The iOS Car: Apple Launches CarPlay
Apple has officially announced this morning that they are getting into the car business with iOS for vehicles called CarPlay. CarPlay takes key features of the iPhone and puts them on supported car’s built-in display. Apple says that it is “the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car”.
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With CarPlay, Apple brings to the vehicle its unique design aesthetic found in iOS 7, a robust voice assistant in Siri, and full compatibility with the iOS ecosystem including the iPhone and apps.

Once the driver’s iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay, users can call, text message, access Apple Maps and iTunes hands-free using Siri or using the touchscreen or knobs and buttons within the car. Siri has been updated to be specifically designed for driving scenarios. As have the apps including Apple Maps, Phone, Messaging and iTunes.

Apple has indicated that its new connected car system will work with apps on your iPhone including Spotify, Beats Radio, Podcasts, iHeart Radio and Stitcher. More apps are expected to revealed at a later time.

Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. 
CarPlay will be available in select cars in 2014 from Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Exact models have not yet been released. Apple has confirmed that they are also working with other car manufacturers which are committed to using CarPlay in the near future including Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Nissan and Toyota.
Apple will be debuting CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show this week.
**UPDATE: Volvo just released a video demoing CarPlay in action, we have included it below**

The iOS Car: Apple Launches CarPlay

Apple has officially announced this morning that they are getting into the car business with iOS for vehicles called CarPlay. CarPlay takes key features of the iPhone and puts them on supported car’s built-in display. Apple says that it is “the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car”.

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Nissan Google Glass Competitor, 3E?

A concept video of a HUD display, Google Glass competitor from Nissan was released by the company. The video doesn’t get into any specifications or features. But from what we can see, the device looks very much like Glass except much more geometric and the prism seems to sit at eye level rather than just above the eye like Google’s Glass.

The countdown suggests that we will find out what the 3E is all about in just over 8 days (8 days 18 hours 26 minutes and counting to be exact). The announcement is expected to be made at the 43rd Tokyo Motorshow 

More images of the concept model can be found on Nissan Japan’s web page.

This is isn’t the first wearable tech Nissan has teased us with. Back in September, Nissan released a trailer for their Nissan Nismo Smartwatch. But we have yet to hear of anything move past the concept stage from the car manufacturer.

Dash Wants to Be the Fitbit for Cars

It’s not just you that can be quantified as part of the Quantified Self movement. 

Dash is an app that can talk to your car’s sensors (seems as though cars after 1996 have these built-in) and uses its algorithms to make you a better driver. It reports on things like gas, mileage and will even call 911 and your family if you get into a crash.

Source: Fast Company

Vislab PROUD Self Driving Car Test 2013

Vislab Proud 2013 Demo 

For the first time in history, during the PROUD-Car Test 2013 event (happened on July 12, 2013 in Parma) a vehicle moved autonomously and in total safety on a mixed traffic route (rural, freeway, and urban) open to public traffic, with nobody on the driver seat." See more 

Proud to be part of this Team ! 

 

Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet
The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.
via: smartercities

Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet

The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.

via: smartercities

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020
Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B.  A recent report from Telefónica Digital found the percentage of cars with built-in connectivity will jump from 10 percent today to 90 percent by 2020
 Full Story: VentureBeat
via: emergentfutures

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B.  A recent report from Telefónica Digital found the percentage of cars with built-in connectivity will jump from 10 percent today to 90 percent by 2020

 Full Story: VentureBeat

via: emergentfutures

i-H2GO: Smartphone Enabled Hydrogen Fuel Cell RC Car [HD 3D]

Following in the footsteps of Horizon’s Time Magazine Best Invention, and a Toy Innovation Award in Nuremberg, the largest annual toy fair in the world - the iH2GO is the ultimate in fuel cell miniaturization.

It brings together the world of mobility and interactivity with solar hydrogen fuel cell model cars, taking us a step further into the future, with really exciting technology.

 via: mblng

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade
The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.
A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.
(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)
via: joshbyard

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade

The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.

A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.

(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)

via: joshbyard

The Car of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Great infographic by Insurancequotes.com on technological advancements in vehicles from now to 2040 (when 75% of cars on the road are expected to be autonomous).

Starting next year, e-scooters will have iPhone as the console

iPhone integration in car consoles is of course nothing new, with Siri Eyes Free becoming an increasingly standard feature in new cars. But next year’s electric scooters appear to be taking the idea one step further: if you go to the showrooms to look at an electric scooter next year, you may well find that your iPhone doesn’t just connect to the console, it is the console.

