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Do you want to check out the new Porsche Cayman GT4?
Now you can in Real Racing 3. The is is giving players a first look at what it's like to be behind the wheel of the Cayman GT4. This is the first time a real car has made its debut in a mobile game. You could even win a virtual version of the car after completing some in-game events.
Download Real Racing 3 for free to take the Cayman out for a spin.
Smartphones are very useful tools for communicating, playing music, finding out information, and generally entertaining you, but they can be dangerous if used while driving. Navdy seeks to alleviate distractions while still allowing you access to all of those functions.
It is being billed as "Google-glass for your car" as, similar to the glasses, the small heads up display (HUD) is designed to sit on your dashboard and project information on a transparent pane in front of you. Navdy is running a 30 day pre-order campaign where they hope to raise $60,000 to get backers and support the initial production.
Navdy is supported by cars made after 1996 as it connects with the auto's onboard computer (OBD II port). This allows it to display navigation instructions, fuel economy stats, tire-pressure warnings, speed, and more. The HUD can be controlled with voice and simple gestures to help keep drivers focused on the road. It also supports many popular apps such as Google Maps, Spotify, and various social media platforms.
Backers can pre-order Navdy for $299 - a 40% discount from its projected retail price. You can also use Navdy's referral program to alert friends and family, and for everyone who buys one based on your referral you receive a $30 discount. If you pre-order you will be able to vote on which smartphone apps and features Navdy should have when it is finalized in 2015.
Plenty of drivers have already discovered how integrating their smartphones with their cars can lead to better driving experiences. This fall, Honda owners will get to try out a new kind of connectivity system called HondaLink. Combined with the Aha Radio app, HondaLink looks to give users a fresh way to enjoy their content on the road.
Aha Radio seems to work like an audio version of Flipboard. Users feed the app with their various personalized media sources like songs, radio stations, audiobooks, podcasts, and social networking sites and are then presented with a custom audio stream for them to listen to while driving. Users can also monitor traffic conditions as well as search for directions to restaurants and other local hotspots. All of this is done through the hands-free voice recognition controls, steering-wheel controls, and in-dash controls that HondaLink provides. That way, users can stay safely connected without even touching their phones.
HondaLink arrives this fall with the 2013 Honda Accord. Meanwhile, the Aha Radio app is available now for free on the App Store.
I think there was a moment in my late childhood when my dad really wanted me to understand how cars work. I didn't pay much attention, honestly, as I was generally lost in my own little world throughout my days of kid-dom. Today, though, there are times when I really wish I had paid more careful attention to the lessons of my youth. And that's where How Cars Work comes in. Simply put, it's an instructional app that teaches...yep...how cars work. From steering and suspension to powertrain and braking, pretty much all of the basics are covered in this tidy little app.
Now, in version 1.3.0, developer Aymen Alshawi has added a basic maintenance section to help those who may not know how to perform basic maintenance like changing a tire on their vehicle. It's a handy and quick way to find information if it's needed in an emergency, and while all makes and models are different, this app covers the basics that apply to pretty much every vehicle. And more is on the way in future update, including a guide to vehicle modifications.
Make up for those lost lessons of youth and learn a little more about your car with How Cars Work.
Mercedes Benz has announced that it will use Apple's Siri voice activated personal assistant software currently available on the iPhone 4S to drive its new "Drive Kit Plus" system that will allow drivers to access and control their iPhone apps with their voice while driving. "Drive Kit Plus" will be integrated with Mercedes Benz Digital Drivestyle system which transmits and formats iPhone screens to in-car screens.
Using "Drive Kit Plus" drivers will be able to control their music, change radio stations, send texts, make phone calls, update their Facebook and Twitter accounts, or even control their Aupeo Personal Radio. "Drive Kit Plus" will also integrate with Garmin GPS systems to provide drivers the ability to find directions and routes through voice commands.
This new, Siri-powered feature is slated for a debut at the 82nd International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland on March 8th and will make Mercedes Benz the first auto manufacturer to integrate Apple tech into their in-car systems.