dash App Better Driving with Car Info & Bluetooth for Android Like Automatic

DashappandroidscoresHere’s an easy inexpensive way to connect to the data in car on Android via Bluetooth. Dash claims it can “make any car, a smart car.”

Dash is similar to Automatic, using Bluetooth and a connection to the OBD-II port to gather driving information and make suggestions. Automatic, however, currently only works with iPhone(Android coming soon) while Dash works with Android and will be available for iPhone in the future.

Audi Knows When Traffic Light will Change

auditrafficlighdashAudi’s new Smart City Traffic Light Assistance tell you when the traffic light will turn green.

Traffic Light Assist or TLA uses the car’s network connection, GPS and municipal traffic control information. It displays a countdown timer in the dash to show how many seconds there are before the light changes.

Gov’t 2 Require Connected Cars via V2V Tech to Avoid Crashes

intersectionWe may be driving more safely in the future when cars connect to each other. The U.S. government is looking into cars, buses and trucks communicate to each other and to the Department of Transportation to cut down on accidents, gas consumption and speeding.  After reviewing research, the government will work on laws to require vehicle data connections in future models.

It’s called Vehicle-to-Vehicle  communication in which vehicles talk to each other.  It’s sort of like data saying to your car, “I’m over here traveling a 30 mph and you’re going 25 mph, get ready for a fender bender,”  or “Watch out the drunk driving this car is going to run the stop sign!”

AccuWather Partners with Kaliki Audio

kalikiappsmallerOne one the problems with driving in connected cars in bad weather such as storm or rain storms is that the driver has to keep his attention on the road.  AccuWeather will offer a way to hear the latest weather conditions with Kaliki Audio for audio weather information forecasts in GM cars.

AccuWeather announced its partnership with BT Software and the Kaliki Audio Newsstand to allow drivers hear current weather conditions and forecasts on-demand in their cars in 2014.

Motorola Filed Patent to Connect Car Photos of Pot Holes

fig3motorolaMotorola has filed a patent for connected car commuters. Motorola’s patent will identify road hazards, take photos of them and them then send the problems to drivers en route behind the car using the technology.

The patent was filed by Motorola Mobility that is now owned by Lennovo.  It is not clear if Google now owns the patent or Lennovo.

The patent is titled “Inter-Vehicle Alert System with Nagable Video Look Ahead”

PubNub Connected Car Solutions Kit for Devs

pubvehiclePubNub announced its Connected Car Solution Kit or developers to deliver , real-time transportation management and dispatch app for taxi, fleet management and delivery services.

PubNub  detects and connects dropped connections, with all messages tracked and time-stamped to the nearest nanosecond to ensure no loss of data. PubNub reports that platform insures offers real-time data.