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Apple CarPlay to Allow Google Maps

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration have become hot features when it comes to in-car infotainment systems. That said, both systems have their territorial limits, including Apple blocking third party map apps from the CarPlay user interface. However, that is about to change.  This week is Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). The tech giant is expected to announce…

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Amazon Alexa Coming to Toyota Vehicles

Toyota has announced plans to bring the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant to some of its Lexus and Toyota models later this year. The announcement, made at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, marks a significant step forward for the Japanese automaker.  Thus far Toyota has been one of few automakers to resist bringing bit tech companies to its vehicle interiors. The…

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Nissan Shows Brain-to-Vehicle Technology

As autonomous driving sweeps the industry, it seems the goal is for the human brain to do less work behind the wheel. Well, apparently Nissan is thinking otherwise as the company has shown off its new brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology that uses brainwaves to control vehicles.  This Jetson's style technology leverages a specific headset on the driver that tracks certain happenings…

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First Drive: 2018 Nissan Rogue Brings Self-Driving Tech to a Hot Segment
Self-Driving Nissan Rogue Radar

Don’t let go of the steering wheel just yet. At less than $35,000, the 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum could possibly be the lowest-priced vehicle with Level 2 self-driving technology to date, but at this stage of functionality, it’s still necessary to keep a guiding hand on the wheel — just in case. Nissan ProPilot Assist handles following distance and lane…

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Alphabet Considering $1 Billion Lyft Investment

Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google, is considering a major investment into ride-hailing service Lyft. The investment could bring substantial growth opportunities for Lyft, but create some strange bed-fellows at the same time. Bloomberg reports the investment of about $1 billion could come from either Google or CapitalG, Alphabet's venture capital arm. Thus far both companies have declined to…

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Lyft Expands Into 32 More States

Ride-hailing service Lyft has announced an expansion into 32 more U.S. states. The announcement comes as the company looks to seize market share from rival Uber, which is undergoing struggles associated with company mismanagement. Today's announcement means that riders in 40 states can now hail a Lyft car, meaning about 94-percent of the U.S. population has access to the service.…

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Ford Adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto on 2016 SYNC 3 Cars

Ford has announced an available software update to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to 2016 model vehicles equipped with the company's SYNC 3 infotainment system. The move is a fairly rare occurrence in the automotive space, where automakers generally do not add retroactive features. Owners of approximately 800,000 2016 models will be able to update their infotainment system three…

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Mercedes-Benz Launches Home Battery Business

Mercedes-Benz is getting into the home energy storage business in the U.S. The German automaker announced today plans to collaborate with solar provider Vivint to offer its battery expertise for in-home energy storage. The move is apparently an attempt for Mercedes to compete with Tesla and its Powerwall. Last year Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG announced a new subsidiary of the…

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