From AOL Autos:
2012 Tech Of The Year Award
AOL Autos set out in January 2012 to name our first ever Technology of the Year Winner. And we are happy to announce that Chrysler's upgraded Uconnect system introduced in the 2013 Ram 1500 and Dodge Viper, and soon to be rolled into the rest of the Chrysler-Ram-Dodge-Jeep lineup, won over both our judging panel, as well as out consumer voters.
The first annual AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award has been won by Chrysler's upgraded UConnect system.
New vehicles today come with more new technology than ever before: systems that try to make our smartphones and MP3 players work seamlessly by voice command with car stereos, tech that keeps us from crashing and systems that even nudge us awake if we doze.
Some new and emerging technology costs thousands of dollars to install in a car, and can be more distracting than helpful. And then there are brilliant strokes of simple genius. The Nissan Tire Pressure Alert & Refill System is just such a technology. It is so simple that we even hesitate to call it "tech." Perhaps that's the beauty of it.
Lane-departure warning systems have appeared on the offerings of almost every carmaker over the past few years. But Honda, with its new LaneWatch™ system, has added a new technology that's different than most of those systems, and perhaps ahead of the pack.
Managing one's fitness schedule and calorie burn via smartphone app makes sense and is becoming more common. We can set our digital-video-recorders via app, and control our home thermostats the same way.
Audi connect was not new for 2012, but the addition of Google Earth imaging into the system is an upgrade that was met with nearly unanimous votes from the Technology of the Year judging panel.
The pickup truck for many is really a rolling office. That's why Chrysler and Sprint chose the redesigned 2013 Ram 1500 as one of the vehicles to debut a new connectivity system -- Uconnect Access.
In two short weeks, the six finalists for the first-ever AOL Autos Technology Of The Year award will be named during an event at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 28. In the meantime, here's a glimpse of the hardware the winner will be receiving.
With in-car technology coming fast and furious at this week's North American International Auto Show and the Consumer Electronics Show, it seems like the perfect week for AOL Autos, Autoblog, Translogic and Engadget to announce a new "Technology of the Year" Award program that will reward the best purveyors of new tech, and serve as a useful hub of info for our readers.