Category: car tech

Beware of new scam  that allows thieves to rob cars without key

Irish car owners are being urged to watch out for a new scam that allows thieves to unlock their motors without the keys. Europe’s largest car-owners’ club has warned that hundreds of thousands of vehicles are at risk. It is said that the scam has already been used to steal vehicles across Europe. Thieves are using a simple radio hack to unlock...

Smart Phone Apps for Monitoring Teen Drivers

SMART PHONE APPS FOR MONITORING TEEN DRIVERS RoadReady: This powerful app is an extension to The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, RoadReady recently became available to parents of teen drivers just in time for National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct 20-26). The RoadReady app allows parents to track and log driving experience during the Learner’s Permit process. AT&T...

Mobile phone is most hated of driver bad habits

The other most annoying habits that irked respondents included: Overtaking illegally or dangerously (47.7 per cent ); driving too slowly (44.1 per cent ); not indicating or generally bad lane use (43.2 per cent ); and breaking the speed limit (40 per cent ). More than half of drivers (51 per cent ) said looking down at a mobile phone while texting...

Galway researchers push to make autonomous cars safer

Researchers at NUI Galway have teamed up with motor parts group ValeoVision Systems to develop technology to make self-driving vehicles safer. The Connaught Automotive Research (CAR) Group, which is based on the university’s campus, is researching the development of intelligent signal processing algorithms to aid the automatic detection of pedestrians and other vehicles using cameras and other sensors. The objective is to...

People Will Still Have to Learn How to Drive Self-Driving Cars

In a matter of days after Tesla first introduced Model S owners to a lane assistance feature called autopilot, videos of owners sitting in the back seat of cars while they were operating began popping up on YouTube. The root of the problem was clear: Humans made cars unsafe. But just last month, one of Google’s fully autonomous cars was not only...

Radio Attack Lets Hackers Steal 24 Different Car Models

CAR owners with keyless entry systems have reported thieves approaching their vehicles with mysterious devices and effortlessly opening them in seconds. After having his Prius burgled repeatedly outside his Los Angeles home, the New York Times‘ former tech columnist Nick Bilton came to the conclusion that the thieves must be amplifying the signal from the key fob in the house to trick...

This technology could prevent people from texting and driving

Though self-driving cars may be a little further down the road, auto manufacturers such as Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen are currently testing technology that can tell if a driver is fully focused while driving — and the launch of these systems could happen as early as 2017. Delphi Automotive is developing tech that tracks drivers’ gaze and head movement using cameras and software, and alerts drivers with...

Ford Reckons Your Self-Driving Car Needs a Movie Projector

A COMMON ARGUMENT against autonomous vehicles is that the technology will ruin the romance of the driving. No more long, pensive drives down the coast. No more cross-country road trips. No more drive-in movie theaters. Well that one’s almost dead already, but Ford could bring it back, with a twist. The Detroit automaker received a patent this month for an “autonomous vehicle...

BMW marks journey from WW1 aero engines to luxury-car leader

BMW will be celebrating all three in Munich on Monday, 100 years after it was founded as Bayerische Flugzeugwerke to make aero engines in the first world war. Sixteen months later, it would become Bayerische Motoren Werke and by autumn it would trademark the blue-and-white roundel that today stands among the world’s most recognisable corporate symbols. Executives are keenly aware that the...

Do you know what CarPlay or Android Auto–connectivity is?

CarPlay or Android Auto–connectivity refers to a vehicle operating system’s ability to communicate with emergency response systems, the cloud, or the “internet of things,” which can be a mobile device, WiFi home security system, transportation infrastructure, or other vehicles. Is a car’s ability to send and receive data. The percentage of new vehicles equipped with these capabilities increases each year, but by...