Nominees for Tech CARS Awards: GM, Tesla, Ford, CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, Buick LaCrosse, RAV 4, Touarage & More

VoteTechCARSAwardsnobackground300adAUTO Connected Car News has tallied various social media sources, comments and our own database of most read articles to present the nominees for the 2015 Tech CARS Awards.

“This has been a groundbreaking year in connected car and car tech, we want to honor all those companies and people who have made it happen,” said Lynn Walford, editor AUTO Connected Car News.

Each category will have a feature article with more information about the nominees available to help online voting that will start on Sunday, December 20 and continue until January 15, 2016 at 11:45 pm PST.

Overall Best Implementation of New Car Tech to Make Lives Better or Easier

  • GM’s massive deployment of Android Auto and CarPlay across 47 models.
  • Tesla offers AutoPilot through software update.
  • Ford offers free Apple Siri Eyes-Free via SYNC software update.

Overall Best Implementation of Connected Car Tech with Smartphones

  • Android Auto
  • MirrorLink
  • Apple CarPlay

Best Deployment of ADAS Features in 2015

  • 2017 Buick LaCrosse for most complete safety with Pedestrian/Front Auto-Braking, Auto Park/Lane Keeping Assist, ACC, Lane/Blind Alerts, Teen Monitoring & Safety Seat.
  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 for Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) with Pre-Collison System (with Auto-Braking), FCW, Lane Alert & Dynamic Cruise Control.
  • 2016 VW Touarage for adding FCW, Emergency Braking, ACC, Park/Lane Assist Systems.

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  • Volkswagen/Audi Diesel Test Spoofing Scandal
  • Takata Air Bags
  • Miller/Vallesek Hack of Jeep Cherokee

Overall Best Car Infotainment Software by Automaker

  • Chevy MyLink
  • Volkswagen MB II
  • Ford SYNC3
  • Volvo Sensus Connect

Vote for the Best Car Tech Connected Car Trade Show, Exhibition or Symposium

  • CES International, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Connected Car Detroit, by Automotive Megatrends.
  • Telematics West Coast, , San Diego, California.
  • Connected Car Expo at the LA Auto Show.

Best Self-Driving Autonomous Car of 2015

  • Delphi Cross Country Road Trip by Road Runner
  • Toyota AI from Research Institute
  • Google
  • Volvo Drive Me
  • Honda & Acura RLX testing @ Contra Costa Transportation Authority
  • Audi A7 Autonmous Drive to CES 2015
  • Mercedes-Benz Luxury in Motion

Most Anticipated New Aftermarket Product Expected in 2016

Best Backhaul Software or Development Platform for Automakers

  • QNX
  • Airbiquity
  • Covisint
  • OpenCar

Best Security Device or Software for Automotive Cybersecurity

  • Argus CyberSecurity
  • Security Innovation
  • HARMAN (RedBend) 5+1 Security Framework Solution
  • whiteCryption

Best Connected Car analyst, Advocate or Personality

  • Roger C. Lanctot, Strategy Analytics.
  • Andy Gryc, Connected Car Expo.
  • John Simpson, Consumer WatchDog.

Best Navigation Map Supplier App or Service

  • Waze
  • Apple Maps
  • Nokia HERE
  • TomTom
  • Other:

Best Connected Car PR Representative or Public Relation Firm for Project, Product or Service

  • Steve Johansson for Spireon’s Kahu.
  • Ketchum for the Hyundai Virutal Guide App.
  • Jessica Swain for AT&T Connected Car.
  • Kahn Media for Cars Mechanical Institute @ Petersen Museum.

Best aftermarket Bluetooth, Aux or Speakerphone Device Under $100

  • JBL Trip – speakerphone with Bluetooth clips on visor, features noise cancellation. MSRP $99.99
  • iSimple BluStream – streams music & hands-free calling from car radio MSRP $59.95
  • Parrot MINIKIT Neo 2 HD – Bluetooth speakerphone with app MSRP $99.99
  • Other:

Best OBD-II Device with Software and Services

  • Vinli offers apps, data, roadside support and Wi-Fi data pay per use MSRP $199.
  • Hum by Verizon Wireless with roadside support and visor speakerphone (Free with Contract).
  • Zubie now with Wi-Fi Hotspots as Verizon add-on package MSRP $99.95.
  • Mojio now works with Alexa and developer apps MSRP $149.

Best Car Support App

  • Gas Buddy
  • Honk
  • Purple On-Demand Gas Delivery
  • Torque

We are currently working on getting the voting software working and having articles about each category available to help with the voting. If you represent any of the aforementioned companies please email a few paragraphs about yourself, product, project or service to editor[at]