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2016 Honda Accord First Drive – Coupe, Sedan, and Sport

2016 Honda Accord First Drive – Coupe, Sedan, and Sport

Scale is important, and so when it came to refreshing the best-selling 2016 Accord, it's no surprise that Honda took no chances. Volume seller in the company's line-up, both the sedan and the coupe body-styles needed bringing up to speed with the latest technology like Android Auto and CarPlay, but with minimal damage to the sticker price along the way. Refinement on a budget isn't easy, so the question remains: does Honda still make the car for the everyman?

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Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V ushers in revamped CUE

Cadillac’s 2016 CTS-V ushers in revamped CUE

Your first (and second, and probably third) impression after driving the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is likely to be "wow, that's fast," but the 640HP car showcases another type of speed. Caddy's oft-maligned CUE infotainment has also been supercharged, with the new 8-inch touchscreen system addressing complaints around speed as well as paving the way for platforms like CarPlay and Android Auto. Question is, has Cadillac done enough?

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Parrot’s Android Auto system will not be sold to the public

Parrot’s Android Auto system will not be sold to the public

On the heels of Parrot's decision to spin off its drone business in order to focus on its automobile accessories, the French company is making yet another change, and this time one that does have a substantial effect. Rather silently, the company updated its origiinal blog post about the RNB6 Android Auto infotainment system that it first showed off at CES early this year. Backtracking on its plans to make the units available to the public, the company now reveals that it will instead sell it to car makers.

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This is VW’s plan for semi-autonomous, smartphone-friendly driving

This is VW’s plan for semi-autonomous, smartphone-friendly driving

Volkswagen is embracing CarPlay and Android Auto, revamping its whole infotainment line-up while injecting some smart semi-autonomous tech to its 2016 cars. I spent some time with VW's new Driver Assist semi-autonomous features, along with the Discover Pro on the e-Golf SEL Premium, the top-spec MIB-II model in VW's new range. It's a noticeable improvement over the old infotainment platform, pairing a sizable 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with easily stabbed and grabbed shortcut buttons and knobs.

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These VW Android Auto and CarPlay cars are in showrooms now

These VW Android Auto and CarPlay cars are in showrooms now

Volkswagen has launched its new Modular Infotainment Platform, MIB-II, with the first cars with the new touchscreen head-units arriving in dealerships complete with Android Auto and CarPlay. The new technology, announced at CES 2015, switches to a more modular approach, as well as baking in more apps and wearables. It's an ambitious roll-out, too, with VW planning to put MIB-II into all but a handful of its 2016 models.

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Hyundai provides DIY Android Auto update for 2015 Sonata

Hyundai provides DIY Android Auto update for 2015 Sonata

Today, Hyundai is fulfilling its promise and its boast of being the first auto maker to put Android Auto on a production vehicle. While many of its rivals have also advertised support for the in-vehicle version of Android, those are still coming in future models. In contrast, starting with Hyundai's 2015 Sonata, owners can already start experiencing the hands-free and safe driving benefits of Android Auto. They can even do it themselves if they want to, with Hyundai providing the software and the steps to perform the upgrade.

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2016 Honda Accord revealed with CarPlay and Android Auto

2016 Honda Accord revealed with CarPlay and Android Auto

Honda will launch Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the 2016 Accord, the upcoming refresh of its full-sized sedan. The iPhone and Android connectivity systems will be an option with Honda's 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system, offered on EX trim cars and above. As we've seen with other so-equipped head units, Honda's implementation will allow Android and iOS devices to take over the dashboard display for apps, streaming media, and navigation. However, Honda says that we can expect a bigger-than-average impact from its involvement.

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Slacker Radio gets Android Auto support

Slacker Radio gets Android Auto support

Slacker Radio, an Internet music service that has been around for a while but that arguably isn't as well known as Spotify and Pandora, has pushed out an update for its Android app and with it comes Android Auto support. This is an important update for the service, as it now trumps many of it competitors in supporting the platform and as a result becomes a bit more attractive -- at least for those who have taken to using Android in their car.

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Automakers hoarding driver data as Apple and Google circle

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 driver data the prize. Platforms like Android Auto and CarPlay - which allow smartphone users to plug their device into a car, see a subset of apps and services more safely displayed on the vehicle's own systems, and control them both by voice and physical buttons - are increasingly being expected by new car buyers. Tensions around what data sharing is required has slowed the spread, however, as manufacturers wrestle with the pros and cons of allowing Apple and Google into their dashboards.

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Chevrolet’s 2016 Cruze aims to democratize tech

Chevrolet’s 2016 Cruze aims to democratize tech

It might be one of Chevrolet's smallest cars, but the 2016 Cruze punches above its segment when it comes to its importance in the line-up. Revealed in Detroit today, though not set to go on sale until next year, the new Cruze is Chevy's lure to new young car owners, not to mention courting the non-US buyers that already make up around 60-percent of the car company's audience. On offer is a five-seater

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Kenwood begins shipping multimedia receivers with CarPlay, Android Auto support

Kenwood begins shipping multimedia receivers with CarPlay, Android Auto support

Kenwood has announced that its first multimedia car receivers with support for Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are now shipping to retailers. The company says that these two models are considered their new flagships, as aside from the smartphone infotainment integration, they offer a number of premium features. The receivers were first unveiled at CES this year, but now we have the prices to go along with them: the Excelon DDX9902S will sell for $950, and the DDX9702S for $900.

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