Car Tech Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

Toyota's Navigation Infotainment System
Toyota's Navigation infotainment system was the forerunner to the current crop of Entune-based systems offered by the OEM.

Toyota's Navigation Infotainment System
Toyota's Navigation infotainment system was the forerunner to the current crop of Entune-based systems offered by the OEM.

Car Tech Terminology
Automotive technology doesn't have an overly complicated lexicon, but there are a number of terms that you should know if you're new to the subject.

5 Ways to Use Bluetooth in Your Car
Everyone knows you can use Bluetooth to make hands-free phone calls, but what else is it good for?

At the Intersection of Technology and Distracted Driving
It's easy to blame feature creep for the growing problem of distracted driving, but is technology really the problem or could it be the solution?

Seven Vital Advances in Automotive Safety Technology
These seven automotive safety technologies might not be flashy, or even terribly interesting, but they may well save your life one day.

How to Take Your Music Library On the Road
If you haven't already ditched your physical cassettes and CDs for digital, you might be surprised at how easy it really is.

7 Ways to Use the Internet in Your Car
Whether you use your phone, a mobile hotspot, or your car came with a built-in connection, there are tons of ways to use the Internet in your car.

Key Fobs and Car Security Systems
When you buy a car with a key fob, it may be tied into a security system. On the other hand, sometimes a key fob is just a key fob.

The Universe of Car Audio Sources
Listening to the radio is fine, but why limit yourself? Check out our rundown of car audio sources to learn which ones might work best in your car.

Aftermarket Car Stereo Wire Colors
Unlike OEM head units, most aftermarket car stereos stick to a standard wire color scheme.

How Do Key Locators Work?
The perfect solution to lost car keys is a car key locator, right? But do they really work?

Improve Your Radio Reception
Bad car radio reception can be caused by a number of internal and external factors, but there are a few things you can do to help the situation.

How Difficult Is It to Replace a Car Stereo?
Installing your own head unit isn't a particularly difficult task, but there are a few common pitfalls that you'll want to look out for.

How to Buy the Right Size Head Unit
Buying the right size head unit is more complicated now than it's ever been before, but a few simple tools can put you on the right track.

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your FM Transmitter
FM transmitters are great, but what about when they aren't great? Because that's a lot of the time. Here are five ways you can help your FM transmitter be better.

The Dangers of an Exploding Car Battery
An exploding car battery is something that you definitely never want to experience for yourself.

Finding a Safer Used Car
Older cars often lack vital safety technologies found in newer cars, but it's still definitely possible to find and buy a safe used car.

Car Battery Charging and Maintenance
Car battery charging isn't rocket science, but a little care, and some regular maintenance along the way, can prevent a dangerous situation.

Car Stereo Amp Turns On and Off By Itself
When a car amp turns on and then back off by itself, the culprit is often an internal fault, although installation problems and other issues may also be to blame.

Diagnosing a Blown Car Audio Amplifier Fuse
Although car audio amplifier fuses can blow for a variety of different reasons, checking these four simple things first can save you a lot of money.

Six Persistent ABS Myths
You're better off without ABS in the winter, and five other ABS myths you shouldn't believe.

Car Safety Tech for Teen Drivers
With a combination of common sense and indispensable safety technologies, finding a safe car for your teen driver might be easier than you think.

The Death of HD Radio
You may have heard that HD radio is dead. Apparently nobody bothered to tell HD radio. Awkward!

How to Upgrade Your Non-standard Head Unit
Upgrading a non-standard OEM head unit is a little more complicated than replacing a typical DIN head unit, but it's definitely possible.

Using an iPod Car Adapter Without a Head Unit
While there isn't an iPod car adapter that will work without a head unit, there just may be a simple solution to your problem.

How to Choose the Best New Car Speakers
Factory speakers usually leave something to be desired, so choosing the best new car speakers is a huge part in upgrading any car audio system.

What Are Rollover Airbags?
Side curtain airbags can help prevent injuries if you are t-boned, but only rollover airbags will actually keep you inside during a rollover.

Replacing a Factory Car Stereo Without Losing Features
Modern infotainment systems are often feature packed, so is it even possible to have all that and good sound quality, too?

Navigation Systems
If you're looking for the best way to get from here to there, a car navigation system can get the job done.

Automotive Telematics System Basics
Telematics and infotainment are sometimes used interchangeably, but automotive telematics only refers to a few specific features.

