Ford and Toyota Partner to Keep Apple, Google at Bay

Ford infotainment

One of the most compelling reasons not to buy a new Toyota is the stark absence of either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. If you’ve sniffed around automotive news headlines from the past few years’ CES shows, you know more and more pundits are beginning to view cars as appliances for daily life, and the ever-growing infotainment screens found in new cars are central to this shift. Continue reading >>>

New BMW Headlights Solve Old Problem

BMW headlights at CES

Imagine a world where you never have to worry about turning down your brights as you drive. We’ve all been there, happily zooming down a country lane or lonely highway with the road in front of us bathed in ample light, our cars cutting through the darkness with high beams in full force.

Then a car approaches.

We think nothing of it until the approaching vehicle flashes its high beams, causing us to remember that we are blinding this fellow traveler. In our haste to quickly turn off the high beams, we spill our drink and accidentally flip on our right turn signal.

By the time we recover, the approaching car is long gone and we flip the high beams back on, only to repeat the process a few miles down the road.

There has to be a better way.

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Benz Use of Che Guevara Image Sparks Outrage

Mercedes backdrop with Che Guevara

Daimler-Benz Chairman Dieter Zetsche, if you haven’t heard, just last week blew off countless potential Mercedes fans during his presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show.

He was talking about the importance of new telecommunications technology, in particular the idea of car-sharing. “Some colleagues still think that car-sharing borders on communism, but if this is a revolution, then ‘viva la revolucion!’.” And behind him was the picture you see above, with Che wearing a three-pointed-star beret.

Not even close to amusing for the million or so Cuban-Americans who fled Castro or who now live in the U.S. and have the strongest feelings about the regime. Benz apologized on Thursday, but the media storm had already broken.

Right-wing bloggers in particular went crazy, and it would be hard to defend the company’s use of Che on any grounds, much less the totally far-fetched concept of car-sharing: “I’ll be driving a dark green S-Class; just hop in.”

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