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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.

Coming up down the road … is there a bright future coming up for in-car tech?

Yet another sign that the car is going gadget.

Now Linux is joining the bandwagon with its Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup. Members of this group that includes automotive and tech heavyweights will work on Linux-based standards for devices and services that will run on them.

Samsung’s Tizen is part of this collective. A further indicator that the electronics giant will be moving away from the Android OS.

I mean, if we’re all one day going to be carted around by Google’s robot-driven driverless cars, we might as well have some cool in-car apps to at least keep us interested, right?

Tech companies that have signed up are Tizen (the Linux-based platform that’s supported by Intel and Samsung), Texas Instruments, Harman, Intel, NEC, NVIDIA, and, of course — Samsung! Toyota, Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover are among the auto companies that have jumped on the train.

Keep in mind, Linux is not even close to the first company to move in this direction, far from it. The last few years have seen various “cars of the future” moves from Google, Ford and Honda — and there has even been some speculation that Apple is working on concepts (omg! Don’t tell us … the iCar?).

Read more about the Linux car-gadget move from TechCrunch below:

Coming to a Car Near You: Linux Goes Automotive, Signs Up Harman, Intel, Toyota, Samsung’s Tizen, More