Eon represents a long period of time, an homage to the timelessness and sophistication of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.Cars as art isn’t a new concept, but it’s usually the preserve of exotics or classics.The large clamshell hood helps define the overall proportions of the car, while a strong character line that flows nose to tail along the side of the vehicle emphasizes its profile.The designers took their cues from nature, especially the shark, but also references from other Volkswagen group premium cars.While many other sedan manufacturers have changed focus to the crossover and SUV segment, Volkswagen still sees the sedan market as vital.But when talking price, it’s much closer to the Audi A5 or Kia Stinger GT.
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Google’s intelligent little helper has been powering almost every other smartphone for the past few years, getting better and smarter each day.Despite its dominance on mobile devices, Google shows no signs of slowing down.Aggressive marketing, widespread device integration and new innovations show where Google is placing its eggs.The iconic phrase began letting you for applications and functions within your phone, developing over the years to integrate the search engine and virtual helper we know today.There was no way Google was going to Amazon take the lead in household AI, especially given Google’s unrivalled reservoir of data and information.This gave it the edge despite the smaller list of participating products.
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Disco never died, it just hid out until Land Rover sought to bring it, and the Disco Sport, back to life.Now, a couple years later, the latter is staring down some quality upgrades for the 2020 model year.On the spectrum of refreshes, this one is right about in the middle, making some slight visual changes while also updating the more important underlying bits.Two new powertrains have been introduced: One is a 246-horsepower I4 from the modular Ingenium engine family, while the other one slaps a 48-volt mild hybrid system into the equation, boosting its output to 296 horsepower.Now riding on Land Rover's Premium Transverse Architecture platform, not only does it allow the Discovery Sport to pick up this kind of electrification, it makes the body some 13 percent stiffer.It's also quieter, thanks to some improved sound deadening measures.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has broken cover, and the three-row SUV is getting upgrades both in the shape of a mild-hybrid powertrain and a more tech-savvy cabin.Set to hit dealerships in the US this summer, the new Discovery Sport also gets a more aggressive exterior than the regular Discovery.Inside there’s what Land Rover describes as “5+2” seating.In short, the 2020 Discovery Sport is really intended as a two-row SUV – with the second row having a 40/20/40 split along with slide functionality – while two further seats can be folded out of the trunk.As well as leather, there’s also now a Luxtex fabric option that’s made from recycled polyester microfiber.Storage nooks have been increased and enlarged, with new cup holders and more for third-row passengers.
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Almost 70 per cent of drivers would be willing to install smartphone apps that block texting and browsing according to new QUT research - but only if they can still do hands-free calls and listen to Bluetooth music.Study leader Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios said 68 per cent were willing to use an app that blocked text messaging, web browsing and email features, so long as it still allowed hands free calls.But only 37 per cent were prepared to embrace the idea if calls were blocked completely.Retaining the ability to use music-playing functions was also important to app acceptance.But 17 per cent confessed to doing 'visual-manual tasks' that involved touching their phone, such as texting, browsing and emailing.Fifteen per cent reported occasionally looking at their phone for more than two seconds, and 19 per cent said they occasionally monitored/read conversations without writing back.
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Italy’s antitrust authority has become the latest international regulatory body to open an anti-competition investigation into Google, joining the European Union and the Competition Commission of India.The regulator opened the probe on Thursday after energy company Enel Group complained that Google wouldn’t allow the “Enel X Recharge” app to work with Android Auto.Enel Group was created by the Italian government in 1962, and it was privatized in 1999, though its biggest shareholder is currently Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.Google allows third-party developers to develop Android Auto-compatible versions of their apps, but only if they offer media or messaging services.Enel X Recharge is mostly dedicated to helping drivers find charging stations for electric cars.“Android Auto is designed with safety in mind, to minimize distractions and to ensure apps can be used safely when driving,” a spokesperson for Google said in a statement.
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As such, it's had a lot of refining over the years and is now pushing the limits with its Raptor variant, which is finally reaching the UK.The Ford Ranger Raptor was created as a reaction to an off-road scene in the US that sees tinkerers modify their trucks to get up seemingly impossible courses until it becomes possible.Ford wanted to offer near that level of capability but right off the factory line.We're not just talking about four by four here, this thing goes way beyond that with options for two wheel drive, four wheel high gear and four wheel low gear as well as six modes including snow, sand and even Baja mode for serious off-road enthusiasts that don't want too much of that assistance lark turned on – like the handy Electronic Stability Control mode.We certainly made use of it more than once.As such it meant flooring it most of the time as it flew up and down the sandy hills, seemingly without much effort required.
