“iOS in the Car” Grows Up, Becomes “CarPlay”

The battle for mobile platform dominance in cars wages on. A recent post by Lara, Apple or Android?, discussed Google’s alliance with automakers to establish an Android-based standard. This came after Apple’s announcement of “iOS in the Car” back in June of 2013. But now Apple’s iOS-based standard is back in the news and with a much more Apple-esque name: CarPlay. Apple says that CarPlay will give drivers distraction-free access … Continue reading

I Got a New Car! I Got a New Car! I Got a New Car! I Got a New Car!

So, yes, last week I got a new car: a 2013 Nissan Rogue S with the Special Edition package. I said good-bye to my 2003 Saturn Ion 3, which I loved. It was time: the gas pedal was sticking, and the brakes weren’t braking. And since I’m expecting a baby in early June, I had to buy a car that would make me feel safer. My considerations for buying my … Continue reading

A Trip to Detroit for NAIAS 2014

It’s a good thing I put winter tires on my Juke. Every year, my dad and I go to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. So this past weekend I drove back to my hometown just north of Detroit. And as you’ve surely heard by now, the roads are a mess in the Midwest lately. But luckily I made it there and back in one piece, so I get … Continue reading

Michelin Creates Fuel-Efficient Tires for Futuristic Car

Nissan’s ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Race Car) will be participating at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency. Cars must be both fast and efficient, so Nissan asked Michelin to create racing tires with both high grip and low rolling resistance. By working on projects with such high technological demands, Michelin can develop new technologies and ultimately incorporate … Continue reading

Nissan Connects Your Car to Your Watch

Move over Apple and Samsung and make way for Nissan. Nissan used the recent Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil its smartwatch that would allow drivers to monitor not only their vehicle’s speed and fuel consumption but also their own heart rates and other biometrics — all in real-time. The watch is designed exclusively for Nissan’s high performance car brand Nismo, and Nissan hopes it will make their performance brand more … Continue reading

Nissan Toots Its Own Horn

The Easy Fill Tire Alert system that’s standard on 2013 and later Nissan model years uses the vehicle’s horn to help you fill up your tires correctly. The Easy Fill technology alerts you when your tire air pressure is below what Nissan recommends for your vehicle. All you have to do is fill the tires with air until you hear your horn honk. That signals that your tires have reached … Continue reading