Yesterday, Android Police was in San Jose checking out some nifty things at NVIDIA's 2013 GPU Technology Conference. At one of the events, the Tegra team showed off a few prototypes of automotive dashboards they're hoping to put into cars of the future.
The HMI (Human Machine Interaction)toolkit NVIDIA is developing, called UI Composer, is universal in the sense that it can run on top of Android, Linux, Windows RT, and probably other operating systems.
Code Sector (the name behind popular speedometer app SpeedView) recently brought to market a highly customizable car home app, introducing InDrive: Custom Car Home to the Play Store.
InDrive's primary features are neatly contained in its three swipe-able screens: Apps, GPS, and Music. The Apps screen allows you to create a set of custom app shortcuts. The screen comes preloaded with shortcuts to Navigation and Phone, but there are sixteen more slots waiting to be customized.
Car manufactures and consumer electronics companies have been growing closer than you might think over the past few years, with self-driving concept cars being demonstrated with remote control from a smartphone in mind. This is more obvious than ever at this year's CEATEC in Japan, where manufacturers such as Nissan have taken to the stage and shown off some really cool technology.
One of the company's latest concept cars, the NSC-2015, highlights what can be done when your car and smartphone are on the same wavelength.
It's not often that I hear of a startup and think "I would love to have that in my town!," yet that's exactly what I thought when I heard about Lyft. For the unaware, Lyft is a new service in San Francisco that helps people find a ride at around 20% the cost of a taxi. In fact, payment is actually optional (though not paying at all isn't recommended - more on that in a few).
Let's see a show of hands: how many of you use your smartphone while driving? It's OK, we won't judge you. Yeah, you do it. We all do from time to time. And we all know it's not safe, too.
The interface of a smartphone is meant to be simple, but not simple enough to use while driving. For that, an app that turns your smartphone into something that your grandmother could be comfortable using would be much better.
My significant other likes to pretend the next car we buy will have TVs integrated into the headrests to keep our kids occupied on long trips. I can assure you, it will not - after all, that's an option that costs thousands of dollars, and is usually only offered on luxury cars (which we can't afford) and minivans (just no) as it is. But, as it turns out, it's not all that hard to one-up integrated TVs: you can slap on a sleek, adjustable headrest mount.
Challenging players to "race through an apocalyptic wasteland overrun with mutants and other hazards," Glu Mobile recently released Mutant Roadkill to the Play Store.
As its name would suggest, Mutant Roadkill is a driving game (of sorts). The primary objective is to navigate the streets of an utterly destroyed, abandoned city, running over as many hapless mutant zombie creatures as possible while avoiding collisions with debris including other cars.
Building on this simple premise, the game offers powerups, combo bonuses, and upgrade-able cars.
If you've been paying even the slightest bit of attention to the tech world for the past year or two, you're probably well aware that Android has more or less taken over the smartphone scene. Way back in June of 2010, Google revealed that 160,000 Android devices were being activated per day - at the time, that was more than double the combined total of iPhone, Mac, and iPad activations.
EA Mobile recently released "the most hotly anticipated racing game ever made for Android" to the Market, unleashing Real Racing 2 – an intense racing game that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you navigate through over 40 miles of track in 15 gorgeous environments.
Real Racing 2 features a dynamic Career mode, allowing players to work their way up from rookie to pro, and also offers touch or tilt controls, which means players can – to some extent – customize the gameplay experience to their liking.
The main factor that has kept me from buying a windshield mount for my Android phone or tablet is the fact that, for the most part, each device requires its own mount, adding a significant amount of clutter to my window.
Looking to change that, JR Sanchez has begun a project at kickstarter.com surrounding the MobileMount, a suction cup mount that will support just about any mobile device.
The mount consists of two twist-to-lock suction cups, meaning you can mount your phone, tablet, or MP3 player on just about any flat surface.