GM embraces Google voice, maps

6 Sep
GM Google Assistant UIGeneral Motors announced Friday that it is moving toward a more connected in-car experience with the upcoming integration of Google Assistant and embedded Google applications, including navigation via Google Maps. With this announcement, GM joins automakers such as Volvo in expanding in-car connectivity. Perhaps more importantly, it signals an...

Google redesigns Android Auto with cleaner look

7 May
Updated Android Auto user interface, 2019Google will usher in a sleeker look for Android Auto this summer, the technology company announced on Monday. Android Auto's first major overhaul turns the interface into a sexier system with a cleaner menu and more controls placed in user-friendly portions of the screen. Google said the most important goal with the redesign was to show more...

New Domino’s in-car app lets drivers order pizza on the go

27 Mar
Domino's in-car pizza ordering appLong gone are the days of calling for a pizza. Soon, all it'll take will be a few taps on a car's touchscreen to order a Domino's Pizza. The pizza chain on Monday debuted a new pizza-ordering platform that will be pre-loaded onto certain new cars that use the Xevo in-vehicle commerce service platform. At least initially, the system will be...

Future Honda infotainment will let drivers make purchases on the go

10 Jan
Honda Dream Drive infotainment system prototype at 2019 CESHonda will bring more connectivity to drivers and passengers in the near future with its "Honda Dream Drive" infotainment system. The prototype system, revealed at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, will let drivers make purchases on the go and open up entertainment to keep passengers occupied. The system debuted as a concept at the...

Jaguar Land Rover cars, crossovers, and SUVs add Apple CarPlay, Android Auto for 2019

27 Sep
Apple CarPlayJaguar, Land Rover, and Range Rover cars and SUVs will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in 2019 models and some older models, a spokesman said Wednesday. Dealers should be able to add the software functionality soon, a spokesman told The Car Connection. Jaguar Land Rover, which is jointly owned by Tata Motors, was the last holdout...

2019 Toyota Camry, Sienna add Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa

13 Aug
2018 Toyota Camry XLE HybridThe Venn diagram overlap between Toyota shoppers, Apple iOS users, and Amazon Prime members now includes the 2019 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan and 2019 Toyota Sienna minivan. According to Cars Direct, the 2019 Camry and 2019 Sienna will come with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility when they go on sale this fall. MORE: Developer derby...

Developer derby: Amazon enters automotive arena with Alexa Auto voice-activated software

10 Aug
Amazon Alexa familyForgot to turn your smart thermostat down at home before leaving? No problem, Amazon said Thursday. Just ask your car to do it. The e-commerce giant released an Alexa Auto Software Development Kit for new vehicles as a way to incorporate key functions of the voice-activated software into vehicle infotainment systems. MORE: AAA study finds...

Google maps, apps, voice assistant coming soon to new cars? OK, Volvo says

7 May
Volvo to embed Google in future infotainment system"OK Volvo play me more songs by Siouxsie and the Banshees and find the nearest Natural Grocers." Volvo announced Monday that its next infotainment system will integrate more popular features from Google, including Google Maps, Play Store, and Google Assistant. Those apps are part of a larger partnership between the automaker and the software...