

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    VIDEO: Bluetooth gains another use, streaming audio from iPhone
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    The iPhone 3.0 software is due to be released later this year, and in addition to allowing GPS applications to display turn-by-turn directions, Apple's uber-device will finally bring something other smartphone users have been enjoying for a while: Bluetooth audio streaming.With the new feature ...

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    California joins other states with hands-free cellphone law
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    California joined thirty-two other states today when a new law banning unlimited cellphone use in automobiles went into effect at midnight. The new rules prohibit drivers from holding cellphones to their ears while talking, yet they are still allowed to dial the phone to place the call... and ...

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    Audi's new MMI system will debut in Q5
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    Click on image above for a high-res photo gallery of the Audi Q5 Audi's next-gen Multi-Media Interface (MMI) technology will debut in the new Audi Q5 compact crossover arriving later this year. Built by Harmon/Becker Automotive Systems, it is reportedly going to set benchmarks for automotive ...

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    Details on Mazda1 revealed
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    High energy costs and growth in emerging markets have automakers scrambling to downsize their product plans, and ultra-small transportation like the VW up! is bound to bring low-cost city cars to the masses. Mazda intends to be a serious player in this burgeoning segment and will unveil the Mazda1 ...

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    Finally! GM to widely incorporate Bluetooth by 2009
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    One of my biggest pet peeves about the new GM cars I've driven is the unavailability of Bluetooth. Let's face it: most of us use Bluetooth-enabled phones, and as more manufacturers incorporate Bluetooth connectivity into their cars and trucks, GM's apparent lack of action on this front makes it ...

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