aol autos posts
Feb 17th 2012
The AOL Autos team met with 50 students yesterday at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit to kick off the Technology of the Year Award Design Challenge (http://autos.aol.com/award). CCS was selected as the exclusive partner by AOL Autos VP and General Manager, Chris Eschenburg. These students are tasked with creating the physical award that will be presented to the winner at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
This award will represent both the technology and automotive nature of the competition and should represent quality and expertise in auto technology, placing it easily into a position highly respected and referenced alongside other awards in the automotive field.
The students at CCS are made up of experts in several trades: pottery, glass blowing, fabrics, metals, woodworking and more. The AOL Autos team will be revisiting the students on March 15th to review initial designs, and then the real fun begins. Students will then be provided the supplies and tools they need to make the pieces come to life.
The students have participated in similar design competitions, including the 2009 Chrysler Supplier Pentastar Award, Ford's Model T Design Competition and the 2012 Auto Flow theme creative. We are anxious to see what impressive pieces they come up with!
Jan 10th 2012
AOL Autos announced at CES this week the creation of the Technology of the Year Award to recognize the best technological innovations in the auto industry. The winner will be announced at next year's CES.
The technology that auto companies are putting into car and trucks to make them behave like rolling smartphones is becoming the key differentiators on quality – systems like Ford's Sync and Cadillac's new Cue and Hyundai's Blue Link and even GM's well-established OnStar. Throughout the year, AOL Autos, Autoblog and Engadget will report on new systems and significant upgrades like these from automakers and suppliers at autos.aol.com/award.
Editors from AOL Autos, Autoblog and Engadget and a group of industry experts will review the new offerings and select finalists in three categories – telematics, connectivity and active safety – that will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 30-Dec. 9. Then the public will be invited to vote along with the panel of editors and experts to choose the winner.
We figure we have the best people in the industry to test the systems, grade them and then communicate our findings. I love the fact that we're able to link the expertise of AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget and The Huffington Post into one very smart service-oriented award program and content hub for our readers. It's worth noting that we aren't all tech geeks and early adopters – some of us on the judging panel struggle with new applications and interfaces just like anybody else. Heck, I still make a daily to-do-list on an envelope and slip it into my breast pocket...
Check out the official press release here.
Jan 9th 2012
Continuing the momentum from last year's show AOL will have prominent presence at 2012 International CES®, delivering original demos, up to the minute reporting and exclusives, and for the first time, we will bring the world class AOL Studio to CES.
Here's a preview of what you can expect from AOL at the CES:
The AOL Studio, prominently located in the grand lobby at the front entrance the Las Vegas Convention Center, will play host to real-time video coverage from the event with live broadcasts and interviews by the editors from Engadget (the official online news source of the 2012 International CES®), TechCrunch and AOL Autos. Attendees can see product reviews, demos and exclusive interviews with celebrity and tech luminaries.
This year, AOL is excited to announce AT&T as the exclusive sponsor of Engadget's CES content. Like AOL, CES is an important show for AT&T; it's the venue for the company's annual Developers Summit which attracts thousands of consumer and enterprise application developers who are taking advantage of AT&T's tools, technologies and expertise. As part of its sponsorship, AT&T will work with Engadget to spotlight developers who are collaborating with AT&T to bring compelling new mobile apps to life. AT&T also will display some of its hottest devices in AOL's Studio gadget wall.
David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets tells us, "We know so many of our customers trust Engadget to wring every last bit of news out of CES – and we're excited to sponsor the site's massive reporting presence and help readers get their gadget fix."
AOL team members taking the stage at Digital Hollywood at CES (located at the Las Vegas Convention Center) include:
Jeff Hochberg, VP, Audience Targeting Sales
Hypertargeting: Ad Networks, Ad Serving and Ad Targeting
January 9, 2012; 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sol Lipman, Senior Director, Mobile
The Apps - The Smartphone and Tablet - Entertainment, News, Music, Games, Location-Based, Communication and Community
January 9, 2012; 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mandar Shinde, Director, Mobile Monetization
iPad-Tablet-SmartPhone Advertising - the Premium Advertising Platform
January 10, 2012; Noon - 1:00 PM
Ran Harnevo, SVP AOL Video
Internet Video, Advertising & Marketing: The Next Generation of Consumer Reach
January 11, 2012; 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Be sure to check back throughout the week for the latest news at CES, tweet at us by adding #engadgetCES or #CESCrunch to your tweet, and if you're in Vegas join us at the AOL Studio!