Category: Tech

2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class Range

The updated range of Mercedes Benz products and their inevitability endless onslaught of SUV’s by no means should suggest there luxury-focused premium origins my have fallen by the wayside. Having always served as the almost awkward ‘S-Class for less option’, the updated E-class range aims to remind us of all of the extreme attention to detail and the standards that the traditional Mercedes Benz approach has beckoned in a sleek and elegant package aimed at the wealth clients in banking speak.

2021 E-Class Specs and interior features

The new E-Class range serves more as an update rather than a completely new model, based on the underpinnings of the previous model the whole car has undergone extensive re-engineering and now is set to create the benchmark in its class. Visually the Panamericana Grille evolution hints to the sporting nature and the front are unmistakably new era Merc, and rather remarkable. The redesigned front end encompasses the new LED matrix headlights and reshaped front bumper and modernises the whole look. The Major benefactor of the new-era Merc is the interior, with the updated cabin gaining a new multi-function steering wheel with haptic feedback hands-off technology. Trim and available features have advanced fittingly and the Widescreen 10.3-inch twin-screen cockpit layout comes standard with the optional 12.3-inch paired to the latest version of Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) user interface. Voice control, the ‘Hey Mercedes’ personal assistant and augmented reality have also been revised to prove more intuitive and provide an enhanced driver and passenger experience and for the first time in the E-Class. Being an E-Class its now almost traditional that all tech due on the new generation S-Class trickles through and the with the sheer list of available driver assists summarising this nicely.

2021 E-Class Drivetrains

The complete overhaul of the vehicles electrics system as allowed Merc to through all their latest technology at this vehicle and adequately address the aged feel the E-Class often had. The Driver autonomy focus becomes clearly visible through the lengthy list of active and passive safety. Topping off the list is the Active Steering Assist systems, with emergency avoidance technology, Active Blind Spot Assist which also functions at a dead stop to help with pedestrian and cyclist traffic. Additionally, Traffic Jam Assist allows for self-driving autonomy up to 60Km/h and can apply the brakes due to cross traffic where needed. Distronic Adaptive Crusie Control, with steering and braking autonomy making up the bulk of the active safety.
In Europe, the benefit of 48V Mild-Hybrid electrification is applied across the range to the 200kW 2.0Litre Turbo Four Cylinder petrol, 3.0Litre 6-Cylinder turbo petrol and 3.0Litre 6-Cylinder turbo Diesel, providing an additional 15kW of EQ boost. South Africa likely will retain the current range of just 2 engines, namely the 145kW and high 190kW four-cylinder turbo petrol and the 143Kw 2.1Litre turbo diesel mated to a 9-Speed Automatic transmission.

The E53 AMG offering retains with 320kW and 520Nm of torque from the same 3.0litre V6 Biturbo engine, paired to the same 48Volt Hybrid system, which can provide 16kW and 250Nm in addition to the standard numbers to muster a 4.5 Second 0-100 sprint time and a limited top speed of 250km/h or 270km/h with the AMG Drivers Package. Drive is to all-four wheels via 4MATIC 4WD and the 9-Speed DCT AMG gearbox from bigger brother E63S is shared. The 2021 E63 S has been spotted testing in Germany and likely will follow shortly with a few extra ponies, and significant driver-focused chassis updates.

2021 Mercedes- Benz E-Class in South Africa

The Auto industry and Covid-19 have been playing an exciting sparring match. With the Geneva Motorshow where the E-Class was set to debut cancelled, the digital launch suggested a 2021 Launch with the E-Class sedan leading the way for Coupe and Cabriolet models.

New BMW 1 Series- 118i Review

It’s almost impossible to mention the new one series without the mention. FWD platform UKL2 that underpins the likes of Mini and X1. The New and of us right now only other option other than the New M135i in SA before 2020. You see the issue is the niceness of the 1 series was always the RWD and chassis combination, it allowed for the joy that at a point was only reserved to a select group of vehicles given the layout. 50:50 weight distribution, RWD, 6-speed manual option across the range, it was rather brilliant given a meagre 116i offered a driving experience that was comparably better than most in class. More engaging than an A3, less dull than a Golf and still a premium badge.

