The Cone of Silence: Apple iPhone Glitch Causes Audio Lockdown for Thousands of Toyotas

By JDavis | 2/10/11 7:33 AM

Toyota, one of the world’s top auto makers, issued an alert to 200 dealers that a software glitch in the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano 6G can affect the audio in many of their cars. Upon discovery of this technical issue, Toyota warns that Apple’s operating systems are incompatible with the car’s audio. When used, the iPod displays a “Loading” message, and the USB input for the device is completely unusable, leaving the consumer in unexpected silence.

This software glitch with iPhone and iPad devices, which occurred when the iOS4.1 iTunes software update was released last fall, has already impacted tens of thousands of Toyota’s best-selling models that include the Yaris, Corolla, Prius, and LandCruiser.

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An iPhone App That Controls Your Car? Paving the Road for a New Generation of “Smart” Cars

By JDavis | 2/4/11 12:54 AM

Remotely checking your fuel level or warming up the engine with your smart phone? There’s a whole new breed of cars on the horizon that are being designed to connect with smart device technologies. In one example, the visionary Cisco has crafted an experimental dashboard of LCD panels, where the driver can customize the displays and gauges, and also access real-time weather, collision, and traffic alerts.

From the New York Times,

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Smart Car with Not-So-Smart Feature

By JDavis | 1/20/11 5:48 AM

GM is planning on giving each new Chevy Volt sold its own IP address. This is creating concern among experts that hackers will be able to take control of cars. Security measures are in place to prevent this from occurring, but it is unlikely to dissuade the most serious hackers, who may be willing to hack deeply enough to do damage.

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Major Automakers Rolling Out New Smartphone Apps

By JDavis | 11/28/10 9:48 AM

We've posted before about recent developments in connected, "smartcar" technology. And a recent BusinessWeek article points out the latest happenings in this developing sector of the Internet of Things.

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Smart Car Developments: Windows Embedded Automotive, Nissan Leaf

By JDavis | 10/24/10 11:49 AM

We've made a number of posts about the increasing use of connected, "smart" technology in automobiles, including Ford's AppLink technology.

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And Now... A Different Perspective on Smart Cars

By JDavis | 10/3/10 2:19 PM

We've blogged in the past about the use of connected, smart technology in cars -- including Ford's "App Store for Cars" concept -- but 60 Minutes' Andy Rooney has a completely different take on the subject, including an opinion on Android handset syncing with Ford's in-car "Sync" system.

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Smart-car Apps Bring Security Concerns

By JDavis | 9/6/10 3:42 PM

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald looks at the increasing presence of networked technology and software in the automobiles of the near future, as well as the security and safety implications that come along with such inevitable advancements.

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