The Truth About Cars » Gizmology http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:00:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Start-Stop System: Now Available On YOUR Smartphone – Or is it a stop-start system? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/start-stop-system-now-available-on-your-smartphone-or-is-it-a-stop-start-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/start-stop-system-now-available-on-your-smartphone-or-is-it-a-stop-start-system/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 09:50:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489469 Some forty years in the making, start-stop  technology has arrived on your smartphone. Volkswagen launched an app that stops YouTube videos automatically when you look away from the screen. And it starts again, when you look back. The app uses facial recognition technology to capture when the viewer is looking away, only to resume when […]

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Some forty years in the making, start-stop  technology has arrived on your smartphone. Volkswagen launched an app that stops YouTube videos automatically when you look away from the screen. And it starts again, when you look back. The app uses facial recognition technology to capture when the viewer is looking away, only to resume when […]

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Ford To Improve Digital Dealer Experience With A Lot Of Money http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/ford-to-improve-digita-dealer-experience-with-a-lot-of-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/ford-to-improve-digita-dealer-experience-with-a-lot-of-money/#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:22:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477164 In the world of dealer standards, it is usually the OEMs that write the standards, and it is the dealers who have to pay the usually steep bills. Occasionally, an OEM even is tempted to recoup the steep cost of developing a new corporate identity by marking up the signage sold to its dealers.  Dealers […]

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In the world of dealer standards, it is usually the OEMs that write the standards, and it is the dealers who have to pay the usually steep bills. Occasionally, an OEM even is tempted to recoup the steep cost of developing a new corporate identity by marking up the signage sold to its dealers.  Dealers […]

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Sprint To Automakers: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Wretched In-Dash Gizmos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/sprint-to-automakers-give-us-your-tired-your-poor-your-wretched-in-dash-gizmos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/sprint-to-automakers-give-us-your-tired-your-poor-your-wretched-in-dash-gizmos/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:39:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468547 Sprint Nextel presents a new “Velocity” in-vehicle communications and entertainment architecture at the LA auto show. You can’t buy it from Sprint, but Sprint hopes your automaker will buy it from them. This did not keep Sprint from taking jabs at its presumptive customers: “They know how to make great cars. They assemble these vehicles […]

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Sprint Nextel presents a new “Velocity” in-vehicle communications and entertainment architecture at the LA auto show. You can’t buy it from Sprint, but Sprint hopes your automaker will buy it from them. This did not keep Sprint from taking jabs at its presumptive customers: “They know how to make great cars. They assemble these vehicles […]

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Ford: Wait, We Fixed MyFordTouch! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ford-wait-we-fixed-myfordtouch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ford-wait-we-fixed-myfordtouch/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 20:18:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417049 MyFordTouch was supposed to build on the SYNC system’s momentum, extending Ford’s edge in mass-market infotainment gizmology. Instead, MyFord nearly killed the golden egg-laying goose, by earning Ford a sharp downgrade from Consumer Reports and widespread criticism. Ford has decided that 40-minute training sessions weren’t going to cut it as a response to the complaints […]

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MyFordTouch was supposed to build on the SYNC system’s momentum, extending Ford’s edge in mass-market infotainment gizmology. Instead, MyFord nearly killed the golden egg-laying goose, by earning Ford a sharp downgrade from Consumer Reports and widespread criticism. Ford has decided that 40-minute training sessions weren’t going to cut it as a response to the complaints […]

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Paper Treated Differently Than Smartphones in Automobile Searches http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/paper-treated-differently-than-smartphones-in-automobile-searches/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/paper-treated-differently-than-smartphones-in-automobile-searches/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:16:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416403 Motorists searched during a traffic stop may find their iPhone data electronically grabbed by police in ways that would not be possible or acceptable with written material. Some police departments, including the Michigan State Police, are equipped with a mobile forensics device able to extract images, videos, text messages and emails from smartphones. In some cases, […]

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Motorists searched during a traffic stop may find their iPhone data electronically grabbed by police in ways that would not be possible or acceptable with written material. Some police departments, including the Michigan State Police, are equipped with a mobile forensics device able to extract images, videos, text messages and emails from smartphones. In some cases, […]

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The War On Drivers: “Car-To-X” Communication System Testing Begins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-war-on-drivers-car-to-x-communication-system-testing-begins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-war-on-drivers-car-to-x-communication-system-testing-begins/#comments Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:30:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415617 Though the idea that there is a “war on cars” appeals to certain segments of society, there’s little evidence for any such effort. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that there’s a “war on drivers” on, and it’s being led by the automotive industry. On the one hand, cars are being ever-more laden with […]

