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Mazda's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit costs $199 plus labor

2014 and newer cars equipped with Mazda Connect are eligible

2014 and newer cars equipped with Mazda Connect are eligible.

Toyota expected to add Android Auto to its cars

You won't need an iPhone for true mobile integration

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

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Gen-Z less likely to drive distracted than older generations

The kids are alright: Gen-X, Boomers, Millennials use phones more

Their Gen-X parents, young Boomers and Millennials use their phones more.

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Phone mounts | Autoblog's 4 favorites

Looking for the best phone mount for your ride? Here are our favorites

Looking for the best phone mount for your ride? Here are our favorites.

The era of the over-the-air-updates is really, finally Here

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.

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Cash may convince some teens to stay off smartphones while driving

Parental threats won't work, but small parental rewards might

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.

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How to test for a new-car infotainment system you can live with

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.

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VW turns metal from car wrecks into iPhone cases

A response to a Swedish law aimed at texting and driving

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.

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Wireless Android Auto is available for Google phones

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.

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Ford’s new SmartLink plug-in modem brings older models up to snuff

It goes for $16.99 a month for owners of 2010-2017 Ford vehicles

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.

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FCA UConnect fiasco could set over-the-air updates back years

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

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Hyundai partners with tech startup Smartcar to expand mobility apps

Blue Link All-Access open platform will work with Hyundai's entire 2018 lineup.

Partnership with Silicon Valley-based startup Smartcar opens up mobile apps ecosystem for Hyundai's entire 2018 lineup.

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Ford expands Sync capabilities with Amazon Alexa and IBM's Watson

Because shopping on Amazon wasn't easy enough already.

This is the same open-source system being adopted by Toyota and other automakers.

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Navdy - Heads Up Display | Autoblog Minute

Navdy is the new Dash-mountable heads-up display.

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How to save thousands on car repairs each year

The FIXD Active Car Health Monitor tells you when something is wrong with your vehicle—and how to fix it, too.

This compact device keeps tabs on your car's health, so you don't have to.

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Ford engineers demo in-car water dispenser, text-to-speech language app, and more

How about a hoverboard that follows you around and carries all your stuff?

These clever features probably won't be available anytime soon, but they're still cool and - even cooler - grounded in reality.

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Pokemon Go disease infiltrates the Nurburgring

But don't worry, Boosted Boris left the driving to the Ring Taxi.

Yes, Pokemon Go players have descended on the Nurburgring. No, nothing is sacred.

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Drive smarter with ExoMount Car Mounts

Ensure hands­-free driving while easily accessing your phone with these handy mounts, now over 30% off.

Here's a way to fully access your phone on the road while staying safe. Check out these two car mount options­­ – both easy, versatile to use, and surely indispensable once you've begun using them.

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Uber says you're willing to pay more when your phone is dying

Uber users tend to overlook the increased rates of surge pricing when their phone battery is running low.

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City installs traffic lights on sidewalks for texting pedestrians

The German city of Augsburg installed pedestrian signals in the ground at busy crossings so texting walkers know when it is safe to cross.

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