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What Are Driver Override Systems?

April 18, 2016 Written by Al
What Are Driver Override Systems?
We have all heard the news about self-driving cars. Self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, are an innovative invention designed to make our everyday life as pleasurable and easy as possible. The idea is that our car makes the driving decision for us, and this will make our drive smoother, easier, and ultimately a lot safer.

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Airbags with a Difference

April 18, 2016 Written by Al
Airbags with a Difference
Almost all cars have them. Airbags. They have been put everywhere in the past few years – both in the front and in the back of the car.  They have been put lower down in the dashboard, higher up, locked in with seatbelts, activated by to car alarms, and even put in door panels. Everything that can be done with airbags has been done. Hasn’t it?

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Can Your Car Make You A Better Driver?

April 18, 2016 Written by Al
Can Your Car Make You A Better Driver?
This may sound like a counterproductive question, however, there are good reasons behind asking it. There is a passive benefit for the user, in the case of car insurers being able to see exactly what has gone wrong with an accident or crash, but where is the active benefit for users? 

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A Strange New Type of Sat-Nav

March 21, 2016 Written by Al
A Strange New Type of Sat-Nav
The future of sat-navs seemed clear, with having a more natural integration with the car being the most logical way forward. After all, isn’t it?

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Is Mixing Cars with the IoT Safe?

March 21, 2016 Written by Al
Is Mixing Cars with the IoT Safe?
There have been some concerns circulating around the Internet and mainstream media recently. With all this new technology being integrated into vehicles, with mobile phones becoming more integrated than ever, is it safe to have all this technology in cars in the first place? 

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Can Your Car Be A Driving Doctor?

March 18, 2016 Written by Al
Can Your Car Be A Driving Doctor?
Imagine this – a car that can tell you when you are too tired to drive. What about a car that can tell you if you are at risk of an illness or in a fit state to drive? It sounds like science fiction, but the technology already exists.

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How Will Wearable Technology Change How We Drive?

March 9, 2016 Written by Al
How Will Wearable Technology Change How We Drive?
‚ÄčThere is a revolution upon us. Wearable technology is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives. Smartphones, smart watches, and (in some cases) smart clothing are tracking our actions and augmenting our lives to keep us connected at all times.

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How Automated Crash Response Can Change Your Life

March 9, 2016 Written by Al
How Automated Crash Response Can Change Your Life
By 2020 all new cars must have telematics put in them. This is not for insurance purposes but instead it is for automated crash response.

These telematics boxes have safety at their core and are to act as a way of getting help to where it is needed quickly, and save lives in particular.

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What is the Future of In-Car Downloads?

January 25, 2016 Written by Mark
What is the Future of In-Car Downloads?
Direct downloads to cars are a promising development of the future of technology.
 
Direct digital downloads are only a small step away from technology as it is now. At the moment it is possible to download sat-nav updates to a car via satellite, however, there is a new wave of technology on the horizon. This technology allows for digital downloads to go directly to the sat-nav, stereo, or other aspects of the car dashboard.

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Could Your Car Become An Office On The Road?

January 25, 2016 Written by Mark
Could Your Car Become An Office On The Road?
There is no doubt about it, the Internet of Things is revolutionising the world. Piece by piece it is connecting the objects we use in everyday life together, creating one giant network encompassing them all. This network is swiftly becoming portable, with wireless and networking technology becoming stronger and more resolute day by day.

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How Head-Up Display Will Change Your Life

January 20, 2016 Written by Mark
How Head-Up Display Will Change Your Life
Augmented reality is getting bigger all of the time. Google Glass experimented with it, Microsoft's Hololens, and the Oculus Rift, all offer their own version of augmented reality, but all are also wearable technology. What about non-wearable tech? What about in-car technology?

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How Apps Are Revolutionising The Driving Experience

January 20, 2016 Written by Mark
How Apps Are Revolutionising The Driving Experience
When the iPhone came out, back in 2007 it made mainstream a new tool for improving everyday life. The App Store was made mobile, allowing users to instantly access a million different possible applications on the go. Hundreds of thousands of applications were developed, ranging from mobile banking to route planning. To quote Apple's advertising slogan of the time: There's an App for that!

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How Telematics Could Save Your Life

January 12, 2016 Written by Mark
How Telematics Could Save Your Life
How Telematics Could Save Your Life
 
Telematics are an interesting thing. Over the past few years they have been known as everything from a money saving aid to spyware. This is partially down to how telematics boxes were first sold and partially due to a misunderstanding of what telematics boxes can do.

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Future of Car Notifications

January 12, 2016 Written by Mark
Future of Car Notifications
Could Your Car Give You Live Updates About Traffic...As You Drive?
 
ITS: The Intelligent Transportation System. This was an idea that started development back in the early 2010s, to hit the streets as soon as the development allowed. Now it is becoming more and more widespread, with Toyota starting to sell upgrades for existing vehicles, publicising the rise of ITS at the end of 2015. This begs the question - what is ITS and how can it benefit drivers?

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