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darthvaderThe Super Bowl is set.

The question will once again be debated: What’s more interesting, the football game or the TV commercials?

Edmunds has put together a list of the top ten ads of all time.

Their pick for number 1 is close to being the correct choice.

Certainly little Darth Vader has formidable dark powers, but the force is quite strong in the equally diminutive Yoda who wields his smartphone like a light saber to put a charge in his Camaro.

See the whole Yoda Strikes Back video here and check out the original The Force: Volkswagen Commercial here.

Check out Edmunds’ full list of the top 10 car ads in Super Bowl history here.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Manufacturers are really keen on making self-driving cars a reality!

When we’re driving, we want to DRIVE. But certainly it would be nice to let the computer take over during bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic.

We won’t get there for a while, but Toyota and Audi showed off the state of the technology at CES last week with some demos.

Nevada has already legalized autonomous vehicles for public roads, issuing Google the first license of its kind last year.

More companies undoubtedly will follow suit.

These computer-controlled vehicles use visual indicators, artificial intelligence software (which is what they’ll use to take over the world!), GPS and various sensors to navigate their way.

Check out more on the robot-driven cars from CNET here.

2012-07-24 16.00.50Everyone is talking about CES, with the massive show taking place in Las Vegas starting Jan. 8. (Come see us in our booth, by the way, at 1514 North Hall.)

However, the Auto Alliance showed off some very cool connected car technologies at last month’s L.A. Auto Show.

The problem they’re trying to solve is providing drivers with a safe way for them to manage new features that mobile phones bring into the car.

Livio’s Livio Connect helps you access and control smartphone-style apps through the radio in the dash. Livio can mirror your apps and gives you a better way to use them.

Qualcomm and Intel are also working on solutions for car connectivity. Aaaaaaaaand of course you already know about developments like the driverless car that’s in the works from Google.

Of course, when it comes to the latest, most innovative connected car technology on the market right now, it begins and ends with the Viper SmartStart app.

Read full coverage on the connected car at the L.A. Auto Show from TechNewsWorld here.

google_mapsThe victory for Google is official.

You can now get the Google Maps app for your iPhone for free on iTunes.

According to a recent story on the update from CE Outlook:

“Apple launched its own Maps this fall, but reviewers found it riddled with wrong directions and omissions of key destinations such as bridges and airports.

The poor reception to Apple Maps, caused Apple CEO Tim Cook to offer a public apology.”

Anyone who’s tried has noticed Apple’s map software wasn’t sufficiently Apple — which has Apple making nice with Google once again.

For now at least …

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.