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 and was significant because it meant inclusion of a connector that only works for a single brand's products.
In our modern world, many of us are weighed down with an assortment of gadgets and gizmos, all of which need a recurring supply of electrons. If you're like us, you probably have a box full of assorted power adapters for your vehicle that you've collected for your phones, MP3 players and navigation units. Thankfully, in the last couple of years many devise manufacturers have started migrating to standardized mini or micro-USB charging connectors, allowing you to plug in nearly all your devices i
Fiat has earned some recognition for its new eco:Drive system that debuted last fall at the Paris Motor Show. During the recent MediaGuardian Innovation Awards in London, eco:Drive won the top prize for digital technology. The eco:Drive system allows the driver to plug a USB flash drive into the car so that driving data can be automatically downloaded. The driver can then plug in the flash drive to a computer where software can analyze the data and make suggestions about adjusting driving style
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/USB_gadget_records_everthing_your_car_does'; CarChip E/X by Davis is a device that logs how you are driving. The CarChip E/X can even be set to beep if you break too fast, speed or accelerate too fast. Changing these behaviors are the top three things a driver can do to increase fuel efficiency without changing the car. The CarChip EX attaches to the OBD (On Board Data) port which is present on most cars made since 1996. From the video review below the fold
Around our office, we're always passing small files between the multiple workstations via USB flash drives. Chinese toymaker Marsilli has come up with a fun way for us to amuse ourselves as we pass files back and forth. Their 512MB flash drive that doubles as an RC car comes with its own race track, though the first thing we'd try is zooming these little buggers around from room to room. They're controllable with your cellphone, though we're not sure if it's via Bluetooth or some other scheme. T
Though many companies have solved the dilemma of playing digital music in your car by adding auxiliary (iPod) inputs, that solution still renders all your USB flash drives useless. Volkswagen, however, has announced that a number of its vehicles in Europe can be ordered with a USB port in the center console. This type of port would connect not only to an iPod or other digital music player, but could also connect to a laptop or read audio files directly from a USB flash drive. While it appears th