Thursday, July 2, 2015

6 Problems Facing Driverless Cars [Infographic]

This infographic claims to sum up the major challenges facing the shift to autonomous vehicles.

Hyundai adds Apple Watch connectivity

Hyundai has added Apple Watch connectivity to its Blue Link system, allowing users to lock or unlock their car, flash lights, locate or start their vehicle remotely by speaking to their Apple Watch. The application is compatible with all of Hyundai's Blue Link-equipped vehicles.

First Aftermarket Autonomous Cars Hit the Road in California

Cruise Automation has developed a system that will take over highway driving on nearly any car, and has received permits to operate two autonomous cars on California highways. The system is expected to cost around $10,000.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

99% Invisible Podcast on Automation Paradox

These cars could also reorganize cities for the worse. If people could read or sleep or write emails in an autonomous car, they might feel fine about having longer commutes. And of course, your route data could be exploited by advertisers. Maybe Google knows you like Starbucks–will the car drive just a tad slower as you pass it? Or worse, route data could become a matter of national security. “Bad actors could take control of your car or a fleet of cars and you know, stop every car that’s on the Bay Bridge at one time for malicious intent,” says Costa Samaras, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and co-author of Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policy Makers.

Ford’s Cameras Will Help Drivers See Around Corners

Ford said it will debut its Split View feature, which uses cameras mounted on the front and rear of the vehicle to let drivers see around blind corners, in the 2015 Edge and 2016 Explorer in the U.S. and China. The company anticipates including the technology on all its vehicles worldwide by 2020.

Daimler Trucks invests in telematics firm

Daimler Trucks North America said it now holds an almost 25% stake in telematics firm Zonar Systems, which provides Daimler's Virtual Technician remote diagnostics system.

Do you trust a robot with your baby? The quest to invent a safer car seat poses the question.

The 4moms car seat aims to take on an even tougher challenge. More than 70 percent of car seats are misused — mostly incorrect positioning and loose straps, according to federal safety data. There’s even a network of trained inspectors — stationed at hospitals and fire and police stations across the nation — who you can visit to verify that a car seat is installed the right way. Car seats are difficult to use.

London designers focus on improving bike commutes

U.K.-funded design lab Future Cities Catapult has launched its Connected Cyclists program to improve commutes for London cyclists using virtual reality and real-time data. Proposed concepts include heads-up displays on helmets or goggles, an application to help cyclists find less congested routes, and sensors to allow riders to avoid collisions with buses and locate nearby bike-sharing stations.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Uber purchases Microsoft's mapping assets

Uber has reached a deal with Microsoft to purchase mapping assets including cameras, a Colorado data center, intellectual property and around 100 Bing employees. "[W]e will no longer collect mapping imagery ourselves, and instead will continue to partner with premium content and imagery providers for underlying data while concentrating our resources on the core user experience," Microsoft said.

Uber Executives Detained by Police in Paris

“Two representatives of Uber today went voluntarily to a police hearing that is part of a continuing legal proceeding—they have since been taken into custody,” an Uber spokesman said. “Uber is always willing to work with authorities to overcome possible misunderstandings.” The detentions mark a big escalation of the government’s campaign against Uber in one its major markets, following a series of taxi protests that snarled roads across France last Thursday. Uber says it has nearly one million regular customers in France, including about 400,000 who use Uberpop.