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Opinion

How premium offerings made aftermarket audio all but obsolete

Featured

Proposed system uses a car's existing driver-assist sensors

Proposed system uses a car's existing driver-assist sensors.

OTA Connect will help add new features to existing cars

Like the weather, everyone talks about over-the-air (OTA) software updates for cars, but no one really does much about it, except for Tesla. Until now. Starting today, Here, the company known for its automotive mapping services, hopes to change this and help keep car electronics current with its new OTA Connect services.

Opinion

Not Android Auto — Android Automotive, the OS starting with Audi, Volvo

Not Android Auto — Android Automotive, the OS starting with Audi, Volvo

Car Buying

Here's a car-shopping checklist of infotainment functions to test

Here's a quick checklist of infotainment functions to test and questions to ask when new-car shopping.

Featured

Democratization of tech: Same – or better – amenities as luxury cars

One of the great things about technology is – with the exception of Apple products – consumers get more for their money every year. For example, the first 1GB USB drive I bought in 2005 cost me $30. Today you can get 10 for that price, delivered to your door thanks to Amazon. The same goes for car tech.

Opinion

Ford SmartLink may be a tall ask for niceties customers simply expect

When it was first introduced in 2007, there was nothing like the original Ford Sync system, since it allowed car owners to connect and use a portable device better than anything that came before it. It took competitors awhile to catch up. But now Ford is the one playing catchup.

Outdated safety standards, lack of NHTSA leadership keep us in the dark

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HUDs are in more new cars, and they're about to get more sophisticated

Featured

Industry slow to implement OTA, and a recent Uconnect snafu won’t help

ETC

By reducing complexity while adding features, the tier-one supplier addresses No. 1 source of owners' frustration

CES

Automakers and suppliers will again expose an excess of innovations in Las Vegas

For going on three decades, CES is the reason I don't make New Year's resolutions, like going on a diet or quitting drinking. While I realize that this is certainly a champagne problem, heading to Vegas is not my ideal way to kick off the new year. Or even end it, since I'm not a fan of Sin City. Whereas most people go to Vegas expecting to pig out on all-you-can-eat buffets and engage in all-night drinking and gambling binges, I've made the trek since 1989 to consume as much as I can about the

Opinion

Autonomous driving tech, electrification and Tesla reset auto industry expectations.

2017 was the year of Elon. What's next?

Opinion

The hassles of signing up for Maven left me frustrated, without a car and headed for Avis.

The hassles of signing up for Maven left me frustrated, without a vehicle and headed for Avis.

Opinion

Automakers may know drivetrains and in-cabin comforts but fail at infotainment and connectivity

Here's what we appreciate, and the things that need rethinking.

Opinion

Vehicles have become readily available violent weapons, but autonomous tech could "de-weaponize cars."

Vehicles have become readily available violent weapons, but autonomous tech could "de-weaponize cars."

Opinion

Leave mindless commuting to robo-taxis, driving enthusiasts will take to the track and trails

Will the 'passenger economy' come to pass?

Opinion

Please don't allow self-driving cars to drive like people in the Pacific Northwest

Please don't allow self-driving cars to drive like people in the Pacific Northwest

Opinion

A century ago, cars took over city streets, and they won't relinquish control anytime soon.

A century ago, cars took over city streets, and they won't relinquish control anytime soon.

First Drive

It’s not self-driving, but it steers us toward an autonomous future

It's not self-driving, but it steers us toward an autonomous future

Featured

We discuss Cadillac's safety measures with the system's lead engineer.