Vote for the Tech CARS Awards deadline is 1/31.

Voting Opens for AUTO Connected Car News’ Tech CARS Awards 2016

2016 was a stellar year for connected cars, autonomous vehicles and new car technology. More automakers, technology providers and suppliers are offering superior technology features. AUTO Connected Car News readers can express you opinions about the latest technology for cars by voting for the annual Tech CARS (Technology of Connected Autos Rated Superior) Awards.

This year we have 12 categories and the the new categories are:

  • Best New Hardware/Software Solution by Supplier for Autonomous Driving
  • Best New Luxury EV, BHEV, Hybrid from a new automaker (Competing Tesla Style)
  • Best Supplier of Telematics Solutions for Insurance, OEMs or Consumers
  • Best Car Buying or Selling App Experience or Mobile Web
  • Best Automotive Tech Chip Maker

New for this year’s voting is the ability to write-in nominees and also give comments. It there is significant number of write-in votes for a company, service or device, it will be added to the voting. The most interesting, funny, strong and articulate comments will be published after the votes are tallied on January 31, 2017.

AUTO Connected Car News’ voting is different from other electoral college elections in that the popular vote always wins. As with all elections, candidates are free to Tweet, blog, brag, announce, post and tell the world about their nominations to encourage voting.

If you are a nominee please read and follow our the rules and permissions‘ guidelines for usage of nominations or winning. Basically, all we ask for is that your content be professional and you link back to AUTO Connected Car News.

Best New Connected Car Product to Help Connect to Smartphones & Other Features

Pearl Auto Rearvision $499 – wireless backup camera that uses smartphone as monitor.
Garmin nüviCam HD -$399 , Navigation Bluetooth, voice, HD Digital Traffic, Collision/Departure Alerts.
Hudway HUD Glass with App – $79 allows for using any head-up display app on any mobile device both in poor visibility and on a clear day.
Navdy (HARMAN) – $799 HUD, Google Maps, hand gestures and GPS.
RandMcNally OverDryve – $349-$399 voice assistant, dash cam, trip recorder, media player with optional backup camera.

Edsel Yugo Award for Biggest Snafu in 2016

BMW automated soft-close door close closes on human fingers.
Uber’s self-driving car without DMV self-driving permit, registrations revoked by DMV.
CarMax claims cars are safe but sell thems with unrepaired open recalls.
Death of Tesla drivers- while in Autopilot mode: Joshua Brown, Gao Yaning.

Best New Hardware/Software Solution by Supplier for Autonomous Driving

Delphi/Mobileye – “Central Sensing Localization and Planning” (CSLP) platform with Sensor Fusion
Continental -Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit & High Resolution 3D Flash Lida

Best New Mainstream Electric Vehicle or Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle

2017 Chevy Bolt
2017 Chrysler Pacificia (Plug-in Hybrid)
2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Best New Luxury EV, BHEV, Hybrid from a new automaker (Competing Tesla Style)

Karma Revero
Lucid Air
LeEco Car
Faraday Future 2017

Best Supplier of Telematics Solutions for Insurance, OEMs or Consumers

Verizon Telematics
OCTO Telematics

Best Connected Car, New Mobility or Tech Celebrity, Analyst or Spokesperson

Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics
Matt Jones, GENIVI Alliance
Padmasree Warrior, NextEV

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

Chevy Bolt rear vision camera, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, LTE, app, 238 mile charge, 10.2 display & ADAS
Hyundai Blue Link Amazon Alexa Integration
OnStar for proactive alerts before problems arise for starter, fule pump & battery

Best App or Mobile Website for Finding Car Repair Info Prices and Quotes

Your Mechanic
Repair Pal

Best Car Buying or Selling App Experience or Mobile Web

Kelley Blue Book – search vehicle prices, compare vehicles and find a dealer
SHIFT – browsing, test drive delivering and financing
Blinker used car buying and selling
TrueCar Car Buying – transparent pricing and see what other’s paid – search, read reviews, True Market Vlaue, payment calculator and specs – find cars near you, compare listings and features.

Best Automotive Tech Chip Maker

Mentor Graphcis
Qualcomm NXP

Best Deployment of ADAS Features by an Automaker

Volvo 90 Series for Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert, sharing cloud data between cars.
Toyota for making Safety Sense with Automatic Emergency Braking standard on most models by end of 2017.
Chrysler Pacifica for Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, 360° Surround View Camera, FCW, LDW & Rear Park Assist System with Stop.
Audi for Vehicle to Traffic Light information on 2017 Audi A4, Q7 & allroad models.

After reviewing the nominees, you can vote here. We have created the hashtag #TechCARS for Twitter and social media promoting.

Voting commences starting today December 22 and will end January 31, 2017 at 11:45 PM.

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