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Android Auto launches in 18 new countries

Android Auto launches in 18 new countries

Android Auto has been around in the US for a long time now so it is easy to forget that the automotive OS isn't available all around the world just yet. Google has announced that Android Auto is now available in 18 more countries around the world. That means that drivers in these countries can get control over compatible apps on their phone from the car infotainment system.

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Ford’s first CarPlay vehicle will be the 2017 Escape

Ford’s first CarPlay vehicle will be the 2017 Escape

Ford has announced that the upcoming 2017 Escape will be the manufacturer's first vehicle to support Apple's CarPlay infotainment system. The smaller sized SUV will be running Ford's SYNC 3 Connect platform, which they announced at CES this year as supporting CarPlay as well as Android Auto for smartphone connectivity. The new Escape is scheduled to start hitting Ford dealerships in May.

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Tesla to ditch SDK in favor of mirroring iOS, Android apps

Tesla to ditch SDK in favor of mirroring iOS, Android apps

The car software platform wars are just heating up but at least one car maker is backing out of pushing its own, independent platform. At the Hong Kong event where it also teased another car after the Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk touched on the somewhat thorny subject of the Tesla EVs' SDK. In almost a complete U-turn from its previous position, Musk said that the company is now focusing on just allowing users to mirror their Android or iOS apps on the center screen, instead of having to create a different set of apps just for Tesla's cars.

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Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is the brand name of General Motors' car sharing service from here on out, servicing the United States with on-demand mobility with an "ownership-like experience." What GM hopes to do here is work with Lyft (in a strategic alliance of sorts) and connect with OnStar to provide a "high level of personalized mobility services" in a car-sharing program that'll be expanding immediately. The first step is the city, where Maven will be bringing its car-sharing program to Ann Arbor Michigan.

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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming to Fiat Chrysler vehicles too

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming to Fiat Chrysler vehicles too

As CES 2016 shifts into full speed, Fiat Chrysler has announced that it will be supporting both Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms starting later this year. Fiat Chrysler says it will be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to its UConnect system, making it the latest in a number of car makers to support integration over the last year, with Ford announcing the same just a day earlier.

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Ford SYNC now boasts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote controls

Ford SYNC now boasts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, remote controls

This age is truly a connected age but not everyone connects via the same means or owns the same connected devices. Instead of shoehorning their customers into a single solution, Ford is giving their buyers the gift of choice. Customers who will be purchasing a car equipped with the new SYNC 3 or upgrading to it will be able to choose between Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto for connecting their mobile devices to their cars.

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AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

Google, Apple, and Microsoft have worked hard to implement hands-free features when it comes to safely using their smartphones while behind the wheel, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road. While these settings are certainly better than physically holding and interacting with a phone while driving, it turns out they're not quite as safe as we all thought. A new study from the University of Utah and AAA (American Automobile Association) has found that voice commands can still be very distracting.

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Google refutes claim Android Auto collects car data

Google refutes claim Android Auto collects car data

Google is denying a tidbit of information published in a recent Motor Trend report, saying that the company takes privacy seriously and does not require data to be phoned home from Android Auto. On Monday, Motor Trend stated Porsche opted not to go with Android Auto for its 991/2 model due to an alleged requirement that “certain pieces of data” be collected and shipped off to Mountain View.

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Porsche shuns Android Auto for Apple CarPlay in new 911

Porsche shuns Android Auto for Apple CarPlay in new 911

While both CarPlay, from Apple, and Android Auto, from Google, are gaining more and more support these days from a variety of car manufacturers, sports car maker Porsche has decided to go with only one for its new flagship 911 models. The upcoming 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S will only have support for Apple's infotainment system, as, according to Motor Trend, Porsche felt that Google's system required the gathering of too much data about the vehicle.

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How Iron Man tech is helping Mercedes build better dashboards

How Iron Man tech is helping Mercedes build better dashboards

The 21st century dashboard is about more than just a speedo and fuel gage, and Mercedes is looking to blockbuster movie tech to fend off CarPlay and Android Auto. I caught up with the latest in infotainment at the Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America center with the team responsible for recent concepts like the autonomous F 015 and the shape-shifting Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, to find out why a supercomputer-on-wheels is the future of transportation.

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Chevrolet Android Auto update for 8-inch MyLink starts March

Chevrolet Android Auto update for 8-inch MyLink starts March

After all the rather negative news in the automotive industry these past days courtesy of Volkswwagen, here's one that might bring a smile to some, particularly those rooting for Android in the car. Chevrolet has just announced a more or less definite schedule when it plans to roll out its promised Android Auto update to its 2016 models. Owners of those models that bear its 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems will be able to claim the Android Auto update starting March next year from authorized Chevrolet dealers.

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Honda pushes CarPlay and Android Auto in 2016 Civic

Honda pushes CarPlay and Android Auto in 2016 Civic

Honda told us it planned to bring CarPlay and Android Auto to the mass market, and the new 2016 Civic is the latest part of that. The tenth-gen car, unveiled last night, includes support for both Apple and Google's smartphone-connected infotainment systems with its updated 7-inch touchscreen in the center console.

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