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Remote-Controlled Land Rovers? There’s an App for That

We live in a brave new world of autonomous automobiles equipped with remote parking and self-driving capabilities. So it only seems natural that an automaker would manufacture a remote-controlled Land Rover that can be operated via an iPhone app. The UK-based automaker Jaguar Land Rover is testing its smartphone app that allows drivers to autonomously control their SUV without actually being insi

NTSB: Collision-Avoidance Systems a Must in All U.S. Cars

The National Transportation Safety Board is urging automakers to adopt collision-avoidance systems in their passenger and commercial vehicles. According to the NTSB, over 1.7 million rear-end crash accidents on U.S. roads resulted in more than 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2012. The group claims that over 80 percent these accidents might have been prevented or limited had the vehicles been

BMW Dynamic Parking Predicts Your Next Parking Spot

If you live in a major metropolitan city like Houston, finding public parking is a difficult, if not seemingly impossible, endeavor. BMW may soon be able to provide a solution for beleaguered drivers in the form of an experimental program that utilizes movement data to predict the availability of public parking. The program is called Dynamic Parking Prediction and, according to BMW, is designed t

Chevrolet Cruze Offers Apple and Android Connectivity

Smartphones have many practical uses for drivers, from helping to orient them around unfamiliar terrain to easing the stress of their commutes. With their all-new smartphone compatibility initiative, Chevrolet’s aim is to create “the smartest, simplest connected driving experience possible” for Apple and Android phone users alike. With that in mind, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay users will have

Android Auto: Patenting the Future

A user friendly in-car infotainment system has been a long time coming. Android, Microsoft and Apple have made it easy, but all of the initial attempts by car makers have been thoroughly underwhelming; awkward interfaces and touchy touch screens add up to a big distraction in a 2 ton death machine. Infotainment systems are easily the most consistently flawed aspect of the modern automobile. But th

Google’s Self-Driving Vehicles Go on the Road

Nearly five years after it was first announced, The Googleself-driving car project is finally a go. The company is ready to road test their line of prototype vehicles starting this summer. Google’s fleet of robot cars are set to hit the roads near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. As a precaution, safety drivers will be aboard the vehicles, whose speeds will be capped at

A GPS System for the Honda Accord? That’s So 80s

We tend to think that today’s cars as more technologically advanced than those from previous generations. But as our friends from Jalopnik remind us, some models were simply ahead of their time. For instance, did you know that Honda was the first automaker to develop GPS technology way back in the early 1980s? Back then, they referred to it as the Electro Gyrocator and was exclusive to Honda Acco

Google Maps Updates Itself for the Benefit of Android Users

How did people ever get around without Google Maps? Even though it hasn’t been around for long, it’s hard for most motorists to imagine doing without it. And while Google Maps seems perfect as it is, Google apparently feels that there’s room for improvement. As reported by Android Police, Google is updating its über-popular Google Maps app for Android smartphones. The latest version, Google Maps

Play Pac-Man on Your Local Streets Thanks to Google Maps

Is it an April Fools’ Day trick or a sweet gaming treat? Google must employ a few fans of classic arcade games, which would explain why you can now play Pac-Man on Google Maps. The game play is fiendishly simple: once you’re on Google Maps, find your area of the country and then click on the Pac-Man icon on the bottom left corner of the screen. From there, your streets will be littered with yello

BMW Sees Your Driving Future with Augmented Vision Glasses

If you were told that a pair of glasses could help operate your vehicle, you might think that person was either crazy or a time traveller from the future. Or maybe you just haven’t heard about BMW’s augmented vision prototype. Mini, a UK division of BMW, revealed its Augmented Vision concept, a pair of augmented reality driving glasses that allow drivers to see vehicle information typically found