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

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.

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Land Rover Explore Outdoor Smartphone is perfect for the toughest off-road adventures

Land Rover is most known for making vehicles capable of going off road. Though we don’t always see it crossing rivers or climbing mountains, people have gone to the farthest places on the planet with the luxury SUV. Now, for those of you who love extreme adventures, Land Rover has something in store for you, but it isn’t a car this time.

Instead, the company decided they would make a smartphone. And this is more than just your typical licensed product as the Land Rover Explore Outdoor Smartphone has several features that are perfect for your off-road lifestyle.

One of the features it boasts would be the 4,000 milliamp-hour battery that lets it run for as long as two days, and there’s an optional Adventure pack that makes it last even longer, with the additional 3,600 mAh of battery power. It also has a GPS antenna for more accuracy and reliability. It features a dual SIM as well, just in case of an emergency.

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Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 smartphone has lenses from Leica, priced at $1,500

It isn’t the first time that luxury automakers have collaborated with a smartphone company. In fact, we have seen a lot of them from way back, and we all know that these phones are very pricey. Porsche Design now has introduced another smartphone, the Mate 10, just after introducing the Huawei-based phone that we know as the Mate 9, which had a 1,395 euro ($1,500) price tag. This time, the automaker promises that the new model, which acts like a second instalment for the Mate 9, will be different than any other phone - they always say that though.

The new smartphone not only has an appealing design, but also has an impressive performance. That does make it sound similar to a supercar rather than a smartphone. All sides of the phone’s exterior are covered in a tough, sleek glass casing that is finished in what they call a “Diamond Black” hue. Similar to the Mate 9, the front bit gets a 3D curved glass design too, featuring what seems like a borderless or infinity FullView smudge-proof screen.

Inside, it has been equipped with a built-in dedicated AI processor, with as much as 6GB RAM and 256GB ROM. Among the whole Huawei Mate 10 series, it probably has the largest memory cortex. There is also a self-adjusting 12 megapixel RGB camera, as well as a 20 megapixel monochrome camera lens. Both of these were developed by Leica Camera optics expert along with a Pro mode photography feature.

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This Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One smartphone may not be worth your cash

It is not often that automakers come up with mobile phones, but it is also not the first time we have heard about it. Oftentimes, it is the luxury automakers that make these kinds of products. For instance, Porsche has partnered with Huawei for the Mate 9 smartphone, and the company sold it for $1,645 (€1,395). After that, it is now Lamborghini that has returned in the smartphone game.

Lamborghini’s smartphone, the Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One, is at the pricey end of the spectrum just like its cars. By looking at the phone, it clearly looks like a Lamborghini phone with the branding and the design. It has a leather finish, with a Renaissance-style design that comes with the same features as any other smartphone nowadays. But the company is asking for $2,450 for the Android based phone. Crazy, huh? That is three times more expensive than an iPhone 7 and is priced just like a laptop.

The Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One has a standard 5.5-inch WQHD display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and Android Nougat. As for the storage, it has as much as 64 GB with an additional expandable storage up to 128GB. It also features 4GB of RAM. Like any other smartphone nowadays, the camera is a vital tool - it comes with a 20-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Other features include a dual SIM card support, a fingerprint detector, and the 3,250mAh battery. These features are also what we get from other smartphones.

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Faraday Future, California based company, usually pops up when the topic is about technology and electric vehicles. Though the company currently isn’t doing very well in terms of its production facility, they continue to stick to their mission, hoping that one day, things will turn out well for them. For those of you who aren’t updated, they had to shut down their Nevada factory earlier this year due to lack of funds. But now, FF is making some news and things seem quite promising.

One of the patents from Faraday Future that caught our attention is called “System and Method For Operating Vehicle Using Mobile Device”. Basically, if you lose the key to your car, this technology will let you use your smartphone to open it, by sending a code to the car to open the door, without having to be connected to the Internet. Sounds cool enough?

By looking at the patent that is in partnership with this, you might find it a little disturbing that the sketch looks almost like the Chevy Volt concept. But we promise that this isn’t a reinvention of the Chevy concept, and was taken from a Faraday Future patent application.

Read the entire article Faraday Future’s new patent is on controlling EVs using mobile devices

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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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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GM has just announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe and Sedan models will be compatible with Powermat as well as other in-phone wireless charging technology. For those who don’t know how this technology works, it is quite simple: Powermant enables the phone to sit on a rubberized pad and have its battery recharged by means of an electromagnetic field.

GM says that the Powermat can be used for the majority of the smartphones that have wireless charging wither embedded or as an option. As you can see from the photos and video, the wireless charging feature is located inside the storage bin behind the center instrument panel faceplate.

This means that the driver can be focused on the wheel and just use the Bluetooth technology to pair his phone to the vehicle.

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Vehicles and smartwatches do match, the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show has proved. During the CES 2014, BMW became the first carmaker in the world to present vehicle functions on Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch as part of a research application. The new Samsung Galaxy Gear is a wristwatch that displays information from a linked smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions feature similar attributes to the BMW i Remote App that keeps drivers connected with their BMW i3 at all times and provides them with the assistance they need even when they outside the car. The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions could provide information on the battery charge and available range of the premium electric vehicle.

It could also provide information on any departure times that have been inputted. It also could show whether the BMW i3’s windows, doors and sunroof are closed and could enable users to send a navigation destination to the vehicle or adjust the on-board climate to get ready for a cruise. These can be done through spoken commands via  Samsung’s speech recognition assistant, S Voice.

