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Apple Rolls Out CarPlay Giving Drivers A Smarter, Safer & More Fun Way To Use iPhone In The Car

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Apple today announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction.

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Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp. 

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Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails. When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers’ messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call.

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CarPlay makes driving directions more intuitive by working with Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips via contacts, emails or texts, and provides routing instructions, traffic conditions and ETA. You can also simply ask Siri and receive spoken turn-by-turn directions, along with Maps, which will appear on your car’s built-in display.

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CarPlay gives drivers access to all of their music, podcasts, audiobooks and iTunes Radio with easy navigation through listening choices from the car’s built-in controls or simply by asking Siri to pull up what you’d like to hear. CarPlay also supports select third-party audio apps including Spotify and iHeartRadio, so you can listen to your favorite radio services or sports broadcast apps while driving.

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Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. CarPlay will be available in select cars shipping in 2014.

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Jerry Seinfeld & Howard Stern Drive A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge To Bel Aire Diner In Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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Jerry Seinfeld and his special guest, Howard Stern, drive a 1969 Pontiac GTO “The Judge” to the Bel Aire Diner in Astoria, Queens for some coffee in the season finale of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

 

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee With Jerry Seinfeld & George Costanza

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Jerry Seinfeld and George Constanza reunite in this episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Hello Newman…

Watch it HERE.

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Jerry Seinfeld & Tina Fey On Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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Jerry Seinfeld and his special guest, Tina Fey, drive a 1967 Volvo 1800S to Floridita Restaurant for some coffee on this episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Starring Jerry Seinfeld & Todd Barry

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Jerry Seinfeld and his special guest Todd Barry drive a 1966 MGB Roadster to Coney Island for a hot dog.

 

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Tweet To Lease The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

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Today Oscar Mayer launched a cool campaign allowing fans to lease the Wienermobile for a day.

To be considered, simply tweet a few words about why you deserve to win with the hashtag #Tweet2Lease. Winners will be able to ride in the iconic hotdog shaped vehicle for eight hours! Please note that you don’t get to drive the Wienermobile, as that will be handled by trained “Hotdogger” professionals.

The promotion runs through Feb. 7. For official rules, head to Tweet2Lease.com, and follow @wienermobile on Twitter for updates.


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The Original Back To The Future DeLorean Was Restored By Fans And Is Now On Display At Universal Studios Hollywood

Bob Gale, co-producer and co-writer of the Back to the Future films, took on a project with Universal Studios to fully restore the original “A” Hero DeLorean time machine. A team of about 20 Back to the Future fans and Hollywood professionals worked together to bring the iconic car back to life over the course of one year. The beautiful DeLorean is now on display at The NBCUniversal Experience in Universal Studios Hollywood. 

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You can read more about the restoration process on the Time Machine Restoration Facebook page and BTTF.com.

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Jerry Seinfeld & Patton Oswalt On Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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Jerry Seinfeld and his special guest, Patton Oswalt, drive a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 to The Handsome Coffee Roasters for some coffee. Watch it HERE.

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Returns For Its Third Season On January 2, 2014

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The Emmy-nominated Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee returns for its third season on Thursday January 2, 2014 and the guests look fantastic.

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Jerry will cruise around in shiny vehicles and drink hot beverages with Howard Stern, Tina Fey, Louis CK, Jay Leno, Todd Barry and Patton Oswalt. Check out the trailer below.


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Hammacher Schlemmer Offering The Authentic 1966 Batmobile For Only $200,000

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So accurate it requires almost a year to complete, this is the officially licensed, roadworthy replica of the Batmobile featured in the iconic 1960s TV show and it will only set you back a mere $200,000.

Built on a custom Lincoln chassis, this crime-fighting cruiser comes standard with a 430-horsepower, 383 Blueprint Crate engine and a Monster TH350 automatic transmission. Though equipped with neither atomic batteries for power nor turbines for speed, a rear-facing propane tank creates the same afterburner effect as the original. The vehicle’s cockpit honors the gadgetry of the TV series with a blinking Batphone, switch-operated electric actuators that open the hood and trunk, and a rotating red beacon to alert citizens while in pursuit of fiendish criminals. Other intriguing, if less functional, accessories include a glowing detect-a-scope screen, a Batbeam ray that raises from a hood-mounted antenna, and empty rear parachute packs. The vehicle’s exterior bears all the hallmarks of its namesake, from bubble-canopy windshields to chrome “rocket” tubes behind the rear windshield. Though the original Batmobile lacked rearview mirrors, this street-legal model comes with clamp-on side mirrors as well as a rear video camera.

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To order The Authentic 1966 Batmobile call 1-800-227-3528 and a Hammacher Schlemmer Product Specialists will gladly answer all questions and provide additional information.

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The Filmography of Cars, An Illustrated Chart Featuring 71 Iconic Vehicles From TV Shows & Films

A group of independent artists from Calm The Ham have created “The Filmography of Cars,” an illustrated chart featuring 71 “iconic vehicles of film and television from 1929 to the modern day.” 

A limited edition of 500 signed and numbered prints are available to purchase online.

