Monday, September 1, 2014

Mercedes-Benz & Volvo Say CarPlay Delayed Until 2015

In independent statements made to 9to5Mac, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have revealed where they stand on the CarPlay situation. Apple had announced earlier this year that a bunch of carmakers will integrate CarPlay in their vehicles with Mercedes-Benz and Volvo being two of the early adopters.

Integration was supposed to start by the end of this year. But according to the following statements, it looks like CarPlay will be delayed until 2015.

From Mercedes-Benz...
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Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Official: Apple To Hold iPhone Event On September 9

As rumor had it, Apple has officially sent out invites for their upcoming iPhone event which will be held on September 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. This year's event won't be held at the usual Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco though.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You Will Soon Be Able To Start Your Tesla Model S From Your Smartphone

Tesla's next operating system update version 6.0 will add one major feature: the ability to start your Model S from your iPhone. Details were uncovered by 9to5Mac which also show an Android app in the works among other things.

Full details are below the break...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pioneer NEX Owners May Have To Wait Until Apple iPhone Event For CarPlay [Opinion]

Today is the first day of the last month of summer and with two months of the season gone, Pioneer's CarPlay firmware update for its NEX receivers is no where in sight.

The circus of anticipation began with the big announcement that Pioneer would be one of two aftermarket companies (Alpine Electronics the other) to offer CarPlay. They held press events showing off Apple's latest technology on their NEX receivers. From the demos, it looked like CarPlay was ready for primetime. So much so that Pioneer themselves promised an 'early summer' release.

Early summer came and went. And so has 'mid-summer.' As we enter 'late summer' it looks inevitable that the updates will arrive anytime within the next 30 days or so. But don't be so sure.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Navdy Is A Head-Up Display From The Future [Video]

There is a futuristic looking product that will go on sale in 2015 that aims at making you feel like an airline pilot while driving your car. Well, maybe not quite a pilot.

Meet Navdy, a head-up display device that connects to any iPhone or Android phone and puts an airplane-like display in your field of vision.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Steelie Car Mount Kit Is A Minimalistic, Magnetic Wonder [Review]

The Steelie Car Mount is made by Nite Ize Innovations and aims at giving you the best smartphone mounting experience while driving. This mount started off as a Kickstarter project and got successfully funded by raising over $33,000 in just a few weeks.

We got a review unit sent out to us recently and here are our impressions...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Get Ready For CarPlay With One Of These Pioneer NEX Receivers [Amazon Deals]

Apple CarPlay is coming very soon to the Pioneer NEX receivers. The firmware update is due any time now and you can ready your car for CarPlay by purchasing one of these receivers. Check out these latest low prices from Amazon...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pioneer Introduces New Line Of CD Receivers

Pioneer Electronics announced 10 new car stereos that feature smartphone connectivity. Their new line of products include 8 single-DIN receivers and a couple of 2-DIN options with a plethora of features.

If you've been looking for an upgrade for your car's head unit, these new line of receivers may be what you need. Take a look below to see more.

Friday, August 15, 2014

GPS Issue Reported In A Few Pioneer NEX Head Units

Recently, a few people have reported a GPS positioning issue with Pioneer NEX head units. We found a couple of posts on AVIC411 Forums complaining of the problem and what you may have to do if your NEX head unit encounters the issue.

Affected head units get stuck trying to find a GPS signal and will display the following error message...

Positioning is not possible due to the hardware. Please contact your dealer or Pioneer service center.

Check out these screenshots from AVIC411 member 'tractors4u'...

Apple Maps Is Beating Google Maps In The United Kingdom [Report]

At least one carrier in the United Kingdom just reported how Apple Maps has taken over Google Maps as a mapping option among its customers. EE, which also owns Orange and T-Mobile in the U.K., says the 4G and 3G usage data of its customers is beginning to show the trend.

Here is an excerpt from the report...