Your Car's Voice Activated System Is As Distracting As A Phone

We’ve always found that voice control systems in cars are a bit pointless, since virtually every one is crap. (No, we don’t want to go to Ottawa, we want to turn on the radio. NO ONE WANTS TO GO TO OTTAWA.) But it turns out that if you do use a voice control system in your car, it could be incredibly distracting. »10/22/15 1:49pm10/22/15 1:49pm


Why Do Center Display Screens Look Like They’re Just Tacked On?

Hello, everyone! Today is an extra special day, because it’s Friday, and that means it’s time for your favorite, and my favorite, and everyone’s favorite Jalopnik column, Letters to Doug. Tomorrow is also an extra special day because it’s Colorado Day, which means the local DMV employees will probably bring in… »7/31/15 3:00pm7/31/15 3:00pm

Android Auto Preview: It's Not Perfect, But You Want It

I was really excited when Google announced Android Auto last year. I spend a lot of time driving, and it sounded way safer and more convenient than sticking my phone to the dash. Eleven months later, I finally got to take it for a spin. The TL;DR version? I want it in my car, like, now. I bet you’d like it too. »5/27/15 1:15pm5/27/15 1:15pm

Infotainment Systems and iPhones- A Rant

Car radio systems used to be simple. AM radio, one or two speakers, a dial and a few knobs. Fast forward to the 80's and things start getting a little more complicated. You have digital displays, FM radio, 8 tracks, Cassettes and more speakers. Go forward another 10-15 years to the 90's and things get even more… »8/20/14 12:56pm8/20/14 12:56pm

Detroit Auto Show: XM Infotainment Infiniti QX56 System Does It All

The Detroit Auto Show may be chock full of cars and gears and engines, but there is still some love for the techno-fiends out there. XM's completely customized Infiniti QX56 "Infotainment Vehicle" includes a wide array of features including the standard touchscreen interface, a programming guide, XM Satellite Radio… »1/15/08 10:30am1/15/08 10:30am