Now Power comes from a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder that produces 105Kw and 190nm mated to an 8-speed auto. Longitudinally mounted engines by nature need a longer bonnet and thusly a shorter hood gives way to the familiar face with the larger grill. F-series 1 mantra may have carried RWD DNA but by no means does that render the 1 series a terrible car. What may be lacking in the ability to create some variation of driver engagement and with enough stabs at the DSC button some pretty interesting moments now days gone.
The new Platform results in the 2-series active tourer (MPV) are not shared and can be translated into this model. That means That’s the first collection of thoughts one comes to when you climb into the driver’s seat. The low, planted seating position is a bit off in comparison to the previous model but the sense of overall space in the cabin is vast. Not that it’s a much bigger car but the change in the profile means the cramped, and somewhat dark feeling is no longer exists. More arm room, light and overall spatial confinement are gone. In an RWD hatch, The boot given the limited space needs to accommodate for differentials, transmission tunnels and as a direct result, one has a smaller boot and less rear legroom. Rear seat passengers need not be limited to short people or children given the reason you still bought the car was the cause of this appeal, has grown to 380litres leading its class.


Tech! oh glorious Tech, towards the runout of this model the interior began to feel dated, granted all the features one would expect-generosity with the options list required- but the new cabin leans heavily on the new BMW synergy that all the models share. You still get a lovely thick leather wheel and BMW’s Live Cockpit pro (R26 900) is at its most refined yet, the Heads up display, and wireless charging very nice options to have but can be ditched through better selection with options, for example, saving you about R12k, therefore once again careful with the options. It’s on par with the likes of MBUX and the long list of connectivity offered with its gesture control trinkets to top it off.


On the Road the new 1 – series is rather composed and not lacking in anything with respects to the drive. Its planted and drives as a “BMW would”. A statement very true despite FWD but at this point, you should understand the importance of holding on to this is a bit silly now. Expansion of the range is obviously to follow but the important thing to understand is the move to FWD has changed the car into a bit of a more serious contender although for the more mundane models making them somewhat cut and paste by the previous mantra. The new model is a vast improvement, yes but having not yet driven the M135i X-drive but the engines vast power leads to some interesting thoughts of hope and interesting competition to the A35 which at present big brother A45 and A45 S BMW has no answer to, and given the extensive focus on M2 and it still holding on to RWD through to the next generation hope should not be lost Purists.
Prices start at R481 909.51 for the standard 118i rising to Sport R502 609, M Sport R514 609 models respectively

Is the 48Volt Mild-Hybrid System the future?

Notably, in many of the new and imminent 2020, chassis and models are the internal use of a “48Volt Mild-Hybrid system” that allows for energy recuperation and regeneration in a way that merges standard engines and electric/hybrid systems.

Systems make use of a belt-driven starter generator that serves as the traditional starter for the engine but also serves as a generator. Energy is stored in 48V lithium-ion batteries, and kinetic energy is recycled in converted into electrical current that drives the motor and improves the dynamics of Stop/Start tech, through better and higher speed engine deactivations.
Systems have small differences in how they operate, but the basic principles remain. The MEHV (Mild Electric Hybrid Vehicle) is becoming a phrase that we should all become somewhat familiar with given its application. I’ve driven a few cars with this system at this point, and frankly, the benefits of what is claimed in fuel consumption are rather small at present, but the additional boost is something that is best felt and offers real value, despite weight considerations.

The best application of this tech that I have sampled thus far is the Mercedez E53 AMG, being the first of the AMG model line up,
Affalterbach’s 3litre inline six-cylinder petrol “twin forced induction” engine boosts 320Kw and 520 Nm with the system adding 16kW and 250Nm under “EQ boost”.
Practically this means you start the car and it’s an almost instantly the engine comes alive. It’s a very swift process which is vital given this works with a stop/start system that allows for when lifting off the throttle the engine switches of and the car glides making use of the system even it speed.

Given the systems ability to shut off the engine, the idea is fuel consumption, lower emissions and the ability to use smaller engines to provide power akin to much bigger motors. The issue is the system does work, but in the real world the re-gen is there, and you find the cruising on the freeway with the engine off a bit of an adjustment, but a stab at the throttle and it awakens very quickly. This is all well and great but the issue of additional weight given the need for extra equipment and more importantly the scary notion of how many performance offerings now have or will have this system make it a somewhat of a controversial yet exciting move. VW’s Golf 8 will employ the same tech in a large portion of the range and its growing in popularity across the board, so the tech is only going to grow and advance.

