Tag Archives: Auto

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming

Google’s in-car operating system is currently available in newer vehicles, head units, and as a mobile app. And, the next time you reach for its interface, you’ll have the option to stream your Plex music library. Okay, so that’s not the same as watching a 4K HDR flick, but it will have to suffice while your eyes are still needed on the road. – Saqib Shah, Engadget http://ift.tt/2gTeQHS

Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service

Music industry sources say [Tesla] has had talks with all of the major labels about licensing a proprietary music service that would come bundled with its cars, which already come equipped with a high-tech dashboard and internet connectivity. Label sources aren’t clear about the full scope of Tesla’s ambitions, but believe it is interested in offering multiple tiers of service, starting with a Pandora-like web radio offering. – Peter Kafka/Johana Bhuiyan, Recode http://ift.tt/2sZWmwY

Amazon’s Top Gear competitor will be called The Grand Tour

photo: Mike Flokis/Getty Images, The Verge

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May’s new show for Amazon finally has a name: The Grand Tour. The former Top Gear hosts sidled over to Amazon last summer after the BBC declined to renew Clarkson’s contract because he assaulted a member of the production team. – Lizzie Plaugic, The Verge

Why The Car Industry Needs To Rethink The Dashboard User Interface Design

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[T]echnology adoption in cars today is hitting an inflection point, and the UI model we have grown accustomed to cannot handle it. Connectivity, smartphone integration, autonomous driving and augmented reality displays — the list of technologies for cars is long and growing. The combined effect of long automotive design cycles that cannot keep pace with digital technology and the legacy of direct control make for clumsy dashboard design. […] We seem to be on the cusp of change, especially with Apple’s anticipated entry into the car market. The trend of direct control and complexity cannot continue; the industry needs a new vision for the dashboard. – Cobie Everdell, TechCrunch

Parrot’s New In-Dash System Lets Your Car Love Android and Apple Alike

While Apple CarPlay and Android Auto promise to make your car’s in-dash system infinitely more bearable in the not so distant future, you’re still stuck in the unfortunate position of having to choose between one or the other. Not so Parrot’s whimsically named RNB6, which lets you go both ways. Oh, and it has a dash cam built right in. – Brian Barrett,Gizmodo