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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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The latest B-Class iPad Brochure app from Mercedes-Benz is a first for the showroom environment. It features the newest in augmented reality with full-scale experience layers information directly on the vehicle itself. The interactive app utilizes iPad's ability to inform and to entertain. With this app, the B-Class can come to life for prospective B-Class buyer to explore.

Those who are looking for a visual kick, the model lines section enables a convenient and fast way to compare the SE trim with the Sport 'slide by slide' from three exterior angles. One can see thousands of personalization choices by using the configurator. There are many customer-specific interior and exterior color choices, design specification additions, wheel options and trim line options. 

App users can save and share their ideal B-Class. A handy Retailer Locator tool will direct them to the nearest retailer if they wish to learn more or explore further into the augmented reality in the comfort of their local showroom. The app has every feature which a potential B-Class buyer could wish to learn about the new model such as price list as well as all the information seen in a conventional paper brochure. 

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Service advisers at 34 Sonic Automotive Inc. stores are utilizing iPads as part of operations and have notice the increase in repair orders. At these stores where service iPads are used, customer-pay business is increasing. For one, grosses per repair order have increased by 8% on average at Lexus dealerships and 11% percent at Toyota stores. Last October, Apple, iPad's manufacturer, even recognized the accomplishments of Sonic during the gadget maker's earning conference call. In April, all Sonic stores will be equipped with service department iPads. Also, sales representatives have already received iPads. Sonic President Scott Smith disclosed that they have made a "huge, huge, huge, multiple-tens-of-millions-of-dollars commitment to go this way," adding that this is just going to get bigger.

He disclosed that they are rolling out the iPads and iPhones to technicians, service writers, salespeople, F&I and porters. "It's not cheap," he admitted. Sonic, the third biggest retailer in the nation, is investing $57 million this year on technology. It is spending much to equip its frontline employees with Apple gadgets that are expected to boost their productivity, persuade clients to spend more and increase loyalty. Unlike other large public dealership groups, Sonic is staying away from acquisitions and instead, it is investing internally.

Other huge retailers are also utilizing tablets in their operations, but Sonic's initiative is on the leading edge. Leaders at AutoNation have disclosed that they will be equipping their service and sales employees with tablet computers in 2012 and 2013. Asbury chief Craig Monaghan foresees a day when most areas of the dealership are using tablets instead of PCs. Asbury has utilized iPads in some store pilots. Group 1 Automotive is utilizing tablets in service departments at some stores. Lithia and Penske are operating service department pilots.

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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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Nissan recently revealed the Scratch Shield iPhone, the brand’s latest iPhone kit. The kit is actually a self-healing iPhone case which utilizes the brand’s very own self-healing paint finish. This particular paint technology is the first of its kind and while first developed in 2005, it had already been used on different Infiniti and Nissan models. By being applied to an iPhone case, this pioneering technology will mark the first time that it’s used on a smartphone, a product that is bound to experience a number of scratches due to daily use.

Thus, iPhone users are more than guaranteed that their phone will look its best for a longer period of time. In order to design the Scratch Shield iPhone, Nissan made use of different advances related to automotive engineering. The result is a paint coat that is long-lasting and durable as well as a case that is tight and can fit closely an iPhone.

This Scratch Shield was developed by the brand working in partnership with Advanced Softmaterials Inc., and the University of Tokyo. The paint finish, as mentioned previously, was created to be used for automobiles and aside from a number of Infiniti models, was made available for the Nissan X-Trail, Nissan 370Z, and Nissan Murano.

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As part of a deal between the automaker and the works council, Volkswagen’s workforce in Germany will receive e-mails on the inboxes of their Blackberry devices for a period that starts 30 minutes before the flex-time working hours begin until 30 minutes after the shift ends. When e-mails continue to be received by the workers at any time of the day and night on their smartphones that the company provides, the risk of burnout is increased.

A VW spokesman said that the e-mail function will be deactivated at night but the workers can still receive and make phone calls.

Works council member Heinz-Joachim Thust said that Volkswagen's six plants in Germany have 1,154 pay-scale employees that have a smartphone device that VW furnished. The works council wants to oppose any expectation that employees have to be reachable always.

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Porsche Design and Research In Motion has introduced the elite new Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry. The luxury brand's first smartphone was developed by Porsche Design, in partnership with RIM. The Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry can be easily recognized as a product from Porsche Design.

This smart is offered with the following material options: a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touch display. The new Porsche Design P'9981 was customized inside and out. It is offered with an exclusive Porsche Design UI and a bespoke Wikitude World Browser app.

Furthermore, it features premium, exclusive PINs that aid in recognizing another P'9981 smartphone user. A performance driven platform is used for the Porsche Design P'9981. It comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, HD video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics, and advanced sensors that allow for new augmented reality applications. It is equipped with 8GB of on-board memory but with a micro SD card, it could be expanded to 40GB.

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The Apple iPad won’t be offered anymore as the owners’ manual for the Hyundai Equus luxury car, according to a report from Drive On. Starting with the 2012 model year, there won’t be a free iPad that would be placed in its glove compartment.

These new cars will begin arriving in September. What owners can rely on when they need to look up information about their car is the paper version of the manual, according to spokesman Jim Trainor.

He explained that the iPads were part of a one-year promotion. The Equus started selling in the U.S. around one year ago.

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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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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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This January, Acura will start offering an iPad application that that will help dealerships hasten the selling process. This application will be a stripped-down version of its consumer Web site.

Dave Heath, Acura senior manager of sales communications, said that the application will distill talking points and have quick videos available to help make the sale.

Heath said that the iPad will provide “short little bits of communications." Acura had been trying to develop a smart-phone application for salespeople but it realized that it wouldn’t be effective because of the small screen and the fact that there has to be some personal space between the salesperson and customer.

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