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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.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features a touchpad and a GPS that looks for tunnels

Using the GPS, the car detects when you're entering a tunnel and automatically shuts vents that bring in external air and begins recirculating interior air.


2014 Cadillac ELR noise cancelling spares your delicate nerves from engine roar

Hush hush, sweet engine: The hybrid Cadillac ELR uses noise cancelling to dampen the sound of the car's transition from electric to gas engine. Call us when it can drown out "are we there yet?"


Ooh that smell: Mercedes-Benz S550 debuts with custom scents and hot-stone massage

Is this a car or a fast-moving spa? The S550’s new technologies include a scent-control system, passenger massage, and oh yeah, some things that improve the safety and driving experience as well.


Live-human concierge is the best tech in Mercedes-Benz mbrace2 connected-car service

We test the mbrace2 connected-car service on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550. Its yearly subscription almost seems like a small price to pay for the convenience of talking to a real, live person who will conduct Google searches for you and even make doctor appointments. But no homework help, kid. Sorry.


If you can’t do it, the car will: Ford showcases advances in parking assistance and obstacle avoidance

At an event in Belgium, Ford showed off future driving aids that inch us ever closer to the autonomous car.


Five lasers and five cameras help Nissan LEAF drive itself into demo at CEATEC in Japan

This very special Nissan LEAF is a poster car for the company’s pledge to bring autonomous vehicles to market by 2020.


Volkswagen EOS Komfort launches with tell-all Car-Net remote monitoring app

VW’s new Car-Net service debuts on select 2014 models including the EOS Komfort. Car-Net provides vehicle status, remote control and monitoring, and safety features, with an iPhone app now and an Android app on the way.


Please let me give you my money: mobile app eases fragmented payment system for public EV charging

A new partnership between SemaConnect and Recargo aims to fix one big hassle of using public charging stations: figuring out how to pay. A new mobile app lets your phone be the authenticator, rather than a payment card or a bothersome phone call.


National Plug-In-Day gathers electric-car faithful, but infrastructure remains sparse

The third annual celebration of all cars electric included events in about 100 cities, a few international.


The same augmented reality that makes games more immersive will make in-car navigation more vivid

Mercedes-Benz is showing an augmented-reality concept for in-car navigation where street names, house numbers, and points of interest will pop up on a live feed.


Cadillac CUE signals new era of customizable in-car displays

The idea of customizing your in-car display seems unthinkable, but the design pendulum is swinging in that direction. Cadillac's CUE in the 2013 CTS is already customizable, and the 2014 Chevrolet Impala will have a display where you can move icons and change their look as well.


7 CES announcements IT pros should know about

With the International CES in the rear-view mirror, look ahead for this tech from the show to affect what your workers use this year.

7 tech trends that will impact your business in 2013

What's in store for the new year? IT pros need to prepare for a mix of old, new, borrowed, and blue.

5 ways to get more from Google Analytics

These tips can help you examine traffic, keywords, bounce rates, and visitors in order to improve your website.

5 serious business alternatives to Dropbox

The recent Dropbox data breach has many IT executives telling employees not to use it. These five products offer the administrative and security features that may restore their faith in cloud data storage.