The argument merely exists in power vs economy advantage, some of these systems and the EQ boost abilities make this method rather crucial, in that they can transform the performance as 250Nm is no easy feat. Understand this its a cheat code to power and I feel most cars will adopt this in some way and with some refinement and the advancement it will likely see through the significant manufacture support it has will become a widespread thing. The E53 AMG, for example, is a torque monster and overtaking in this car makes it feel far more rapid than the numbers suggest. There will be no replacement for displacement, and the E63 would make this car a tiny spec in the rearview, but it makes this a far better car and makes a lot of sense once you’ve sampled the tech.

Nissan Navara Launches In South Africa

We Drive The New Nissan Navara With Its 5 Link Suspension System.

Can you remember the type of person you were, or what you were doing in your life twelve years ago? In twelve years, I have left high school, dabbled in higher education, moved continents and tied the proverbial knot. I am a walking example, then, that a lot can happen in twelve years. That is the same period of time that has lapsed since the launch of the original Navara, so one could say that it was high time that they launch a new one.

Things are always on the move in the automotive world – from a brand’s perspective, being left behind can happen in the flash of an eye should the manufacturer decide to rest on their laurels or even just cease to remain relevant. This is the biggest threat to the new Nissan Navara in South Africa – have their previous customers moved on? Have consumers forgotten about the bakkie that was once considered one of the best? Making the situation worse is the fact that the South African launch on the new Navara has come nearly 2 years after it was launched to the rest if the world, so the all-new Navara certainly had a mountain to climb, so to speak.

According to Nissan, the reason for this is that South Africa has much harsher road conditions and as such, the new Navara needed to be adapted. Interesting, then, that this doesn’t seem to be a problem for every other manufacturer…

It’s fair to say then that the new Nissan Navara needs to be an excellent product in order to regain the attention of the South African market. Nissan knows this, which is why the Navara is not just newer and prettier, it also has a trick up its sleeve.

This trick is 5-link suspension system, which is a very clever trick indeed. Traditionally on bakkies, the leaf spring suspension system has always been the option manufacturers headed for. It’s an older system which consists of large steel bands which compress under load and when under this load, they also provide more brake pressure. This sort of system does decent job, but only really when the vehicle is under load.

Many can attest, however, to the rather unpleasant and bouncy nature of that conventional bakkie ride that we don’t really adore, with rearward instability being the rotten cherry on top.

Bakkies are no longer just work vehicles and have become lifestyle cars that need to tick more than just the rough and ready box. Single athletes, adventurous couples, camping families and owners of sandals all love the versatility and perceived safety as well as the spaciousness of bakkies. So it’s only right, then, that as the market for these vehicles evolves, so does the technology behind them.

The Nissan Navara is the first in its segment to feature this type of suspension system and there are many benefits, such as better handling and a more stability – we experienced this on a high speed dirt road at the Navara local launch and it felt very stable and most notable was the absence of the loose rear end.

If you’d like a little in depth detail on the 5-link suspension system, Practical Motoring explain it very well here.

Other changes to the Navara included an optional new 7-speed automatic gearbox, with the 6-speed manual being the standard option. These are both mated to a 2.3-litre 4-pot diesel, producing 140 kW/405 N.m. It’s not the most powerful bakkie on the market, but those figures are plenty, especially with the torque peaking low in the rev range at 1 500 rpm.

Overall then, the Navara is a very attractive vehicle and just as its predecessor did 12 years ago, impresses with its interior and exterior design. It’s also bigger than before, has more interior space and has a total weight reduction of 176 kg.

Having spent many hours behind the wheel of the new Navara during the launch which involved a beautiful coastal route from Cape Town to Lamberts Bay, we can confidently say that the Navara took it all in its stride. The overall dynamics, styling and feel of the car most certainly bring to mind the characteristics of an SUV.

With the pricing starting at R514 000, it is also very competitively priced within segment and I personally feel that even though there has been a very long wait for this vehicle, it has what it takes to recapture the attention of the market. This has already been proven by the fact that Nissan have sold over 300 Navaras since the launch in mid-march.

Full pricing is as follows, with the 4×2 double-cap expected to reach SA near the end of 2017.

Pricing and range

Nissan Navara 2.3 DDTT 4×4 SE Double Cab MT – R514 900 (incl. VAT)

Nissan Navara 2.3 DDTT 4×4 LE Double Cab –MT – R565 900 (incl. VAT)

Nissan Navara 2.3 DDT 4×4 LE Double Cab AT –R597 900 (incl. VAT)

 

Black leather seats with heater function optional on LE grade models for R13 000 (incl. VAT).

