Apple’s automotive bid with CarPlay has just expanded with a handful of new high-powered partners. CarPlay partners have already joined the team earlier this year, this list just expanding on an already strong selection of creators. Alfa Romero, Abarth, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and RAM have all been announced to join the crew.
Ford has debuted its 2015 Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, showing off both its technology and its craftsmanship that bears many improvements over past offerings. Among these upgrades are 18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels as standard, a flat-bottom steering wheel, revised steering in general, and more.
Before the end of the year, Google will be launching their Android Auto program with a massive cross-section of automotive manufacturers. They’ve made clear that the release of Android Auto is part of their Open Automotive Alliance membership, rolling with the likes of FIAT, KIA, Huyndai, Jeep, Bentley, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and a whole lot more. This alliance also taps developers at Google I/O 2014 with the first Google Auto SDK, ready for release "soon."
We were hoping to see some automotive angle to I/O this year, and we got it. Android Auto is an iteration of the Open Automotive Alliance set forth earlier this year. Rather than make a special system just for your car, Google will take Android Auto wherever you go.
If you're dreaming of a future where cars zip you to work while you lay back and catch a few extra Zzzs, you're going to have to wait longer. That doesn't mean a world of partially-automated driving is beyond the average driver's reach, however. Cruise is bringing its autopilot system to cars starting next year.
When it comes to crushing cars, mechanical manure spreaders probably aren't the first thing that pops into your mind. Still, at least one of them exists with the horsepower needed to chipper a car into tiny shiny chunks of metal, and, of course, the entire ordeal was recorded for all to enjoy.