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Mazda i-Activsense Explained and Reviewed

Mazda i-Activsense explained and reviewed
How effective is Mazda i-Activsense and more importantly, how intrusive is it? We've recently had the chance to spend a lot of time with Mazda's i-Activsense system and test it in all sorts of conditions. We were able to use each of its features on the highway, in traffic, in the city, and in parking lots. We've tested i-Activsense in...

Your Car’s Android Auto System Open to Third-Party Apps

Android Auto
Google will make it possible for third-party developers to create apps for the Android Auto infotainment system. The idea here is to create an app ecosystem on Android Auto like the one you find on your phone. If you don't like a specific app for your navigation system, for example, you could download a new app that was created by...

Tesla Sentry Mode Is Good For You, Dog Mode Is Good For Your Pup

Tesla Sentry Mode and Tesla Dog Mode
Tesla introduced two new unique modes that are good for both the owner and their dog. The new Tesla Sentry Mode uses the numerous cameras found on the Tesla Model 3 to record what's happening around the vehicle when the owner is gone. And the Tesla Dog Mode? Well, it was designed to make sure your best friend remains comfortable...

What is Mazda i-ACTIV and Why It’s Better Than It Should Be

Mazda i-ACTIV
In the world of all-wheel drive systems, there are two major categories: full-time and active. Mazda's i-ACTIV is the latter. Normally, full-time AWD is the right way to go to take on tough road conditions. Active or more accurately reactive AWD systems like the Mazda i-ACTIV system tend to not do so well when the weather really gets out of...

What is Ford’s Trail Control? Hint: It’s not that bad

People aren’t too happy with Ford’s Trail Control technology, but I think they are just complaining for the sake of complaining. This isn’t an overly intrusive lane departure warning system that you can’t shut off. Meant to help the user navigate a tough off-road trail, it’s not mandatory and you can either use it or not. Trail Control is essentially an...

What is Porsche InnoDrive?

Porsche innodrive
Many cars and utility vehicles, and not necessarily luxury ones, can feature a form or another of intelligent cruise control. Using various radar and camera technologies, an intelligent cruise control can be very useful on a daily basis for both comfort and safety. Porsche has taken driving assistance to the next level with their InnoDrive system. Their technology is the...

What is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and why are they useful

Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been around for a while (2014 and 2015 respectively to be exact) and every year we find them in more and more new vehicles. But what are they exactly, and why should you care? Essentially, you can think of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as upgraded Bluetooth systems that connect your smartphone to your...

Nokian Tyres: Friendly innovation

RAM 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Durango, Nissan Rogue and an Audi A4 B9 on Nokian Tyres | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
I’ve known about Nokian Tyres for a long time. I had a set of Hakkapeliitta on my 2004 Volvo XC70 some twelve years ago and was enormously gratified with their performance. I currently have Nokian zLINE A/S rubber on my 2008 Audi A4 and am thoroughly satisfied with the work they do for our near-daily mode of family transportation. While...

Nokian zLINE A/S: Nokian makes one heck of an all-season tire

Nokian zLINE A/S
I need to disclose something that some of you might be wondering. If follow me on Instagram, you might have figured out that I own six cars. Sadly, I rarely drive them as I always have at least one press car to review every week. On average, I’ll cover 3,500-4,000 km a year in my personal whips. And yes,...

Techno: Lexus Safety System +2.0

2019 Lexus ES
For luxury automakers, nothing matters more than providing the latest technology to their clients, notably in the area of connectivity but also and particularly in the safety department. It’s therefore no surprise that almost every vehicle considered to be of the luxury variety comes packed with a host of driver assistance technologies, usually bundled together in a group with...

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