Friday, December 19, 2014

This Last-Minute Holiday Stocking Stuffer List Of Car Tech Gifts Is Worth A Look [Deals]

Car tech products and accessories can make great stocking stuffer gifts for the holidays. If you are still looking for last minute gift ideas, check out this list of products that could help.
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BMW Will Demo Self-Parking, Smartwatch-Controlled i3 At CES 2015

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brings greats gadgets on display every year and a lot of buzz is created by automakers. CES 2015 which kicks off on January 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, will be no different.

According to a press release, BMW will showcase its latest technology at the event. This includes 360-degree collision avoidance and fully-automated parking in multi-storey car parks.

What's more - The self-parking feature includes full control via a smartwatch app. More details are below.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) Price Drops Below $450 For The First Time [Deals]

NOTE: This is a regularly updated repost and is often pasted to the top of this page. Newer posts may be below.

The latest Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is available for purchase for a low price of $448.85 on Amazon. This is the all-time lowest price we've found. Previous low was during Black Friday week at $454.

The price puts the device at $151 below the suggested retail price by Pioneer. Add $6.99 for shipping. To purchase the CarPlay-capable head unit visit Amazon using this link...

Passengers Made To Test-Ride In A Super-Fast Driverless Audi RS 7 [Video]


Check this out.

Audi developed and built a couple of autonomous car concepts in under 6 months. They named the cars AJ and Bobby after racing drivers A. J. Foyt and Bobby Usner. These cars were tested publicly for the first time at the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim, Germany, a few weeks ago.

These weren't just any driverless cars but a couple of super-fast Audi RS 7 Concept vehicles. One of the cars completed a full lap at Hockenheim at 220 kmph (or 140 mph) while being controlled solely by software.

Then, 25 passengers were brought in.

Apple Introduces CarPlay Guidelines For Its 'Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod' (MFi) Program

Apple recently introduced official guidelines for companies intending to integrate CarPlay in their hardware through its 'Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod' (MFi) licensing program. The program is the same one that enables third-party manufacturers to make Apple accessories like chargers, cables, docks etc.

CarPlay has been available for a few weeks now and has been received with primarily positive responses. Currently, two aftermarket head unit manufacturers (Pioneer and Alpine) have CarPlay-enabled head units for sale. With the guidelines being officially released now, more companies may follow.

Monday, December 15, 2014

'CarPlay Activator' Tweak Will Bring The CarPlay Interface To iOS Devices [Video]

Jailbreaking your iOS device has plenty of benefits. One such benefit is the possibility of bringing the Apple CarPlay interface to your device. That's exactly what an upcoming jailbreak tweak called 'CarPlay Activator' is hoping to do.

CarPlay Activator is different from 'CarPlay iOS' which I wrote about a few days ago. Both tweaks aim to do the same thing. The former is being developed by Adam Bell, a well known developer in the jailbreak community. The website idownloadblog got a sneak peek and posted a 9-minute walkthrough video of CarPlay activator.

More details and the video are below the break.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Customize The Apple CarPlay Interface With A Few Tweaks [How-To]

Apple normally doesn't allow customizing anything in the user interface of any of its software. But there are always ways to change colors and fonts if you really wanted to.

CarPlay is no different. In fact, Apple forces developers to use a fixed interface for their apps. The layout, buttons, colors, fonts etc. are the same for all third-party apps.

So how do you change things (at least a few of them) within CarPlay? You will need a jailbroken iPhone to begin with.

Someone Needs To Fix 'Hey Siri' In Apple CarPlay

Apple has a very useful feature in iOS 8 called 'Hey Siri.' When the iDevice is plugged in to a power source, saying the phrase 'Hey Siri' activates the voice assistant. This is particularly useful while driving.

The feature works great most of the time. It's worked fine in AppRadio Mode on Pioneer's compatible head units and continues to do so. The only problem it seems to have is in CarPlay.

Friday, December 12, 2014

CarPlay Works Fine On Jailbroken iPhone 6 (iOS 8.1.2) And Pioneer AppRadio 4 [Jailbreak]

The recently released TaiG untethered jailbreak for iOS 8.1.2 has received the thumbs up across the board. If you like jailbreaking your iDevice, you should check out TaiG.

Does the jailbreak affect CarPlay in any way? Read along for details.

No More Wallets! Electronic Driver Licenses Planned In Iowa [Report]

The state of Iowa is planning on bringing cellphone-based driver licenses to its citizens. A native app from the Department of Transportation (DOT) is being discussed, which will contain all the information your driver license holds.

The logistics of a smartphone app which contains sensitive information could be tricky but we already live in a world where our credit cards exist on our smartphones. The Des Moines Register posted a report yesterday with more details.

Here are some excerpts from the report...