Toyota joined the modern era when it started adding CarPlay to its vehicles early in 2018, but that hasn't done you much good if you're an Android user. You might get some relief soon, though. Bloomberg sources said that Toyota has agreed to put direct Android Auto support in its cars, with an announcement as soon as October. You could use the feature through Ford's SmartDeviceLink before, but that limited both their appearance on the center screen and limited their data access. Toyota wouldn't
Their Gen-X parents, young Boomers and Millennials use their phones more.
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.
Getting teens to put down their phones when they get behind the wheel is no easy task, but a small study suggests that parents may have more luck when they offer cash rewards.
Here's a quick checklist of infotainment functions to test and questions to ask when new-car shopping.
Here's a novel and creative — if slightly eerie — way to get people to think twice about picking up their phones while behind the wheel. Volkswagen is teaming up with brand management company NordDDB in Sweden to make smartphone cases from crumpled metal salvaged from car wrecks caused by texting and driving.
JVCKenwood was a tad premature in announcing head units with wireless Android Auto given that phones weren't officially ready for it, but that support is finally here... more or less. Google has enabled cord-free Android Auto in vehicles that have an Android Auto Wireless-compatible infotainment system (built-in or aftermarket), but only if you have a relatively recent Google phone running Oreo -- that means a Pixel, Pixel 2, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P.
A new device will allow millions of older-model Ford vehicles to be upgraded to include the same connectivity perks found in newer vehicles. The FordPass SmartLink device will enable features like a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, smartphone integration of key fob features like remote engine start, lock and unlock, vehicle health and security alerts, and vehicle location tracking.
Partnership with Silicon Valley-based startup Smartcar opens up mobile apps ecosystem for Hyundai's entire 2018 lineup.
This is the same open-source system being adopted by Toyota and other automakers.
These clever features probably won't be available anytime soon, but they're still cool and - even cooler - grounded in reality.
Uber users tend to overlook the increased rates of surge pricing when their phone battery is running low.
The German city of Augsburg installed pedestrian signals in the ground at busy crossings so texting walkers know when it is safe to cross.
Safety watchdogs that track distracted-driving figures haven't yet quantified the impact of cell-phone use behind the wheel. But any driver who has glanced at their fellow motorists and found they're all glued to their screens knows it's a growing problem.