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General Motors is offering a $50 map app for iPhones

General Motors is now offering a $50 map app for iPhones that could be played on the dashboard touchscreen of a Chevrolet Spark. Timothy Nixon, chief technology officer of General Motors' OnStar service, remarked that historically, they had dashboard navigation systems, which could cost a driver around $1,500 or more.

Nixon quipped that such nav systems would not be able to “cut it anymore,” noting that the game has changed and “always-connected devices” have raised the bar.

Nixon’s view is just a restatement of the fact that carmakers’ expensive profitable in-car navigation systems are threatened are threatened by the increasing use of smartphone app to find their way on the road. The main reason for this is that while embedded nav systems run from $500 to over $2,000, many map apps come free of charge.

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TomTom releases update to Speed Cameras app for iPhone

TomTom has released an update to its Speed Cameras app for iPhone, providing drivers a free 12-month subscription to the Speed Camera service. The Speed Cameras app boasts of new features like the audible and visual speed camera that drivers would receive when the app is running in the background or when the screen is off.

TomTom has also enhanced the average speed check support, helping drivers to stay below the speed limit, even when leaving a tunnel.

The Speed Cameras app for iPhone warns drivers of fixed and mobile cameras on the way, thereby helping them to remain safe and avoid fines.

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TomTom Speed Camera app for iPhone helps users observe speed limits

TomTom has rolled out the TomTom Speed Camera app for iPhone, which allows drivers to access fixed and mobile speed camera alerts. The app is run by the biggest driving community in Europe with its 1.6 million drivers in 15 nations. It boosts safety by communicating information to users regarding speed limits during their trip.

Accordingly, the users can prevent costly speeding fines as well as points on their driving license in some countries. The TomTom Speed Camera app provides users with the right to utilize the company's premium Speed Camera service in a standalone app. This app has a new easy-to-use dedicated user interface.

It provides drivers with information on their speed, the type of camera ahead, the remaining distance to reach it and the speed limit. A color-coded warning system effectively and immediately alerts users if they have to slow down. TomTom's Vice President Mobile Gerry Hinds explained that the Speed Camera service can be "of real benefit," as it assists individuals to remain focused since they know where the next camera will be.

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Aupeo! Personal Radio iPhone app ready for the BMW ConnectedDrive and MINI Connected

All the current BMW and MINI models will soon get the AUPEO! Personal Radio iPhone app. After the launch of the Pandora and MOG music services for the US product lineup in 2011, the BMW and MINI Connected Apps options will give European customers the chance to take pleasure in their own personal music service. AUPEO! is an internet radio service that’s customizable.

It uses a recommender system so that the music would match the individual taste of the customers. With the AUPEO!, customers would be able to get access to personalized radio taken from a database of nearly one million tracks. As soon as a genre or artist is entered by the user, tracks are recommended by an algorithm developed by the Fraunhofer Institute to match their personal taste. The Mood Tuner function chooses tracks depending on the mood.

The users may also select from over 150 channels that were pre-compiled by AUPEO!’s music managers. Examples are “80s Best” or “Rock Classics”. If you want this AUPEO! app for your Apple iPhone, just go to iTunes App Store at itunes.com/appstore to download it free of charge. All the current BMW models that have this Apps option can use it. All the MINI models with the MINI Connected option may also use it too.

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The three- to five-year development cycles of cars have made it difficult for BMW to keep up with the use of various consumer devices in their in-car systems. This is why BMW will be increasingly adapting its cars to operate iPhone and Android applications onboard. A BMW spokesman told Automotive News Europe that by nature, car development takes a lot longer than tech development.

He said that what happened in the past is that if the automaker wanted to integrate a new connectivity feature, it may take years to wait for a software update or maybe even a hardware one.

The spokesman added that by working with app developments, it could now provide new features at the pace of tech development, which takes months or even weeks to accomplish. But BMW said that it will work to differentiate itself from its rivals by providing proprietary infotainment and safety systems that smartphone makers or other carmakers have yet to offer.

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GEM Motoring Assist, the No.1 for breakdown coverage, has unveiled its new Android and iPhone App that provides customers with more peace of mind and assistance. Available for free on iTunes and the Android market, the new App with user-friendly menu has crucial tools like ‘Traffic Updates’, an ‘Assist Me’ GPS locater and handy Renewal tab.

Breaking down in a strange place could be difficult, but with the new GEM App, drivers can have the roadside assistance they need in case the car breaks down. Aside from the "Assist Me" button finding a motorist's exact location, it also allows them to communicate with the GEM Motoring Assist contact centre.

Moreover, the "Traffic Update" button enables drivers to see traffic notifications for the journey and plan their route to steer clear of congested zones, road works and accidents. In addition, the "My Renewals" function tells drivers when their motoring coverage is up for renewal to ensure full cover at all times. Once the app is downloaded, customers can enter their renewal details.

