Looking for an easy way to add Bluetooth wireless to your vehicle? If your car stereo features an analog auxiliary input (you know, the one that looks like a headphone jack), Scosche's new motorMouth II stereo Bluetooth adapter could have you streaming audio and making hands-free calls within minutes.
Taking the concept of the mobile office a step further, BMW is including BlackBerry smartphone integration with its vehicles starting in September with its 2011 BMW models.
Using Bluetooth, many smartphones can already sync contacts, photos, music, and offer voice activated functionality and text-to-voice capability for text messages while driving. However, in addition to the usual smartphone feature list, BMW's ConnectedDrive gives its vehicles the capability to read out loud incoming e-mail messages from compatible BlackBerry smartphones.
Using the iDrive control interface that's on models equipped with Assist, Bluetooth, and onboard navigation, occupants of a BMW can … Read more
The micro-carmaker recently released its Smart Drive app ($9.99), which it showed at the Geneva Motor Show, on iTunes in U.S. and E.U., and it offers radio, Bluetooth, and geomapping capabilities. While any driver can download and use this app, Smart designed it specifically to fit in the dashboard of its ForTwo and integrate with the fun-size car when it's coupled with its proprietary Smart Drive kit--an iPhone cradle.
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Not long ago, we took a look at the BlueAnt S4, a Bluetooth device that claimed to be the world's first truly hands-free voice-controlled speakerphone. Now, from a company that's best known for its voice-controlled alarm clocks, we meet what could be the world's second: the Moshi Bluetooth Car Speakerphone.
The functionality of the device is familiar. After powering on and pairing the Moshi Bluetooth Car Speakerphone with your phone, the device sits listening for an activation command. When the user says, "Hello, Moshi," the device responds by granting voice access to any of its … Read more
Ford owners with Sync-equipped vehicles will be able tap into Google Maps to download directions to their cars before month's end.
The free Send to Sync feature, announced Tuesday by Ford, will let drivers send Google Maps data from their Bluetooth-enabled computers or mobile phones to their in-car Sync systems. The electronic directions are downloaded directly into Sync and converted into audible turn-by-turn steps. The route is then calculated on the spot using the latest traffic information.
Ford is touting the service as a way for drivers to keep their eyes on the road by eliminating the need to … Read more
NEW YORK--Motorola has gone into high gear for National Safe Driving Month, and if you live in one of four U.S. cities you might even be seeing them on the roads.
Earlier this week, Motorola launched a free mobile app to decipher the country's various laws about cell phone calling and texting while behind the wheel. This weekend it's kicking off its "Get Smarter" campaign on the streets in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and San Francisco where locals will be offered lifts in super-compact Smart ForTwo cars where they can get a product demo of … Read more
Motorola kicks off National Safe Driving Month by launching the Smart Handsfree mobile app for Android that helps users to navigate the often confusing local hands-free driving laws.
Upon downloading and launching Smart Handsfree, the app will use the Android handset's location service to discern what state the user is in and display an overview of whether there exists a handheld or texting ban or if there are any special conditions for novice drivers. Having this sort of information at your fingertips is fairly useful. For example, while we knew that the state of California has bans on using … Read more
As more and more U.S. states enact hands-free mobile phone laws (we're at six so far, mostly in the Northeast), it's not a bad idea to buy a Bluetooth accessory for your phone.
I've never been a fan of Bluetooth headsets--though they're great for conference calls while telecommuting, I'm not a big walk-and-talk guy--but I've always thought car speakers were a different story.
Ideally, portable and installed GPS devices increase driver safety by allowing you to focus on the road without fumbling with a paper map or staring at written directions. At the same time, a good Bluetooth hands-free system will allow drivers to take and make calls while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel.
Old timers often extol the virtues of simply knowing where you're going and not taking phone calls when behind the wheel, but the fact is that today's highways are more complex than ever and the temptation of a ringing … Read more