Keep misplacing your car keys? Just wave your smartphone to unlock the door!
Engineers at South Korean automobile major Hyundai have invented a new system that will allow your smartphone to double as your car keys, and the technology will be made available to buyers within two years.
Rather than using Bluetooth, the system by Hyundai uses wireless Near Field Communication ( NFC), allowing you to lock and unlock the car by waving your phone over a small tag on the car window.
Inside the car, you place the phone on a pad in the centre console that wirelessly charges it while the content is synced and streamed to the car’s infotainment system and touchscreen.
The system can also store in-car preferences, including radio stations, seating positions and even mirror adjustment – with multiple profiles able to be saved for different drivers.
The system was demonstrated on a concept version of Hyundai’s popular i30 in Germany.
Hyundai said developing the system was part of the carmaker’s aim of producing technology for the mainstream consumer, website carsguide.com.au reported.
“The Connectivity Concept showcases Hyundai’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers,” Hyundai Motor Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth said.
“With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion,” Rushforth said.
President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday flagged off a solar-powered passenger car developed by Delhi Technological University.
“With a speed of 120 km/hr, the solar car is a zero carbon emission and completely eco-friendly. It has a sedan shape with a seating capacity of two and option of adding three more seats,” a press release said.
The car, flagged off from Rashtrapati Bhavan, will represent India at the Sasol Solar Challenge to be held in South Africa between September 15-29.
Solar cars from across the world will participate in the competition, which will cover 4,200 km along the coastline of South Africa.
The DTU solar car, codenamed ‘Solaris’, is one of the most innovative projects of DTU, earlier called the Delhi College of Engineering.
The second day of media previews at the New York International Auto Show is traditionally quiet, with less pressure than opening day and far fewer important press conferences. Many reporters leave the show early on day two so they can catch flights home or get back to their offices.
This year, though, many are likely to stick around at least until 1:35 p.m., which is when the press conference for flying-car maker Terrafugia Inc. is scheduled to begin. Indeed, the road-and airworthy vehicle on display, called the Transition, may attract as much attention from people from inside the auto industry as from those writing about it.
Officials at car companies from Chevrolet to Rolls-Royce said they planned to check out the four-wheel vehicle with folding wings and a rear-facing “pusher” propeller. In general, car people seem impressed with the Transition’s design and technology, but skeptical about its potential to appeal to a broad audience.
There are hurdles on must overcome before taking to the skies in a Transition. They include flight training and licensing, the temptation to stick with traditional aircraft or even the Transition’s prove, expected to be around $279,000.
This is Steve. 95% of his vision is gone. He’s blind. And he’s driving a car. Except he’s not driving it. He’s behind the wheel of Google’s driverless car. It’s an amazing feat. A technological miracle, really.
Google’s self-driving car has now completed 200,000 miles of computer-led driving. Steve was part of that testing and he loved it:
Here’s Steve, who joined us for a special drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel in a whole new way. We organized this test as a technical experiment, but we think it’s also a promising look at what autonomous technology may one day deliver if rigorous technology and safety standards can be met.
Soon, these cars will free many people to do something that was unthinkable for them. And then imagine the lives that smart, interconnected cars will save.
Developed by Boston Dynamics the same guys who created the freaky freaky Big Dog Sand Flea is being developed for the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force.
Soldiers would be able to use these little beasts to explore the battle field through all type of obstacles. This new version can actually jump 30 feet in the air (9.1 meters). Enough to get onto the roof of a tall building.
Sand Flea uses an onboard stabilization system that keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings.
Clarion has announced a new car stereo which is powered by Google’s Android OS, the Clarion Mirage, and the company describes the device as a ‘smart car stereo’
The Clarion Mirage is in the prototype stages at the moment, but the company has announced that it will be tested over the next couple of months, and the device features a 6.5 inch touchscreen display.