Basic and Advanced iPod Car Stereo Connection Guide
Wired, wireless, or somewhere in between, there's more than one way to connect an iPod into a car stereo.

Car Stereo Wiring Basics
OEM car radio wire colors vary widely from one application to the next, but it's actually pretty easy to identify what each one is for.

Back to Basics: Test Driving Car Safety Technology
Before you test drive your next car, check out these vital safety technologies and head to the dealership already knowing what you want.

Rollover Accidents and Technology
Certain vital car safety technologies might save your life during a rollover or even prevent one before it happens.

Beyond the Basic Airbag
Airbag technology has come a long way since basic drivers side airbags arrived on the scene in the 1970s and 1980s.

Car Safety
Automotive safety technology has evolved a lot over the years, and cars are safer now than they ever have been before. Which safety technologies do you already have, and which ones should you look at for your next vehicle?

Car Safety
Automotive safety technology has evolved a lot over the years, and cars are safer now than they ever have been before. Which safety technologies do you already have, and which ones should you look at for your next vehicle?

Automatic Parking
Automatic parking systems can get you into (and maybe out of) some tight spots.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

A Brief History of Car Radios
Car radios have come a long way since Philco and Motorola introduced the very first head units. Check out some watershed moments in the history of car radios, stereos, and head units in general.

SecuTire Pressure Monitor System Review
The SecuTire wireless TPMS is an affordable tire pressure monitoring solution for any car or truck that didn't come with a factory system.

What is a Swamp Cooler?
What did people do to keep cool on hot, summer road trips before A/C? Rolling down the windows was always an option, but those in dry climates often leaned on a device commonly known as a swamp cooler.

Introducing the Radioless Car Radio
Car radio is dead. Long live car radio.

What Are Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems?
Tire pressure monitors have been around since the 1980s, but they're now required equipment on new cars in the US and EU. So what are they, and how do they work?

Philips PD7012 DVD Headrest LCD Review
The Philips PD7012 is a great value for two 7

JVC KDHDR44 HD Radio CD Car Stereo
The JVC KDHDR44 packs a lot of features in at a budget price point.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

Examining GM's Intellilink System
An overview of the GM Intellilink navigation/infotainment system.

The Problematic Destandardization of the Head Unit
The audio aftermarket has thrived on the DIN standard for decades, so what happens when the OEMs kill it?

What is a Stereo Install Dash Kit?
Car stereo dash kits can be difficult to find for some applications, but they're still the best way to upgrade a non-standard head unit.

USB in Your Car
USB wasn't ever meant to end up in automotive applications, but it has, and we're better off because of it.

Advanced Driver Assistance System Basics
Test driving advanced driver assistance systems can be tough when you only have a short time to put a vehicle through its paces.

Block Heater Basics
Confused about why your non-electric, non-hybrid car has a power cord hanging out of the engine compartment? Here's why!

A Look at the Technology Behind Individual Wheel Drive
Individual wheel drive is an old technology that has only recently become viable.

Inside Electric Wheel Hub Motors
Electric hub motors form the basis of individual wheel drive systems.

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Electronic Traction Control Vs. Tire Chains
Traction control is great, but can it really replace studded snow tires or chains?

Safe Winter Driving With Four-Wheel Drive Technology
Four-wheel drive is a great tool to have at your disposal when it starts snowing, but knowing the limitations of the technology could save your life.

Maintaining Car Control in the Ice and the Snow
The best way to keep safe on treacherous winter roads is to use a good mix of technology and good driving habits.

10 Ways to Kill the Chill
Don't let the cold weather get you down. Check out these 10 ways to kill the chill of a long commute.

Listen to Cassette Collection in Car
Don't toss your beloved cassette collection just because your car doesn't have a tape deck anymore. Use one of these methods to keep the music alive.

Car Cassette Adapter
Car cassette adapters were originally used with CD players, but today you can use them with anything from an iPod to a satellite radio receiver.

Bluetooth Basics
Bluetooth is an essential connectivity technology in new cars, and you can add it to older vehicles as well.

User Interfaces
Car user interfaces provide easy access to safety features, GPS navigation, and multimedia entertainment systems.

Infotainment System Basics
Infotainment systems are designed to make your life easier, but clunky interfaces and missing features, could have you regretting your purchase.

