Sunday, September 21, 2014

The 3-Wheeled Elio Costs Only $6,800 And Promises 84 MPG [Video]

Meet Elio, a revolutionary three-wheeled vehicles designed to get 84 miles per gallon. The company Elio Motors announced the concept a few years ago. They began accepting reservations recently and curiosity behind the vehicle has been ramping up ever since.

Check out a promo video about the Elio after the break.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

iPhone 6 Works With AppRadio Mode But With Existing iOS 8 Issues

Millions of people around the globe got their hands on Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus yesterday. We tested out the iPhone 6 with a Pioneer AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) for issues while using AppRadio Mode. The current issues we mentioned in our post regarding iOS 8 continue to exist.

For those of you who may have missed our iOS 8 compatibility post, this is what to expect when using an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus with a Pioneer head unit equipped with AppRadio Mode...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Siri In iOS 8 Can Now Launch Apps When Connected To Car Head Unit

In previous iOS versions, Siri wasn't able to launch apps while connected to a car head unit like an AppRadio. The response you would get from the voice assistant was "Sorry. To ensure your safety, your vehicle won't let me help you with that right now." We had outlined this when we reviewed the AppRadio 3 last year.

With iOS 8 though, that has changed.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

iOS 8's "Hey Siri" Feature Is Very Useful While Driving

Back in June, Apple announced iOS 8. Siri was getting major upgrades in features and functionality. One such feature called "Hey Siri" has been added and we posted about it a few months ago.

"Hey Siri" allows users to activate the voice assistant by speaking that phrase. You don't have to long press the home button on the phone or your AppRadio when you're in your car to give a voice command. Just say "Hey Siri" followed by your voice command and Siri does the rest.

Here's Our Take On iOS 8 And AppRadio Mode Compatibility [Pictures]

Earlier today, Pioneer Electronics posted a notice on its Facebook page advising AppRadio Mode users to avoid upgrading to iOS 8 due to compatibility issues. About 24 hours after testing AppRadio Mode with iOS 8, here is our take on the current issues.

We tested an AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) with an iPhone 5 running iOS 8.

Pioneer AppRadio Mode Compatibility With iOS 8 A Mess

iOS 8 became available for download yesterday. But Pioneer Electronics is advising its AppRadio Mode users to refrain from updating their iPhones because of major compatibility issues. They made a statement today in that regard.

It is not surprising that issues with so many apps exist but what is surprising is that app developers, including Pioneer, haven't prepared updates to fix the issues yet. Most developers test out their apps with beta versions of Apple's mobile operating system and release updates on or around release day.

Looks like AppRadio Mode users will either have to wait to update to iOS 8 or wait for individual apps to get updated. Anyways, here is Pioneer's message regarding iOS 8 compatibility...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

iOS 8 Now Available For Download, CarPlay Update From Pioneer Still MIA

iOS 8 became available for download about 6 hours ago. Head on to the 'Settings' menu on your iOS device and find the update under the 'Software Update' tab. The update is close to 1GB in size and requires 5 GB of free space on your device.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Multiple Apps Get Updates Ahead Of iOS 8 Release

Various car-centric apps have been updated today and over the last few days in anticipation of iOS 8 which is due on September 17th. The latest OS version is rumored to be released at 10 a.m. Pacific, in keeping with previous releases.

Here is a list of the few apps, including Pioneer AppRadio Mode-compatible apps that have received updates so far for iOS 8 or other optimizations in general...

3 Companies Get Self-Driving Car Testing Licenses In California

September 16 was set to be the day when lawmakers issued licenses to companies for testing self-driving cars on California roads. Volkswagen's Audi brand became the first automaker to get the permit. Two other companies received permits as well.

iOS 8 Drops Tomorrow, Will Pioneer NEX CarPlay Update Follow?

Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, will be available as a free download tomorrow. Most iDevices will get the update. A complete list of supported devices is below.

The bigger question is, will September 17 also mark the day Pioneer releases the CarPlay firmware update for its NEX receivers?