NY Auto Show Connected Cars Drive Driverless Testing, Automous, Self-Driving Volvo, Mercedes & Nissan

CBS Channel 10 news in Tampa Bay/Sarasota Florida, shows some very interesting information about driverless cars from the New York International Auto Show.

Volvo’s driverless car is being testing in Sweden, the video shows sensors in the grill work. Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles appears in the video.

Mercedes is testing driverless cars in Germany. Nissan is testing driverless cars in Japan. GPS, cameras and sensors give cars a view of the road. The US Department of Transportation wants V2V technology in the future along with V2I.

Several automakers expect to sell the technology by 2020.

Volvo has safety technology in its cars. More than one million Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking have been sold. To date, more than 155,000 of these Volvos have been sold in the U.S. market.

With its S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle, Mercedes-Benz in August 2013 claims to be the world’s first automobile manufacturer to demonstrate that autonomous driving in rural and urban traffic is possible video follows.

Continental Brings 4G LTE to Cars in All Continents

continentalAutomotive supplier Continental announced its new high-speed Telematics module.

It offers 100 Mbps bandwidth where  the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network standard is available. Integrated GPS/GLONASS, and WLAN are in the compact hardware module, making it possible for Continental’s LTE module can be used worldwide.

Autonomous Driverless Connected Cars = App-rehenisve Worried Public?

sadfaceAccording to a recent study commissioned by Seapine Software, 88% of U.S. adults would be worried about riding in a driverless car.

The survey, showed that 79% of U.S. adults would worry that the equipment in a driverless car will fail, such as a braking software glitch or failed warning sensor that alerts the driver of danger.

iPhone CarPlay Coming to Volvos Seen @ NY Auto Show

VolvoCarPlayAt the New York Auto Show, today, Volvo showed how Apple’s CarPlay will work in its vehicles.  The way CarPlay will operate in Volvo cars is that it is an alternative to the Volvo Sensus Connect interface.

When CarPlay is deployed by connecting an iPhone 5/5c/5S to the USB port via a Lightning connector, it will work with the Volvo steering-wheel-mounted controls and the 10″ touchscreen.  The voice-control button on the steering wheel of will launch Siri or the icon on the touchscreen can be tapped.

Verizon Wireless Offers $1M Prize for Connected Car Transport Programming & More

img_transportationVerizon is offering millions of dollars in prizes for innovators who propose the most innovative solutions to help develop and empower four core areas of Education, Healthcare, Sustainability, and Transportation. Entries for the Powerful Answers Award for 2014 will be accepted until June 30, 2014. First prize is $ 1million per category and two runners up receive $250,000 per category.

Texting While Driving PSAs: Watch Out Police Ticketing in CA, DE, NY & More

distractionYouTube and government agencies are showing videos in an attempt to try to get teenagers and young adults to stop texting while driving. April is  Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

In the rap video “I’m a Textpert Rap Battle” Rhett and Link rap in funky fake cars about how cool they are because they can text and drive. Guess what happens? They crash into each other. The video has over half a million views since April 7 and links to http://www.distraction.gov/.