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  • Automotive Gift Ideas for Dad
    Automotive Gift Ideas for Dad

    Car gifts for Father's Day including GPS systems, work gloves, sunglasses and a host of other automotive gift ideas are highlighted....

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  • Father's Day Gift Guide
    Father's Day Gift Guide

    If your dad is a car buff, we've got some great ideas for Father's Day gifts that will wow him. You've got time between now and Jun 19 to grab some of these ideas, which range from navigation gear to exotic car rentals, to fashion items and toys....

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  • Many Cars Tone Deaf To Women's Voices
    Many Cars Tone Deaf To Women's Voices

    Rebekah Page-Gourley, an attorney from Detroit, loves pretty much everything about her new 2012 Ford Focus. She even raves about the windshield wipers.But she's not as thrilled with the voice-command system, which lets her change radio stat......

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  • Five Mind-Blowing Innovations From Mercedes-Benz
    Five Mind-Blowing Innovations From Mercedes-Benz

    On a recent trek to Germany, Mercedes-Benz pulled back the veil on its tech strategy for the next few years and provided Autoblog with a glimpse into what we'll find in its next generation of vehicles. With more than 2,000 patents filed in ......

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  • Break Out The Aluminum Foil To Secure Yourself From Hackers
    Break Out The Aluminum Foil To Secure Yourself From Hackers

    Some basic electronic gear is all tech-minded car thieves would need to steal many recent models, according to Swiss researchers. They successfully hacked into 10 vehicles from eight manufacturers in the latest of a growing number of studie......

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  • Cops vs. Speeders: How Radar and Laser Jammers Work
    Cops vs. Speeders: How Radar and Laser Jammers Work

    Ever played the superhero game? It's the one where friends or bar mates discuss the superpower they'd most like to possess. Inevitably, someone picks the ability to become invisible. Marvel Comic Books got it right with The Invisible Woman.......

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  • Cops In the Sky
    Cops In the Sky

    Imagine this: It's a gorgeous spring day in Miami and you're thoroughly tempted to lower the top of your rental car and push the power pedal a little too hard in a bid to break free from the traffic crush on the Palmetto. But, though there......

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  • Backward Looking Cameras Are in Your Car's Future
    Backward Looking Cameras Are in Your Car's Future

    Your government, not content with having bailed out two-thirds of the American auto industry with your money, in December announced a Christmas gift for the entire industry: Mandated rear-mounted video cameras and in-vehicle displays aimed ......

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  • Tracking Your Teen Driver
    Tracking Your Teen Driver

    There are dozens of devices that can track the whereabouts of your car, and we recently spent time testing a simple and inexpensive unit called the Safe Driver from Lemur Vehicle Monitors. Safe Driver is intended as a tattletale for parents......

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  • Don't Get Nabbed For Speeding
    Don't Get Nabbed For Speeding

    The technology war between the police and speeding motorists is decades old -- but never dull. One side or the other is always upping the ante to keep the game of cat and mouse interesting.Radar remains one of the most common means for poli......

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  • Why Losing Your Keys Could Cost As Much As Your Monthly Payment
    Why Losing Your Keys Could Cost As Much As Your Monthly Payment

    How much do you suppose it would cost to replace that set of car keys in your pocket? A few bucks? Dream on.If it’s a “smart” key, it could easily cost you $200 to $300 -- or more.Many vehicles today have immobilizers that......

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  • Couple Stranded By Nav System
    Couple Stranded By Nav System

    When Starry Rhoads and her husband John followed their navigation system's directions to take a road through Oregon's picture-perfect winter wilderness, they never once thought that their lives would be in danger. Marked as a through road ......

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  • Thieves Could Hack Cars Through Tire Systems

    As our cars become more technologically advanced, they leave the door open for vulnerabilities. Latest in the technological flawbook appears to be tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), revealing just how small that hole needs to be in o......

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  • Smart Maps Tell You How To Save The Most Fuel, Money
    Smart Maps Tell You How To Save The Most Fuel, Money

    It should come as no surprise that today's new car has more technology found within than even the fastest desktop computer. Unfortunately, it seems that most of this technological firepower hasn't been used for the driver's benefit. But ne......

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  • Putting the Sightless Behind the Wheel
    Putting the Sightless Behind the Wheel

    Students at Virginia Tech University have succeeded in breaking down another barrier for the disabled: Building a vehicle that allows the blind to drive. Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory developed a driver-assist system t......

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  • Americans Use GPS Systems To Find Food, Coffee and Gas
    Americans Use GPS Systems To Find Food, Coffee and Gas

    These days, Americans are no longer using GPS to simply find out how to get from point A to point B. Rather, we're using them for routine activities, such as shopping, eating, playing and relaxing. TeleNav, one of the largest providers of n......

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  • In-Car Tracking Device Tells Us We're Not Good Drivers

    How badly do you think you drive? You'd be surprised.In my first day testing a real-time driver-tracking device called the TIWI, I racked up an almost unbelievable 53 speeding violations and more than a few "aggressive driving" violations. ......

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  • 5 Features You'll Take For Granted In 5 Years
    5 Features You'll Take For Granted In 5 Years

    Five years from now we will take options like remote start, GPS navigation and in-car internet access for granted....

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  • Thieves Target GPS Devices To Find Out Where You Live
    Thieves Target GPS Devices To Find Out Where You Live

    Aside from making driving easier, the on-board electronics revolution has given some people a new direction in their lives. Unfortunately, it could take them right into your bedroom or living room.These people are GPS thieves. When they ste......

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  • LoJack, Car Alarms, Extended Warranty

    Okay, you've decided what model of car you want to buy. And you know, more or less, how much you want to spend -- or how much you can afford. You've kicked tires, talked to salesmen, taken a few shiny new numbers for a test-drive and you're......

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