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Dec 30th 2013

Autoblog 360 App Launches Test-Drive Feature

We're excited to announce that the at-home test-drive feature for Autoblog 360 is available for iOS and Android users! The new, free tablet app that allows users to virtually shop for any car from the comfort of their home or office, will now also deliver vehicles to your doorstep.

The dealership can be an intimidating experience for many car shoppers. Now, the Autoblog 360 tablet app complements the dealership experience, manning car buyers with the information and vehicle experience they need before they are ready to purchase. Through a simple click, consumers in Dallas and Miami can order any Cadillac car to test drive (the make/model of their choice) that will be delivered to their front door – for free.

Using the new feature is easy: once a test drive order is placed, the user can schedule a date and time they'd like to have the vehicle delivered. When the car arrives, they can take a drive down their neighborhood streets and see how the car looks in their driveway or fits in their garage. Although the test drive feature is only available now in Dallas and Miami, the 360-degree views and Autoblog 360 app experience are available to all Android and iOS users. Autoblog hopes to expand the test drive feature to additional US markets and car brands in the future.

The app also offers a user-controlled 360-view of cars both inside from the driver's seat inside, as well as outside. Users can click on a hotspot or watch a video to learn more about the cars that interest them.

Other features include:

- 360-degree interior and exterior views, now featuring an extended experience with app sponsor Cadillac

- Vehicle stats, best deals and pricing

- Interactive experience in which maneuvers of the tablet screen mimic the driver's eyes inside the vehicle - including the ability to virtually "open" the glove compartment and investigate the storage of the center console

- Desktop version of the app

To download Autoblog 360, visit your iOS or Android app store.

Nov 22nd 2013

AOL Autos Announces Finalists for Technology of the Year Award: Vote!

AOL Autos announced the six finalists for the second annual Technology of the Year award during the LA Auto Show this week. The public announcement took place at the Connected Car Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on 11/19, immediately preceding the Press Day Kickoff Party for the LA Auto Show.

The following evening, teams from the six finalists, industry experts, internal AOL teams and journalists gathered at the Los Angeles' Belasco Theater to celebrate the announcement. All six vehicles housing the finalist technologies were brought into the venue and on-display for attendees to hop in the drivers' seat and check out the technologies.

Event-goers were also given a sneak preview into the upcoming release of Autoblog 360, a new test-drive tablet app from Autoblog first released mid-October.

With over 40 nominees received, the six finalists are: Chevrolet MyLink Valet Mode, Infiniti Backup Collision Intervention, Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive, Mopar® In-Vehicle Wireless Charging for Portable Devices, Tesla's Supercharger, and Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake.

AOL Autos' team of judges, comprised of experts from AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget and TechCrunch, now turns to the public to vote on their favorite technology. The result of this vote will be weighted as one judges' vote in the final deliberation. The winner of 2013 Technology of the Year will be announced at CES in January 2014.

Vote for 2013 Technology of the Year award here by December 6th!

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