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Ford dealerships sign up to use Showcase App and Apple iPad

About 140 of Ford’s 3,300 dealerships have signed up for the six-month Ford Motor Co. pilot program to test an Apple iPad application dubbed the Showcase App in dealership sales departments, according to Michelle Moody, Ford technology communications manager. One of those dealers is New Jersey-based Rich Savino who plans to remove all 20 personal computers on the tables of his sales consultants by Oct. 1.

Savino has ordered one iPad for every manager and sales consultant at All American Ford of Old Bridge, N.J. Savino said that the PC’s era is over. He said that the PC is a “wall” between the dealer and the customer. During the pilot, the 20 sales consultants of the store, shared six iPads.

Ford launched the nationwide iPad program on Aug. 1. Moody said that the optional application is linked to Ford's ordering and sales reporting systems, aiding the sales consultants in making the process easier.

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Mercedes-Benz UK unveils first iPad Brochure App

Mercedes-Benz UK has launched its first iPad Brochure App, which promises to provide customers a more engaging way to experience the C-Class Coupé’s design, performance and technology.  The company’s iPad Brochure App contains all the information about the C-Class Coupé, including specs, images and body details as well as its price list.

The Brochure App’s interactive section makes use of the iPad’s capabilities, allowing users to be informed and entertained at the same time. “We live in a culture that’s almost always on-line, and is used to rich media experiences, and our new iPad Brochure app really brings the C-Class Coupé to life,“ David George, Marketing Director Mercedes-Benz Cars said, adding that the new app allows customer to read about the C-Class Coupé’s features and functions without having to wait for a brochure to be delivered, or read a pdf of a paper product.

The carmaker’s new iPad Brochure App has a model lines section that presents C-Class Coupé images and allows readers to compare all engine and trim combinations, from the Sport to the C 63 AMG.

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Rolls-Royce announces Phantom App on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

A free Rolls-Royce Phantom App is available for fans of the brand who are users of the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This enables users to construct highly bespoke virtual models using various color and interior trim combinations. The Rolls-Royce Phantom App features an image gallery that displays bespoke features like seat piping, veneer inserts, humidor and picnic sets.

Rolls-Royce said that it offers a palette of 44,000 colors for the Phantom and the app allows users to make individual exterior finishes. It has a feature called the Bespoke Colour Match that could be used to create unlimited and exclusive single and two-tone paint designs.

Users of an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch camera could capture the color of any favorite item and apply it directly to a virtual Phantom’s exterior. In a company statement,

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Smart launches ‘Ideas In Motion’ iPad app

The smart iPad app is now available for download at the iTunes store. Considered as smart’s first app for the iPad, it displays "Ideas in motion," which is an interactive history of the great visionaries and their visions. As the name implies, the app is always in motion.

iPad allows their owners to be able to contribute and continue to write the story with smart. As a result, the eBook will not only continue growing but will receive updates added by users. The world has long been moved forward by innovators who always think out of the box.

These are the opinion makers who not only talk but also act. These are also the idealists who uphold their ideals and fight against all resistance. With this app, smart will be showcasing a few of these individuals.

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Ford released today the Fiesta app for the Apple iPad, which means the small hatchback became the first vehicle from FoMoCo to use an app to deliver a one-of-a-kind interactive brochure experience.

With more than 3 million Apple iPads sold, this became the perfect platform for Ford in order to reach out to customers. As a result, Ford created an interactive sales brochure that shows all the information you need and can’t find in a typical dealer brochure.

Users can check out Fiesta’s features (such as keyless entry and push-button start) but also details regarding the available tattoos and graphics.

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Hyundai is offering several perks to those who have bought an Equus luxury sedan. Two weeks after purchase, the customer is asked to have a follow-up visit at the dealership where he or she will be given a Wi-Fi-enabled iPad. This iPad will have a software application that will allow owners to schedule service appointments conveniently. Another perk is a vehicle valet service.

The car will be retrieved by a Hyundai representative from the owner's home or office and when the work is completed, delivers it back. Barry Ratzlaff, Hyundai's director of service operations, said that the iPad app will help set the scheduling of the appointments.

