Category: Automotive Technology and Gadgets

Black boxes: Can you trust them to lower your car insurance?

bbc.com Young drivers trying to save money on insurance by fitting monitoring devices to their car could be being failed, it has emerged. Black boxes are supposed to use GPS to monitor ‘good’ and ‘bad’ driving. But an investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog programme indicates they could be recording false results. Insurers involved in the…

Data transmitted from smart cars could be hacked

news.com.au Malcolm Farr WHEN you drive off in your next new car, your passengers could include an eavesdropper sending your every move back to a corporate data bank. Emerging automotive technology soon to hit Australia is producing the “connected car” which transmits data as it goes — your destinations, how you get there, even the…

Cybersecurity Needs to Catch up With Auto Technology

claimsjournal.com Most people are familiar with the process of updating the software on their computer and mobile phone, but cyber components—and cybersecurity—are not limited to computers and smart phones. Today’s automobile is a smart device and is highly sophisticated. A modern car typically has more than 100 microprocessors, 50 electronic control units, and 100 million…

Google Driver Hospitalized After Self-Driving Car Crash

A distracted human driver ran a red light and T-boned a Google autonomous car. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries.   Collin Woodard roadandtrack.com So far, Google’s self-driving cars have learned that it’s safer to drive slightly above the posted speed limit and how to honk at bad drivers, but there’s still no cure for…

Stop Wasting Money on Device Specific Car Chargers

Universal USB car charger

Stop Wasting Money on Device Specific Car Chargers and Start Using a Universal USB Charger howtogeek.com It’s a tale as old as mobile technology time: buy a new phone or gadget, buy a new 12v car charger for it, repeat again next year. We’re here to give you some simple advice. Stop it. The days…

Professional OBD-II Scan Tool for Android & Windows

ScanTool 426101 OBDLink MX Bluetooth: Professional OBD-II Scan Tool for Android & Windows The ergonomically designed, small form factor device comes in frustration-free packaging, and takes an average of 3 minutes to install. The button on the back of the unit makes the connection process both easy and secure: unlike most other adapters on the…

France Rolls Out ‘World’s First’ Driverless Buses

World's first driverless bus

Driverless minibuses will begin taking passengers in the eastern French city of Lyon at the weekend in a year-long experiment that officials are calling a “world first”. The two electric vehicles, fitted with high-tech equipment including laser sensors, stereo vision and GPS, can ferry around 15 passengers at a top speed of 20 kilometres an…

First Steps Toward Drone Traffic Management

drones traffic monitoring

NASA recently successfully demonstrated rural operations of its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) concept, integrating operator platforms, vehicle performance and ground infrastructure. The next steps involve further validation through Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test sites. “UTM is designed to enable safe low-altitude civilian UAS operations by providing pilots information needed to maintain separation…