Thursday, April 17, 2014

AT&T Holds Impressive List Of Car Company Cellular Connection Contracts

AT&T recently added Volvo as the latest company whose cars will roll out with independent cellular connections. And AT&T's connected cars won't only be Volvos. The company has signed similar contracts with a list of car companies that is quite impressive.
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Major Record Labels Suing Pandora For Unpaid Royalties

Major record companies have filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, accusing Pandora of violating the state's common-law copyright protections by using recordings of older songs without permission. Similar suits were filed against Sirius XM Radio last year.

Access Your YouTube Account In EC Touch For AppRadio [How-To]

EC Touch for AppRadio was updated to version 3.1.2 recently adding YouTube account access. Some other minor bugs were fixed too.

Being able to link your account with EC Touch now gives you access to additional YouTube functionality.

Google's In-Car System May Be Called 'Google Projected Mode' [Rumor]

Google will compete in the car entertainment field with its own system after forming the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) with a bunch of car manufacturers. Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is not a part of the OAA. But a recent job posting from the company may have given us an early insight into what Google's in-car system may be called.

According to Daimler (via a post on Engadget), Google may call the interface 'Google Projected Mode'.

Who's Ready For Some In-Car Advertising? Well, You Better Be!

Last month's Ad Tech, the "interactive advertising and technology conference and exhibition" in San Francisco, had some interesting  announcements come out. Next Ads Frontier, Klip Mobile Marketing announced that Mojio (read below) apps have partnered to reward "driving moments" in the connected car. In short, advertising in your car!

Some extra details were provided by the auto connected car blog...

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Will Be CarPlay Equipped [NY Auto Show]

Hyundai will become the next car manufacturer to bring Apple's CarPlay in one of their car models, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, which is scheduled to be launched this summer.

The Korean car-maker made the announcement in a press release yesterday at the New York International Auto Show. Here are a few details.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Like Pioneer, Alpine Electronics Will Also Bring CarPlay To The After-Market

Earlier today, Pioneer Electronics announced that it will bring Apple CarPlay to its NEX line of car head units. So if you are wondering whether other after-market manufacturers are going to follow suit, the answer is Yes.

According to a report, Alpine Electronics will start selling a stand-alone console supporting CarPlay sometime this Fall in the United States and parts of Europe. Here are more details from the Japanese site Nikkei Asian Review...

MagBak - The iPad Mount You Can Use Even In Your Car [Kickstarter Project]

Every once in a while there will be a useful Kickstarter campaign. We found one that might be relevant to our readers in that it gives you the ability to mount your iPad Air or iPad Mini in your car.

The product is called a MagBak mount. It's minimalistic and works on powerful magnets. And there's only a day left before the campaign ends so hurry and pledge if you like. Check out the details and promo video below the break.

Will AppRadio Mode Die Out With CarPlay Coming To Pioneer Head Units? [Opinion]

When Pioneer Electronics debuted AppRadio Mode back in 2011 (called Advanced App Mode back then) there was plenty of interest from tech enthusiasts looking to integrate their smartphones with their cars. The technology has come a long way since with the biggest improvement being the number of apps that are currently AppRadio compatible.

But with today's CarPlay announcement from Pioneer what happens to AppRadio Mode? Does Pioneer continue developing and improving it or do they just let it die out? Or could they make it open source and let developers take over? Here's our take...

[BREAKING] Pioneer Bringing CarPlay To Their Receivers Very Soon

It's official! Pioneer Electronics will bring Apple's latest CarPlay technology to a select head units making these one of the first third-party receivers to get the latest software. The addition will happen sometime this summer through a firmware update.

After much speculation on whether CarPlay would be ported to after-market car systems today's news will put the whole car entertainment business in a frenzy. Here's the complete scoop from Pioneer.