BMW buys parking app Parkmobile to in tackling urban traffic woes

Between the rise of hybrid, electric and self-driving autonomous vehicles (among other automobile advancements), automakers around the world are seeing the next great frontier in the driving experience, which includes FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT! It appears that the German car-maker BMW was thinking the same thing, as they have gone from being a minority stakeholder in Parkmobile — described as the largest mobile parking services provider in North America with a footprint over 1 million+ parking spaces — back in 2004 to going all-in by outright buying the app completely. It looks like BMW isn’t just content on profiting from car sales; they was to solve issues with, again, FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT!

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Does Your Car NOT Have Android Auto? Now You Can Just Download the App on Your Phone!

If you’re in the same camp as me that uses Google Maps to navigate everywhere, AND you don’t drive an Android Auto-compatible car, HAVE I GOT A PIECE OF GOOD NEWS FOR YOU! Go download the Android Auto app (for Android 5.0 or higher) it right now to use it on your phone, and it’s freaking awesome! Continue reading “Does Your Car NOT Have Android Auto? Now You Can Just Download the App on Your Phone!”

Car HUDs Yell FIGHT STEEN FIGHT! – WIRed #113

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It’s time for Episode 113 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a conservative conservatory, a heads-up display for cars for smartphones, how Twitch beat ALL the Poke-Mans, and Kevin Steen’s Greatest ROH hits! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Car HUDs Yell FIGHT STEEN FIGHT! – WIRed #113”

Navdy, the Voice/Motion-Activated In-Car Heads-Up Display

Navdy shows a text message alertEver since we’ve be able to take our cell phones and smartphones with us in our cars, we’ve seen companies create products to provide a true hands-free experience.  In some cases, smartphone-based heads-up displays for cars were also implemented, however they are typically one-way devices — they’ll feed the info to you, but you still have to reach for your phone to answer a message or get directions. That’s where the Navdy comes in, as it projects car stats, navigation, notifications, and you can interact with them via a series of gestures and built-in voice commands from Android and iOS. Continue reading “Navdy, the Voice/Motion-Activated In-Car Heads-Up Display”

Clickdrive, The Single On-Board Device To Rule Every Driving App

Clickdrive drives (see what I did there) to be the first open platform gadget to connect all driving apps and aftermarket monitors together as ONE. The deivce is a little black box that plugs into an adapter under your steering wheel, and it allows you run several apps at the same time from either your smartphone, on the device itself, or by using Clickdrive’s cloud platform. It’s currently compatible with almost every cars on the road today, so within minutes you’ll be set-up to download driving apps to help make your car smarter than it already is. Continue reading “Clickdrive, The Single On-Board Device To Rule Every Driving App”