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Siri on the iPhone 4S.Credit: Wikipedia.

Siri on the iPhone 4S.
Credit: Wikipedia.

This is pretty cool news for Apple and Honda fans.

The latter’s 2013 vehicles will provide support for Siri Eyes Free.

Engadget reports that it will be a dealer-installed feature for the Accord, and the Acura RDX and ILX.

According to the carmaker this will enhance hands-free functionality while reducing driver distraction. Let’s hope Siri’s listening ability continues to improve.

It’s one thing for Siri to misunderstand you when you’re sitting at your desk or couch and quite another when you’re behind the wheel of a moving car.

Now if you wanted to start your car with Siri, that’s another matter. (For that, you’d probably want to look up this Viper SmartStart thing …)

Read more about Siri Eyes Free from Engadget here.

2012-07-24 16.00.58A little while ago we reported about an ordinance in Wisconsin prohibiting car owners from leaving their vehicles unattended and idling on city streets.

Not surprisingly in Colorado they also have laws against “puffing,” a term popularized by thieves who scour neighborhoods on cold mornings looking for easy targets as indicated by the exhaust emanating from the tailpipe.

In 2011 there were 9,300 car thefts in Colorado that totaled $57 million in losses. Clearly stopping the easiest thefts is a priority in the state.

All citizens have to do is stay with their cars. Unless they want to risk a $100 fine.

Or of course they can get remote start systems which then make puffing legal.

That’s because you can’t simply drive off with a car that’s been started remotely and which has no key in the ignition.

There you go, no ticket and your car is safe. (They can also look up remote start from their phone.)

Why anyone would risk committing the violation or losing their automobile is beyond us!

Check out more on this puffy story from 9News.com here.

Title screen from British TV show Downton Abbey.Credit: Wikipedia.

Title screen from British TV show Downton Abbey.
Credit: Wikipedia.

One of the more interesting ideas we’ve encountered recently as relates to the car of the future.

It may resemble one from the past.

That is, as carmakers were once divided into engine/chassis builders and coachwork companies, they may well find themselves in a similar situation years from now.

According to a writer from Jalopnik, “massive platform simplification by automobile companies, the widespread adoption of full drive-by-wire systems, and the rise of large-scale rapid-prototyping technology” will provide the impetus for the birth of new coachwork enterprises. Or maybe it’s more likely that the big OEs will simply have new coachwork subsidiaries.

Of course, if this were to occur then you may see other automotive-related companies, perhaps even one like Directed or any other number of similarly positioned entities, launching their own cabin specialists with their specific technologies already embedded.

It would revolutionize the aftermarket.

A tantalizing thought!

Read more about the Downton Abbey-style predictions from Jalopnik here.

2012-07-24 16.00.48Pheeeeeeeeew!!!!!

Oh, well thank goodness for those little things.

We’re sure a lot of guys will be relieved to hear that model Jess Barton has recovered the parts to her prized 1000+ horsepower Supra.

Police found a house that apparently was a huge chop shop where most of her disassembled car was identified in different rooms.

We’re happy for her, and for this opportunity to share this pic of the still-intact vehicle.

It’s unfortunate that she and her bikini-clad friend had to block the shot.

Make sure to check it out!

Read more about the bikini-clad stuff and the recovered Supra from Jalopnik here.

(Also, don’t forget, if you got a crazy, souped-up car, get a Viper system on there stat ….)

The 2013 Ford Mustang at CES.

The 2013 Ford Mustang at CES.

It’s possible that the automotive world has already bumped against the “peak car” wall.

Ford acknowledged as much with their statement that they are transitioning from automaker to “enablers of mobility”!

Whatever the heck that means. But statistics don’t lie.

The U.S. hit its high of total vehicle miles traveled in 2007 and that number has declined since then even though the population has increased.

It’s clear that in the developed world at least we’re probably going to do less driving (and less car buying as well), as we’re already mired in global gridlock.

The Chinese say, may you live in interesting times.

Well, this is definitely one of them!

Read more about the “peak car” idea from Quartz here.