Category Archives: distracted driving

IBM and GM Debut a “Cognitive Mobility Platform”

Translation: more distracted driving enablers are coming. OnStar has more connected vehicles on the road than any other automaker. By the end of 2016, GM expects to have 12 million OnStar connected vehicles on the road worldwide. Continue reading

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Toyota Moves on Connected Cars, R&D JVs, Takeovers

The latest developments come as Toyota is once again battling what is now a beleaguered, wounded Volkswagen Group for the world’s biggest car company title. The moves reflect a growing problem at all automobile companies. How do you pay for the cost of moving forward in a world with increasingly stringent safety and emissions regulations, web enabled cars, as well as the entire future of automobility and autonomous vehicles? Continue reading

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Nevada Calls for Technology Quotes to fight Pedestrian Deaths

It’s not just pedestrians. Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council say motor vehicle deaths were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18% higher than two years ago at the six-month mark Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Stops Gushing about Tesla. Finally

NHTSA told Tesla last week it wants to know about all crashes alleged to have occurred because Forward Collision Warning (FCW) or Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) did not occur when expected. Continue reading

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Distracted Driving Update – Construction Sign

An 18-year-old Rhode Island man was driving on I-495 in Wrentham, Massachusetts recently when he hit a highway sign warning of impending construction. The sign then proceeded to trash the windshield of his Toyota Corolla, hitting him in his obviously brain-less head. Continue reading

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Distracted Driving? Chevrolet Lowers 4G LTE Prices by 50%

In only two years, Chevrolet customers have consumed more than 3 million gigabytes of data – the equivalent of streaming more than 100 million hours of music. Chevy says its in-vehicle data usage continues to trend upward. Continue reading

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BMW Motorrad Smartphone Cradle Debuts

As if distracted driving wasn’t bad enough, the BMW Motorrad Smartphone Cradle is now available at all BMW Motorrad retailers. In Germany the Smartphone Cradle can be purchased for a price of €195 ($217) including 19% added value tax. The … Continue reading

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Distracted Driving Enabler – FCA Uconnect Adds Apple Siri

The FCA announcement comes as the latest data show that in 2014 alone 3129 people were killedand 431,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Continue reading

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Rand McNally Unveils Connected Car Tool

With a starting cost of $399 for a tablet and mounting device, OverDryve offers comprehensive navigation including congestion alerts, hands-free calling and texting, collision warnings and music from multiple sources. With advanced features include back-up and forward cameras to alert danger or record a collision, and links with roadside assistance. Continue reading

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Connectivity or Not? Pew Cell Phone Research Inconsistent

We have all been in these situations. Many who say that phone use is a social hindrance also admit to using their phones when they are in social groups. Continue reading

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Infotainment Wars – Mitsubishi Electric’s FlexConnect

There is an ongoing automotive infotainment war escalating that has electronics companies vying with automakers over who gets lucrative consumer dollars. Continue reading

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Road Rage – Texters Scorned the Most by other Drivers

According to a new survey just released the “Texter” generated the most fury of fellow drivers, earning the scorn of 26% of Americans contributing to the Road Rage problem. Continue reading

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Wireless Technologies Leave Vehicles Vulnerable to Hackers

New standards are needed to close security gaps from hackers and privacy problems in vehicles, according to a report released today. Continue reading

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Ford Finally Kills MyTouch name with Sync3 as Replacement

In a ‘one more time with feeling’ encore, Ford Motor changed its tune on its much-derided and pioneering MyTouch voice recognition system by saying today that its future generation of infotainment and touch screen systems will be marketed as Sync3 globally. Continue reading

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AAA Blasts Automakers for Enabling Distracted Driving

The largest motoring organization in North America, AAA, is saying that hands-free technology now in widespread vehicle use is not safe and contributes to the Distracted Driving epidemic because of the cognitive distraction it causes. While 47 states have banned texting, it turns out that cellphone use is the equivalent of drunken driving. Continue reading

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