Show Notes: Get ready for car news

Before every episode of The Vergecast I sit down, read through a bunch of news, and take a bunch of notes. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my week, and I started thinking it might be fun to do every day on the site. So, every chance I can, I’m sitting down and writing some notes on the news as though I’ll be talking about it later. Are you into this? Am I into this? I don’t know. But it’s fun to do! Give me some feedback and we’ll keep mutating this into something good.


  • It’s the New York International Auto Show this week, which isn’t as splashy in terms of car announcements as other shows, but still a major event in terms of industry news. Expect to see a bunch of it on the site, especially as it relates to all of the self-driving, car sharing, and interior tech that the entire transportation industry is focused on right now.
  • There’s already some news though: The Cadillac CT6 will be the first car with GM’s “hands-free” Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving tech, which goes head-to-head with Tesla’s Autopilot.
  • And Ford’s newest police car is a hybrid, which should save a bunch of gas in fleets.
  • Also, Nissan made a compact crossover Rogue concept with tank treads? Some things about auto shows never change.
  • Speaking of interior tech, we have a new edition of Screendrive up: Lauren Goode reviewed a 2017 Jeep Compass with the new CarPlay and Android Auto-enabled version of UConnect. She says… it’s just fine. I have a 2014 Jeep with UConnect, and in three years FCA has managed to update the system with a capacitive touchscreen and CarPlay. And the new system isn’t even available in all of FCA’s vehicles yet.
  • That is an absolutely poor rate of change — the best part of Screendrive so far is how revealing it is when you evaluate these systems at the same standards we expect from any other mobile tech.
  • And CarPlay and Android Auto are just not that complete or reliable yet — if what we all want is for…

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