 

If you don’t know what to do with your money, we have just the car for you.

If you don’t know what to do with your money, we have just the car for you.

Mercedes-Maybach is the brand of choice when you want something utterly lavish. If it’s not limousines they’re supplying then its drop top G-Classes. What!? Yes, you read correctly. If you have enough money you can get a drop top G Class! If the current G-Class range was not braggadocios enough with its exhausts on the side, you can now get it without a roof. What a time to be alive.  This is the first Mercedes-Maybach SUV to be created and what a way to make an entrance.

Being the owner of a car like this means you’ll have something super exclusive as only 99 of these models will be made. The name of this convertible G Class is the G650 Landaulet, which means “a car with a folding hood over the rear seats.” The G650 is powered by a V12 engine so you can only imagine the kind of power this tank will have. If you really want to know you’ll have 463kW (620bhp) and 1000Nm at your disposal. Not too shabby huh?

This car only seats four, so you’ll have to pick your friends wisely. Those you choose to ride with you will want to sit in the back as the Landaulet has S-Class seats in the rear. If your occupants are thirsty, they can use the individual cup holders which can either cool or heat a drink up. How insane? But wait there’s more, the rear seats also have their own table and a business console which has controls for you to operate the glass partition that can separate the rear of the car and front. Last but not least there are two monitors in the rear and a feature called the G Cockpit which operates various features like the soft top mechanism.

This is not the first Landaulet created by Mercedes as they have been other types of this car in the past. One thing is for sure, there hasn’t been one with this kind of glamour in it. The funny thing about this car is that it can still off road like any other G-Class, you’ll simply be more stylish as you do it a G650 Landaulet. With 450mm of ground clearance you’ll be able to look down on the peasants in their cheap 4×4’s as you drinks are kept cold and your V12 sings your praises. Oh, how we wish we owned a mine or something that will give us many millions. Even if we did, as South Africans the G650 will not be available here. No worries then, we would park it in our Monaco home.

Theta S 360 Camera

More tech firms are introducing 360° cameras to the market, making them increasingly available. One of those brands is Ricoh, and they have released the Theta S. The Theta S is capable of shooting 14mp images and full HD 360° video at 30fps.

Design

It is a unique-looking piece of equipment which features two fisheye cameras, one mounted on the front and the other on the rear. The Theta S is about as long as an iPhone 6 and about half as wide. It features one main capture button on the front and 3 smaller buttons on the side which control power, modes, and Wi-Fi connection.  Its long design does help when shooting and the Theta S also features a standard thread tripod mount. You will need a carry case for this camera though, as simply placing it on its front or back face will bring either lens into contact with the surface. Not great.

Usability – fool-proof?

The Theta S is extremely easy to use. Simply turn it on, select your mode and capture either a still image or video. The camera then connects to a mobile device via Wi-Fi and the user can select and download the media onto the app. There is no stitching or post processing required. Very simple indeed. The app will also let you share your capture to Twitter or Facebook via an online 360° image viewer.

Tech

As mentioned, the camera shoots in full HD at 30fps and provides 14mp stills which is pretty good quality. Above that, it features an internal 8GB memory for up to 25 minutes of continuous recording. Other features include live view which enables you to view the camera’s viewpoint in real-time via the mobile app with adjustable settings. Long exposures are also possible of up to 60 seconds and the camera also features a HDMI for Live HD streaming – probably its best feature.

To buy or not to buy?

The technology is great and the quality is excellent. If you are a consumer looking to create 360° video content then this is a good device to look at, greatly due to the simplicity of its use. YouTube also supports 360° videos, which is a massive plus, and you can also use captured footage with Virtual Reality headsets.

Facebook has also recently allowed 360 images to be used and shared natively online, which means you can now share your 360 degree photos online, easily.

If you travel a lot, you can upload your 360° images to the Google street view application for the world to see.

 

6 Reasons why N/A is better than a turbocharged setup.

In 1962 the first ever turbocharged passenger cars came to the market, some of you might remember them. The Chevrolet Corvair Monza and the Oldsmobile Jetfire. These vehicles didn’t last long due to reliability, over coming years after their release turbocharged cars would come and go and many manufacturers went down the turbo route. This came to an end though because they were not yet as efficient as naturally aspirated engines and turbo lag was also very prominent.