Car Audio Basics
Arm yourself with some basic, essential car audio knowledge before you start shopping for your next ride.

Cheap Fix for a Broken Defroster
There are two main kinds of car defrosters, each of which works in its own way, fails in its own way, and requires its own solution to get it working again.

How Do Car Defrosters Work?
Defrosters, defoggers and demisters all rely on two basic principles to work.

What is Amplifier Protect Mode?
Depending on when your amp went into protect mode, there are a handful of different problems that you might have.

Car Audio Picket Fencing Multipath Interference
Picket fencing is a term for multipath reception that often occurs in big cities where your car radio might receive the same signal from two or more directions.

How to Stop Dropping Cell Phone Calls
External cell phone antennas are few and far between these days, but cell phone signal boosters are becoming more common all the time. So what's the difference, and do you actually need either one of them?

Examining the MyFord Touch Interface
A pictorial overview of the MyFord Touch interface.

Examining the MyFord Touch Interface
A pictorial overview of the MyFord Touch interface.

Examining the MyFord Touch Interface
A pictorial overview of the MyFord Touch interface.

Examining the MyFord Touch Interface
A pictorial overview of the MyFord Touch interface.

Examining the MyFord Touch Interface
A pictorial overview of the MyFord Touch interface.

Examining the MyFord Touch Interface
A pictorial overview of the MyFord Touch interface.

Examining the MyFord Touch Interface
A pictorial overview of the MyFord Touch interface.

Examining the MyFord Touch Interface
A pictorial overview of the MyFord Touch interface.

8 Reasons Your Car Might Actually Be from the Future
Whether you know it or not, your car just might actually be from the future.

10 Must Have New Car Technologies
Check out these cool new features that your next car should have.

10 Commuting Technologies
10 ways to sane, safe, and entertained on a long commute or road trip.

Car Head Unit Features and Options
Head units come in all shapes and sizes, so there's a model out there for everyone. Familiarize yourself with some of the most important options.

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Daily Drive
Ten ways to survive your daily car commute.

Onboard Computers
Ever wanted to mod your car with a computer system? Us too.

Cell Phone GPS Navigation Options
GPS navigation devices have come down in price over the years, but do you really need one if you already carry a GPS-enabled cell phone everywhere you go?

How Do Car Alarms Work?
Car alarms can seem like pretty complex devices, but they're all made up of these basic components.

Who Can Access My Event Data Recorder
Although you technically own both the EDR in your car and the data it contains, the concept of ownership can become nebulous.

How Important is Speaker Efficiency?
Speaker efficiency numbers play a huge role in how your car audio system sounds.

Connecting a CD Changer to a Factory Stereo
CD changers can be connected to both factory and aftermarket head units using many of the same methods you would use to connect an iPod.

Car Food Warmer Options
If you're trying to decide what type of car food warmer to get, there are a handful of different factors that you'll need to consider.

DIY Car Wiring Tips
Before you attempt a DIY car wiring project, check out these vital tips.

DIY Car Wiring Tips
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DIY Car Wiring Tips
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DIY Car Wiring Tips
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DIY Car Wiring Tips
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DIY Car Wiring Tips
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DIY Car Wiring Tips
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What is LoJack?
There are a lot of vehicle tracking and stolen vehicle recovery services out there, but none of them work quite like LoJack.

Car Media Servers
From infotainment systems and mechless head units to custom DIY hacks, in-car media servers let you bring all your content along whenever you hit the road.

Auxiliary Input
Head unit auxiliary inputs provide expandability to a car audio system.

Preamp Outputs
Preamp outputs are designed to provide a clean audio signal to an amplifier.

Steering Wheel Controls
Steering wheel controls are a safer way to control a head unit when you're driving.

Switchable Illumination
Switchable illumination is a head unit feature that let's you color-match your components.

ISO 26262
ISO 26262 is a functional safety standard that was developed in order to apply IEC 61508 to the automotive industry.

How Do Inverters Work?
If you've ever wondered how do inverters work, it's actually a remarkably simple process.

Modified Sine Wave Inverter
Although a modified sine wave inverter will usually do the trick, there are a few situations where one might damage your electronics.

Car Tech Upgrades
Whatever you're looking at upgrading in your car, it all starts here.

Automotive Technology Basics
Automotive technology can be broken down into a handful of basic categories that cover everything from ABS to DVD.