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Hyundai hints at using Google Search to find destinations in 2015 Genesis sedan

In addition to the Google feature, the luxury vehicle will be the first to use a next-gen version of BlueLink, the company’s telematics platform that connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth.

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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.

The VW CrossBlue Coupe concept tailors its displays to your driving style

The navigation display and instrument cluster can prioritize performance data for Sport mode, fuel economy for Eco mode.

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.

Like a motorized mood ring, Toyota FV2 concept adjusts to your emotional state

This concept car changes color, driving style, or destination based on your mood, and you can steer it just by shifting your weight.

2014 Nissan Altima auto-responds for social-media addicts who should be driving

In a valiant attempt to make social-media addicts safer doing anything, the car can send a customizable text message or Facebook update to eager followers.