This App Will Cure Road Rage By Letting You Blow Up Cars in Your Path - Interactive. Remote Applications Framework for Android, IVI Demo. Remote Applications Framework for Android, IVI Demo. The 3 Future Waves In Design, And How To Ride Them. As a product designer and a part of frog for nearly 20 years, I have seen our industry change quite a bit.
But what I’ve experienced is nothing compared with the changing landscape I see coming. Our industry will have a choice to make: adapt, or be relegated to decorating the surfaces of the world. Our challenge begins with our history. 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Top 20 Debuts. Every 24 months, the automotive world descends upon the German city of Frankfurt for the Frankfurt Motor Show.
And every 24 months, the Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off the global auto show season, setting the tone for next six-or-so months. Future Car. California poised to implement first electronic license plates. This week, the California State Senate approved a bill that would create the nation’s first electronic license plate.
Having already passed the state’s assembly, the bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for his signature. The idea is that rather than have a static piece of printed metal adorned with stickers to display proper registration, the plate would be a screen that could wirelessly (likely over a mobile data network) receive updates from a central server to display that same information. In an example shown by a South Carolina vendor, messages such as “STOLEN,” “EXPIRED,” or something similar could also be displayed on a license plate. The bill’s language says that for now, the program would be limited to a “pilot program” set to be completed no later than January 1, 2017. “The pilot program shall be limited to no more than 0.5 percent of registered vehicles for the purpose of road testing and evaluation,” the bill states. State isn’t getting location data directly, for now.
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Sensors Could Make Electric-Car Batteries Smaller and Cheaper. Electric-vehicle battery packs could shrink 20 to 30 percent, and make electric vehicles more affordable, if new sensors were developed to monitor the cells in a pack, according to the U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).
The agency says such sensors could have an even greater effect on hybrid gas-electric vehicle batteries, causing them to shrink by half. Better sensors could tell what’s happening inside each of the hundreds of cells that make up an electric vehicle’s battery pack, allowing automakers to safely store more energy in them. A $30 million ARPA-E program that’s been underway for about a year is seeking to develop the necessary technology. Automakers currently don’t allow their batteries to be charged all the way, which helps avoid the high voltage levels that can degrade battery materials or in some cases cause fires. They also keep some capacity in reserve in case overheating or other factors reduce the performance of the battery. GM says almost-driverless cars coming by 2020.
Sometime before the end of this decade, General Motors will put a car on the road that can almost drive itself.
The automaker says the system, called "Super Cruise," uses radar and cameras to steer the car and keep it between lane lines. Also, the radar keeps the car a safe distance from cars ahead of it, and it will brake to a complete stop if necessary. GM and other automakers such as Mercedes, BMW and Lexus already offer radar-guided cruise control systems that keep their cars a safe distance from other vehicles and even stop before a crash.
Automatic - Your Smart Driving Assistant. Automatic's iPhone app makes your dumb car feel a little smarter. Connecting the past, present and future of the automobile. GM to launch in-car app shop and support it with 4G. GM is hard at work on an infotainment upgrade that will make its cars function more like your smartphone.
Scheduled to launch later this year on an unspecified model or series of models, the app framework will allow you to download and utilize apps built specifically for your GM vehicle. Gizmag caught up with GM at the New York Auto Show to take a closer look. View all Apps, apps, apps ... smartphone sold separately GM announced at CES in January that it would open up a software development kit, allowing app developers to build programs specifically for its vehicles.
Instead of relying on your smartphone for apps, the way current generation GM systems do, the new architecture will allow you to view, download and use apps directly from the touchscreen infotainment system.