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Jan 9th 2014

AOL Autos Tech of the Year: Tesla Supercharger

We're excited to announce that the Tesla Supercharger was awarded 2013 Technology of the Year from AOL Autos at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

This year marks the second annual Technology of the Year program, with over 44 technologies nominated for the title. Back in November, AOL Autos announced six finalists during the Los Angeles Auto Show where the Tesla Supercharger was joined by Chevrolet MyLink Valet Mode, Infiniti Backup Collision Intervention, Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive, Mopar® In-Vehicle Wireless Charging for Portable Devices and Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake at an offsite event at LA's Belasco Theater.

The panel of judges, comprised of industry experts from AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget and TechCrunch, went through grueling rounds of physical testing and found that the Tesla Supercharger raised the bar the highest when it comes to integrating technology into the world of autos. Giving Tesla owners the ability to charge their vehicles enough to drive 150 miles in about 30 minutes or less for free, the Tesla Supercharger changes the ways EVs are used and diminishes the concern of "range anxiety" among drivers. The infrastructure Tesla is building to support the Tesla Supercharger with fast-charging stations across the U.S. elevates EVs in the automotive industry today.

To help the esteemed board of judges find the best of the best in automotive technology, AOL Autos turned to their consumers in the last stage of deliberation. Readers were asked to vote for which among the six finalists they felt should take the title. With over 14,000 votes received, consumers also agreed that the Tesla Supercharger stood apart from its competitors, garnering 40% of overall public votes. The result of this poll equaled one judges' vote in final deliberation.

Congratulations to Tesla Supercharger on winning 2013 Technology of the Year!

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!

Oct 14th 2013

AOL Puts You in the Driver's Seat with Autoblog 360 App

Wish you could experience a luxury vehicle without the hassle of going to the dealership? Faster than you can say 'I-should-be-sitting-in-a-Maserati,' we have the perfect solution.
AOL has just launched Autoblog 360, offering car shoppers an interactive experience on their tablets. Every angle is captured, ensuring the user receives as close to an experience as sitting in the driver's seat as possible. And, if the virtual test drive experience has you excited enough over the car, you'll soon be able to request an in-person test drive. We'll arrange for delivery of the vehicle to your home or office where you can test drive on the roads you take every day – no pressure and hassle-free.

Other features include:
- 360-degree interior and exterior views
- Vehicle stats, best deals pricing & more
- Interactive experience where 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

You're a click away from the Autoblog 360 experience: Check out www.Autoblog360.com download now.*

*New car smell not included

Oct 7th 2013

International Day of the Girl

Beginning October 7th and culminating on October 11th – the day recognized by the United Nations as International Day of the Girl – several of AOL's brands will feature content to raise awareness for girls' education across the globe.


Photo Credit: A World at School 2013

International Day of the Girl was first formally recognized by the United Nations through partnership with Plan International on October 11th, 2012, to bring an end to child marriage and recognize girls' lack of rights around the world. This year, International Day of the Girl is strategically focusing its efforts on another crucial cause: girls' education. If girls and young women are provided the proper education they deserve, they'll be given the chance to build a better life and the ability to live independently.

AOL's brands have come together to promote one, cohesive message for a global cause. Each brand will offer a unique story in its category that sheds light on the importance of education in girls' lives and draws attention to areas across the world where girls lack the basic right to learn. Today, AOL Travel features several female authors writing letters to their younger selves, showing the power of travel in educating them in the ways of the world.

With each thoughtful story, AOL urges you to Raise Your Hand for girls' education with the goal of supporting Plan International's goal of surpassing one million hands raised.

Tune in to @AOLPR to read content from our various brands throughout the week, as they carry the torch for girls' education.


AOL and its family of brands supports Plan International and International Day of the Girl by Raising Its Hand for Girls' Education. More Information on Plan International and their initiatives here: http://plan-international.org/

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