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Though the idea that there is a “war on cars” appeals to certain segments of society, there’s little evidence for any such effort. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that there’s a “war on drivers” on, and it’s being led by the automotive industry. On the one hand, cars are being ever-more laden with […]

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Cadillac XTS: The High-Tech… Livery Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/cadillac-xts-the-high-tech-livery-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/cadillac-xts-the-high-tech-livery-car/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:14:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414587 Though we haven’t even seen a production version yet, Cadillac’s forthcoming XTS has already lived a full, controversy-laden life. Initially suggested as a replacement for the DTS/STS, the Cadillac faithful quickly recoiled at the idea of a luxury “flagship” based on a stretched version of the Epsilon II midsized platform that underpins the Buick LaCrosse […]

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Though we haven’t even seen a production version yet, Cadillac’s forthcoming XTS has already lived a full, controversy-laden life. Initially suggested as a replacement for the DTS/STS, the Cadillac faithful quickly recoiled at the idea of a luxury “flagship” based on a stretched version of the Epsilon II midsized platform that underpins the Buick LaCrosse […]

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IBM Studies Navigation That Takes You Where The Advertisers Want You http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/ibm-studies-navigation-that-takes-you-where-the-advertisers-want-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/ibm-studies-navigation-that-takes-you-where-the-advertisers-want-you/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:08:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413066 Quick, what’s the point of having a navigation system in your car? To get where you want to be going, right? Well, IBM has another idea: maybe instead of taking you where you want to go, navigation systems should be offering to take you where a paying advertiser wants you to go. Say, right past […]

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Quick, what’s the point of having a navigation system in your car? To get where you want to be going, right? Well, IBM has another idea: maybe instead of taking you where you want to go, navigation systems should be offering to take you where a paying advertiser wants you to go. Say, right past […]

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GM Drops Proposed OnStar Policy Changes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/gm-drops-proposed-onstar-policy-changes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/gm-drops-proposed-onstar-policy-changes/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:15:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412723 Under attack from privacy advocates and US Senators, Onstar will be dropping plans to automatically track vehicles that are not subscribed to its service, and will make post-cancellation tracking an opt-in option, rather than opt-out. A GM statement reads: DETROIT – OnStar announced today it is reversing its proposed Terms and Conditions policy changes and will […]

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Under attack from privacy advocates and US Senators, Onstar will be dropping plans to automatically track vehicles that are not subscribed to its service, and will make post-cancellation tracking an opt-in option, rather than opt-out. A GM statement reads: DETROIT – OnStar announced today it is reversing its proposed Terms and Conditions policy changes and will […]

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Onstar Responds To Privacy Concerns. Again. Still. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/onstar-responds-to-privacy-concerns-again-still/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/onstar-responds-to-privacy-concerns-again-still/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2011 16:46:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412428 Concerns over privacy have haunted GM’s OnStar business for as long as it’s been around, and responses like this video have become something of an annual routine for OnStar’s executives. The latest round of furor involves changes to OnStar’s policies, which the New York Times describes thusly The first regards what happens when a customer […]

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Concerns over privacy have haunted GM’s OnStar business for as long as it’s been around, and responses like this video have become something of an annual routine for OnStar’s executives. The latest round of furor involves changes to OnStar’s policies, which the New York Times describes thusly The first regards what happens when a customer […]

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Hammer Time: Should I Stay or Should I Go? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/hammer-time-should-i-stay-or-should-i-go/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/hammer-time-should-i-stay-or-should-i-go/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:04:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411454 Cars have lost a lot since the 1990’s. How many of you remember ashtrays, crank windows, base AM/FM radios and motorized seatbelts? It used to be that little headlight wipers were a sure sign of an upscale ride along with glossy wood trim and a CD changer in the trunk. It was a Yuppie heaven […]

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Cars have lost a lot since the 1990’s. How many of you remember ashtrays, crank windows, base AM/FM radios and motorized seatbelts? It used to be that little headlight wipers were a sure sign of an upscale ride along with glossy wood trim and a CD changer in the trunk. It was a Yuppie heaven […]

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When Will We Get A Decent iPod Interface? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/when-will-we-get-a-decent-ipod-interface/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/when-will-we-get-a-decent-ipod-interface/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:49:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411336 [Ed: The above video is not intended as a specific example of the problems we faced, but a general illustration of the wider issue] While on a junket for the Hyundai Veloster I was treated to yet another instance of The Most Infuriating Thing About New Cars – the lack of any decent way to […]

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[Ed: The above video is not intended as a specific example of the problems we faced, but a general illustration of the wider issue] While on a junket for the Hyundai Veloster I was treated to yet another instance of The Most Infuriating Thing About New Cars – the lack of any decent way to […]

