If you are stuck in traffic, you could take to Twitter or Facebook, but will anyone besides your friends and followers read it?
Wired reports on a way to get attention in higher places. Called the I’m Stuck App, it notifies your elected representatives when you are stuck in transit. The idea being that tie ups and delays may be part of larger problems in America’s infrastructure, and by contacting representatives in Congress action may result.
The app was developed by the bi partisan infrastructure advocacy group Building America’s Future.
As if the completely electric, technology filled Teslas weren’t cool enough, the new cars now have Google Glass integration.
“GlassTesla” lets users remotely access and manage their Tesla remotely using the Google Glass’ internet connection. Accessible features include climate control, the ability to lock and unlock the car, and even allows use of the GPS.
According to the LA Times, the app was developed by Sashas Katta. Katta, who at 24 has already founded two tech companies, developed the app in just a few days.
Although only a lucky few possess both a Tesla and Google Glass (just 25 people activated the app with their vehicle), 300,000 people viewed the website in just 24 hours, according to an interview with Katta in the LA Times.
Additionally, Katta said that the high barrier for entry won’t last long. As the technology gets cheaper, these new products will enter the mainstream and will be widely accessible, much like the iPhone.
Photo Courtesy of The Hartford Courant and Getty Images
Garmin unveiled “HUD,” a new GPS system Monday. The device projects navigation information onto car windshields to provide accessible data without having to glance away from the road.
“HUD,” which stands for heads-up display, seeks to make navigation safer for drivers. By connecting the device with smartphones and cars, the device allows users to focus on the road rather than on gadgets.
According to Garmin, “HUD offers more navigation detail than other portable head-up displays, yet presents them in a simplified way that doesn’t avert the driver’s attention from the road. The directions are easy to follow and allow drivers to navigate even the most challenging interchanges and traffic situations with ease.”
Additionally, the HUD has the ability to reroute drivers based on traffic information, and can alert users of upcoming traffic safety cameras.
The device uses Bluetooth technology to connect with both smartphones and car’s stereo systems. The HUD also automatically adjusts settings such as brightness to further ease usage.
“HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, in a blog post on Garmin’s website. “Head-up displays currently have their place in select high-end cars, but HUD makes this technology available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle, at an affordable price.”
The HUD will cost $129.99 and will be available soon.
Photos courtesy of Garmin
Speculation is ramping up that Hyundai will be selling an electric vehicle sooner rather than later on these shores.
The Detroit Bureau reports that rather than going route of Fuel Cells in the United States as they are in Europe, Hyundai is looking to bring it’s home market BlueOn vehicle to the market.
The BlueOn is sold in South Korea and might be what the company needs to comply with emissions regulations in California which are more stringent than in other parts of the country.
This coming November, automotive and technology companies will meet as part of the Los Angeles Auto Show with the goal of discussing new technologies in the auto industry and developing ideas on the future of the connected car space.
The Connected Car Expo , created by the LA Auto Expo organizers, is designed to be a place where experts from the automobiles and technology industries can meet to discuss and develop ideas that will change the automobile industry.
The expo which has representatives from many different auto and technology companies such as BMW, Audi, Apple and Facebook, will not only meet to discuss the future of in-car technologies, but will also discuss the future of transportation.
According to CEE’s website, “In response to the rapid changes that new technologies such as driver assist and cloud-based infotainment are fueling in the automotive industry, the LA Auto Show organizers have created the Connected Car Expo.”
Organizers hope that automakers and tech companies will be able to collaborate on new technologies in order to improve their products.
The CEE organizers have decided to take a different approach when creating the structure of the conference.
“The traditional trade conference is typically heavy on panel discussions and any networking is usually an informal part of the event,” said Lisa Kaz, President of ANSA Productions, producers of the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Connected Car Expo. “The CCE will ensure the conference delivers the coveted one-to-one relationships that are so valuable in today’s fast-paced business environment.”
Attendees of the CCE will also have the opportunity to discuss ideas in small break-out groups and even be able to pitch ideas to Venture Capitalists at the show. Additionally, they will have the chance to meet industry leaders from both sectors and further discuss the future of the auto industry.
Electric luxury car maker Tesla is planning to roll out more super charging stations like the one in Milford.
Bloomberg reports that the automaker will add the charging stations in hopes the car will appeal to more customers outside the Northeast and California.
Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer and biggest shareholder, has said he will make a “big supercharger” announcement this week. The Palo Alto, California-based company operates nine stations that provide free electric power for owners of high-end versions of the Model S and has said it will have at least 100 along U.S. and Canadian highways by 2015.
On a purely anecdotal basis, I’ve seen five Tesla Model S vehicles in the last month on the road between Boston and New York City, including two in Manchester.
Here is the video announcement.
My friend Jen just posted this to Facebook. She took it when renting a car at the airport in San Diego.
Of course, your mileage might vary. Anyone every have this experience?
Photo by Jen Christensen
The numbers aren’t huge, but Nissan says it’s Leaf electric car is the best selling car of it’s type with 25,000 vehicles in customers driveways.
The car has been on sale for a little over a year. To give some perspective, Toyota sold 404,886 Camrys last year. Tesla is believed to have sold over 4,000 of it’s Model S.
Both the Leaf and the Tesla are fully electric powered with no gas powered engine to charge the battery like a Chevy Volt, which Nissan considers to be it’s main competition. Both cars have sold around 1,400 cars a month this year.
Do you have a Leaf? A Volt? Or a Tesla? What’s your experience with them?