Cars

Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Texting while crossing the road might be a shortcut to getting run down, but if Microsoft has its way your mobile device will act as a guardian angel. The company has teamed up with automated driving specialist IAV on a system whereby connected devices - like a smartphone, wearable, or something else commonly carried - can communicate the user's location to nearby vehicles, helping avoid collisions even when traditional cameras might not be able to see a potential accident.

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Kia’s making self-driving cars more human: I went for a ride

Kia’s making self-driving cars more human: I went for a ride

Autonomous driving is often spoken of in absolutist terms: cars either drive themselves, or they don't. In reality, there's a huge technological grey area that occupies the space between those two poles, and at least for the foreseeable future, it's this undiscovered country that is going to play the biggest role in the eventual transition to self-driving landscape.

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BMW floods CES 2016 with connected innovation

BMW floods CES 2016 with connected innovation

CES is the Consumer Electronics Show but of late that has also included car makers. Automobile brands like BMW have wholeheartedly embraced consumer electronic technology, including mobile devices, in their drive, pun intended, to the future. At CES 2016, BMW is flaunting some of its ideas and prototypes not just for future cars but for future homes as well. Unsurprisingly, it's a future filled with all kinds of dynamic and interactive displays that can be controlled with the touch of a finger or, even better, a wave of a hand.

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BMW at CES 2016: cameras, cloud, and smart mirrors

BMW at CES 2016: cameras, cloud, and smart mirrors

BMW brings a wide variety of smart technologies and expansions to smart vehicles to the Consumer Electronics Show 2016. This includes their future mobility solution "Light and Charge", BMW i8 Mirrorless / BMW i3 Extended Rearview Mirror, BMW ConnectedRide, and BMW Connected. Also appearing at the show were a number of new Control Concepts from BMW, new Internet of Things services, and the networked cockpit - the BMW i Vision Future concept. All are included in BMW's vision for a much smarter - and safer - automotive experience.

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Ford SYNC pairs with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Ford SYNC pairs with Amazon Echo and Alexa

Ford's newest play for the smart experience is pairing their SYNC-equipped vehicles with Amazon Echo and Alexa. At CES 2016, Ford has announced that they are developing ways to pair "millions of SYNC-equipped vehicles" around the world with smart products in your home. To begin, they're working with SYNC Connect, pushing connections to Amazon's products - Amazon Echo and their smart assistant system Alexa. This connection will allow voice control access between smart cars and smart homes.

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Harman and Microsoft are bringing Office to your car’s infotainment system

Harman and Microsoft are bringing Office to your car’s infotainment system

One of the clearest trends at CES 2016 so far is that vehicle infotainment systems are the "new big thing," and because they are basically OS platforms for cars, it's time they run Microsoft Office. That may sound like a joke, but it's what Harman is actually working on, with help from Microsoft. Harman's vision is to allow drivers to use the Cortana voice assistant to do things like schedule meetings, join conference calls, and respond to emails.

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Gogoro OPEN crowdsourced charger network planned

Gogoro OPEN crowdsourced charger network planned

Electric scooter start-up Gogoro plans to crowdsource its future charging network, launching Gogoro OPEN and a compact GoCharger battery dock at CES today. Gogoro OPEN - Open Proposed Energy Network - will effectively give those calling for the scooters to launch in their city the chance to put their power where their mouth is, by pledging to offer public access to a network of charging points.

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Harman Voyager Drive makes in-car audio portable

Harman Voyager Drive makes in-car audio portable

Three devices make Harman's newest in-car audio system unique. The first is Voyager Drive, the second is Voyager Drive+, and the third is the Voyager Soundwear. The last device on that list is a U-shaped speaker you wear over your neck for personalized surround sound. The Voyager Drive+ is an upgraded version of the Voyager Drive, providing a removable subwoofer for your vehicle. The standard Voyager Drive system, including a heavy-duty speaker system in your car with a removable, wireless speaker you can take with you when you need to exit and head towards the beach.

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