Panasonic connects connected cars & big data at ITS

Panasonic HUCPanasonic Automotive Systems Company of America has exhibited and demonstrated a range of advanced technologies at ITS World Congress.

Panasonic Automotive  showcased transportation systems and traffic management, that help create cleaner environment, comfort,  safety, and community life. Panasonic showed technology for connected cars and big data solutions.

Car buyers want seamless connected car connectivity + luxury infotainment

frostsullivanFrost & Sullivan’s analysis of the North American advanced connected car and ADAS systems found that consumers demand seamless connectivity and high-end infotainment features in cars. The company also noted that the industry is on its way to 000 (zero emissions, zero accidents and zero fatalities.

The research also found that night vision assist with pedestrian detection or collision warning and mitigation using augmented reality (AR) which were considered to be of higher importance compared to other features like power liftgate or ambient lighting in the vehicle.

Seats to sense you in connected cars may keep you alert or send for help

sensorseatYour driver’s seat may sense that you are drowsy and falling asleep are being developed by Nottingham Trent University researchers.

Professor Tilak Dias and William Hurley of the University’s Advanced Textile Research Group with Plessey are working to integrate an Electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors directly into the fabric of car seats.

Nokia connects to connected cars by funding Zubie

ZubieConnected car services company Zubie announced an $8 million investment from Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) this morning from Nokia’s $100 million connected car fund.

Nokia is also investing in Zubie with Nokia Growth Fund Partner,  Paul Asel joining the Board of Directors.

Zubie connects to the OBDII port on cars made after 1996.

Volkswagen ELR connected car research offers driving buddies with ESP

infotainmentvwVolkswagen Group’s Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) is working on more “intuitive” forms of driver, car and external communications, noted a news release from the company. Volkswagen group encompasses Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and VW.

ERL researchers are looking at the three elements important for connected driving, the car, mobile devices and cloud.

D.C. MA & MN safest states, ND, WY & MT worst say UMT Study

National Mall Washington DCWhere are the most dangerous fatal roads in the country? Traffic safety has improved in the country for the past ten years, however, traffic fatality rates are still generally higher in the Northern Plains and southern states than in the Northeast, Midwest and West, according to University of Michigan researcher, Michael Sivak. There is no way of telling, yet how connected cars will affect the number in the next decade.

U-M Transportation Research Institute studied individual fatality rates per distance driven and per population in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2012 (the latest available year) and 2005 (a recent peak).

Jenny McCarthy bad example for parents everywhere

jennymacarthyJenny McCarthy on her Sirius radio show did what a parent should never do in front of a child.  She was texting while driving.  Her twelve-year-old son Evan called the cops.

To punish her son, she threw his cell phone out the window.  She laughed about it, however both things she did were very dangerous. Throwing things out of car windows can hit a windshield and cause an accident.