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Voice control your Nissan with Amazon's Alexa

 

Many of us have a virtual assistant or smart home hub in our living room, The two most popular version is being Amazons echo in Google's Home device. These devices allow us to voice control our music, calendars, even some functions of our home like lights and thermostat.

These devices didn't exist five years ago but have now become part of our lives as individuals and part of the culture as a whole…
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What Is Auto Start/Stop, and Should I Use It?

 

More and more vehicles are being released with the Auto Start/Stop feature included, even in base model trim levels. This is the feature that shuts the engine off when you're at a red light or stop sign and starts the engine back up when you take your foot off the brake pedal. Auto makers love this feature because it cuts back on vehicle emissions and increases fuel economy.

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Keep Your Vehicle's Bluetooth Connection Fresh

 

Long gone are the days when having Bluetooth in your vehicle is a luxury. Now automakers view Bluetooth as a safety feature; a way to help their customers keep their hands on the wheel and not on their phones while driving. This feature being almost Universal in vehicles has been incredibly convenient for people, but often times it has also been incredibly frustrating when things don't work the way they're supposed to.
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Infotainment Basics: Make Your Vehicle's Audio Sound Great

 

So much of the fun of driving comes from rolling the windows down and turning up the radio to your favorite summer jams. In generations gone by one of the first things you might do with a newer car is remove the factory audio system and replace it with a better one. Times have certainly changed, because built-in vehicle audio systems from the factory are exponentially better now than they've ever been before, even if you only got the baselevel audio system. The vehicles that are equipped with Bose or Pioneer sound system's are just that much better…
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Life After Your In-Vehicle CD Player

 

I written before about how automakers are removing cd players from the in-dash entertainment systems of new vehicles. They're doing this for two reasons: first, anytime you can remove a component in a vehicle you save money. Many people tell you they don't use the CD player in their vehicle so manufacturers can remove them and inconvenience a small amount of people. Second, cd players take up space in your dashboard. New infotainment…
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Protect Your Privacy When You Trade In Your Vehicle

 

We live in the information age, in my opinion that's incredibly exciting. We have access to almost all the information in human history simply by pulling our phones out of our pockets and looking it up. It truly is an exciting time to be alive. The downside to this age is that some of the information out there is personal. More more people are concerned, and rightly so, for the safety and security of…
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Vehicle Technology News, July 2017

 

One of the most exciting things about owning a new vehicle is the fact that for the first time in history new features can be added to the car after the fact for free via software updates. Previously when you bought a vehicle with 20 features on it you would have a car with 20 features on it at the end of it's life. The constant advancement of technology has allowed new features and…
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Correcting a Toyota Bluetooth Quirk

 

A customer contacted me recently with an interesting problem. Her phone use to work just fine with her 2015 Toyota Prius. Recently her phone experienced an operating system update and all of a sudden she was having problems connecting her phone to her car via Bluetooth.

The issue was that whenever her phone connect via Bluetooth it would be connected for about 30 seconds and then disconnect from the Prius. Not only would it disconnect…
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Make Your Vehicle's Technology New Again

 

One of the things that your post office from people when I'm assisting them with their vehicles is something along the lines of, "My car used to do things this way but now it doesn't anymore and I can't get it to go back to the way it was." This can happen for a number of reasons. It can be because something was changed when you or someone else was tinkering with…
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