He explained that the company has heard from customers who were concerned with their time and how vehicle service is managed.

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In previous reports, Nissan came up with a lifesaving solution that will address the pressing issue of distracted driving in the form of Signal Shield Concept: The vehicle's arm rest compartment will be converted into a Faraday cage-like area where you can place your mobile device and when the lid is closed, the system will immediately set up a silent zone that will block all the phone's incoming and outgoing cellular activities, Bluetooth and even Wi-fi connections. It is really a cool safety concept coming from the Japanese automaker, and now Apple will also contribute to that cause and is now planning to release a safety feature geared towards drivers.

Have you ever gotten the urge to check your text messages, Facebook notifications and Instagram while driving? Apple wants you to stop the dangerous habit with a new feature called "Do Not Disturb While Driving." DNDWD feature was revealed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference and will be launched as part of iOS 11 for the iPad and iPhone this coming fall. The feature will be activated when the cellular phone will notice that the user is in a vehicle, and is not using Apple CarPlay at that time, and will block any incoming notifications.

Furthermore, it can even send automatic text message replies that will indicate that the phone's owner is currently driving. DNDWD utilizes information about Bluetooth connectivity and adjacent Wifi networks to know if the phone is in a moving vehicle, according to Endgadget. The feature will also be immediately allowed to function when the mobile device is situated in a running car, although passengers or the person behind the wheel with no regard for safety can manually override the feature. IOS will provide the feature with no payment required, and it will be available this fall for the iPhone 5s to the newest iPhone.

Read the entire article Apple shows 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' mode on the future iOS 11 featured on iPhone and iPad

Honda recently whips out a new feature for the S660 Bruno Leather Edition. Any guesses? Well, it’s going to be an iPhone app that goes by the name Rev Beat. Rev Beat rates the driver’s shifting proficiency whether it’s horrible, just okay or exceptional while also keeping record of the scores. Isn’t that neat? The new app also lets people know how good they are behind the wheel by allowing them to share the results on Twitter.

Sad to say, Honda hasn’t made this cute tiny roadster available in many markets other than Japan. The S660 was first introduced in 2013 but it only came into production two years later. It is quite disappointing for the majority especially after the Japanese automaker has just come out with this gorgeous brown leather edition with an iPhone app feature.

As standard, the Honda S660 Bruno Leather Edition comes in Velvet Maroon Metallic paint but you can also have it painted in Metallic Gray or in Pearl White. Either way, the Jazz Brown leather interior will certainly look good on any of these colors. Add to that, Honda will only make 800 examples of the S660 Bruno Leather special edition which will either come with a CVT paddle shifter or a 6-speed manual.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda S660 Bruno Leather Edition is offered with nifty shifting-game app

German carmaker Volkswagen has launched a new media control application that should allow all occupants of certain VW vehicles to operate the installed media system.

Controlling media inside the vehicle usually lies in the hands of the driver, or with the front passenger. Those who are sitting in the rear cabin can’t help but be in the mercy of the front occupants when dealing with in-vehicle entertainment. Rear occupants usually have to adjust to the media preferences of the driver or the front passengers.

This isn’t the case with new VW cars ordered from May 3, 2017 and feature – as standard or as an option – the latest Discover Navigation or Discover Navigation Pro infotainment systems. These infotainment systems include, as standard, the carmaker’s new Media Control app. This new app extends the control of the media to all passengers inside the cabin of compatible VW vehicles, as long as their smartphones are linked to the Discover Navigation or Discover Navigation Pro infotainment systems through a WLAN connection. Volkswagen’s new Media Control app is compatible with smartphones and tablets powered by iOS or Android operating systems.

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Not a few Volvo vehicle owners leapt for joy after learning that the Swedish carmaker is offering an app-based on-demand service called Volvo On Call app. It comes with a variety of features that should make the lives of Volvo drivers a lot easier. Now, Volvo is launching an expanded version of the Volvo On Call app that includes a pilot program called Volvo Concierge Services.

