Category: Cars

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...

Motorists will face penalty points for faulty tyres this year

That is the pledge from Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe after he said he was shocked at new findings which found faulty tyres are contributing to far more accidents than was previously realised. The results of new analysis of Garda forensic evidence investigations into fatalities have shocked those involved in road safety – with tyres a factor in 14 deaths a year. The...

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...

Students learn dangers of texting while driving

Thursday morning, three High School students showed their classmates just how difficult it is to use a smartphone while driving a car. “You can’t really look at the phone, type and pay attention at the same time,” said Mason Crary, a junior who participated in a driving simulator during the all-school assembly. It was part of the It Can Wait campaign, sponsored...

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...

Will Old People be the first to start using Self-Driving Cars?

Google is in the beginnings of a Silicon Valley arms race over self-driving cars. The tech giant, with its $498 billion market capitalization, faces stiff competition in the space from stalwart automakers and upstarts like Tesla and Uber alike. But there’s one demographic the company is betting will love its self-driving cars: the aging population. Some experts predict that the first people...

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...