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Batman Automobilia Figure Collection Magazine Special: The Dark Knight Returns Bat-Tank

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From the critically acclaimed comic series – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – comes the futuristic tank-like Batmobile. This scale model of the heavily armed, militaristic Batmobile is produced in immaculate detail and set in front of a 3D lenticular.

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The Dark Knight Returns Bat-Tank will retail for $38 and ship on October 30, 2013.

You can pre-order the item HERE.

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Car Drives Through Anamorphic Illusions in Clever Honda Ad

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A car drives past (and sometimes through) a series of clever anamorphic illusions in this commercial for Honda. The commercial was created by UK ad agency mcgarrybowen.

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Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset

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Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset ($50) allows you to create awesome racecars From scratch! Kids can make their very own vehicles in a matter of minutes! The Hot Wheels Car Maker turns a stick of wax into a fully functioning Hot Wheels car that can be customized with decals. This innovative machine features cool lights, music, and voice prompts that lead kids through the entire car-making process – from revving up to cooling down. It’s creative play for every Hot Wheels fan!

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Amp Up the Design Fun! Simply heat up the unit by plugging it in and turning it on. Then select a mold and wax color for your vehicle. The set comes with two molds and 10 Protoshotz wax sticks in a variety of sleek and sporty colors. Insert the mold into the machine and add your favorite wax color. In eight minutes, the Car Maker melts the wax into the mold and cools off – and you have a custom Hot Wheels vehicle body!

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Detail Your Unique Vehicle! Attach the molded vehicle body to one of the three included chassis. Then get really detailed! Decorate the car with cool decals from the sticker pack. Go for speedy flames or stylish graphics ? or both! Now your brand-new car is ready for racing action. For additional vehicle and design options, check out the Car Maker Mold Packs and Car Design Refill Packs (each sold separately).

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Simple, Safe, and Fun! The Car Maker is easy to use and ‘talks? young car-designers through each phase of the process. Kids receive voice prompts about when to insert the materials, press the button, and pull down the handle. They’re instructed to remove the mold only after the wax has safely cooled. Plus, the machine’s music and flashing lights during car building add to the interactive excitement!

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Garmin Heads-up Display

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The Garmin Head-up Display ($150) receives navigation information from your smartphone and projects it onto a transparent film on your windshield.

The device displays turn indicators, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, and estimated time of arrival.

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Place HUD onto your dashboard and pair it wirelessly with your compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Using Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone, choose your destination and HUD will project turn-by-turn directions to get you there.

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Ron Burgundy Anchors New 2014 Dodge Durango Advertising Campaign

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The Dodge brand and Paramount Pictures have teamed up in a co-branded marketing collaboration that casts legendary news anchor “Ron Burgundy” as the new face of the new 2014 Dodge Durango as the automotive brand launches a multifaceted advertising and marketing campaign in advance of the holiday release of the upcoming film “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

Will Ferrell reprises his comedic role as Ron Burgundy, the boastful news anchorman in a robust campaign which debuted from Dodge, Saturday October 5th.

The co-branded promotional advertising campaign will span television, print, digital and social media. The new 2014 Dodge Durango arrives in dealerships in North America this month. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues releases nationally in theaters December 20, 2013.

 

 

 

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Volkswagen Feeling Carefree Commercial

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It’s almost been 30 years since A-ha’s music video for Take on Me premiered. The clip, which used a rotoscoping method to trace over individual frames, swept the 1986 MTV Music Awards and immediately became a fan favorite.

Now Volkswagen has debuted a new ad directed by David Shane that uses the same rotoscoping technique which pays homage to the original.

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Funko Announces Pop! Rides, First Up The 1966 Batmobile

Funko just announced a new series of vinyl figures featuring iconic vehicles from pop culture. The new line is called Pop! Rides and the first entry is the 1966 Batmobile with Batman behind the wheel.

Plans are already in place to continue the line with a Cadillac from the film Scarface and the DeLorean from Back to the Future.

You can pre-order the 1966 Batmobile Pop! Ride HERE for $25 for October delivery.

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Razor’s Crazy Cart

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You may remember Razor as the company behind all those silver scooters that popped up on your block a decade ago. Razor is still around and pumping out vehicular fun of all shapes and sizes, including a 55-pound drifting machine called the Crazy Cart that looks fantastically fun.

The Crazy Cart ($400) can reach speeds of up to 12 mph, and you can go for about 40 minutes on its two rechargeable 12V batteries. It features “variable speed foot pedal acceleration,” but has no brake — the better for drifting, yo. To that effect, it has 360-degree steering and a drift bar for managing spins, drifts, and cornering. It’s got two driving modes: “go-kart mode” for normal driving, and “crazy cart mode” for drifting.

The Crazy Cart has a 140-pound weight limit.


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Jerry Seinfeld’s Web Series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee New Episode Featuring Chris Rock

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Kids Need Bullying, the sixth episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Emmy-nominated web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee features Chris Rock.

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Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio Made of Body-Painted Models

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To promote the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, a group of limber models were body-painted by artist Craig Tracy to look like the sporty new car.

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Cars And Films, Movie Posters Featuring Iconic Cars From Films

Seville, Spain-based illustrator Jesús Prudencio has created Cars and Films, a series of movie posters featuring iconic cars from movies. Prints are available to purchase online from Etsy.

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