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SmartStartFeaturesSmartStartGPSCars incorporating smartphone technology into their infotainment systems are getting to be de rigueur.

It’s turning into a race to see who can be the fastest to turn an automobile into a phone on wheels.

GM recently announced that it would be integrating its MyLink system with Apple’s Siri.

(Gee, that sounds familiar — who was the first one to let you start your car with Siri, again? Make sure to check out that video again really fast, c’mon, you know that you want to …)

Perhaps that’s a faster way to get hands-free for automakers. Look for it in 2013 Spark and Sonic models.

What you’ll be able to do with voice commands in those vehicles should be impressive.

That is, as long as Siri cooperates …

What over connected car features and hot voice command controls can you think of for the cars of tomorrow? Feel free to sound off and let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section on this post.

Read the full story from AutoNet here.

Credit: Wikipedia.

Credit: Wikipedia.

It’s that time of year, Viper fans.

Time to check out the CNET on Cars list of top cars of the year!

When they start with the Porsche Panamera at number five, well, you know this is not going to be a very “relatable” list, if you will. But then they present the plug-in hybrid Prius.

OK, apparently these guys want to be deliberately provocative.

The next pick makes a lot more sense for a tech-oriented content site; it’s the Audi S5 with its built-in 3G connection, memory card slots and Bang & Olufsen sound system. But for a sporty vehicle it doesn’t rate that high, performance wise.

We assume the car makes third on this list more for the aforementioned features.

Watch the full episode to see their best choices from the 100 cars the crew reviewed.

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If you’re at CES in January, one of the things you’ll have to see, aside from all the products at our booth of course (1514 North Hall, shout out!!!) — would have to be the Visteon e-Bee.

It’s a really early preview of a 2020 car. The vehicle is based on the Nissan Leaf electric and features you’d expect to see in a sci-fi auto.

When it actually gets made it may be able to recognize its owner and program automatically where you need to go and what you need to do while on the road.

Three screens provide all the information.

It may look a little dizzying, but not to worry, when a ride like this DOES roll off the production line it’ll probably have an option for a robot driving system as well.

We’ll see you at CES, and read more about the Visteon e-Bee from CNET here.

2012-07-24 16.00.52The poet Robert Frost wrote “I took the one less traveled by.”

Keep that in mind when you read the list of the best roads in America for speed freaks.

No offense to those who live near the areas mentioned, but we had to Google map many of the highways. But now we know which routes to take on our next cross-country journey.

Keep in mind, the list is restricted to only U.S. and Canadian roads — (excluding famed fast-driver hot spots such as Germany’s A81 Autobahn leading to the Austrian border — where you can basically floor it and drive as fast as you want.

This list includes several hidden little American secrets.

Coming in at No. 10 is the I-65 between Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama, but only when the football games are on because the local say that the cops are almost always working them.

No, 9 is the famed “Cowschwitz” — the I-5 outside Coalinga, California, stretching between San Francisco and L.A. — which apparently reeks of cow like you would not believe.

No cops on patrol, go figure!!!!

Check out the full list from Jalopnik below:

The Ten Best North American Roads For Speed Freaks

top10carsWhat should you ask Santa for this Christmas?

Tell him you can wait for one of the new car models that will be available soon. But maybe he can put a down payment for them right now.

Car and Driver’s list of the 10 best include the perennial favorites like the BMW 3-Series, but notably a first-time entry with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

OK, admittedly the rest of the list is a little … booooooring!

But if we can’t get the Subie then almost anything else on the list would do, Nic.

Check out Car and Driver’s list of the ten best for 2013 here.

Also check out video of the top 10 for 2013 below: