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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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Apple car tipped as “committed project” for release in 2019

Apple car tipped as “committed project” for release in 2019

Apple is tipped to have an electric vehicle in the works code-named "Titan". This project has been tipped by anonymous insiders, otherwise known as "people familiar with the matter" speaking with the Wall Street Journal this morning. These same tipsters suggest that the 600-person Apple car team have been given a go-ahead to "triple" the number of people working on the project. It's been suggested that this first vehicle will be smart, but it'll still require a driver.

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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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Apple and BMW said wary but willing on car collaboration

Apple and BMW said wary but willing on car collaboration

Negotiations between Apple and BMW are tipped to reignite, after the German automaker reportedly wowed Tim Cook and other execs with its production talents. The Apple CEO and his colleagues paid an unpublicized visit to BMW last year, reports earlier this week suggested, with Cook attending a meeting at the car company's HQ, while other execs toured the Leipzig plant. Believed to be on the table, despite denials by BMW, are possible plans to collaborate on a car.

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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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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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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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