Google is facing more antitrust issues in Europe after it was revealed that the Italian competition watchdog has opened an investigation.It is probing Google’s alleged abuse of a dominant market position in the smart device sector.Google of course owns units such as Nest, which until 2018 was kept as a separate division from Google before it was brought back inhouse.Nest had been acquired by Google back in 2014 for $3.2 billion, after it made its name with just two household devices, namely the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke detector.Since then the number of Nest devices has expanded, and now there are web-connected thermostats, a doorbell, smoke alarm and home security system, coupled with the Google Home smart speakers and Chromecast streaming devices for example.It began the investigation when its officials on Thursday carried out inspections with Alphabet Inc, Google LLC and Google Italy S.r.l, which it refers to collectively as ‘Google’.
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It only took 16% of a single day to run through the entire US allocation of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition.Many hopeful buyers ended up on a waitlist, likely resigning themselves to stop getting their hopes up for a model that was already sold out.Mazda announced on Tuesday that it would expand availability of the Miata 30th Anniversary Edition in the US.The automaker is able to bring another 143 examples to our amber waves of grain, bringing the net US allotment up to 643 units, or 21.43% of the model's 3,000-unit run.It's unclear if the waitlist will be offered the car based on who landed there first, or if the automaker will use a randomized lottery to determine the lucky new owners.Clad in surprisingly vibrant racing orange paint that extends to the brake calipers, the car also gets a special set of 17-inch Rays alloy wheels, Bilstein dampers (for manual-transmission models) and Brembo front brakes.
In the interim, as indicated by Google, 50 car brands in 500 models depend on Android Auto; every single other car can be retrofitted with a car mount by means of smartphone and a Bluetooth associated with the car radio.In particular, the launch of the Android Auto user interface is to be quickened with the update, which is to be played out over the late spring on the entertainment framework of compatible cars.Android Auto Finally Gets a Design UpdateWhen you start your car, the app quickly switches to navigation mode with your preferred navigation app and resumes playback with the last music or podcast app utilized.Considerably increasingly significant is that in the new Android Auto, navigation no longer has to be hindered when you use another app.The recently included bell symbol opens the Notification Center that has not yet been appeared.On the off chance that it detects a wide display, it extends the view accordingly; for instance, by exploring after the next turn or by the duration of the present call.
The conference, which occurred at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, covered everything from the new Pixel smartphones to Android Q and Google’s continuous commitment to more extensive Internet of Things items.Google Pixel phones you can affordGoogle is jumping directly over into the mid-range smartphone showcase with an increasingly affordable version of its Pixel 3 and 3XL devices.5 Best Things We Saw at Google I/O 2019The original phones were generally received by tech journalists and reviewers yet have been accounted for to have struggled in terms of sales.presently, in a move reminiscent of the Nexus days, Google has launched a $399 version that makes a couple of compromises contrasted with its flagships.We’ve had a Pixel 3a in our editorial office for a brief time and it’s unquestionably an amazing achievement, not least since it holds the wonderful camera from the regular Pixel 3.
If you find yourself flush with cash, these are our top picks for Mom, running the gamut from family crossovers to sports cars, and even a truck or two.Of course, if you prefer to shop by price, check out our list of the best cars under $30,000 and $40,000 or family sedan, a compact crossover, a midsize pickup truck or even a super-fun sports car.2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand SportDid your mom drag race the family car back in the early 1960s, with bleach-blond hair and a cool pair of shades?A zippy turbocharged engine returns an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon combined, so mom won't be pained too much at the pump.The new MBUX infotainment system is housed on a giant center screen, and Mom can use natural language for certain controls just by saying, "Hey, Mercedes."
While those were early days for the new platform, we’re finally seeing the fruits of that initiative in the flesh, in the form of a luxury EV from Volvo-owned Polestar.While Android Auto is really just streaming your phone’s content to the car in a revamped format, Android Automotive is built from the ground up and running on the car itself.Cars with Android Automotive can access all of Google’s apps and services independently of your smartphone, which is an exciting prospect.Google is still testing exactly how the onboarding process will work, but when a user gets the car, they’ll be able to simply sign into their Google account and have access to all their Google apps, services, and data.Apps like Google Maps and the Google Assistant will work fine without sign-in, convenient for when you let people borrow your EV.Developers will need to hard-code Android Automotive compatibility
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Google I/O 2019 is less than a week away, but that is not stopping the Silicon Valley company from giving us a peek into what’s to come.First up, Google plans to open up media app development for the Android Automotive OS.We have seen tidbits of the Automotive OS for over a year, with several cars running a beta version of the firmware at last year’s developer conference.With vehicles such as the Polestar 2 coming to market soon, Google is finally getting developers ready for the new platform.To do this, Google is expanding the Android Auto framework to help developers work with a variety of screen sizes, input methods, OEM customizations, and regional driver safety guidelines.Google provided us with the below examples of how media apps will look on Android Automotive displays.
