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.
We 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!”
One 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 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 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.
Telematics Update will host a “Personalize the Connected Car Using Contextual Data.’ webinar with industry analysts to show how the context oftelematics can make driving safer, more efficient and more enjoyable.
The free webinar will be held on Thursday, February 13 at 12 noon (EST) and is open to the entire consumer telematics community. Register
Car dealers can charge thousands of dollars for head units that connect cars to music, navigation and smartphones. Another viable options is to put an after market receiver with all the apps you need and more. Pioneer AppRadio3 devices will be available for$399-$499. The CD-DVD player (SPH-DA210) is currently available from Amazon for $362.29 with free shipping.