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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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    Video: Translogic hangs out with Daimler's Zetsche and Ford's Mulally at CES
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    Usually our sister publication Translogic is out putting futuristic transportation hardware through the paces or talking to geeks who are trying to reimagine the very infrastructure of our world. But this week, the show has a decidedly more conventional subject: Interviews with Daimler CEO Dieter ...

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    CES: Audi shows off 2013 A3 interior with new Audi Connect, we go hands-on [w/video]
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    Audi has tripled the size of its booth here at CES, and contained within is a mockup of the next A3's interior. Well, half of it. But the functional display was designed to showcase the latest generation of Audi Connect, the automaker's reworked infotainment system that's set to debut on the 2013 ...

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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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    Official: Ford making live operators standard with Sync service
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    After a successful round of beta testing, Ford is ready to put you in touch with a live operator by way of its Sync Services system. Should you feel the need to speak to an actual person, Ford will put you in touch with an operator who is standing by, as it will henceforth be included as a ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Hyundai Veloster [w/video]
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    And Now For Something Completely Different... To hear John Krafcik tell it, the 2012 Veloster is just another Hyundai. Allow us to rephrase that. According to the company's North American CEO, the searing Vitamin C orange coupe shown here is something we should've seen coming, the predictable ...

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    Video: IFA 2011: Nuance dictation beta is in-car voice-to-text done right
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    If your vehicle or smartphone has voice-to-text functionality, there's a good chance Nuance is working behind the scenes. If you haven't checked out the company's iPhone or Android app, it's worth the download just to get a feel for the technology, and the company's next implementation is set to ...

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    Official: GM launching OnStar-based Family Link that tracks teen drivers
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    Your children use the Internet for social media, Wikipediaing (yep, we just made that up) their homework and drowning in the misery that is a teenager's life. You, on the other hand, use the Internet for work... and social media and Wikipediaing your kid's homework. Now, OnStar has another way ...

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    Mercedes-Benz extending app selection for COMAND, ready to fight Audi with gesture controls
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    Mercedes-Benz is in the process of revamping its COMAND infotainment system for the next decade, and as you'd expect, apps, search and advanced navigation is on the way. But it's not just about what's on the screen; it's about how you interact with the system. In addition to researching 3D ...

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    OnNotice? Ford beta-testing live operators through Sync
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    Sync Services – Ford's lesser-known on-demand, voice-activated news and information service – has begun running a very OnStar-like beta. The new system allows registered Sync customers to connect with a live operator to fulfill business searches and address entry, but don't think of ...

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    Five Mind-Blowing Innovations from Mercedes-Benz
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    On a recent trek to Germany, Mercedes-Benz pulled back the veil on its tech strategy for the next few years and provided Autoblog with a glimpse into what we'll find in its next generation of vehicles. With more than 2,000 patents filed in 2009 alone, the technologies range from the mind-blowing ...

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    Opinion: If distracted driving is such an epidemic, why don't statistics show it?
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    Declining Highway Death Rate Challenges Distracted Driving Fears

    The distracted driving debate is being marred by an overdose of hype and hysteria.
    My weekend nearly got off to a disastrous start when a driver, busy texting, suddenly realized he was going to miss his exit. At the last possible ...

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    Toyota and Microsoft hook up on next-gen telematics
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    Toyota has officially announced that it's teaming up with Microsoft. The two have formed a partnership with a goal of developing the next generation of telecommunication and information technology for automobiles. Telematics, as readers are no doubt aware, encompasses technology that ranges from ...

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    Ford takes SYNC to Europe, expands to 19 languages
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    Ford has announced it will debut its SYNC system in Europe in the 2012 Ford Focus, expanding its current language range from three to 19. The Microsoft-based system first launched in the States in 2007, and has met with enough success to pursue global marketing of the platform. Ford is working ...

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    The future of GM's OnStar could be "I've fallen and I can't get up"
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    At CES, OnStar introduced an aftermarket rearview mirror that could widen the company's reach to 55 million cars, including Ford, Honda and Nissan models. Now that it's made the move out of General Motors vehicles, we grabbed a moment with Greg Ross, OnStar's vice president of business ...

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    CES 2011: Blue Link is Hyundai's answer to OnStar
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    Hyundai Blue Link – Click above for image gallery
    As part of its quest to match the rest of the industry point-for-point, Hyundai has just announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it's entering the world of telematics with the introduction of Blue Link, its first foray into the ...

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    Will Ford's Sync lose ground to Fiat's Blue & Me?
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    It recognizes hundreds of voice commands. It will interface with your Bluetooth-enabled smart phone. It was co-developed with Microsoft. Sounds like Ford's popular SYNC tech, right? Sure does, but it also smacks of Fiat's Blue & Me system that has been in production in Europe since 2007. The ...

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    Volvo unveils touchscreen rear entertainment with 500GB and WiFi
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    Report: Transportation Secretary LaHood concerned with influx of in-car technologies
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    Concerned that "gadgets and bells and whistles" are distracting drivers, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is reportedly pushing to keep the technologies out of driver's hands – without going so far as to say he'll try to restrict them. LaHood, who has already campaigned for a ban on ...

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    Video: We take Kia and Microsoft's Uvo for a test drive at CES
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    Kia's UVO system hands-on – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Tucked in between Google's hot new smartphone and a variety of other computer peripheral equipment at this year's CES show is a crossover. Not the jacked-up, tricked-out, neon-dragging customized type that we typically ...

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