This notice is to remind our readers that voting ends for the Tech CARS Awards tonight January 15 at 11:45 pm PST. So far, the voting has been great and there are several categories where there are only a few votes between the winners and the losers.
The Tech CARS (Technology of Connected Autos Rated Superior) Awards for connected cars and related products or services with voting live online.
We would like to thank our friends at Electric Car Insider for co-sponsoring the category of Best Electric Car Technology and helping to select the nominees: BMW i3, AWD Tesla S, Nissan Leaf, Fiat and TransPower. The latest Electric Car Insider magazine will be on news stands February 3. Be sure to buy one at your local magazine retailer. In case of a tie in this category Electric Car Insider staff will help determine the winner.
Nominated for the “Overall Best Implementation of Any New Car Tech to Make Lives Better or Easier” are BMW, GM, Hyundai and Ford for new neat technology launched in 2014.
There are several nominations for the “Best Implementation of Connected Car Tech with Smartphones” including, Volkswagen Car-Net, Nissan Connect, justDrive Jaguar Land Rover, GM OnStar RemoteLink and Ford SYNC AppLink developer apps.
Not everything went right with car tech in 2014. There are four nominees for the ”Edsel Yugo Award for Biggest Snafu in Connected Car Technology 2014.” Debacles nominated are Apple’s Bluetooth Bungle (for Bluetooth issues with iOS Updates 8-8.1 and iPhone 6/6+ – for wreaking havoc on in car systems), GM Chevy App Shop Chopped (closed for remodeling and misquoted), Takata air bags recall and the media darling scare hacksters duo (Chirs Valesek and Charlie Miller).
Voters can vote for the Best ADAS Feature of 2014 with choices of Hyundai Sonata, Volvo City Safety, GM Safety Alert Seat and Tesla S. This category is very close as of this writing.
2014 is the first year, consumers could use CarPlay and can vote for their either Pioneer NEX, Ferrari FF or Alpine iLX-007 as the best CarPlay provider.
OBDII port connected car devices nominated are Mojio, Zubie, Automatic and Dash.
Parents and teens may vote for Best Distracted Driver Anti Texting App such as OTTER App, SafeCell 360 or AT&T DriveMode. This is another very close category.
Connected car enthusiasts love trade shows, exhibitions and symposium. Nominations for best connected car show include CES International, the Connected Car Expo, Telematics Detroit, Michigan, Telematics West Coast and C3 Connected Car Conference at CE Week as the best. Our Los Angeles friends have a large lead as of this publication.