MirrorLink ramps up for smartphones in cars, new Ford escape features hands-free door, survey says you want voice command and wall plugs in your car, and we drive the Mercedes SLK 350.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 240 SHOW NOTES
It's now a little bit easier to focus on the road ahead while keeping an eye on your speed and navigation--BMW is making its Head-Up Display more prominent by adding color and more intuitive symbols.
Formerly a safety feature available only on the 5-series, BMW is expanding the optional BMW Head-Up Display to almost all of its vehicles. The new system improves on the old monochromatic graphics projection by adding more realistic and intuitive images and symbols, and displaying them in a full color spectrum. The brighter images are less tiring on the eyes and easier to read. These … Read more
Here is an essential set of CNET videos to introduce you to what's happening in the connected car space. It's taking place on many fronts, so this is just a snapshot and can't possibly be complete so stay on top of all the latest in connected cars at Cars.CNET.com.
Toyota Entune shows a smart way of prepackaging a suite of apps so car owners don't have to manage them.
Cadillac CUE will debut in 2012 with a lot of cues from the smartphone home screen and computer desktop.
Chevy Spark EV on the way, Cadillac CUE debuts, airbags for The Three Stooges, connect your Android phone to your iPod connector, and we drive the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 237 SHOW NOTES
Rather than wait for the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW took the cover off its 2012 BMW 3 Series today, showing off a car loaded with new cabin technology and boasting a new engine option. And there was one more thing, the announcement of a hybrid version.… Read more
Could parking garage maps be coming to BMW's ConnectedDrive navigation system? BMW released a video demonstrating its micro-navigation technology, which shows drivers the most exact route to their destination, down to the parking space.
BMW announced that it was developing this technology last year, and while the new video doesn't show much more detail than what was previously released, it could suggest that this feature, which was developed in conjunction with the 3-series sedan, could be making its way to production. … Read more
Last month we looked at how 10 automakers have integrated apps into their cars. Now BMW has reminded us of the rapid pace of technology development by showing off new features for its ConnectedDrive system, along with its future direction.
BMW's newest innovation for ConnectedDrive is the integration of the iPhone calendar app. With it, drivers will be able to call up the calendar on their BMW's center screen. It will show upcoming appointments, and even read out the details. This new feature ties in with BMW's position that its cars are designed for the busy executive.
iPhone calendar integration joins with existing apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pandora, all current features of ConnectedDrive. … Read more
Wayne gets a ride in Tesla's newest electric car, BMW comes up with a new hybrid, Antuan races in Forza Motorsport 4, and Hyundai preps a mad Veloster for SEMA.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 236 SHOW NOTES
The push is on for automakers to increase fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions, two goals that go hand in hand. BMW meets this challenge with a new hybrid for its model lineup, the ActiveHybrid 5, joining the current ActiveHybrid 7.
The ActiveHybrid 5 is based on the 5 Series, specifically the 535i. BMW added a hybrid system with a lithium ion battery pack to the car, increasing overall efficiency. This system, similar to that applied to the ActiveHybrid 7, is a full hybrid system, able to drive the car under only electric power for short distances at low speed. … Read more
On this week's show, OnStar decides not to be nosy, BMW's M5 makes some noise, and we get our truck on.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 235 SHOW NOTES