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Photo credit: Chrysler.

Photo credit: Chrysler.

Why is the world going mobile?

Because more often than not, smartphones are better at a diverse collection of functions than some other single device is at one of its core features.

Take navigation for example. In a recent J.D. Power study, they found consumers were increasingly unhappy with the systems built into their cars.

Almost half the people downloaded a nav app onto their phones to supplement their in-car counterparts.

Moreover, drivers say they will not purchase a car with nav again. And really, why should they when the nav on their handheld is so effective?

Whether you need directions, security or entertainment, the solution increasingly seems to be right in our hands.

Read more about the mobile revolution and nav stinking from Wired.com 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

We’ve covered quite a few “connected car” stories recently.

And collectively you can really see where the automotive future is going. It’s all about high efficiency with more and better features.

As you saw with our recent post about smart roads, connectivity knows no bounds. It’s your device, your car, your world!

Sanjay Poonen, president of SAP Global Solutions and head of its Mobile Division, recently told Forbes that he believes the auto industry is moving away from closed systems to open standards-based platforms. It may be that the car turns into merely a method for delivering apps to users, if you will.

Some brainiacs at MIT wrote about it the reinvention of the automobile in 2010. Check out a preview of the book here. One of their big ideas for transforming the industry has to do with utilizing wireless communications for car-related uses.

Connectivity in general opens all kinds of opportunities to create not only more efficient vehicles but more efficient overall systems. That means for example improved car security wherever you might be, less traffic, better communication between cars and the passengers inside them.

At Viper we’ve been on the leading edge of a critical aspect of the connected car of the future.

Not to toot our horn too much, but we’ve made some futuristic-type features a reality today. And as other technologies evolve, Viper SmartStart evolves with them.

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll all be able to remote control our rides via our phones. They’ll make an app for that, we’re sure. Until then we can at least start our engines by voice command. And there IS an app for that. See what’s new in Viper SmartStart 3.0.1 (and more coming soon, shhhhh) here or check out the video here.

Read more full coverage on the connected car from Forbes here.

Everyone is still talking iPhone 5 but frankly we’re more excited about the new iPad Mini.

We can see car audio shops already getting ready to devise a way to integrate it into the dash. One analyst says that the Mini will have a superior design to the regular iPad with a still-healthy 7.85-inch screen — and even “feel better” in consumers’ hands.

It’s possible that the device will be available for sale sooner than we thought — think weeks, not months.

(Gasp … omg!!!!)

When the new iPad Mini product eventually launches, it could be a sales beast. On Oct. 7, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has placed more than 10 million iPad Mini orders for Q4 of this year.

“Apple did not skimp on the aesthetics of the much-anticipated iPad Mini,” Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets, recently said in a research note obtained by All Things Digital. “In fact, we believe the iPad Mini could outshine the new iPad in terms of how the device feels in a consumer’s hands.”

For full coverage on the hype around the iPad Mini roll-out, read more from CNET below:

iPad Mini Design to Top Apple’s Earlier Tablets, Analyst Says

Check out a leaked HD video of an iPad Mini below here:

According to research firm Gartner, 35 percent of the 1.9 billion phones sold this year will be smartphones.

About half of the consumers in the U.S. have one already. (You can read that report from Reuters here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/29/us-smartphones-outlook-idUSBRE86S09B20120729.)

So it’s no wonder that the 12-volt industry is optimistic about the growth for the remote start via smartphone market. Our own VP of Product Planning James Turner joined other executives in the consensus view.

Discussing the growth of Viper SmartStart, Turner said: “We do believe it’s going to be the fastest-growing category we have.”

About 350,000 remote start kits are sold in the aftermarket each year and experts agree that smartphone remote start systems will reach a high of 10 percent of that market this year — at least! And given the rising sales of smartphones in general, that number should continue to climb in the near future.

So, get out of the way, skeptics!!!! And get on board with the cloud-connected car!

(And psssssssssst, by the way, why not get on board with Viper, who innovated and brought you the first-ever smartphone app that could start your car — and has delivered the most new features for customers ever since? Sounds pretty good to us!)

Any new Viper SmartStart features that you’d like to see, let us know in comments!

Read a full report on the growth of smartphone remote starters from CE Outlook below here:

Remote Start From Phones to Hit 10 Percent of Sales