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Networked Cars: Good For Safety, Bad For Privacy

September 4th, 2012 09:16 admin View Comments

Privacy

jfruh writes “Networked cars — cars that can identify each other’s location and prevent collisions — are coming soon, and will be a boon for safety, with one estimate having them cut accidents by 70 percent. But what happens to all the data the car will collect — about your location and driving behavior? It’s worrisome that nobody seems to be thinking seriously about the privacy side of the equation.”

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My Nomination For The Worst/Best Official URL Ever: “RIM.jobs”

January 13th, 2011 01:28 admin View Comments

If you don’t know what the term “rimjob” means, I wouldn’t recommend Googling it. Mainly because if I did recommend it, I’d get fired. Lets just say this: it has absolutely nothing to do with cars. Or basketball.

If you do know what the term means, you’ll probably find it a bit entertaining that the URL Rim.jobs is being used in a perfectly safe-for-work way. More accurately, it’s being used in a perfectly safe-for-getting-work way.

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Audi A8 Gets Factory Integrated Mobile Hotspot

August 12th, 2010 08:05 admin View Comments

adeelarshad82 writes “Audi’s A8 luxury sedan will be the first vehicle with a factory integrated mobile hotspot when it ships this fall with an adapter capable of connecting up to eight devices via WiFi or Bluetooth. Audi integrates a WLAN module and antenna on the roof, using technology from chip-maker Marvell and Harman Automotive. The company says its WiFi software architecture is optimized for extremely low power consumption on battery-powered consumer electronics, enabling passengers to connect to the vehicle’s network without affecting the battery life of their connected devices. The Audi system, called the Marvell Mobile Hotspot, will support any combination of smartphones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, and gaming devices.”

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Will Your Car Tell You To Put Down the Phone?

March 28th, 2010 03:28 admin View Comments

crimeandpunishment writes with this story from the AP: “We know it’s dangerous to text while driving, or talk on a cell phone without using a hands-free device. What if our car knew it as well, and warned us about it? Our cars buzz and beep at us when our seatbelts aren’t buckled … now there are new applications in the works that could lead to a warning if we’re driving with a cell phone in our hand.”

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The Technology Behind Formula 1 Racing

March 28th, 2010 03:43 admin View Comments

swandives writes “The Australian Grand Prix F1 event is being held in Melbourne this weekend (27-28 March) and Computerworld Australia has interviewed the technology teams for BMW Sauber, McLaren Racing, Red Bull Racing, and Renault about how they run their IT systems and how technology has changed the sport. Each car has about 100 sensors which capture data and send anywhere up to 20GB back to the pits during a race. The tech guys arrive a week before a race to set everything up — the kit for BMW Sauber weighs close to 3200 kilograms — and when it’s all over, they pack it all up and move on to the next event. Good pics too.”

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Electromagnetic Pulse Gun To Help In Police Chases

January 22nd, 2010 01:16 admin View Comments

adeelarshad82 writes “In an attempt to put an end to dangerous police high speed chases, scientists at Eureka Aerospace have developed an electromagnetic pulse gun called the High Power Electromagnetic System, or HPEMS. It develops a high-intensity directed pulse of electricity designed to disable a car’s microprocessor system, shutting down all of its systems. Right now the prototype seen in a video fills an entire lab, but they have plans to shrink its size to hand-held proportions. Some form of this is already featured in OnStar-equipped vehicles though the electromagnetic signal used to disable the vehicle is beamed via satellite, and doesn’t cripple the in-car computer, but rather puts it into a mode that allows police to easily catch and then stop the fleeing criminal.”

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Battered Automakers Hope to Shine at Detroit Auto Show

January 7th, 2010 01:00 admin View Comments

The industry is coming off its worst year since 1970, and this year’s show is as much about its future as its cars.

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Lotus Teases With a Fuel-Agnostic Two-Stroke Engine

December 11th, 2009 12:20 admin View Comments

JohnnyBGod writes “Lotus claim to have invented a new, more efficient engine design. The two-stroke, flex-fuel engine can achieve, according to the surprisingly technical press release, ‘approximately 10% better [fuel consumption] than current spray-guided direct injection, spark ignition engines.’ The engine has a sliding puck arrangement to control its compression ratio, and has direct injection and a wet sump, to eliminate fuel leakage to the exhaust and the need to mix oil with the fuel, two common problems with two-stroke engines. Lotus engineering have released a video explaining the engine’s operation.”

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