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Ericsson Shows Off Future 5G Wireless Using Remote-Controlled Volvo Excavator

You know those times when you walk past something, and you have to do a double take because you can’t possibly be seeing what you’re seeing? Strolling through the non-automotive section of the Consumer Electronics Show last week, we came across wireless provider Ericsson’s booth. Here we found what looked like the chair, foot pedals, and […]

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There’s an App for That: At CES, the Self-Installing Car Seat

Amidst a sea of app-assisted everything at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, one connected device stood out as truly useful for drivers—at least those with kids. The 4moms Self-Installing Car Seat aims to take some of the guesswork out of the often-frustrating installation. That’s a big deal because as many as four out of five […]

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Nissan Partners With Microsoft To Power New Connectivity Platform

Nissan and Microsoft are volting in and joining forces after the Japanese automaker announced that all Nissan LEAF models and Infiniti models in Europe would be be fitted with the company’s new Connect Telematics Systems connectivity platform. More importantly, these platforms will be powered by Microsoft Azure, a program that provides a global cloud platform that will allow car owners to have a remote connection to their vehicles, even when they’re not inside their respective cars.

Like most connectivity platforms that have been introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan’s Azure-powered CTS platform will open up a world of new mobility and technological solutions for owners of the Nissan LEAF and Infiniti models across the pond. Among the notable features of the CTS is the ability to use mobile phones as substitute remote controls that will be capable of adjusting in-car controls from a distance.

A Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant will also be introduced as a standard feature for all Nissan LEAFs around the world. Imagine the convenience of not having to read through and reply to text messages by hand. This feature cuts out that tedious and often dangerous practice, replacing it with a system that can read the text out loud to the driver and allow the driver respond by voice or through pre-set responses that can be accessed via switches on the steering wheel. Instead of having to write down “on my way” in response to a text, a driver can just say it out loud or press a button on the wheel to send the same message.

Nissan’s promise to deliver a more innovative and intelligent future for its connected technologies took a big step with its partnership with one of the biggest tech companies in the world. With this collaboration with Microsoft in place, Nissan is definitely on its way to making good on all of its promises.

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2016 Consumer Electronics Show: Cutting Through the Buzzwords to What Really Matters

In between fantastical distractions at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show like Faraday Future’s 1000-hp electric concept and car–drone integrations sat a very real auto-industry awakening to the massive show’s importance. Automakers have for years attended CES, one of the most-attended trade shows in the country, but 2016 marks the first year every attending automaker treated the event as a […]

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K40 Partners With Kenwood And ADS For Head Unit/Radar Detector Combo

It seems like car tech just invaded the Consumer Electronics Show this year, but what if your interests aren’t in max-mileage EVs or autonomous vehicles? What if you’re more the old school, canyon-carving, go-out-for-a-spirited-drive kind of enthusiast? Well, don’t worry, because there’s consumer electronics for that kinda thing too. How does an undercover radar detector/head unit combo sound?

For 35 years, K40 Electronics has been making radar detectors for a variety of applications, and now, K40 is teaming up with infotainment provider Kenwood and aftermarket vehicle technology company Automotive Data Solutions (ADS) to offer a new undercover radar detection system.

Here’s how it works: K40 provides the detector, which is installed in a hidden location on the vehicle. The detector then interfaces with an iDatalink Maestro RR integration module from ADS. A Kenwood head unit ties it all together, offering up system status updates, red light information, speed camera information, and of course, radar detection warnings. The system can also identify signal strength, radar band, and the vehicle’s speed at the time of detection.

The new system will be made available in the second half of 2016. If you happen to be in Las Vegas for CES, check out the Kenwood booth for a live demonstration.

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