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Dashboard tech the worst part of car ownership says Consumer Reports

Dashboard tech the worst part of car ownership says Consumer Reports

Complex, confusing, and frustrating car dashboards are now the most disappointing part of car ownership, a new survey suggests, with wonky infotainment coming in for renewed criticism from owners. Navigation, multimedia, and social networking features are spreading across many new vehicles, but lackluster user experiences - especially in brand new systems - are not only driving owners crazy but having a meaningful impact on their overall ratings.

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Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Capable but complex infotainment systems built into modern car dashboards are dangerously distracting, a driver safety study has concluded, while voice controlled systems like Apple's Siri have been equally criticized. Hands-free tech intended to maintain a driver's grip on the wheel can, ironically, cause greater cognitive distraction than actually picking up a phone, a study by the AAA and the University of Utah revealed, testing a number of basic tasks like making calls or changing radio station across cars from Toyota, Mercedes, and other marques.

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Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford: Ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry isn’t a done-deal

Ford has denied ditching Microsoft for BlackBerry's QNX to power its new in-car infotainment systems, though pointing out that it is "not married" to Microsoft and suggesting that the field is open for who might supply the next-gen tech it's currently working on. Rumors that Microsoft had been shown the door broke over the weekend, with suggestions that the SYNC system Ford used in millions of car dashboards had seen a steep fall in user-satisfaction.

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Ford to ditch Microsoft for BlackBerry in cars say insiders

Ford to ditch Microsoft for BlackBerry in cars say insiders

Ford will ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry to power its next-generation infotainment systems, inside sources claim, switching to QNX for increasingly complex car multimedia duties after ongoing criticisms of the current SYNC system. The transition, yet to be officially announced by either Ford or BlackBerry, is said to be a reaction to poor driver feedback of SYNC, as well as the expense involved in using Microsoft's platform.

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2015 Ford Expedition ditches 5.4L V8 for EcoBoost

2015 Ford Expedition ditches 5.4L V8 for EcoBoost

Ford has revealed the 2015 Expedition, an updated version of its SUV with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine from the F-Series trucks under the hood, and massaged external styling. Set to debut officially at the DWF Auto Show, the new Expedition will be available in 2015 form as a Platinum series model for the first time, and while the EcoBoost engine is smaller in capacity than the 5.4-liter V8 Explorer drivers are familiar with, Ford says the newer engine offers not only more fuel efficiency but more power and torque at low engine speeds.

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Ford 2015 Mustang unveiled: going global

Ford 2015 Mustang unveiled: going global

Today the 2015 Mustang was revealed in full by Ford after becoming official for the first time late last night. This vehicle is the first Mustang to be sold in Europe and Asia, having seen many years of exports from the USA and a big call from international buyers to bring the vehicle to their home countries. The car is currently on a tour that begins in Dearborn, Michigan and Shanghai and continues on to Sydney, Barcelona, New York, and Los Angeles.

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Ford bringing back buttons after touchscreen distraction fears

Ford bringing back buttons after touchscreen distraction fears

Ford plans to restore buttons and knobs to its high-tech dashboards, after drivers complained that touchscreen-centric infotainment systems made common tasks like adjusting volume demand too much attention. The car company still maintains that its SYNC and MyFord Touch systems, which see increasingly large LCD displays take center-stage in the dashboard, are popular among drivers, with 79-percent of new 2013 cars sold featuring the systems. However, as of the 2014 F-150, the finger-friendly - but potentially distracting - panels will be rejoined by more traditional controls.

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SlashGear’s Top Tech in Automotive 2012

SlashGear’s Top Tech in Automotive 2012

This year the automotive world really stepped it up when it comes to technological breakthroughs, especially when it came to connecting to drivers' personal mobile devices. What we've seen was everything from integration of mobile chipsets into automobile systems to wireless connectivity to smartphones from many of the top car and truck brands across the spectrum. Have a peek at some of the highlights in our 2012 run-down right this minute!

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