Los Angeles parking app challenge from Ford asks devs to recreate parking lots

losangelesemptyparkinglotDevelopers could win as much as $15,000 for finding new exciting creative uses for Los Angeles’ vast parking space surplus and quagmire of problems.

Los Angeles has a parking problem even though  it has the highest density of parking spaces in the world. It’s downtown contains more spaces per acre than any other city. However finding a parking spot can still be difficult and stressful.  L.A. also has a mountain-size surplus because lots are built for prime times and often vacant.

Nissan LEAF gets free charging and self-cleaning with creature resistance

nissanleafThere is good news for Nissan LEAF owners present and future.  First, Nissan LEAF owners can get two years of free charging and in the future LEAF owners may never have to waste water washing their cars. Creature lovers and haters will be happy with their nano-coated LEAFs because animal poo and bugs won’t stick either.

Tesla hacked, hackers won’t reveal how

tesla8A Tesla S have been reportedly hacked by security firm in Bejing. According to Bloomberg News, Qihoo 360 Technology Co. was able remotely control the Tesla’s locks, horn, headlights and moon roof while the car was moving.

Hacking connected cars is difficult but may be harder with the power of NEM

hackinwhitecarMany are concerned that connected cars can be hacked. One of the most difficult cars to hack is the Tesla S and a group is offering $10,000 to hackers who can crack it.  However, for most cars on the road today, car hacking is very difficult and requires knowledge and devices that most people don’t have.

When AUTO Connected Car asked security expert Mark Fitzgerald from Strategy Analytics about car computer hacking he said that it seldom happens.

Succesfully hack an $100K car get $10,000, veterans get good jobs, Telsa lemon gets $ back

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Tesla is once again in the media spotlight for hacking, hiring and hassles from customers. At the Symposium on Security for Asia Network  Conference  in Beijing this week (July 16 and 17), hackers can win $10,000 if they can hack a Tesla S. In the meantime, Tesla is actively seeking to hire US Military veterans. Tesla already employes 300 veterans because of the technical skills learned in the armed forces and wants to recruit 600 more, while the first successful “Lemon Law” negotiation with an unsatisfied customer was completed.

The winning Tesla hacker must use the in-car touch screen to surf the internet and manipulate the vehicle’s controls remotely through a computer.

Average age of car 11.4 years and fewer scrapped yearly

2002_honda_civic_coupe_0The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. stayed at at 11.4 years, as of Jan. 1 2014, reported IHS Automotive. It is the oldest cars have stayed since 1995, when the data was first reported.

In 2003, there were cell phones but no iPhones or Android phones.  The older the car, the less connected it will be.  There appears to big market for head units and other connected car features for older model cars. Most people keep their cars an average of six years.

ADAS needed for children in child seats in hot cars, use app or Childminder for now

kars4kidssafeytappIt is awful to learn that people accidentally leave children in cars in the heat during the summer.  In fact, there have been 13 deaths of children this summer being left in cars. Last year more than 40 children died as a result of being left alone in a hot car. However, we live in world of distractions and parents are so overwhelmed they do forget things.  The movie “Home Alone” illustrates how a parent accidentally forgot one kid at home when leaving for vacation.  Given the fact that parents are completely overloaded with responsibilities, the car industry should step up and make sure that no child is ever killed in a hot car again. In the meantime, there are a few solutions to help stop Baby-Forgetting Syndrome.

Toddler, Cooper Harris, was strapped into a car seat and while his father in his air-conditions office in Georgia and he tragically died. No matter what we think about the situation somethings can be done.

Sonata Huyandai ADAS warns, shows blind spots and opens the trunk

hyundai sonata 2015Hyundai Motor America announced pricing for the all-new 2015 Sonata begins at $21,150 that is $300 less than the base model it replaces.

Hyundai notes that the Hyundai offers class-above features for a mid-size sedan such as hands-free phones, Smart Trunk, Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel.

Find gas stations and pay from your connected car demoed

SAPHanaconnectedfuelSAP is working with Toyota and VeriFone for gas pump payments directly from cars. Drivers get notified when gas is low, are directed to a gas station that accepts wireless payments and then can get promos from the filling station such as discounts on smart water or other favorites of the drivers.  The video claims that personal information will not be stolen.  There is a marketplace for geo-location offers for the driver.

SAP aggregates information on a vehicle’s location, route and fuel level as well as points of interest. VeriFone provides point-of-sale (POS) solutions and Toyota ITC provides telematics data.