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Archives for January 2013

Free Gas Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations,  Laura Freas of Los Angeles!  Laura has won a $25 gas card to help fill her tank as she explores some cool escape getaways across Southern California.  Big thanks to all of you who entered the Traffic411 Gas Giveaway.

The giving is just getting started at Traffic411. You can be a future winner, so be sure to join the Traffic411 community on Facebook and Twitter now so you will be the first to get in on the winning opportunities.

Coming in February: Traffic411 Couples Getaways. Explore some of the most romantic spots across Southern California, including wine tasting, beach and mountain escapes.


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CES: Connected Cars

Today’s driver has more in-car entertainment options than ever before.  And, all of the leading automakers were in Las Vegas last week showing them off at 2013 International CES, the massive consumer electronics show.

Next generation in-car entertainment (or infotainment) systems offer much more than traditional AM/FM radio.  Internet radio (iHeart, Pandora, etc.) is coming to cars, and that’s not all.  Drivers will also be able to send a text, tweet, update their Facebook status and interact with their favorite apps using voice recognition, without taking their eyes off the road.

The latest in navigation and telematics were on display, including navigation systems that incorporate real-time traffic information and can route you around trouble spots. There was also a self-driving car demo, although it will be years before that technology might ever get to market.

Read more about the Connected Car at CES:

Consumer Reports – CES 2013: The hottest car tech in Vegas

Extreme Tech – Connected Cars at CES: Automakers smarten the dashboard, keep CD player on life support



Whale Watching

Marina del Rey is one place in So Cal to take a whale watching tour.

Marina del Rey is one place in So Cal to take a whale watching tour.

It’s whale watching season in Southern California. This time of year, hundreds of pacific gray whales are migrating from the icy Alaskan sea to the warm waters of Baja California to give birth to their calves. From now until mid-April, you’ll have a good chance of seeing whales and dolphins up close when you embark on a whale watching tour in Orange County, Los Angeles or Ventura County.

The pristine waters off the Channel Islands in Ventura County (one hour north of Los Angeles), is a beautiful place to go whale watching. Public access to the Channel Islands is limited, so the natural beauty and ecosystem is largely untouched.  Island Packers and Channel Islands Whale Watching offer whale watching tours in Ventura County.

In Los Angeles, you can catch whale watching tours at several ports, including Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach and Long Beach. In Orange County, tours originate from Dana Point and Newport Beach.

Seeing these giant sea creatures up close can be a powerful and life changing experience. In March and April, mother whales can be seen migrating north with their recently-born calves. With hundreds of pacific gray whales moving along the California coast between December and April, it’s an ideal time to take a whale watching adventure.

My KFWB colleague, Phil Hulett, didn’t see any whales during his February outing in Ventura County, but there were plenty of dolphins!

Traffic411 Insider Tip:  Whale Watch in Ventura,  you’ll enjoy the added bonus of seeing the beautiful Channel Islands

Distance from LAX: various.  Ventura is 70 miles away