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Why Memorial Day is a holiday for car thieves, too

And some advice that will help prevent you from becoming a victim.

Go ahead. Enjoy your BBQ. But lock your car in a safe place, because Memorial Day is the second-worst day of the year for car theft.

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British military developing GPS navigation that works without satellites

Did you know that GPS doesn't work underwater? Neither did we. But apparently it's a big enough problem that the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense is working on a futuristic solution that will allow more precise navigation by the Royal Navy's submarines and surface ships, while eventually trickling down to consumer-grade mobile devices. That all sounds great, but its abilities aren't anywhere near as cool as its name – the quantum compass.

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Google maps updates with lane guidance, offline use and more

Google Maps, especially its Street View function, has redefined the way we use maps. The tech giant just launched an update for its mobile app on Android and iOS with a variety of useful, new features.

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Ford's Farley apologizes for saying Blue Oval tracks customers with GPS

Ford marketing head honcho Jim Farley made waves at CES this week by telling show attendees, "We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it," according to a report by Business Insider. Farley continued by saying, "We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing. By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone."

Boston May Use GPS To Track Police Cars

Tracking the cruisers could improve safety and response times

Contract negotiations between the Boston Police union and the city has resulted in an interesting development: The pending use of GPS tracking devices on police vehicles.

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Popularity of pay-as-you-drive auto insurance accelerating

In the face of rising auto insurance premiums, insurance companies have been responding with potentially cheaper, pay-as-you-drive plans that, for billing purposes, track when, how, how much and where drivers use their vehicles instead of basing rates on statistics and past trends, The Detroit News reports. The practice isn't yet mainstream, but the National Association of Insurance Commissioners predicts 20 percent of insurance plans will be pay-as-you-go in five years; right now they account f

Man's GPS Jammer Causes Problems At Newark Airport

Gary Bojczak used the jammer intending to hide his whereabouts from his employer

A New Jersey man trying to hide his whereabouts from his employer inadvertently interfered with operations at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Garmin adds head-up display for navigating in any car

We recently reported that a growing number of cars are offering head-up display units from the factory, but Garmin has come up with an innovative device to add this helpful technology to just about any vehicle. For just $129.99, the Garmin HUD unit is small, portable and can display navigation commands on the windshield (or an attached reflector lens) so the driver doesn't have to look away from the road.

LiveMap Proposes Futuristic Motorcycle Helmet With Integrated Heads-Up Display

Tony Stark isn't the only one with a heads up display (HUD) in his helmet.

Helios Bars Make Your Bike Smarter With Bluetooth GPS, LED Lighting [VIDEO]

For cyclists, the road can be a dangerous place, and it can become all the more dangerous when you have to look up directions to where you are going on your phone while pedaling away. That's why bike-tech startup Helios created Helios Bars, handlebars that turn your ride into a smart bike.

Used Cars Contain Personal Information After Trade In

Your home, contacts and even garage door opener can stay programmed in a car after trading it in

Cars have gone from being simply modes of transportation to rolling personal electronic devices. You wouldn't resell your computer or smartphone with all of your personal information on it, shouldn't your vehicle get the same treatment?

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All-electric Renault Twizy used for Self Drive Audio Tours

Self-drive touring is one of the fastest-growing trends in travel, according to a recent article in the magazine published by the American Society of Travel Agents. A Portuguese company, ToGuide is ahead of the curve here, and is offering a way to tour European cities by renting small, two-seat all-electric Renault Twizy vehicles outfitted with an audio guide and GPS.

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Australian police urge motorists to stay away from Apple Maps [w/video]

Apple Maps is the beautiful but flawed pile of poo that just keeps on steaming. Not long after it appeared in the company's latest operating system, people noticed that it had a habit of showing destinations in the wrong locations, like a museum located underwater, or refusing to show locations at all, like the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon and most of a few world metropolises. The CEO apologized once, was met with hilarious rejoinders, then apologized again and recommended other map solutions, an

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Ford EV+ feature "learns" to increase your energy efficiency

Mercedes-Benz may have branded the Smart Car, but Ford is trying hard to lay its own claim to that title.

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AU survey results suggests men rely on GPS more than women

Remember the days before GPS? When it was just you, the open road, and a Rand-McNally mapbook tucked beneath the seat? We certainly do, but with the advent of GPS and smartphones, using electronic devices for guidance has become second nature. And it has turned one of the great stereotypes of the sexes sideways.

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Bay area residents could soon be taxed per mile driven

As cars get more fuel efficient, they become a less profitable source of tax dollars. So what's a city to do? Raising gas taxes is certain political death. For San Francisco Bay officials, creativity is the key.

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UC researchers' new navigation system could boost EV range

Stash this one in the "we don't see a downside to this" department.

The Latest Device That Enables Hands-Free Use Of Smart Phones

The MINIKIT Neo allows drivers to use voice-recognition software

The sun visor may no longer merely be a placeholder for your garage door opener or, if you're of a graying generation, a storage apparatus for your compact disc collection.

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In-car navigation systems expected to quadruple by 2019

Navigation systems have been coming down in price lately, making in-car directions more accessible to the masses. At the same time massive tech companies like Apple and Microsoft have gotten into the game as well, and as TheDetroitBureau.com reports, a new study shows that these forces are converging to quadruple the systems by 2019.

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