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Charging Your Phone from Your Car's USB Port: Why It's Slow and How to Go Faster

 

More and more modern vehicles are including USB ports as an audio input option. Some vehicles have only one or two, and some larger vehicles can have six or eight ports scattered throughout the cabin. It's a handy way to give everyone in the car access to a power source for their electronic devices, and in some cases these ports can even provide music, pictures, and videos to the vehicle's infotainment system. (Typically only the…
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Nissan Auto Replying to Text Messages – How to Make it Stop

 
So you got your new (or mildly pre-owned) Nissan, and you’re excited. You should be; they’re awesome vehicles. The first thing you do before you even drive away from the dealership is pair your Android smartphone to your new vehicle so you can safely and legally stay connected to the world around you.

But you soon hear from friends that when they text you while driving, your car auto replies with “I’m…
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New Drivers in the UK Will Be Tested on ‘Satellite Navigation’ Skills

 

Get this... new drivers in the UK will actually have to pass a "satellite navigation" section on their drivers test!

According to a new report from "Autoweek," the UK's Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is trying to keep up with the times. This modern twist will join more common driving tasks like rejoining traffic after pulling over, backing out of a space and parking in public.

The DVSA is attempting to keep their…
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How Did Bluetooth Get its Name?

 

Back in 1996 a group of companies decided to work together to create a short distance radio frequency that could help all the new technology that was rapidly being invented talk to each other. This ended up being the first version of Bluetooth that we all know today. Most of us have used this technology at least some point in our lives, and some of us would be severely impacted if it ever went away…
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How do I delete the previous Bluetooth connections on my 2010-2016 Limited Chevy Cruze?

 
If you’ve recently purchased a Chevy Cruze from the older body style, or if you’ve had yours for a while, you might have filled up the available Bluetooth paring connections. No problem, you can just delete them, right? Sure. Well, sometimes.

Sometimes the connections won’t delete. You can tell the car to as many times as you want and those old defunked phones will stay paired. It’s a quirk of that…
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When Can You Buy a Driverless Car?

 

That is the question that many continue to ask.

To this point, Ford had said a fully autonomous car would be available for ride-sharing companies by 2021, but we were still waiting for any sort of announcement on when consumers would be able to purchase one.

Thanks to a new report from a Ford Executive, we now have a much clearer picture for when this driverless technology will be on the open market.
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Why can't my Nexus phone make a Bluetooth connection to my vehicle?

 

 Ah bluetooth. My bread and butter. If I had a nickel for every phone I've connected to a vehicle via a bluetooth connection... I'd have quite a few nickels. Bluetooth is a great way of wireless communication between two electronic devices, but it does (like all technology) have its quirks sometimes.

For instance, the current issue with Google Nexus phones running Android 7.1.1. Since October of 2016, these devices have had…
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Why is my 2015 Subaru Forester only showing me some of my music stored on USB?

  

I had a customer call me about an issue back in February; They would plug in a USB flash drive filled with music, and only 255 songs would be displayed on the StarLink infotainment screen of their 2015 Subaru Forester. This sounded strange to me, so I asked to get together so I could take a look and see what the issue was. Sure enough, I got to the customer's house and the infotainment…
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How to Use the 360 Camera in Your Ford Truck

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Ford F-Series trucks are a best buy in Western New York, well known to be the most reliable and most capable pickup trucks in the greater Buffalo area. And when you master the use of your truck's available 360 Camera with Split-View Display, you'll unlock a whole new kind of capability in your daily drive.

This innovative new system allows its driver to see not only what's behind and in front of the vehicle, but what's on the sides and how close you are to these objects. This makes parking in tight city spaces, navigating on…

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