As technology progresses, so do in-car gadgets, and with such an array of rubbish, brilliance and innovation, which are the best to buy for your car? From cleaning products to internet on-the-go, there’s a gadget for every car. Here’s a helpful list of some of the best.
If there are two things most 21st century Americans living in major metropolitan areas can’t seem to live without, they are the automobile and the mobile phone. And as the mobile phone has evolved into the smartphone, the opportunities to build closer ties between the two contraptions become more abundant and easier to realize. With that in mind, GM is working on an app for Android-powered smartphones for use in conjunction with the upcoming Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
Considering who makes the Android OS, it should come as no surprise that Google Maps will provide the proverbial meat of the navigation component of the app. As such, there will be a voice-activated, location-sensitive destination search function as well as the ability to see your real-time location on a map. OnStar will provide the proverbial potatoes in the form of verbal turn-by-turn directions. (Other functions will include battery charge scheduling and monitoring and remote start.) However, the navigation function won’t be available in the first version of the app; you’ll have to wait for version 2.0 to enjoy the aforementioned features.
Ford has been riding a wave of good news lately, and part of that is thanks to the warm reception of its SYNC integrated infotainment system co-developed with Microsoft. However, SYNC isn’t without its shortcomings, chief among them the fact that while you can plug a smartphone into the system and run some apps, you can’t do so hands-free. That’s set to change, however, with the introduction of the 2011 Fiesta later this year.
Called SYNC AppLink, the program will allow Blackberry- and Android-powered smartphone owners (iPhone users will have to hurry up and wait.) to control certain apps via SYNC’s voice recognition system. Users will have to install SYNC compatibility software on their phones and, initially at least, only three apps that will be supported: Pandora, Stitcher, and Orangatame’s OpenBeak Twitter program. Loads more apps will likely become compatible as time passes, thanks to the developer channel Ford has set up.