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Uber starts private beta testing of UberPool car pooling option

08/06, 5:55am

UberPool lets customer share Uber ride for a cheaper fare

Cab-hailing service Uber is looking to lower the cost of rides for its customers, by offering the option to car-pool with other users. Rolling out as a private beta, UberPool will allow customers to hail a car as normal, but it will attempt to find others requesting a similar journey so the car can be shared, with the cost significantly reduced for each UberPool participant.

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Proposed French law may require Uber drivers to go home between fares

07/24, 3:02pm

Anti-Uber law proposal demands headquarter visits by drivers

French legislators are continuing to work against app-based driver services, by proposing a new law changing the way they operate. The proposal from the French Senate would require drivers for car-service companies to return to their headquarters, or in the case of a driver using Uber or a similar service, a parking garage or their home, between clients.

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Android Auto SDK ships, Open Auto-equipped vehicles launch in 2014

06/25, 1:30pm

Forty partners launch Open Auto Alliance, 20 manufacturers making cars

A new "Android Auto" product was unveiled by Google today at its I/O conference. The car-centric branch of Android prioritizes safety and navigation with a large, custom interface with voice control. The implementation links an in-dash screen to an Android phone carried by the user. Android Auto will be available to users with the public "L" release, with 40 partners in the Open Auto Alliance, with the first Android Auto cars being sold later this year.

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Open Automotive Alliance forms to add Android to vehicles

01/06, 10:35am

Alliance creating single platform for Android-based in-car systems

Google is pushing to bring Android to cars, confirming recent rumors, though not as a partnership with a single car manufacturer as first thought. The Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), made up of Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai, and Nvidia, has been formed to create a single common platform for in-car systems, one which it hopes will improve the experience of the driver and passengers on the road.

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Corning VP suggests Gorilla Glass will be used for car windows

06/11, 6:48am

Gorilla Glass could lower car weight, improve fuel economy

Gorilla Glass could be heading to vehicles in the future, according to a Corning executive. The glass, currently used in a vast number of smartphones and mobile devices, could be used with, or replace entirely, some sections of glass used in automobiles, though the company is also looking into other glass applications.

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Siri to offer more options, new voices, iOS in the Car

06/10, 7:00pm

French, German voices too; more languages coming later

As expected, Siri will be given an upgrade in the forthcoming version set for iOS -- incorporating new services including Twitter, Wikipedia and Bing among other new sources. The interface will be reshaped to fit into the iOS 7 design aesthetic, with a "waveform" look that fades into view on a layer over the current content on the screen. The program will also now feature a new choice of voices -- a new female voice, or a male one if preferred -- with new voices for French and German users as well (and more languages in the works).

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Car-to-car communication put at risk by FCC Wi-Fi proposal

02/12, 11:14am

Bands reserved since 1999 for vehicles may suffer from interference

Technologies being developed to aid in communications between cars may be affected by the Federal Communications Commission's plan to increase Wi-Fi spectrum. Bands reserved since 1999 for car-to-car communication may become collateral damage in the FCC's search for more wireless spectrum, and potentially puts the future of self-driving vehicles at risk.

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Parrot adds Asteroid Smart, Tablet, Mini to car audio range

10/03, 1:22pm

Android-based car stereos add multitouch

Parrot has added three more Android-based car stereo systems to go alongside the Asteroid, including some with touch capabilities. The Asteroid Smart replaces an existing head unit, while the Tablet and the Mini are both designed to work in tandem with other car stereos, using the amplifier and speakers already installed in the vehicle.

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iOS 4.1 causing car audio glitches?

09/13, 7:45pm

USB output affected across makes, models

The recent iPhone and iPod update to iOS 4.1 has created quality problems with built-in car audio systems that owners describe as "scratchy, crackly" and bringing periodic micro-dropouts, according to reports on various sites including Apple's own discussion forums. The problem seems to affect several different makes of automobile and models of iPhone and iPod Touch that are connected to various receivers via USB.

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Sony intros car stereos with built-in iPod trays

05/27, 11:00pm

Internal compartment holds iPod or other device

Sony has introduced two new head units, the DSX-S300BT and DSX-S200X, with built-in trays designed to fit iPods or other USB-attached media players. Rather than integrating a CD slot or external dock, the faceplate of each stereo flips down and ejects the TuneTray compartment capable of holding an iPod.

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ProClip custom iPhone mount organizes cables, swivels

09/30, 6:30pm

ProClip mount for iPhone

ProClip on Tuesday unveiled the ProClip Vehicle Mount for the iPhone 3G that offers users a dockable mounting bracket for the device, with pass through connectors for stereo, charging, or dock connector cables. Secured onto a vehicle's console or dashboard through non-destructive means, the mount tilts and swivels, securing the iPhone in a custom holder designed and manufactured by Brodit AB, a Swedish firm. ProClip is selling the mount for $100.

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iPhone user crafts recycled car holder

05/15, 6:35pm

Recycled iPhone car holder

iPhone enthusiast Bernat Alsina decided to construct an iPhone Car Mounting Bracket using a couple household items, giving him the ability to mount his iPhone or iPod Touch right on the dashboard of the car for easy access while driving. In seven somewhat simple steps Bernat takes a hodgepodge of plastic, velcro, and glue and turns it into something useful. This is not an idea that has never been seen before but the simplicity of the creator's Spanish/broken English step-by-step walkthrough and the low cost factor (recyclable materials) helps his mounting kit to stand out.

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Griffin: New audio, power products at CES

01/08, 5:45pm

Griffin products at CES 08

Griffin yesterday unveiled several new products at CES, with the releases centered on home, personal, and automotive audio products, with a few power-related items as well. Griffin’s popular iTrip saw another revision, dubbed the iTrip AutoPilot with SmartScan. The updated iTrip FM transceiver displays RDS information on any capable car stereo, while the new SmartScan technology automatically seeks out the three best FM frequencies to broadcast over. The new AutoPilot charger puts music controls within easy reach of the driver; the controls sit on the back of the charging unit. iTrip AutoPilot with SmartScan will ship during the second quarter for $100.

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