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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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Aston Martin launches its premium ‘Experience’ App, featuring advanced telemetry technology and exclusive content, following the success of the free ‘Explore’ App that was launched in December last year.

The ‘Experience’ shares the same philosophy with which the company designs its avant-garde race and road cars. The technology incorporated in the latest App was designed to satisfy the standards of quality, engineering and luxury similar to the iconic British marque, including guides to the 40 most exciting cities in the world developed in concurrence with ‘A Hedonist’s Guides’.

The new App also boosts of the latest and never-seen-before mobile technology, along with the high definition video and images as well as retina display of the iPhone 4.

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Aston Martin announced the launch of its new iPhone app, the Aston Martin Explore, which is meant to bring the exclusive world of Aston Martin to enthusiasts and owners alike through their iPhone or iPod Touch. The app was developed with the same philosophy with which Aston Martin designs and engineers it groundbreaking race and road going cars.

The content in "Explore" reflects Aston Martin’s unique approach to automotive manufacture: fusing traditional craftsmanship and a strong heritage with modern leading technology.

The "Explore" app invites users to see exclusive content like a completely authentic virtual tour of the company’s Gaydon headquarters in the United Kingdom, including manufacturing and design facilities plus access to never before seen sound clips and images. 

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Ford has launched a new Econo Check app made for iOS devices that could compute possible fuel savings for any vehicle – using make, model, age and annual mileage as bases. Moreover, this new app could pick up any fuel efficient driving tip on an iPhone or an iPad.

This app is part of Ford’s Econo Check service that allows Ford vehicles to be equipped with a data logger for seven days to monitor the way they are driven. Ford commenced this year the sales of the new service, which could help drivers minimize their use of petrol and diesel.

After seven days, the Econo Check chip will be removed and data will be downloaded. Then a custom report will describe how modifying gear changes, anticipation, acceleration and braking could help improve fuel economy. Econo Check will also show the resulting savings, which could reach as high as 25 percent or £474 a year, according to a survey of 50,000 drivers.

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Cobra recently launched the iRadar, a revolutionary detection system that combines radar/laser gun and speed/red light camera detection technology with the use of an iPhone. This new system consists of a Cobra radar detector and the Cobra iRadar App for iPhone. To connect the iPhone to the detector, the iRadar uses a Bluetooth wireless technology.

The detector's settings are controlled via the iPhone Multi-Touch display. Cobra iRadar system is able to detect all radar and laser guns on the market and it gives a 360 degree protection. When not hooked up to the app, the unit can also function as a standalone detector.

In addition, the app has Cobra’s AURA Camera and Driving Hazard Database. This means that drivers can receive alerts for speed and red light camera locations as well as for other driving hazards.

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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.

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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.

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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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Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. These are a few of the famous Italian artists known for their wonderful works of art. Here comes Mito, from Turin, Italy, but Mito is no person. Mito is Alfa Romeo’s three-door supermini. Itself a work of art -- like its 8C, 4C and Guilia siblings -- the Alfa Romeo recently became involved in an art project in which it was the artist. All it needed was an empty warehouse, large white canvass and, of course, colorful powder and paint.

Then came the moment of truth, as captured in video by new high-quality dual camera feature of the new iPhone 7 Plus, which is now fully water-resistant. Its dual rear cameras don’t only take notably better photos -- especially in low light – but also could stitch together two images for unique effects like 2x optical zoom. A future software upgrade would add a cool in-camera bokeh effect that could blur the background while still focusing on the foreground. In addition, the battery of the new Alfa Romeo Mito

Using its spirited agility and superb driving dynamics, the Alfa Romeo Mito, ran and swished over the colored powder and paint and splash them over the white canvass – employing its distinct D.N.A driving system in the process. Alfa Romeo’s unique D.N.A system is a driving mode selector that could adapt the Mito’s performance to suit the driving style and road conditions.

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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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The new ABT Sportline mobile case will protect your mobile phones in a very elegant and robust fashion. Its objective is to protect your mobile phone in all possible scenarios. The Bavarian car tuner’s case is made of high-quality carbon and has been developed for the iPhone 6 and 6s.

It can be bought at www.abt-shop.de for €89.90 incl. VAT. Many users of mobile phones cases often grumble about damaged smartphones. You won’t have to ever worry about that with the new ABT Sportsline case.

This is possible thanks to its thin walls of .4mm which also makes this case extremely light (11g) making it the thinnest and lightest case for iPhone 6/6s without being weak at any portion. Even with its thinness and lightness, this case will protect your smartphone at all times, this is ensured by its high quality material composed of high tech fibers.

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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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