Chris Ruff

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The Travel Industry's Most Overlooked Target | Inc.com

America's foundations are rooted in the confluence of disparate cultures, beliefs, and ways of life. It's part of what lends this country its richness and diversity.<p>Year after year, these attributes continue to develop as multicultural consumers grow in numbers and "transform the U.S. mainstream." …

Meet the in-car tech that will make the next Volkswagens smarter than ever

There’s a technological arms race happening right now, and it’s playing out in your car’s dash.<p>While 2,500cc twin-screw superchargers and …

Car Tech

Apple and Google are 'enemies' of the auto industry

The claim comes in a new research note from financial services company Raymond James, after attending an automotive conference discussing challenges and opportunities facing the industry.<p>"This is the first auto conference we have been to," analyst Tavis McCourt writes, "where participants in the …

Critics call infotainment screens unsafe, carmakers say they’re the only way

Smartphones have made distracted driving the automotive safety issue of our day. To combat it, carmakers have worked to integrate smartphone …

The German car industry is buying Nokia's Here maps

Nokia is selling its Here maps service to a group of German car makers for €2.8 billion (roughly $3.07 billion). The consortium is comprised of Mercedes' owner Daimler, BMW, and Audi. As the latter is a VW subsidiary, the buyers essentially represent the entire German car industry -- or at least …

Here's what Google's secret car company is called

The media has written countless words about Google’s self-driving car project for years, and the company even publicly presented a prototype last …

Connected \'things\' offer opportunities for auto insurers, and their customers

Auto insurers who take advantage of the opportunities posed by the 'Internet of Things' will differentiate themselves in a commoditized market. …

Tesla Experiments With Giving Out Free Cars, Exclusive Models, And Discounts For Referrals

Here’s a curious bit of news out of Tesla this afternoon: they’re experimenting with a customer referral program. A few people — emphasis on few — are going to get Tesla’s new Model X SUV for free; others will get $1,000 bucks off for buying a Tesla based on word-of-mouth from existing owners.<p>Tesla …

Is This Flying Car Company For Real?

We’ve been promised a flying car for as long as I can remember. From The Jetsons to Back To The Future, we’ve been sold this dream for years and years. Owning something that starts out on the ground and ends up flying through the air is something I want to experience before I kick the bucket.<p>A …

From the land of Guinness comes a small electric two-seater called Alex eroadster

Ireland is known for postcard-perfect landscapes and, of course, Guinness, but the nation isn’t typically associated with cars. Now, however, a …

Toyota Inks Deal for Telenav In-Car Navigation, Drives Away From Google and Apple

Another big carmaker takes a step to avoid the fate of the handset business.<p>Earlier this year, Toyota spelledout what many car companies were thinking: It would rather have its own software inside its cars than software from Apple and Google. On Thursday, it took another step to box out the mobile …

Passel of Safety Features Coming to VW Golf, GTI, Beetle, Jetta for 2016

Volkswagen is expanding the availability of many of the latest high-tech safety systems to models throughout its lineup. Many were formerly the exclusive province of the Touareg, but now will be offered on the Golf, GTI, Beetle, Jetta, and CC.<p>Volkswagen’s Lane Assist provides a measure of active …

Android Auto

Volkswagen will launch higher performance versions of the next-generation Golf GTI

Big changes are coming to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, according to a new report from Auto Bild. Since the original MKI Golf GTI debuted in 1975, the hot …

The 2016 Honda Accord is sleeker and more tech-savvy than ever before

Honda has introduced the updated 2016 Accord at an event held in Silicon Valley, California. As hinted by the choice of venue, the refreshed …

GM’s proposed cloud-based storage system lets drivers take vehicle settings with them

Have you ever gotten into your car and realized another person has been driving it? The seat is out of position, the radio is set to a station you’ve …

Powered by a BMW engine, the next Supra will not look anything like a Toyota

Details are starting to emerge about the sports cars that Toyota and BMW are jointly developing. Toyota’s model will be billed as a long-awaited …

For connected cars, improved functionality means gaps in the armor

Every year, our cars inch closer to becoming rolling smartphones, and while we revel in the opportunity to link our devices, communicate with our …

2016 Ford F-150 Adds Fully-Loaded Limited Trim, Sync 3 Infotainment

Ford is exploring the upper limit of pickup-truck luxury with a new Limited trim for the 2016 Ford F-150, which comes with even more standard …

Ford F-150

Apple’s CarPlay: A quiet revolution?

A few holdouts may still prefer stark cabins to Tony Stark-worthy gadgetry, but drivers have largely welcomed tech companies’ takeover of their dashboards. Motorists want the best multimedia and infotainment features along for the ride, and they want them to be as accessible, speedy and intuitive …

Car Tech

Newcomer Faraday Future says it will build an electric car by 2017, can it pull that off?

Faraday Future is a car company founded in 2014 in California, but don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of it. The firm has stayed completely off the …

Apple and Android Are Finally Shouldering Their Way Into Cars

Apple and Android together sell 95 percent of the smartphones in the U.S., but for years they’d been largely locked out of the automobile. Now …

Automakers hoarding driver data as Apple and Google circle

Unable to ignore Apple and Google’s efforts to infiltrate the dashboard, car makers are picking different routes to collaborate and compete, with …

Tesla Model S Digital Weaknesses To Be Exposed By Hackers Next Month

Tesla cars, as they’re possibly the most connected consumer vehicles on the planet, have been the focus of much scrutiny in the hacker community. Researchers the world over have searched for weaknesses in Tesla’s engineering, not just because they want Elon Musk’s automotive darling to fix problems …

My kind of Infotainment: Tablet Gauges - BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums

<b>post #1</b> of 5 Old 11th July 2015, 02:50 AM Thread Starter<p>Senior Member (>500)<p>Join Date: Jul 2008<p>Location: Orange County<p>Posts: 524<p>Thanks: 9<p>Thanked 64 …

Mercedes’ 2017 E-Class will move a step closer to fully-autonomous cars

Mercedes-Benz traditionally uses its flagship S-Class to introduce new tech and set precedents for future cars, but the next generation E-Class …

Lexus reveals its U.S.-spec 2016 Lexus ES with a new face and safety features

The 2016 Lexus ES made its world debut in China this past April, but now the Japanese automaker has revealed its North American-spec version with …

Not so fast: Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay have a dashboard full of downsides

If you’re like most people, you love your car and you hate your car tech. It’s a simple fact: In car infotainment systems lag far behind the rest of …

Brand-by-Brand Guide to Car Infotainment Systems

The thought of a multifaceted infotainment system that delivers navigation, music, phone calls, and more at the touch of a screen or turn of a knob …

2016 Fiat 500 Revealed: Refreshed looks, new infotainment tech for final update

News<p>Friday 03 July 2015<p>Mike Stevens<p>Producer & News Editor<p>Fiat has rolled out what is likely to be the final update to its ageing 500 hatch, revealed …

Android Auto

Choosing a Car for it's Infotainment System

<i>Summary: More and more, car infotainment systems will affect our choice of which car we buy. And car manufacturers aren't ready to compete in that</i> …

Ford Fusion