John BrandonTechHive

John Brandon is a technology writer and car enthusiast. After leaving the corporate world in 2001, he embarked on a solo writing career and never looked back (except for that one time). He's tested thousands of products and reported on everything from 50 Cent starting a headphone company to BMW building a data center in Iceland. He lives outside of Minneapolis.

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A big truck needs a big view: Ford builds 360-degree cameras into 2015 F-150

Ford has pulled out all of the stops to make sure the upcoming 2015 F-150 truck is safer -- and smarter.


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New 2015 Lincoln MKC is first with MyLincolnMobile remote-control app

Let the spoiling begin! The MyLincoln Mobile app lets you schedule engine starts and climate control. Also, the car can detect when you're approaching and shine a 'welcome mat' in a tasteful color at the door.


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2015 Corvette Stingray records your racetrack romps

Performance Data Recorder captures your driving sessions in audio, video and telemetry overlays for easy analysis.


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Upcoming BMW X1 will have apps for music, social media and vehicle status

The new Online Entertainment system will integrate with major streaming music providers. BMW's own ConnectedDrive app can read Facebook and Twitter updates as well as provide car status. You'll be able to use either your phone or the car's own connectivity to download the data.


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Challenger SRT's dashboard apps divulge your deepest driving data

The SRT Performance Pages built into this Dodge's dash tell you precisely why you deserve that ticket.


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Early report: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class can stop and go automatically in traffic jams

The luxury sedan, to be announced officially next week, will be able to stop, go, and maintain its lane automatically in slow traffic, as well as read traffic signs.


2015 Ford Mustang debuts with new tech features to track and adjust performance

The legendary muscle car is still all about speed, but a little more tech is coming along for the ride.


That'll be $20: Chrysler's Uconnect and the fee-based future of your connected car

The revamped service offers an app store, emergency assistance, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. But it'll all cost money, and no one knows whether users will pay.


Eat my screamin' streamin' dust: 2015 Audi A3 will be first car ever with 4G LTE

With up to 100Mbps throughput, the A3 will load infotainment services faster and let up to 8 people connect to the Internet at the same time.


Funny-looking and freaky-fast: Hands-on with the BMW i3 all-electric car

The BMW i3 drives like a sports car, brakes for you, and tells you when to re-charge.


Hands-off: 2014 Infiniti Q50 can steer for long stretches without your help

With its new drive-by-wire technology, the Q50 can watch the lane markers and stay centered on the road better than you can.


2014 Fiat 500L is road-trip ready with route tracing and trip-data analysis

This new hatchback has more doors, more headroom, and more tech than its mini-car cousin.


All-electric 2015 Kia Soul EV will emit fake engine noise to alert pedestrians

An audible vroom at lower speeds will keep this car from surprising pedestrians and bicyclists.


Like Android in a car: Touchpad by Mercedes-Benz supports writing, gesturing, and haptic feedback

This small touchpad could be less distracting because of the natural movements you use with it, and it even buzzes back at you.


Ford SYNC voice-control upgrade understands you even if you talk funny

Fuzzy search makes it better at guessing what you're saying, but it still can't compare to the voice features on iPhones and Android phones.