Things started to change when the first Turbo Diesel came to the market In 1978, the Mercedes- Benz 300 SD, followed later by the turbodiesel VW golf in 1981.  Since then, turbocharged vehicles have steadily become more popular, especially in performance based cars as it is much easier to produce more power. In more recent times as technology has improved, turbocharging is now being used as a way to reduce emissions in our everyday vehicles.  Smaller engines can be utilized, and exhaust gasses provide a way to spool turbos.

Even with the turbocharged setup producing more power and becoming increasingly popular, here are six reasons why the naturally aspirated engine is still a much better choice :
 

  1. Noise – To this day, there is nothing better than the sound of a naturally aspirated performance engine. It’s generally louder and quite frankly sounds better. With the addition of individual throttle bodies, the sound gets even better. Turbocharging reduces the noise and brute of an engine; Formula 1 is a prime example. Give me an naturally aspirated  V8,V10 or V12 engine any day!
  1. Revs – N/A engines can rev much higher and produce power much higher up in the rev range, meaning longer gear ratios and less time spent shifting. Only very recently with the improvement of technology have we seen turbo engines starting to rev a little higher. The noise of a V8 at over 10,000rpm is something dreams are made off.
  1. Throttle Response – even with the reduction of turbo lag is recent times, you cannot beat the throttle response of an N/An engine, it gets even better with a fly by wire system!
  1. Fastest Nurburgring lap time – the fastest ever production car lap time was set by an N/A car – the Radical SR8 LM. Its peak power comes in at 10500rpm and hit the limiter at 12500rpm.
  1. Fewer things to go wrong – With turbocharged setups comes more technology, more moving parts, more pipes, more sensors and more complex electronic mapping. More chance of things breaking and going wrong!
  1. N/A is special – There may have been a time when a turbocharged car was special, but times have changed. Everything nowadays is being turbocharged, and it’s just not unique anymore, it’s common. No one likes common, hence why Porsche built the 911 R, a truly special N/A vehicle. Stick a turbo on it and It kind of loses its mojo.

 

There you have it, some of my  reasons as to why naturally aspirated engines trump the turbo setup.

N/A  all the way folks.

 

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VW Polo Beats – Great sound for your travels

The VW Polo is probably one of the most popular cars on South Africa roads, especially with the young generation.  It’s a small hatch, its German – which makes it extremely reliable and its reasonably priced.

A problem that I find with these little hatchbacks is that the audio quality is never great. The majority of people that drive these cars are young adults, many young adults love music, especially when cruising around and on road trips. Whether it’s hip-hop, Jazz, Pop, Dubstep, Classical ( everyone has room for a little bit of classical), there is nothing worse when you pump up the volume and with that increase comes distortion, crackle, and hiss. You wanted to listen to your favourite tracks on your way to work. Instead, it sounds more like firework show on New Year’s Eve, not great.

VW have fixed this issue by teaming up with Beats Audio. You know, those bright pink, red, yellow, orange, black, and white colored earphones you see the hip kids and “cool Dad’s” wearing. Beats Audio knows their stuff when it comes to sound and in conjunction with VW, has introduced the Polo Beats – a VW Polo with seven speaker – 300 Watt sound system.

Here is the not so good part, The Polo Beats differs from other Polo’s with different 16” wheels, red door mirrors, dark red tail lights, beats side film and a beats badge on the b-pillar.  After looking at the images, it doesn’t look as bad as first thought. The interior also has changed with  Beats sports seats and a few other bits such as a leather steering wheel and coloured seatbelts. In fairness, it looks pretty good.  Personally, this should have also been available as an option extra rather than a sperate model; I’m sure the whole Beats branding might put a few people off.

It will, however, be an optional extra in the new VW UP released later this year. We may see it as an optional extra in future Polo models. Not everyone wants red wing mirrors.

 

The Polo Beats comes in at R260,700

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iPhone 7 – You may want to wait

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are Apple’s latest devices to be released to the market. As always, there are new features which may tempt you into purchasing the 7. But you may want to wait…

We have the iPhone 7 here at our offices and I can tell you it is a beautiful phone. Design wise, it’s similar to the iPhone 6, but with the removal of the headphone jack and a newly designed rear camera. Apple also released new colors in the form of matte black and jet black to go along with the current gold and rose gold options.

