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With the 2014 Kia Soul, we finally get a touchscreen that isn't a drag

The Soul has a capacitive touchscreen just like a smartphone’s, so it’s responsive, not herky-jerky and hesitant, as with so many other cars. Imagine that.

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Electric vehicle drivers are younger and richer than the rest of us

Even though they recently dropped a wad on an expensive EV, a survey by Experian Automotive indicates electric car owners still have plenty of money to burn—just not on gas. No, they'll party hearty instead, because they're younger, too.

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Big hybrid, big battery: BMW’s Concept X5 eDrive crosses power with efficiency

It can drive all-electric for up to 19 miles at speeds up to 75 mph, and its hybrid mileage is 60 mpg. Come with us on a quick ride with BMW's concept car at the New York Auto Show.

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Plug me in if you want to save: MetroMile thwarts street-cleaning tickets

A new feature in MetroMile may save you from street cleaning tickets in San Francisco or Chicago, but the system's lag means you shouldn't cut it too close.

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Harman Clari-Fi technology gives your MP3s a makeover in the Lexus NX

Your MP3 files may sound fine to you, but Harman's new Clari-Fi technology makes them sound better by restoring what's lost in the compression process. You can hear this innovation first in the newly announced Lexus NX.

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Taking Toyota's fuel cell vehicle for a test drive

Toyota was at the New York International Auto Show this week to show off its fuel cell vehicle. In this video, we ride shotgun as the car hits the streets.

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CarPlay keeps coming: Pioneer's NEX systems will get it via upgrade

Grab your iPhone and your older car! Pioneer joins Alpine in announcing CarPlay for its installable systems, which, unlike Alpine's, are already shipping (but the upgrade is pending).

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HondaLink Navigation app gives you GPS for less

Built-in nav can be pricey, but buy this app and a cable, and your Honda can have something just as good that runs off your phone.

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Your old beater could get a bite of Apple CarPlay action soon, via Alpine aftermarket unit

Alpine Electronics is reportedly working with Apple to develop an installable upgrade that includes CarPlay, the iOS-based infotainment system for cars.

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This is your car on Google Earth: The 2014 Audi Q5 TDI offers a bird’s-eye view

We'd all love to have Google Earth in the car—and viewed safely from the central display. Right now, the only way to get it is through a pricey optional package on Audi cars. But it sure is fun.

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You can drive, you just can’t have any fun: Ford MyKey curbs teen drivers

Hand over the keys with fewer qualms. Ford MyKey lets parents set speed limits and other controls to help teen drivers stay safe.

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Spiders! Gas-sniffing arachnids invade fuel lines, force a software fix for Mazda sedans

The hydrocarbon-loving, fuel-line-invading yellow sac spider forced Mazda to recall 50,000 bug-infested Mazda6 sedans three years ago. Yeah, gross. The automaker is turning to software to solve the problem.

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Microsoft shows off next-gen Windows for connected cars

So far, it's just a prototype. But even the basic Windows for the car demo gives clues into what Microsoft plans.

Hacked passwords can enable remote unlocking, tracking of Tesla cars

Tesla Motors accounts that enable remote car control are only protected by six-character passwords, researcher says.

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Feds will require new cars to include backup cameras

A rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation aims to prevent backover accidents, one-third of which involve young children.

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Expo Notes: After securing devices with EverDock, Fuz Designs turns to cars

The accessory maker had a crowdfunded hit with its universal docking station; now it wants to make a version for your car.