Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stream Audio Via Bluetooth Through An Aux Port With The Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX

Rockford Fosgate is known to make good quality car audio products like speaker, subwoofers and amplifiers. They've added a new product to their repertoire this year that can stream music over Bluetooth in your vehicle using an auxiliary port.
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This Highly Customized Jeep Dashboard Concept Is Powered By NVIDIA [Video]

NVIDIA's new Tegra K1 chip might power car dashboards in the near future. The company showed off a heavily customized Jeep at GTC 2014 last month, with NVIDIA hardware and software running the vehicle's infotainment system.

The system takes inspiration from the Tesla Model S system which uses a "touch-centric" interface. With all in-cabin functions being controlled from the large display on the dashboard, the usual physical knobs and buttons can be eliminated.

Check out this video from SlashGear which shows where NVIDIA plans on taking this technology...

Opel Astra Copacabana Puts The Flavor Of Brazil Behind The Wheel For Soccer Fans

Alright, this story is a few weeks late but interesting nonetheless. Imagine a car souped up with the flavor of Brazil's warm sun and sand. Literally!

The special edition Opel Astra Copacabana aims to do that. There's one problem though - what you see may not be what you get...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The 2015 McLaren 650S Spider Has An Android-Powered Dashboard [NY Auto Show]

What will really get your heart thumping about the 2015 McLaren 650S Spider is its 641-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The supercar is on display at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. As far as the infotainment interface goes though, it may not be the most flattering.

TRW Roof Airbag Technology Frees And Shrinks Car Dashboards

The vehicular safety company, TRW Automotive, had teased its roof-mounted airbag technology back in 2011. Three years later, this latest innovation is ready for production. The 2014 Citroen C4 Cactus is all set to debut the new 'bag in roof' technology.

Airbags are typically mounted in a car's dashboard, instrument panel and more recently on the inside of doors and side panels. Freeing the dashboard of airbags dramatically changes the interior of a vehicle.

See what the dashboard of a 2014 Citroen C4 Cactus looks like without airbags in it...

Replace Your Damaged First Generation AppRadio Cable For Under $30 [Deals]

First generation Pioneer AppRadio (SPH-DA01/SPH-DA02) often run into the same issue: Damaged AppRadio Mode cable for the iPhone 4/4S and iPod Touch. The most common cause of damage is either fraying near the 30-pin connector. Direct damage to the connector due to inadvertent stamping by a passenger is also quite common.

If you are a first generation AppRadio user and need a replacement for that damaged, taped-up or tied-together cable, look no further. Here's where you can get the best deal.

Monday, April 21, 2014

2015 Audi A3 Multimedia Interface - Highly Advanced Or Just Too Complicating? [Video]

Just last month we posted about Audi Connect and how the German automaker will bring 4G LTE connectivity to the 2015 A3. Audi claims that the Multimedia Interface (MMI) in their new vehicles is one of the most advanced with handwriting recognition, picture navigation etc.

We found this video walkthrough posted by SlashGear a few weeks ago in which Audi of America's Senior Manager of Connected Vehicles, Anupam Malhotra, gives a detailed insight into the Audi A3 MMI.

Watch it below and see for yourself if Audi's attempt to give customers the best in-car technology while making driving less distracting is working out. Petition Wants Apple To Make Driving Safer With The Otter App

A petition to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has been sitting on the website since last year. The campaign is awaiting its goal of 2500 signatures (942 more needed at the time of this posting). It asks Apple to introduce the first Text and Drive safety app to iPhone customers.

The app in question is Otter, which is already available on Android but has been pending approval to the App Store for the last four years. Otter (One Touch TExt Response) uses GPS speed activation to ensure safety while driving.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Resist The Temptation Of Using Your Phone While Driving With ORIGOSafe

Ideally, the moment you get in the driver's seat of your car, your cell phone should become an untouchable item. Additionally, laws restrict the use or even the handling of a cell phone while driving in most countries these days. Now, a device called ORIGOSafe aims to ensure your phone stays locked away while driving.

According to Origo, a privately owned, US-based company, there have been close to half a million distracted driving collisions in 2014. The most common cause of distractions are texting while behind the wheel.

ORIGOSafe is aimed at giving individuals, families and business the peace of mind in preventing car crashes, loss of life and pricey lawsuits due to distracted driving.

The device bolts of the dashboard and has a holder for most new cellphones including Samsung Galaxy phones, the latest iPhones and the like. Here's how it works...

See How Easy It Is To Hack And Fully Control A Car [Video]

At last month's Black Hat Asia conference in Singapore it was demonstrated how easy it is to hack a car. Hackers were able to use commonly available items, sometimes worth less than $20, to gain control over a vehicle.

Watch this presentation from the same guys who presented at Black Hat Asia, Alberto Garcia Illera and Javier Vazquez Vidal. This video is from last year's Def Con 21...