Up until now, the Volvo On Call includes Roadside assistance, which allows the driver to talk with an operator, who could dispatch assistance to the car’s location, as indicated by its GPS coordinates. Volvo On Call also allows drivers – through their smartphones – to lock or unlock doors, remotely start or stop the engine, start car warnings or access the driving journal. The app also provides drivers with pertinent vehicle information. In case someone had forced his or her way into a Volvo car, an alert is sent through the app, and Volvo could use its GPS location to find it or, if necessary, immobilize the vehicle.

But with Volvo Concierge Services, vehicle owners could do more. In creating the expanded version of the Volvo On Call app, the carmaker has made changes based on its own research that shows that around 70 percent of owners would like an on-demand refueling service. Likewise, around 56 percent of Volvo owners indicated that they want their rides to be picked up for servicing, while around 49 percent would want to be able to have their Volvo vehicle moved to another location as they need it. The new Volvo On Call app would cater to all these services and for a few more features like cleaning (car wash) or servicing.

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Getting connected while on the move has become more of a necessity nowadays. This is why carmakers have been installing infotainment systems into their vehicles. But since these systems are sometimes not enough, drivers have turned to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, both offering easy-to-use interface compatible with many vehicle systems.

More than 200 new vehicle models from over 50 brands are now supporting Android Auto. However, Android Auto users have found that this tech is not compatible with older vehicles. In addition, it seemed not possible for vehicles without any infotainment systems to employ Android Auto.

But what if Android Auto can be brought straight onto a smartphone? This would be a great idea as this would make possible for a car without a compatible infotainment system to use Android Auto. Now, Google has noticed this possibility and worked to create an updated version of Android Auto that enables it to be employed directly through a smartphone app, without integrating it into a car’s infotainment system.

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BMW Group Technology Office USA and GoPro revealed that by the summer of 2016, BMW M Laptimer app will allow a GoPro camera to be controlled with an iOS device and even get to use the brand’s innovative iDrive controller and the high-resolution screen.

This app integration is a favorite among many driving enthusiasts and with this improvement, owners will be able to start and stop the BMW M Laptimer and at the same start and stop the connected GoPro camera from recording.

While the video recorded is saved on the camera, a low resolution version is also saved on the phone allowing it to be played back beside the map view of BMW M Laptimer app. According to BMW Group Technology Office USA senior development engineer Christian Schmid, integrating the GoPro and the BMW M Laptimer have shown to be popular with a number of driving enthusiasts. Since the brand first launched its GoPro camera in-car integration, pairing it up with the BMW M Laptimer was the way to go to improve the driving experience, Schmid shared.

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In today's world, social media has become a part of every person's daily life. Because of this, Ford is incorporating The Meople.Connector app into Ford’s connectivity system SYNC AppLink.

Available for iOS and Android devices, this app will allow drivers to retrieve messages from various social media sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn while driving using the voice-control feature that allows them to focus on the road and keep their hands on the wheel.

According to The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015, individuals ranging from 44 years old and below typically get news and updates online including various social media sites. And by 2018, one out of three people worldwide will be using social media.

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How would you like to choose the style of your own Bentley? Somehow, Bentley helps interested buyers do just that with its newest application – the Inspirator. This innovation from the British carmaker – compatible only with iOS devices -- somehow can detect one’s personal preferences and translate them into a suitable recommendation.

The Inspirator works by first making an interested buyer watch a series of videos in any iOS device. Thanks to the device’s camera function and the app’s facial and emotion recognition software, the Inspirator can gauge and analyze a viewer’s facial expressions and reactions while he or she is watching.

How the viewer responded to the current video will dictate the succeeding one. Likewise, the response of the viewer on certain images will enable the Inspirator to determine their personal preferences.

Read the entire article Bentley launches Inspirator app, let's you configure your Bentayga

Hyundai unveiled as well as demonstrated the new Blue Link smartwatch app at Pepcom’s Digital Experience (Jan. 5) and at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (Jan. 6 to 9, 2015). Hyundai’s Blue Link platform gives wearers quick access to remote start and service information using smartwatches and smartphones.

Hyundai collaborated with Station Digital Media to develop the Blue Link smartwatch app. Barry Ratzlaff, executive director for customer connect and service business development at Hyundai Motor America, remarked that the new smartwatch app expands the carmaker’s exploration into “how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer’s lifestyle.”

