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Feb 26th 2013

AOL Autos Hands Over the Keys to a Brand New Dodge Dart


(Dodge Dart winner with AOL Autos editor-in-chief David Kiley)

Wish you were handed the keys to a brand new car? Over 50,000 other people were hoping the same thing when they entered AOL Autos' "Technology of the Year" award sweepstakes to win a new Dodge Dart. AOL Autos' editor-in-chief, David Kiley, traveled to Tacoma, Washington, yesterday to deliver the new car to the one lucky winner.

The Dodge Dart came equipped with AOL Autos' Technology of the Year award winner, Chrysler Group's Uconnect. The award was announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and given to Uconnect for its class-exclusive Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with built-in radio, available Garmin navigation, iPod control, climate controls, voice-activated Bluetooth®, SiriusXM Travel Link, weather updates and points of interest.

"I have never had a car I could sync to a smartphone or even navigation...I would hold the GPS in my hand as I'm driving, so this is going to be a big change," said Dodge Dart winner, Jennifer R.

Congratulations to the winner and to Chrysler Group's Uconnect for winning AOL Autos' Technology of the Year!

Jan 30th 2013

Two Original AOL Series to Air on SPEED™

AOL's content is already available on mobile devices, tablets, desktops and, starting February 5th, for the first time ever, our original content will be available on broadcast as well! AOL Autos' "TRANSLOGIC" and Autoblog's "The List," will be broadcast on SPEED, the leading automotive-enthusiast channel on TV and a member of the FOX Sports Media Group.

AOL Autos'
"TRANSLOGIC" is hosted by Bradley Hasemeyer, who navigates the latest transportation technology and explores where mass transit, concept cars, electric vehicles and new transportation will take us."TRANSLOGIC" is the top-viewed video series on AOL Autos, has been honored by the Webby Awards and received four Telly Awards for excellence in the automotive category, cinematography and video editing.
Autoblog's "The List" is hosted by Jessi Combs and Patrick McIntyre, who tackle the "1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die," including challenges like lapping Germany's Nürburgring, driving over 200 miles per hour and learning to drift. Through the hosts, viewers live out their automotive bucket-list fantasies.
For additional information on SPEED broadcasting AOL's premium original content read the full press release here.

Nov 29th 2012

Help Pick the Winner of AOL Autos 2012 Technology of the Year Award!

Most automobile manufacturers these days have installed gadgets and interactive features that offer drivers comfort, safety and fun. But how many of these are really innovative?

The team at AOL Autos set out to cut through the clutter and select the most technology-minded companies with their first ever Technology of the Year Award. The six finalists for this award were announced by the editors earlier this week with one Grand Prize winner to be awarded in January at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas.

Here are the finalists:

Telematics:
  • Cadillac CUE
  • Audi connect with Google Maps Street View

Connectivity:
  • Chrysler Uconnect Access
  • MyFord Mobile

Active Safety:
  • Nissan Tire Pressure Alert & Refill System
  • Honda LaneWatch™

The judging panel will consist of 16 journalists from AOL Autos, Autoblog, and Engadget, and judge number 17 – you, the public! The finalist with the most nominations on AOL Autos will win the public vote.

Which technology do you think is the best? Submit your vote here! To read our press release announcing the award, click here.

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