If you’re bored of the reading about all the luxury phones from well-known brands like Tag Heuer and Vertu, you’re in luck because Vertu has just announced a partnership with premium car manufacturer, Bentley. Both companies have just signed a five-year partnership to release multiple smartphones starting from October this year.
One of the most well-known racing game series around, one of the secrets to Gran Turismo series longevity is its highly detailed circuits and car models. Not to forget, it is also made exclusively made for PlayStation consoles.
In 2015, Gran Turismo will have its own FIA-sanctioned tournament called the FIA Online Championship; thanks to the newly signed long-term partnership between the world motoring organization and the game’s creator, Polyphony Digital.
In hopes to go head to head with Apple’s CarPlay, Google is looking to show their very own In-Car system at their I/O conference next week. Rather than have a dedicated OS for an in-car system, Google is looking to project data from your Android smartphone to a car’s dashboard screen. Known as “Auto Link” internally, it will allow you to navigate the “Google Experience” using the cars own buttons, dials and controls. It’s reported that Google will not be announcing particular supported cars at I/O, instead only demonstrating the functionality.
(Source: The Verge)
Launched earlier this week, Michelin has unveiled a new motorsports-oriented web game that is called as The Right 2 Race. Using Sepang International Circuit as its background, the game is rather simple: all you need to do is choose race lines on the circuit’s map together acceleration and braking points.
What made it interesting though is that those racing lines are not only converted into lap time but they will also be “adapted” into an actual live action video complete with commentary of your driving from your so-called “team captain”. Of course, these are not just for shows…
The Challenger Cup of Red Bull Air Race in Putrajaya is finally in place today which also mark the debut of the sole Malaysian competitor, Datuk Halim Othman in the event. Unfortunately, the ex-RMAF pilot was not able to grab the top spot in the race today as he ended the race today at sixth place despite managed to clocked in faster lap time.
The day has finally come for Red Bull Air Race to go full smoke on at Putrajaya. Among the agenda for today is the qualifying round for the Master Class category and the race day for Challenger Cup category. Before the madness start though, we were allowed to walk around the (wet) hangar earlier today to take a closer look at the beautiful planes that the fearless Red Bull Air Race competitors will race throughout the next two days.
Believe it or not, Putrajaya now has its own airport. Okay, maybe that statement is not so accurate since that “airport” doesn’t service actual passengers like KLIA or KLIA 2. Instead, it is made for one sole reason: the Red Bull Air Race, which will take place this weekend at Putrajaya Lake.
After the official announcement of the event seven months ago, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is now on its way to rock Putrajaya. Set to happen in around one week time on 17 and 18 May, the race in Malaysia is the third in the series.
Among the pilots that will be strutting their air supremacy over Putrajaya Lake is one of our own, the 48-years old Major (Ret.) Datuk Halim Othman who will be competing in the Challenger Cup category of the championship. Apart from Putrajaya, he will also be flying in two more rounds; namely Ascot, England and Dallas, USA.
We wrote about Apple’s Carplay about a month ago and were pretty impressed with how it looked. The only downside to the whole thing was the fact that it would only be coming in newer cars and not backward compatible with our existing cars. So while buying a new car just for the upgrade would have been the answer, it was also ridiculous.
Thankfully, Alpine electronics has come up with a way to bring CarPlay to just about any car this fall. The system would be installed as any 2-DIN player would be now and would use a wired connection rather than Bluetooth to connect to Apple’s iOS devices. This will also be the first aftermarket solution that is compatible with CarPlay. It will be rumoured to cost around US$500 – 700 and be available in the US and Europe this fall. Let’s hope that means Asia will get that not long after!
After the big reveal a couple of days ago, the biggest question on car-owners minds was of course “Can I get CarPlay for my car?”. Unfortunately there are no official plans at the moment to make it backwards compatible or to non-partner manufacturers cars but Mercedes-Benz however have just said that they will be planning to deliver an aftermarket solution for older cars to make full use of the Apple CarPlay by the end of the year. So far it’s just Mercedes but I won’t be surprised if other partners like Ford outline their plans soon.
Unfortunately for me, no Kia supported =(
I wonder how long it will take for 3rd party manufacturers to come up with a solution
(Source: 9 to 5 Mac)
So Apple finally revealed “iOS in the Car” aka CarPlay yesterday evening at the on-going Geneva Auto Show, the Cupertino company explained how using an iPhone into a CarPlay-compatible vehicle will make using an iPhone in the car much simpler, safer and more intuitive, so how exactly would it work? Volvo recently shared a video showing off the new Apple in-car infotainment system that will be coming to its 2014 vehicles.