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Want To Spy On The Kids/Spouse? Onstar Has The Answer! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/want-to-spy-on-the-kidsspouse-onstar-has-the-answer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/want-to-spy-on-the-kidsspouse-onstar-has-the-answer/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:11:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404941 GM’s Onstar division has long raised privacy concerns among the professionally paranoid, but now it’s putting all that observational power into the hands of consumers, with a pilot program called “Family Link.”  Described in GM’s presser as “a new optional service that will explore ways subscribers can stay connected to their loved ones,” the service […]

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GM’s Onstar division has long raised privacy concerns among the professionally paranoid, but now it’s putting all that observational power into the hands of consumers, with a pilot program called “Family Link.”  Described in GM’s presser as “a new optional service that will explore ways subscribers can stay connected to their loved ones,” the service […]

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Do Driver Aids Make Us Worse Drivers? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/do-driver-aids-make-us-worse-drivers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/do-driver-aids-make-us-worse-drivers/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:49:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404645 Former TVR owner Peter Wheeler used to explain the lack of airbags in his firm’s high-powered sportscars by arguing drivers would be safer if he installed a metal spike in the middle of each steering wheel. That was back in the late 1990s and early 2000s… since then, the rise of adaptive cruise control, “attention […]

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Former TVR owner Peter Wheeler used to explain the lack of airbags in his firm’s high-powered sportscars by arguing drivers would be safer if he installed a metal spike in the middle of each steering wheel. That was back in the late 1990s and early 2000s… since then, the rise of adaptive cruise control, “attention […]

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Another Cautionary Tale Of GPS Dependence http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/another-cautionary-gps-dependence/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/another-cautionary-gps-dependence/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:13:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404396 In addition to the recent tales (and sitcom gags) of GPS units leading hapless drivers into bodies of water, we have a new twist on the theme: GPS units leading hapless drivers astray in Death Valley. NPR reports After a long day, [Donna] Cooper and her family asked “Nell,” the GPS, for the shortest route back to […]

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In addition to the recent tales (and sitcom gags) of GPS units leading hapless drivers into bodies of water, we have a new twist on the theme: GPS units leading hapless drivers astray in Death Valley. NPR reports After a long day, [Donna] Cooper and her family asked “Nell,” the GPS, for the shortest route back to […]

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Enforcement Works In The War On Distraction… But Only To A Point http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/enforcement-works-in-the-war-on-distraction-but-only-to-a-point/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/enforcement-works-in-the-war-on-distraction-but-only-to-a-point/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:08:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402345 Transportation Secretary and Supreme Allied Commander in the War On Distraction Ray LaHood is quite chuffed about initial pilot program results for his latest offensive against in-car cell phone use, and he’s taking to the airwaves to declare victory. The programs, modeled on the “Click It Or Ticket” and “Over The Limit, Under Arrest” initiatives […]

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Transportation Secretary and Supreme Allied Commander in the War On Distraction Ray LaHood is quite chuffed about initial pilot program results for his latest offensive against in-car cell phone use, and he’s taking to the airwaves to declare victory. The programs, modeled on the “Click It Or Ticket” and “Over The Limit, Under Arrest” initiatives […]

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Ford’s Quality Fix Is In http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/fords-quality-fix-is-in/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/fords-quality-fix-is-in/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:22:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399861 Ford’s President of the Americas Mark “MKF” Fields (sorry, the joke is just too funny to let go of) is responding to recent allegations of slipping quality by Consumer Reports and JD Power, by telling Bloomberg that We’re largely back on track on some of these early issues He’s referring specifically to issues with the […]

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Ford’s President of the Americas Mark “MKF” Fields (sorry, the joke is just too funny to let go of) is responding to recent allegations of slipping quality by Consumer Reports and JD Power, by telling Bloomberg that We’re largely back on track on some of these early issues He’s referring specifically to issues with the […]

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Nissan Leaf Owner Exposes CarWings Privacy Issue http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/nissan-leaf-owner-exposes-carwings-privacy-issue/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/nissan-leaf-owner-exposes-carwings-privacy-issue/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:05:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398422 Since Nissan’s PR and communication folks are probably having a busy morning anyway, we thought we’d bring this video to their attention. According to this apparently quite tech-savvy Leaf owner, the Leaf’s CarWings system will automatically send your location data to any third-party RSS feed you sign up for. As he puts it in the […]

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Since Nissan’s PR and communication folks are probably having a busy morning anyway, we thought we’d bring this video to their attention. According to this apparently quite tech-savvy Leaf owner, the Leaf’s CarWings system will automatically send your location data to any third-party RSS feed you sign up for. As he puts it in the […]

