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.

Will Alpine Make First In-Dash iPhone Audio Head Unit CarPlay System for US?

mappingCarplayAlpine electronics claims to be the first company to start selling an in-dash head unit audio system compatible with Apple’s CarPlay system for iPhone iPod and iPad that was announced earlier this year.

Many Japanese auto companies will be offering CarPlay systems and Alpine claims to be the first company to be able to offer eight aftermarket infotainment unit which is expected to cost between 500 and $700.

Drivers Help from VOXX ADAS, DVR, Camera & Parking Sensors

backupcameraVOXX Electronics Corp a subsidiary of VOXX International Corp will enter the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) category with the Driving Video Recorder (DVR), all new Multi-view Camera system and add–on Parking Sensors solutions. This will enable late model car owners to have the latest safety and recording technology.

By 2018, NHTSA will require new cars will be required to have rear view cameras, even if you have an older car, you can have the technology installed.

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/.