Updates

Technical updates include a new 12mp rear camera, with the iPhone 7 now also being able to capture and edit raw images. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded to 7 megapixels from 5 megapixels (The iPhone 7 Plus includes 2 rear cameras: one wide and one telephoto lens) The iPhone 7 is now water and dust resistant, has an extra 2 hours’ battery life and can be purchased with a maximum storage size of 256GB.  Other upgrades include a faster A10 Fusion chip which makes the iPhone 7 twice as powerful and a new wide colour display which gives an extra 25% in the brightness department.  Add these features to a new touch sensitive home button, stereo speakers and IOS 10, and you have yourself a nice, new upgrade. It is worth it.

 

Using the iPhone 7 is very similar to its predecessor, there is no difference to how this model feels when holding and using the device. The biggest difference is the new capacitive home button, which feels great as it gives a little vibration through the bottom of the phone when pressed. You will notice when the phone is off; the button can’t be pressed. This happens because it is no longer a physical button but a pressure sensitive pad. When setting up the phone, the user is given a choice of three click options, ranging from what I would describe a soft, medium and hard click.

As expected, the Camera produces a higher quality and more vivid; there is a marked visual improvement over the iPhone 6 when comparing the same scene captured on the iPhone 6 and 7. Other things you will notice is that the Audio from the stereo speaker setup is improved and the fact there is no earphone jack. If you want to use earphones other than Apple, then an adapter is provided in the iPhone 7 box, just don’t leave this small, white adapter at home. (This is bound to happen, its already happened to me)

 

Why you should wait 

I have been telling you to hold on, wait for what? Well, 2017 is Apple’s 10th anniversary of iPhone. Many are saying that Apple will skip the S updates, which usually come after a new model, and will go straight to releasing an iPhone 8 with some significant improvements and updates. Apple employees have apparently confirmed this to The New York Times which would explain the lack of visual design changes. You might want to consider your options and hold on to your current phone before you sign a new 24-month mobile contract. If money is not an issue, go ahead and get yourself a nice new upgrade.

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Apple Carplay Gives A New Meaning To Hands-Free

The number of people using their phones while driving is ever increasing, whether it’s taking calls, sending a Whatsapp or even recording a Snapchat. This is not good, but unfortunately, it will never be completely stopped. Since we use our devices all the time, when we step into our cars, it has become second nature to carry on using our phones for whatever reason. Cars have also become easier to drive nowadays and in a sense require less attention from the driver, due to various driver aids. These factors make using a device while driving something more difficult stop. We have all heard the saying,“If you can’t beat them, join them”. Apple has adopted this phrase with their new CarPlay feature in IOS 9. Apple says that Car-Play is a smarter and safer way to use your iPhone in the car. How so?

How does Apple CarPlay work?

Apple CarPlay takes the features you want to use while driving and puts them into your car display. Not every app is supported, but things like Maps, Phone, Messages and Music are all available in an IOS Style layout. CarPlay even allows you to use the knobs, dials and buttons in your vehicle for ease of use of the application. Siri is also available to control functions, so you don’t need to take your eyes off the road. You can even have your messages read out aloud, and you can reply using your voice.

Other available apps included in CarPlay are podcasts, audio books, Spotify and other internet radio applications. Social media apps are not currently supported, maybe they will introduce Facebook and Twitter updates through Siri at some point, but we can’t imagine Instagram ever getting compatibility. The whole point here is to help you keep your eyes on the road, and since Instagram is an image-based app, it’s probably not going to happen.

Well done to Apple for trying to come up with a solution for a problem that causes many unneeded deaths every year. Obviously, the best option is to have no phone at all while driving but that unlikely for many. This system merges the two worlds between your phone and your infotainment system, which is better than a simple hands-free system because it stops you from looking down and engaging with your cell phone.

How to connect with Apple CarPlay?

The connection is very easy, simply plug in your iPhone to the USB port or connect via Bluetooth. Head over to “Settings” – “General” and press the “CarPlay” option, and voila, your car and IOS are now one flesh. So how do you know if your car is supported? See the image below to see if your vehicle is part of the supported list.  If it’s not, you may also have support if you use an Alpine, Kenwood or Pioneer after-market System.

Remember guys as handy as these systems are, the best distraction is no distraction. Situations on the road can change in a split second, so keeping your phone off and keeping your eyes where they belong is always the best option. Travel safe and Happy Tech Tuesday.