Here's a quick checklist of infotainment functions to test and questions to ask when new-car shopping.
Over the past few years we've seen automakers start to offer in-car apps, similar to what consumers have come to expect from their smartphones. Toyota added popular services such as Pandora, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com and Bing Search to their cars via Entune. BMW, Mercedes and many other carmakers are quickly growing their library of apps as well, and a new study suggests why.
November 3, 2011 marks the 100th birthday of Chevrolet, and as part of the celebration, General Motors has teamed up with Pandora to create a special Chevy 100 station. The Pandora team has picked out the top 100 songs that mention the brand Chevrolet, including "American Pie" by Don McLean, "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John and – of course – Prince's "Little Red Corvette." For now, you can go to pandora.com/chevy100 to listen to the special selection of songs that honor the brand. Pand
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.
For customized music lovers out there who hate the burden of flipping through their iPods on the road (or, God forbid, turning the radio dial), BMW has quite the mellifluous news. The car company's North American outfit announced last Thursday that its BMW ConnectedDrive system is now fully compatible with the free Pandora internet radio iPhone app, the first third party app approved for the new BMW Apps feature (available for download here).
Mini Connected is kicking off its third-party app shindig with everyone's favorite streaming site, Pandora. Rather than fiddle with your phone while behind the wheel, the Pandora interface – with album art and full like and block functions – will display directly on the nav screen, making for a simpler – and more importantly – safer experience. The Mini Conncted app is already available in the Apple App Store, and the Pandora functionality will be available soon along wit
It's no secret that Fiat products are economical. For the third year in a row, Fiat has been recognized as Europe's most environmentally-friendly brand with average CO2 emissions of just 127.8 grams per kilometer. Thus, it really shouldn't come as a surprise that a Fiat product was chosen out of 241 competitors as the most economical in the land. The German Automobilclub (ADAC) carried out testing on fuel-powered vehicles to find out just how far €30 (about $36 U.S. at the current exchange
There were obvious eco-preservation overtones in the movie Avatar, but we didn't know James "King of the World" Cameron was such a fervent defender of the planet. With Pandora safe from mineral exploitation, Cameron is leading a charge here on Earth against what he considers a disinformation campaign perpetuated by the oil and coal lobbies. If you've seen a TV spot that includes the words "clean energy" but is signed off by either a coal or oil company, you know who he's talking about. Cameron i
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It's helpful if you like The Ataris. Hyundai is hoping to lure internet users with a banner ad that no doubt touts the free song. When clicked, the banner initiates a download, plays the song, and also pops up a 20-second commercial featuring the Elantra. You could also opt for the cellphone ringtone if you like the way music sounds over a 1/3" transducer. A second set of banners is going live as well, these to collect contact information on potential customers willingly fill out the form. A son