He added that a connection between driver and the car – using a smartwatch and voice recognition -- was previously something seen only in science fiction movies. To use the app, the wearer just need to taps an icon or uses voice commands to execute remote functions.

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Verizon says it is planning to launch a new smartphone app – called Verizon Auto Share – that would enable rental car customers to unlock a vehicle. Verizon says the app could make promotional offers like in-car Wi-Fi and fuel-purchase options.

It would also include Delphi’s in-vehicle telematics device. According to Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the new app will be rolled out late this year. Mark Bartolomeo, Verizon’s chief of connected solutions, remarked in a statement that car-sharing services, traditional rental agencies and corporate fleets would find the app very useful.

He disclosed that industry experts have noted that “car usership” as well as peer-to-peer sharing done through a mobile app is increasingly replacing car ownership as a main part of the connected life style, especially among young ones.

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BMW has launched a smart charging app in the United States that determines which hours electricity is cheapest, helping BMW i3 owners save money on home-charging their units. According to BMW, the app is available on both Android and Apple devices and comes embedded into the iRemote App, which sends information about i3 temperature, status, charging times and related costs.

BMW will initially offer the app only to Electronauts -- its i3 early adopter program in the United States that started operations in 2012. BMW’s smart charging app employs a direct connection to a national energy-rate database that is hosted by BMW partner Genability.

According to the carmaker, the smart charging app enables i3 owners to adjust their charging strategy even weeks in advance. Julian Lienich at BMW remarked that the carmaker is committed to improving the at-home charging experience for customers to best optimize their EVs for daily use.

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2015 is a special year for Land Rover as the British manufacturer is celebrating 25 years of Discovery. Earlier this year, Land Rover introduced the XXV Special Edition anniversary model of the Discovery in order the mark the 25th anniversary.

Now, for the 2015MY, the Land Rover Discovery gives its customers the possibility to add that touch of luxury to their vehicle with the option of the distinct Ebony/Cirrus dual-tone Windsor Leather seats and the Grand Black Lacquer wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

There is also a new Straight Grained Walnut wood and leather steering wheel. THe exterior can be enhanced thanks to the addition of the XXV 20-inch 5-split spoke forged alloy wheels with light silver polished finish. In addition, Land Rover offers new body colours: Aruba, Kaikoura Stone and Montalcino Red, as well as a new metallic white called Yulong that will be available at a later date.

Read the entire article 2015 Land Rover Discovery arrives with new body colours, InControl Apps [w/video]

Nissan has released a new smartphone app called iManual, a digitalized version of the car manual. It will be available for the new Micra, and will contain information within the car’s manual. The new iManual also includes visual recognition software that allows owners to identify dashboard symbols and switches through their phone’s camera.

Nissan sees the iManual as a big hit, aimed at helping owners learn more about their car. It was conceived after research showed that motorists in the United Kingdom are no fans of their current car manuals. A recent online survey by Nissan showed that only 57 percent had consulted their manual, while only 13 percent had used it more than twice.

Most of those surveyed said they quickly gave up on their manuals after failing to find the information they needed. Around 13 percent said that they just keep their manual on a bookshelf with 10 percent admitting they didn’t even know where it was.

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Ford and online listening hub Radioplayer have partnered to allow radio streaming in the carmaker’s cars and vans. This will be done through the Radioplayer app, which is integrated with Ford’s SYNC with AppLink in-car connectivity system. SYNC with AppLink connects apps on smart phones with Ford vehicles, allowing them to be voice controlled by the driver.

The Radioplayer app enabled for Ford’s SYNC with AppLink allows drivers to select from the best radio stations in the United Kingdom without having to take their eyes off the road. Radioplayer could be downloaded free-of-charge, and is available on tablet and desktop. It allows users to choose over 300 stations including all BBC national and local services, commercial stations as well as a number of community and student radio stations.

Ford pioneered the launch of digital stations into its model range as an option over 10 years ago. Just within five years, Ford models were already offering digital audio broadcasting (DAB) as standard on the Mondeo and Kuga. DAB was already standard across the C-MAX range in 2010, in the B-MAX in 2012, and Kuga this year.

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