Volvo rolls out post-crash checklist for drivers

15 May
2020 Volvo XC90Volvo owners involved in a crash will have immediate support from the automaker. The brand announced Tuesday its Volvo Car Accident Advisor, which delivers an essential checklist to a driver's smartphone if the vehicle detects it has been in a crash. The feature will be available to all 2015.5 and newer Volvo vehicles in the U.S. via the cars'...

Google Assistant turns smartphones into infotainment systems

9 May
Google Assistant Drive ModeDrivers won't have to upgrade to a new car with a big screen and the latest hardware to use certain functions similar to Google's Android Auto. The tech giant on Tuesday said at its developer conference that its revamped Google Assistant feature set to roll out over the next few months will include a car-oriented Driving Mode that may even be more...

Drivers far more likely to talk on phone than text while driving

31 Jan
Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompsonA new study from the IIHS makes it clear Americans aren't giving up their cell phones behind the wheel, but there's some good news. The IIHS published the results of a study last week and found that drivers are more likely to talk on the phone than text. The study surveyed 800 drivers across the U.S. and asked about their phone habits while...

Google Maps adds speed limit info to Android Auto

21 Jan
Google Maps logoGoogle Maps has finally begun to roll out speed limit information for drivers using the application across the U.S. The additional feature is an unusual example of Google playing catch up since rival apps have shown drivers local speed limits for years. Engadget reported last Friday that speed limit info is now rolling out to users after an update...

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...