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56 THE SHOP JULY 2016 RESTYLING/AFTERMARKET ACCESSORIES angle changed at the push of a button. Blind spots have been a leading factor in collisions. A full view of the lane next to you was physically impossible until recently. Blind spot cameras and sensors will now alert a driver of a car or object occupying your desired move. Some camera-based systems will offer an unblinking eye on the road ahead, letting you know if you're fol- lowing too close and sounding an audible alert over the vehicle's speakers if a collision is imminent or a pedestrian passes unex- pectedly in front of the vehicle. With big-name tech companies like Apple and Google looking for a share of in-vehicle technology sales, both have pro- vided the platform for aftermarket com- panies to sync their products with the use of smartphones into the vehicle receivers, allowing for both information and enter- tainment platforms that consumers are well-versed in operating. Voice activation is allowing drivers to send and receive text messages without losing view of the road. In addition, rear- seat entertainment can stream movies and television shows through sources like Net- flix, Hulu, Roku and many others. Seamless technology integration is the key for consumer acceptance. This is why Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have focused their attention on providing new car manufacturers the platform consumers could only dream of in the past. Available on select cars, CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car's built-in display. You can get direc- tions, make calls, send and receive mes- sages and listen to music—all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just plug in your iPhone and go. Although automakers were initially slow to support the standard, CarPlay is now A 32-acre site in Ann Arbor, Michigan known as Mcity has been built with storefronts, inter- sections, traffic signals and other situations to simulate actual driving conditions. (Images courtesy Mcity) At Mcity, testing is being done on highly automated vehicles with new technologies in a realistic environment. Connected Technologies 56 THE SHOP JULY 2016

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