Tech. trends preview at 2013 Phila. Auto Show

January 6, 2013 7:28:39 AM PST
At the upcoming Philadelphia International Auto Show, there will be new trends on syncing your smartphone and your car.

People spend a lot of time travelling in their cars and on their cell phones. So the new buzz word in the car industry is CONNECTIVITY!

Cadillac's new upscale Cue System, available in three of their 2013 models, wants drivers to plug right in.

"This is where you want to control all of your information and entertainment like your audio navigation, contacts, etc. All in this eight inch color touch capacitor screen. So I can keep my cell phone underneath, take and run everything through the Cue System," said Roshonda Payne, Cadillac.

The Chrysler U-Connect System keeps your hands on the steering wheel with a series of strategically placed buttons controlling cell phone features.

However for many models, voice control command is still the most prevalent and affordable.

"Sync and My Ford Touch allow you to connect your moble devices using either Bluetooth or USB port and then voice control them. In fact the new 2013 Fusion that we just launched, Sync is standard," said Alan Hall, Ford.

Soon you'll be able to hear that famous voice in certain Chevy models.

Over at GM, a partnership with a top-name tech company has emerged.

"General Motors is really exited here at the LA Auto Show to announce a new partnership with Apple, in regards to brining the Siri technology into the car. It will be available initially in the Sonic and the Spark which are our two lowest priced Chevrolet vehicles. The thought being that the person who would be interested in those vehicles are an entry level buyer and very smart phone savvy," said James Bell, GM

Auto Show Director Mike Gemp stresses that the upcoming 2013 Philly Auto Show is your chance to get "connected" to your next new car. Attendees can learn all about the latest technology they offer.

"It's a great one stop shop to see all the vehicles; you can go down and check them all out. Drive some of them, and get all of the information you need in a very nice, relaxed atmosphere," said Gemp.

Doors to the 2013 Philadelphia International Auto Show open on Saturday, January 19th.

Tickets are available online at and you can also go to the FYI Philly Facebook page for a chance to win!