Smart, the Daimler brand that makes the ultra-compact Smart Car, announced that its 5.4-horsepower Smart Scooter(pictured above and below) would use an iPhone as its instrument panel, serving as combined speedo, range indicator and GPS. The scooter will sit alongside its existing electric-drive Smart Car and eBike.

Read More: http://goo.gl/y0f1P

via: proteusmagazine

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Garmin HUD projects directions onto your windshield | The Car Tech blog
Smartphones have pretty much taken over as the default navigation tool for many drivers. However, some locales (including our home state of California) have outright banned smartphone use in the  car: no windshield mounts, no dashboard cradles. So, how are you going to get your turn-by-turn directions when looking at your phone is illegal? Today, Garmin announced a new way to interact with its StreetPilot and Navigon smartphone navigation apps: the HUD.
HUD — short for head-up display — sits on the dashboard at the base of the windshield, where it projects navigation data upwards into the driver’s line of sight, either onto a transparent film affixed to the windshield glass or a reflector lens that attaches to the HUD device. Both the film and reflector lens are included with the device.
Garmin states that HUD will automatically adjust the brightness of its projections, so that the display remains visible in direct sunlight or at night. The device will be powered by a 12V charging cable with an integrated USB port for keeping your smartphone charged as well.
via: smarterplanet:

Garmin HUD projects directions onto your windshield | The Car Tech blog

Smartphones have pretty much taken over as the default navigation tool for many drivers. However, some locales (including our home state of California) have outright banned smartphone use in the car: no windshield mounts, no dashboard cradles. So, how are you going to get your turn-by-turn directions when looking at your phone is illegal? Today, Garmin announced a new way to interact with its StreetPilot and Navigon smartphone navigation apps: the HUD.

HUD — short for head-up display — sits on the dashboard at the base of the windshield, where it projects navigation data upwards into the driver’s line of sight, either onto a transparent film affixed to the windshield glass or a reflector lens that attaches to the HUD device. Both the film and reflector lens are included with the device.

Garmin states that HUD will automatically adjust the brightness of its projections, so that the display remains visible in direct sunlight or at night. The device will be powered by a 12V charging cable with an integrated USB port for keeping your smartphone charged as well.

via: smarterplanet:

Former General Motors R&D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020
Former GE Head, Larry Burns: “By 2015 we’re going to have auto companies selling features that are akin to cruise control on steroids,” he said. “We’re in this five- to 10-year window when it’s going to be really exciting … By 2020 we’ll have self driving cars.”
Read more here: http://www.hybridcars.com/former-gm-rd-head-predicts-driverless-cars-2020-44227/

Former General Motors R&D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020

Former GE Head, Larry Burns: “By 2015 we’re going to have auto companies selling features that are akin to cruise control on steroids,” he said. “We’re in this five- to 10-year window when it’s going to be really exciting … By 2020 we’ll have self driving cars.”

Read more here: http://www.hybridcars.com/former-gm-rd-head-predicts-driverless-cars-2020-44227/

Underground Bicycle Parking Systems in Japan

Danny Choo demonstrates Japanese robotic underground parking systems for bikes - video below:

Too many bicycles and not enough space in Japan - so what do they do?

They dig wells in the ground and build robotic systems to store your two wheelers underground - safe from harsh weather and naughty thieves.
http://culturejapan.tv

via: prostheticknowledge

World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Breaks World Record

The world’s largest solar-powered boat, Tûranor PlanetSolar, broke its own world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean using only the power of the sun. The clean energy vessel traveled almost 2,870 miles in 22 days, 12 hours and 32 minutes.

Read the full article on the SolarReviews blog

NO MORE EXCUSES: AR App Helps You Change The Oil In Your Car

This concept video from Inglobe shows the latest 3D tracking augmented reality capabilities using an app which puts this technology in context of an everyday (or hopefully not so everyday) occurrence - doing something under the hood of your car like changing the oil or even more advanced tasks.

AR has got a pretty bad rap at being gimicky and a passing fad (not by me of course) so its fantastic to see this practical application really show how this technology can help educate and assist us in the real world. 

I suspect that with the progression of wearables like Glass, we will see more of a focus on utility-based applications of AR in the near future.