Jefferson Graham takes a look at two products that bring Alexa and voice-activated controls to the auto, Garmin Speak and Roav Viv. MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--"Alexa, find the nearest gas station!" It's a request you'd probably love to get the answer to, especially if you're low on the gas and behind the wheel on a dark, deserted highway. Or, you're hungry and determined to go to Chipotle. Specific music that's not going to come up on your radio.
Video: Does Apple need a cheaper iPhone? Let's get this out of the way right at the start. I like having CarPlay in my car, but I absolutely can't recommend it. I had a CarPlay unit installed in my car about two weeks ago. I had it actually working for about three days. So, please, view this article more as a first-impressions article than as something based on a lot of road miles. Apple describes CarPlay as "your ultimate copilot." There is nothing ultimate about CarPlay.
It's 40 years this month since Elvis Presley died. His Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee is a place of pilgrimage for fans - but so too is a German town which, as Rob Crossan found, is very proud of its connection to the King of Rock and Roll. The street was the very picture of sturdy German middle-class prosperity - dappled, leafy, with white wooden dog-tooth fences, weather vanes and plane trees. Yet one house seemed a little different. A sporty, defiantly rebellious-looking white BMW 507 coupe was parked outside and a small cardboard sign by the front gate read: "Autographs: 7:30-8pm."