Brett Solomon has been covering the world of car electronics since 1993 as a true enthusiast. He was the Editor-at-Large of CarSound & Performance Magazine. More recently, he has written for the automotive trade, but he still loves the consumer! He is a member of the International Motor Press Association.
The interwebz in Europe were abuzz with the news that Google’s counter-offensive to Apple’s CarPlay will be called “Projected Mode.” Thru a help-wanted ad. Or maybe not.
Flesh it out. It always sounds a little macabre to me. But it has been the word the infotainment world is using in order to get a variety of apps to work on their platform. Airbiquity uses the cloud for connectivity, and its Choreo platform has done some extensive work in the latest Nissan vehicles more »
Harman is known as the stalwart audio company. However, the past decade has seen its transformation into an OEM infotainment powerhouse, and they have been tearing it up at the Geneva Auto Show as a supplier to some of the world’s most prestigious brands. Here are just some of Harman’s announcements: o Harman Kardon comes more »
The New York International Auto Show and the Geneva International Auto Show do some co-op work. They pick some journalists to select the best of the best. They announce the finalists at Geneva. Then the winner at New York. It’s just like the preliminary nominations for the Oscars. The gold envelopes then get opened in NYC. So, with out any further ado, here is the scoop:
CarPlay makes you be tethered? As Gabriel Iglesias would say, “Oh, Hell No!”
The word on the street is Apple iOS for the Car will be formally introduced at the Geneva Auto Show. The interwebz have all sorts of speculation as to how it is going to work, but in true Apple fashion, the company is tight-lipped in the details. What we do know is there are three automotive partners involved from the get-go: Ferrari, Volvo, and Mercedes.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out a basic Ford Fiesta SE sedan and came away pretty impressed. As much of a hatchback person as I am, I would prefer the Fiesta sedan. It seems to be a little larger in the front (even though it isn’t), but the trunk is cavernous. Now, I’ve got the Fiesta’s bigger sibling, the Ford Focus SE, while my daily driver is in the shop to repair a MyFord Touch freakout.
Throughout the years there have been many attempts to remotely check tire pressure. Now TPMS is pretty much standard equipment on most vehicles as the EPA wants to save gas. Heck, Nissan’s will even honk at you when you reach the correct pressure at the pump. Right PSI is an analog solution that seems to work well for older cars.
There are generally two ways to go in the world of car audio speakers: You can go coaxial, which mounts the woofer and the tweeter in the same axis. In other words, it just looks like one speaker with a tweeter in the middle. But for more flexibility and typically better sound quality, you can separate the tweeter from the woofer. Those are called components — and Rockford makes some high-end component speakers.
If you have a new Honda Accord (especially an LX) and you wondered if it is possible to upgrade to an aftermarket head unit with navigation and WiFi connectivity, wonder no more. The geniuses at Scosche have figured out how to get rid of the stock audio control and HVAC module and be able to swap it with a more technologically advanced aftermarket piece.
I have a thing for Maseratis . I think the Ghibli is downright sexy for an “entry” level uber-luxury sedan. I also will make my mild fetish known and admit I do have a thing for leather pants. Mix the two together and BAM! The brand figured out you have the makings of an advertorial for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
It happened to me. My AM radio screen on my C-MAX freezes up when you try and change stations. And then it becomes a big chore to return back to satellite. Because the issue isn’t totally pressing, I waited for my local dealer to have a loaner car (might as well get a review in). So a base Ford Focus is filling my needs. More on that to come.
So it is of great interest that the word on the street is Ford is dumping Microsoft and moving to the less expensive QNX multimedia platform for its entertainment system.