Ford Auto Connected Cars to Bloggers at MWC

fordecosportliveFord will socialize its marketing with the connected EcoSport cars in a six month blog and social media campaign. Ford of Europe will show a new automated research car with automated driving and other advanced technology after 2025.

The event will start at Mobile World Congress called EcoSport Live.  Cars will be loaned to one hundred of the hippest bloggers to write about the EcoSports connectivity via social media.

Chevy OnStar LTE Free Rides at South by Southwest

ChevysouthbywouthwestChevrolet will be at the South by Southwest Music, Film and Tech festival as a Super Sponsor March.7-16 in Austin Texas.

Those attending the event will be the first to tryout LTE OnStar vehicles at the Austin Convention Center.  GM Chevy cars with OnStar will not be the only stars at the show, there will also be speakers showing how your next Chevy may have augmented reality to help you navigate, investigate and not tailgate.

Test Drive Auto Connected Car by Renting, Says Enterprise

enterpris e connected carRecently, I rented a car with a full navigation and smartphone connectable Bluetooth head unit. It was a delight to listen to iTunes while driving in areas where there is bad radio reception. It helped me realize how important a connected car can be people who are on the road for long periods of time.

A recent study by Enterprise Holdings reported that younger Americans, especially Millenials see renting a car as a test drive and a way to discover new technology.

Renault Kwid Lauches Bird’s-Eye View of Connected Car with Flying Copter Drones

Kwid Renalut with DroneWe drivers in low riding compact cars often wish we had bird’s eye view of traffic like SUV and truck driver’s see. In the future, a car may send out a flying quadro-copter flying companion drone that will eagle scout dangers and traffic on the road ahead.

Renault besides its auto-connected concept car, the “Next Two”  also showed the Kwid copter concept car at the Chicago auto show.

Sears Drive-Through Car Hop Service App

Sears announced that its Show Your Way mobile app, lets people pick up their Sears order with in 5 minutes without leaving their cars for

AUTO Connected Car Review of Chicago Auto Show News: Hyundai, Aha, Connected Car 2014 & Next

renaultLet’s see the latest announcements for AUTO Connected Car readers from the Chicago Auto Show.

Hyundai America announced the enhanced Blue Link system Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.  Today, Hyundai announced the same Google location search will be part of an update for 500,000 Hyundai owners with the previous version of Blue Link. It offers voice Google search and navigation along with Google Glass integration.

Cars and Infotainment are Over-Connected?

nscEven though Gen Y through Boomers want connected cars, the National Safety Council today warned of the dangers of too much infotainment going on while driving and support initiatives by car companies and after market manufacturers to limit infotainment functionality when requested by the driver and or parents.

dash App Better Driving with Car Info & Bluetooth for Android Like Automatic

DashappandroidscoresHere’s an easy inexpensive way to connect to the data in car on Android via Bluetooth. Dash claims it can “make any car, a smart car.”

Dash is similar to Automatic, using Bluetooth and a connection to the OBD-II port to gather driving information and make suggestions. Automatic, however, currently only works with iPhone(Android coming soon) while Dash works with Android and will be available for iPhone in the future.