infotainment

  • BMW to bring Alexa to its cars starting in 2018

    BMW to bring Alexa to its cars starting in 2018

    Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be your cockpit companion in future BMWs: The automaker will offer Alexa in select cars starting in 2018, Amazon announced today at a special event revealing a host of product news at its Seattle HQ. The vehicle integration will begin in the middle of next year, the companies revealed, and will provide access to Alexa skills and voice-based… Read More

  • 2017 Land Rover Discovery: hardcore tech for normcore drivers

    2017 Land Rover Discovery: hardcore tech for normcore drivers

    The all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery — Disco to its friends — is packed from skid plates to sunroof with technology. Most of this tech falls into two segments: stuff most people will use all the time and stuff almost no one will use in their lifetimes. In the first category is the Activity Key that allows you to unlock the Discovery with a wristband; in the second, All-Terrain… Read More

  • The day the infotainment died

    The day the infotainment died

    I wanted to review the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Red sports coupe, in particular its technology, because Infiniti is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to tech. This was my second test of the Q60; I’d had it in November 2016 for a few days but felt I hadn’t had the chance to explore all of its connected services. So I got another full week with it in February 2017. The Q60 drove great. Read More

  • Android Auto Starts The Engine For Developers

    Android Auto Starts The Engine For Developers

    Google has begun letting third-party developers build apps for Android Auto, with the release of a new set of APIs for its in-car software platform. The initial set of APIs out the door support audio and messaging apps, similar to the launch set of features being offered by Apple with CarPlay. The Android Auto platform is designed to work from your device, letting you plug it into your car… Read More

  • QNX Locks Down Key Contract With Panasonic, Reminding Us That BlackBerry Still Has Some Shine For Buyers

    QNX Locks Down Key Contract With Panasonic, Reminding Us That BlackBerry Still Has Some Shine For Buyers

    QNX, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of BlackBerry, announced some news today that reminds us that parcelling the company out could be among BlackBerry’s best options as it considers a sale and other alternatives. QNX Software Systems will partner with Panasonic Automotive Systems to create infotainment for North American, European and Japanese automakers, expanding its already… Read More

  • Apple Exploring iPhone-Stored Car And Home Preference Profiles To Configure Seats, Climate And More

    Apple Exploring iPhone-Stored Car And Home Preference Profiles To Configure Seats, Climate And More

    Apple is exploring more in-car abilities for its mobile devices, according to a new patent filing published by the USPTO today. The patent application describes a system where a user could store their configuration profiles for seat, steering wheel and mirror position on their devices, as well as things like climate control options for instant customization when getting into a car. Read More

  • Harman And Mercedes Announce New Updatable Infotainment System

    This week at the Geneva Auto Show, Harman and Mercedes finally released their long-awaited upgradeable in-dash setup. The Becker Map Pilot connects to Mercedes Benz’s existing IP stack providing a way for users to update the system. Currently, only Ford allows users to update to their IP as new software comes out. Read More

  • Saab To Power In-Car Infotainment With Google's Android (Video)

    Looks like Saab is coming back; and now they are joining the rest of the automakers in bringing in-car infotainment to the driver’s cockpit. Saab’s infotainment system, dubbed IQon, will run on Google’s Android — one of the first carmakers to do so. Read More

  • Hands-On With The Cadillac CTS Infotainment System


    Telescoping touch-screen with three-dimensional imaging of landmarks Cadillac’s 2008 CTS will have an all inclusive ‘infotainment’ system to meet all your in-car entertainment needs. Not only do you get GPS and XM radio, but you’ll also have a 40GB HDD onboard to store your MP3s. Trendscape analyst Michael Tchong was on hand to dish out the latest trends in in-car… Read More