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Bleeding Edge TV 525: Toyota on the Future of Car Multimedia

Ever wonder about what the cars of the near future will offer in terms of entertainment? There's a balance between entertainment and safety, and in this episode Andru Edwards chats with Toyota's Ken Parkman about new features coming soon to the Entune App Suite, a feature of Entune Premium Audio that allows you to access some of the most popular smartphone apps right from the car dashboard.

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Bleeding Edge TV 524: Toyota Entune App Suite review

The Toyota Entune App Suite allows you to access your favorite smartphone apps right in your vehicle, hands-free. Compatible apps include Pandora, iHeartRadio, Bing, Facebook Places, Yelp, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com, and more. Andru Edwards brings you a demo of the Entune App Suite from a 2014 Toyota Highlander in this episode!

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Bleeding Edge TV 523: Toyota Entune Premium Audio review

In this episode, Andru Edwards brings you a look at Toyota Entune Premium Audio, and the features that it offers to make your driving experience safer and more convenient. Coming to you from Toyota Headquarters in Torrance, California, here's a rundown of what's covered in this Entune Premium Audio & Entune App Suite demo, using a 2014 Toyota Highlander:

Entune Premium Audio includes:

  • 6.1" - 8" Touchscreen
  • AM/FM/CD
  • iPod/USB2.0/AUX
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • Phonebook
  • Advanced Voice Recognition
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • HD Radio
  • HD Traffic
  • Weather
  • AM/FM Radio Cache
  • Navigation
  • Entune App Suite

In case you missed it, be sure to also check out our Toyota Entune Multimedia overview & demo!

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Bleeding Edge TV 522: Toyota Entune Multimedia Overview & Demo

We visit Toyota Headquarters to bring you a look at Entune, Toyota's in-car multimedia system. Andru Edwards brings you a look and demo of Entune in a few different vehicles. Check out what you get with the different trim levels of Entune:

  • Entune Audio: 6.1" - 8" Touchscreen, AM/FM/CD, iPod/USB2.0/AUX, Bluetooth Streaming, Phonebook, Advanced Voice Recognition
  • Entune Audio Plus adds: SXM Radio, HD Radio, HD Traffic, Weather
  • Entune Premium Audio adds: AM/FM Radio Cache, Navigation, Entune App Suite
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio adds JBL speakers and amp for high-quality sound

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Bleeding Edge TV 514: 2015 Ford Edge revealed

We were on-hand in Detroit where Ford revealed the 2015 Ford Edge to the world during its 2014 Trends Conference. Check out this video and watch the intro video, followed by the unveiling of the rebuilt SUV. As you can see and hear, the 2015 Ford Edge has been rebuilt from wheel to roof--all new design, and a ton of new technology features.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition limited to 350 production units

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Transportation

Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition will be the swan song for the iconic line. If you want one, make sure you've got the money in the bank (we're guessing it'll run near $250,000) and get in line--there'll just be 350 units produced for the last of the SLS AMG vehicles, each rocking a 6.3-liter V8 engine with 591-horsepower. You can feast your eyes on one, with its red and black two-tone paint job, at the Los Angeles Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show.

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Siri’s Eyes Free Integration coming to Chevy Sonic LTZ / RS and Spark

Siri Eye Free GM

GM is the first to announce Siri integration with two new car models: the Chevrolet Spark and the Sonic Drive. The feature was dubbed "Eyes Free" and was announced at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June by former iOS chief, Scott Forstall.  Basically, "Eyes Free" will be integrated via the car's Bluetooth functionality and the iPhone itself. The user can then initiate Siri's voice command by tapping a button on the steering wheel, and Siri's responses will be played over the car's audio system. Other car manufacturers such as Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Jaguar, Audi, Land rover, GM, BMW and Mercedes are slated to incorporate Siri's "Eyes Free" as well.  Check out the full press release after the break.

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Bleeding Edge TV 458: 2013 Ford Taurus Active Park Assist

In this episode we give you a look at the 2013 Ford Taurus Limited, focusing on the Active Park Assist feature. With Active Park Assist, the car takes car of parallel parking for you. That's right - THE CAR CAN PARK ITSELF! You simply hit a button to let the car know that you are looking to park, and it uses its sensors to find a space you'll fit into. Once it does, you're in charge of the gas and brake pedals, while the Taurus steers itself into the spot with perfection. Definitely a feature from the future that you can get on your Ford today.

[Camera credit: Eric Vitolo]


Turns out texting while driving is even more dangerous than we thought

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Transportation

Texting and drivingIn case you need and more proof that you shouldn't be texting while driving (or really, doing anything at all with your smartphone,) it's just been found that the practice is more dangerous than originally thought:

Drivers were asked to stop when they saw a flashing yellow light, and their reaction times were recorded, Yager said.

The typical time it took a driver who was not texting to respond to the flashing light was one to two seconds. But when the driver was texting, the reaction time extended to three to four seconds, and the texting motorist was 11 times more likely to miss the flashing light altogether.
Yager said the reaction time was the same whether the driver was typing a message or reading one.

One in five motorists admit to texting, emailing, and checking social networks while driving.


Ford to produce smart cars that warn each other of an impending collision

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Transportation

ford smart car dsrc

Ford brought a small fleet of intelligent vehicles to San Francisco to showcase a technology that the company expects will be mainstream in about five years, from most automakers.

Two Ford Focus cars and a Ford Expedition were equipped with a technology called Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), which basically serves as a car-to-car wireless connection that currently serves as a crash avoidance system in Ford's implementation, and as a wireless toll collection mechanism overseas. Eventually, it could even be used for entertainment purposes.

Although Ford demonstrated the technology in a parking lot outside of AT&T Park, the company isn't alone in developing the technology. Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes, Hyundai, and Kia are all working together, plus truck, bus, and motorcycle companies, said Mike Shulman, the technical leader in Ford's Active Safety Research and Innovation department.

"Next year, we're doing a model deployment in a city where there will be thousands of equipped vehicles and trucks and buses all sending out these messages, and then the goal in 2013 is to start a regulation that will require this on all vehicles. Then, maybe consumer electronics companies would start designing products that could be retrofitted onto existing cars, because everyone sees the potential," Shulman said.

"Maybe five years from now, cars will be equipped with this," Shulman added.

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