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Quote Of The Day: This Car Is Not A Mobile Device Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/quote-of-the-day-this-car-is-not-a-mobile-device-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/quote-of-the-day-this-car-is-not-a-mobile-device-edition/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 22:48:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398005 I’m not in the business of helping people Tweet better, I’m not in the business of helping people post to Facebook better. My job is to make sure we keep people safe behind the wheel. I’m not going to deny the fact that people want these things. They do. Especially the generation behind us. They’re used […]

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I’m not in the business of helping people Tweet better, I’m not in the business of helping people post to Facebook better. My job is to make sure we keep people safe behind the wheel. I’m not going to deny the fact that people want these things. They do. Especially the generation behind us. They’re used […]

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Ford: Quality Is Job One… Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/ford-quality-is-job-one-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/ford-quality-is-job-one-again/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:18:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397704 I designed TrueDelta’s Car Reliability Survey to provide information an average of ten months ahead of the established annual surveys. Early last December we shared with TTAC readers that ”Early data on the Ford Fiesta is not good.” Then, in early March, we stated about the 2011 Fiesta and the 2010 Taurus that ”Ford does […]

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I designed TrueDelta’s Car Reliability Survey to provide information an average of ten months ahead of the established annual surveys. Early last December we shared with TTAC readers that ”Early data on the Ford Fiesta is not good.” Then, in early March, we stated about the 2011 Fiesta and the 2010 Taurus that ”Ford does […]

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FLIR, License Plate Recognition, and Small Block, Oh My! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/flir-license-plate-recognition-and-small-block-oh-my/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/flir-license-plate-recognition-and-small-block-oh-my/#comments Tue, 31 May 2011 18:03:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396831 AOL’s Translogic [via PopSci] takes a look at the LAPD’s brand-spankety new Chevy Caprice PPV, the born-again Pontiac G8 that you can’t buy at a dealership. But rather than looking at the Caprice’s cop car-creaming performance (as did the Michigan State Police), this report focuses on the LAPD’s high-tech toys… which could just make the […]

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AOL’s Translogic [via PopSci] takes a look at the LAPD’s brand-spankety new Chevy Caprice PPV, the born-again Pontiac G8 that you can’t buy at a dealership. But rather than looking at the Caprice’s cop car-creaming performance (as did the Michigan State Police), this report focuses on the LAPD’s high-tech toys… which could just make the […]

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But Can Your Car Manage Diabetes? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/but-can-your-car-manage-diabetes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/but-can-your-car-manage-diabetes/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 14:54:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395570 The post But Can Your Car Manage Diabetes? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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Where Does Distraction End And Reality Begin? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/where-does-distraction-end-and-reality-begin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/where-does-distraction-end-and-reality-begin/#comments Sun, 08 May 2011 15:38:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394275 So, will this MIT-developed “virtual dashboard” render that car you’re about to hit? After all, a three-dimensional representation of the world on your dashboard seems like it would be at least as eye-catching as… you know, reality. And, believe it or not, according to PopSci this is actually a development of a program that was […]

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So, will this MIT-developed “virtual dashboard” render that car you’re about to hit? After all, a three-dimensional representation of the world on your dashboard seems like it would be at least as eye-catching as… you know, reality. And, believe it or not, according to PopSci this is actually a development of a program that was […]

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The Truth About MyFord Touch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-truth-about-myford-touch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-truth-about-myford-touch/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 15:24:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394022 Editor’s Note: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Byron Hurd of SpeedSportLife, in his TTAC debut. There has been an almost-palpable sensation of glee propagating through the various import-leaning car communities I frequent. For nearly two years, they’ve had to sit back and listen to the other guys relentlessly gushing about domestic brand turnarounds. With only […]

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Editor’s Note: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Byron Hurd of SpeedSportLife, in his TTAC debut. There has been an almost-palpable sensation of glee propagating through the various import-leaning car communities I frequent. For nearly two years, they’ve had to sit back and listen to the other guys relentlessly gushing about domestic brand turnarounds. With only […]

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Quote Of The Day: On The Connected Car Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/quote-of-the-day-on-the-connected-car-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/quote-of-the-day-on-the-connected-car-edition/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:50:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388462 Quoth Thilo Koslowski [via AN [sub]], principal automotive analyst at Gartner Research (and coiner of TTAC’s favorite new phrase, “the trough of disappointment”): First of all, the car doesn’t really make a good personal computer, and, secondly, consumers don’t have to have a PC on four wheels. Ultimately, any type of Internet access in the […]

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Quoth Thilo Koslowski [via AN [sub]], principal automotive analyst at Gartner Research (and coiner of TTAC’s favorite new phrase, “the trough of disappointment”): First of all, the car doesn’t really make a good personal computer, and, secondly, consumers don’t have to have a PC on four wheels. Ultimately, any type of Internet access in the […]

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