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Google is opening up Android Automotive OS, the dashboard-centric version of its mobile platform which will launch first on the Polestar 2 EV, to third-party media apps.Set to go live at Google I/O 2019, the company’s annual developer event being held next week, the new dev tools are the first of a number of ways Google plans to bring new apps to infotainment systems.Android Automotive OS was announced back in 2017, expanding Google’s reach to car dashboards.While Android Auto has long allowed phones to project a customized version of their interface onto vehicle infotainment systems, offering access to navigation, multimedia, calls, messaging, and the Assistant, Android Automotive OS goes far deeper.Polestar 2 – the all-electric car from the new Volvo and Geely-backed Swedish automaker – will use the software for its whole infotainment system, as we saw when the EV debuted at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 in March.Control is via a large, 11-inch portrait orientation touchscreen in the center console, that resembles a propped-up Android tablet.
Google is opening its Android Automotive operating system up to third-party developers to bring music and other entertainment apps into vehicle infotainment systems, starting with the Polestar 2, an all-electric vehicle developed by Volvo’s standalone electric performance brand.Google announced Wednesday that media app developers will be able to create new entertainment experiences for Android Automotive OS and the Polestar 2, starting at Google I/O 2019, the annual developer’s conference that kicks off May 7.Google is starting with media app developers such as Spotify and other entertainment sites.However, the company plans to expand into other categories of apps as well such as navigation, Haris Ramic, Google’s product lead for Android Automotive told TechCrunch in a recent interview.Android Automotive OS is modeled after its open-source mobile operating system that runs on Linux.But instead of running smartphones and tablets, Google modified it so it could be used in cars.
Cars in 2019 are marvels of technology and connectedness.Everything is easier — and safer!New vehicles typically have some sort of smartphone interface (Apple CarPlay or Android Auto) or enable a certain degree of smartphone integration with a car's infotainment system.Even if all that's lacking, you can still remain connected via your phone.Prior to all that, I drove a 1989 Honda Accord and a 1983 Buick Regal.If it sounds like torture to lack all 21st tech in a vehicle ... well, it actually wasn't.
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Google is still figuring out what exactly it wants to show off onstage next week at I/O 2019, and that means some news is being pushed out early.In addition to adding Tiles to Wear OS, the company today announced that developers can start building apps for Android Automotive OS.In March 2017, Google introduced Android Automotive OS, an Android operating system tailored to run in the car.In short, because cars are getting more technology and becoming more connected, Android Auto doesn’t cut it anymore and so Google built Android Automotive OS.The Polestar 2 (pictured above) arrives in 2020, so Google needs to get developers on board sooner rather than later.Media apps first, navigation and communication next
The 2020 Rover Range Rover Evoque remains the smallest SUV in Land Rover’s lineup, and it’s all for the better.The styling of the 2020 Evoque is a little controversial.But this isn’t a big problem if you consider the target market of the new crossover: affluent millennials and empty nesters.Cargo space has grown marginally to 20.8 cubic feet, roomy enough to accommodate a full day’s worth of shopping and groceries.In order to save weight, though, Land Rover opted for a die-cast aluminum front sub-frame and forged aluminum control arms for the suspension.The biggest weight-savings come courtesy of the new bimetallic disk brakes, shaving off more than 2.6 pounds per wheel.
Encouraging drivers to use electric cars over fossil fuels is good for us all, and Google has already done its bit to help by adding the locations of EV charging stations to Google Maps so they're easier to find.Now, though, it's going a step further by telling you whether those stations are in use or available.The update is rolling out across the UK and US and currently includes chargers from Chargemaster, EVgo, SemaConnect, according to a Google blog post, and will add ChargePoint shortly.Tesla's Superchargers are shown on the map but don't currently include the availability information.To find a charger near you, search "EV charging stations" in the app.Some of the resulting charging points on Google Maps have more information than others, with the better filled-out ones including the number of chargers, charging speed, port types, prices and even reviews.
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