Posts Tagged ‘Safety + Security’

Sprint Offers Android Based Distracted Driving App err… App to Reduce Distracted Driving

Today Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced, at CTIA, Sprint® Drive FirstTM . The android based app created by Location Labs will cost $2/month and is designed to: Lock the driver’s cell phone screen and redirect calls to voice mail. Block text-message alerts and auto-respond to the message sender that the driver is currently unavailable. Allow […]

LaHood Still Looking at Cell Jamming Technology for Cars

Ray LaHood has once again shown a tendency to want to completely block technology in the car. “There’s a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we’re looking at that,” Raymond LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation said during a discussion during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” This will never happen. Ever.  There are to […]

Ford Sync Has The Lead, Will It Hold On To It?

It’s a new foundation for the ultimate mobile device. The automobile will never be the same. As the mobile web (i.e. sites specifically designed to be viewed on mobile devices) is being replaced by mobile apps and sites that are dual purpose (i.e. the standard site can be viewed reliably in a mobile browser) Google […]

Bringing Telematics To Cars Without Them

Your ’97 Accord doesn’t have remote diagnostic reporting, geo-fencing, trip logging, yada, yada yada?  Well, for $200, now it can! Motolingo’s Motoriety is a system to bring telematics features to your older car’s OBDII port and represents a creative little bit of tech. Using the vehicle’s OBDII data port and bluetooth connectivity Motoriety will collect […]

Hacker Uses Telematics System for Revenge

Alright, that headline is a bit much… It’s true though and re-raises some security concerns… Apparently Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20, was laid off from the Texas Auto Center and decided he’d use a telematics system installed on some cars sold at that auto center to be very annoying. He used the system to activate the horns […]

Smart and Safe Automotive Electronics

George’s Blog Space.com takes a broad look at smart and safe automotive electronics. In fact, on average automobile manufacturers spend $2000 on electronic systems for every vehicle that comes off the line — in incredible increase from the $110-per-car budget of the early 1970s. This huge increase in spending is reflected in everything from engine […]

Challenges with Telematics Adoption

We’ve previously discussed some issues with the telematics business case and while its clear to many that the market is there someone does have to make the numbers work before any feature can be broadly adopted. On Telematics Update, Andrew Tolve highlights that CES this year marked the first time OEMs were perceived to be […]

Will Toyota’s Issues Shine Spotlight on All In-Car Electronics?

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Yesterday I spent some time listening to Ray Lahood be questioned in the Senate hearings over Toyota. Today I’m listening to the Toyota executives.  It’s pretty clear that this is not good for Toyota, but what the future holds nobody knows. The responses across the board are basically, We’ll start doing everything we weren’t doing.  […]

How is this for Driver Distraction? [Caption Contest]

This might actually be more distracting than talking on your cell phone while eating, reading the paper and shaving. Leave your best caption for this picture in the comments! via [gizmodo] via [Black and WTF]

Convergence is King

Convergence is king and that is no secret.  Driven by lower cost hardware, greater wireless bandwidth and coverage,  and increased consumer demand to stay connected, the world of consumer electronics is being led by the convergence of technologies.  Phones with live content, TVs with widgets, and of course, Google with everything. At first this trend […]

Transportation Secretary ‘LaHood fears spread of in-car technology’

Detroit News reports: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is concerned that a host of technologies in new vehicles are distracting drivers. “Some of these car manufacturers are putting all these gadgets and bells and whistles that are going to distract people — and we’re trying to get gadgets and bells and whistles out of their hands […]

MyFord Touch Feature Spotlight: Voice Controls

Everyone is scrambling to get voice controls squared away… They have been for many years and will be for years to come. At CES 2010 this year Ford announced an upgrade to their voice control system powered by Nuance Communications.  The updates will be launched with the MyFord Touch system in 2010.  The refined voice […]

Ford Sync Feature Spotlight: 911 Assist + Vehicle Health Reports

There are many systems out there that enable in-vehicle safety and security features.  OnStar, Safety Connect, Tele-Aid to name a few… These systems are generally expensive options and require monthly fees, but offer advanced features, embedded mobile wireless and call center support. Ford Sync offers, amongst other features (also discussed on this site), 911 assist […]

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