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Apple iOS 8.1 4 iPhone 5-6+ could fix Bluetooth issue with hands-free devices/cars

iOS81buetoothfixiOS 8 has been plagued with Bluetooth bugs connecting to in-car infotainment systems.The manifest of features for iOS update shows a Bluetooth fix which hopefully will help our readers who have tried everything from complaining to Apple to “nuking” their phones to get Bluetooth work. Almost every car maker was affected including BMW, Audi, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Mercedes-Benz, VW, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai and more.

4G LTE coming to 15 car makers, which ones, when?

Qualcomm Connected CarWe at AUTO Connected Car News only cover the connected car space.  We find itvery amusing when standard news agencies cover the topic because they mix up their facts and confuse information. Christiano Amon from Qualcomm  spilled some interesting connected car industry beans with a few surprises and incorrect facts to Fox news.

Nissan LEAF gets free charging and self-cleaning with creature resistance

nissanleafThere is good news for Nissan LEAF owners present and future.  First, Nissan LEAF owners can get two years of free charging and in the future LEAF owners may never have to waste water washing their cars. Creature lovers and haters will be happy with their nano-coated LEAFs because animal poo and bugs won’t stick either.

Smart Connected Rearview Nissan Mirror, Smarter & a Winner

nissansmartrearviewThe Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror is smarter than your average mirror.  It uses a special camera to make the view of what is behind the Nissan, clearer, better and safer.

In fact, the Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror won the 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award.

Nissan Protects Cars from Dirt and Water (Ultra-Ever Dry ) Self-Cleaning Car

NissanselfcleanercloseNissan in Europe is testing new paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt called a self-cleaning car. It could mean that drivers will say chuck-it to their buckets and sponges.

A European Nissan Note with super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint effectiveness is being by engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe in many conditions.

NY Auto Show Connected Cars Drive Driverless Testing, Automous, Self-Driving Volvo, Mercedes & Nissan

CBS Channel 10 news in Tampa Bay/Sarasota Florida, shows some very interesting information about driverless cars from the New York International Auto Show.

Volvo’s driverless car is being testing in Sweden, the video shows sensors in the grill work. Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles appears in the video.

Mercedes is testing driverless cars in Germany. Nissan is testing driverless cars in Japan. GPS, cameras and sensors give cars a view of the road. The US Department of Transportation wants V2V technology in the future along with V2I.

Several automakers expect to sell the technology by 2020.

Volvo has safety technology in its cars. More than one million Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking have been sold. To date, more than 155,000 of these Volvos have been sold in the U.S. market.

With its S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle, Mercedes-Benz in August 2013 claims to be the world’s first automobile manufacturer to demonstrate that autonomous driving in rural and urban traffic is possible video follows.

Virtual Test Drive Nissan Rouge on Google Maps

Nissan Detour

Nissan has launched a multimedia detour ride using Google maps and images. Enter your starting address and destination address for visual virtual Nissan Rogue ride.