As well as being powered by Android, the Clarion Mirage will also be compatible with Apple’s iOS device which will be able to connect to the device via Bluetooth or USB.
On top of that you will be able to play videos and music on the Clarion Mirage via USB and it will also feature an SD/SDHC card slot which can be used to playback content.
It certainly looks very interesting from the photos, and it will come with a range of applications built in, like satellite navigation which has been provided by Navigon AG, and the devices runs a customized version of Android 2.2 Froyo.
Clarion are apparently in talks with a number of car manufacturers in Malaysia about integrating this new Android powered car stereo into their vehicles.
We might not have real working hoverboards yet, but somehow Scalextric has done the impossible with a slot car set that allows up to six individually-controlled cars to race on a single two lane track. Clever engineering, or just downright sorcery?
The Scalextric Digital series uses a special control unit that assigns each car a unique ID so that even though two vehicles might be sharing the same lane, they can each be controlled by a different pistol grip remote. That’s simply mind-blowing. You can even tweak the cars’ handling and sensitivity for novice or experienced drivers, or handicap a particularly skilled racer to level the playing field.
The $800 Scalextric Digital Platinum set which Pocket-lint put through its paces even comes with a highly detailed set of sports cars including pairs of Porshce 997s, Lamborghini Gallardo GTs, and Audi R8s.
While passing obviously isn’t so easy when your car’s locked to a lane with a guidepin, the course includes optional cross-overs, and there seems to be more emphasis on simply running your opponents off the road when you head into a corner. Somehow this just gets better and better. [Scalextric via Pocket-lint]
Nobody wants to spend extra time adjusting their phone before getting on the road. The Cobra JoyRide for Android smartphones is a car charger designed to intelligently customize the way the owner’s smartphone behaves when entering and exiting their vehicle by automatically reconfiguring the phone for in-car usage. This breakthrough advancement in automotive safety and convenience leverages the power of the new Android Open Accessory framework to trigger phone events and settings automatically by simply connecting the Android smartphone via micro-USB to the Cobra JoyRide charger.
The companion Android app communicates with the JoyRide Charger and opens up a whole new world of automotive convenience and personalization. Pushing a single button on the mobile app can initiate phone calls, launch voice commands, share information about road hazards and live police, pause and play music, and even launch GPS navigation apps or other favorite in-car applications. The streamlined and intuitive interface also gives users control over power settings for Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. The Cobra JoyRide application can also save the GPS position of the owner’s vehicle on the Android phone and help them navigate back to their parking spot.
The world’s largest automaker has been slow off the mark in the race to bring electric vehicles to market, but it is now playing catch up at a fearsome rate, and we’ll see the first of its new range of electric vehicles two weeks from now at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The first Toyota EV will be a four-seater based on the iQ with a range of 100 km and it will hit showrooms next year. It is one of several new cars set to be shown, including a smaller, cheaper plug-in hybrid named the Aqua on sale in Japan this year, a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid and a hydrogen fuel cell midsize sedan to go on sale in 2015.
Tata Motors presented the Tata Pixel, a new city car concept for Europe. Based on the Tata Nano, the Tata Pixel at just over three metres in length is the most package efficient four-seater in the world, comfortably accommodating four adults, unlike a typical city car which is either a two-seater or can accommodate two adults and two children only.
The Tata Pixel’s ability to manoeuvre and park in the tightest of spaces is made possible by its zero turn toroidal traction drive infinitely variable transmission (IVT), which assists rotation of the outer rear wheel forward and the inner rear wheel backward, while the front wheels turn at acute angles. The result is a turning circle radius of just 2.6 metres. The ‘scissor’ doors rotate upwards from the front to allow passengers to effortlessly enter or exit the Tata Pixel, even in the tightest of spaces.
A forward-sweeping roofline, with minimal front and rear overhangs, accentuates the youthful styling. The Tata Pixel is also designed to provide a high level of connectivity. Key functions are controlled by the driver’s smart phone, running ‘My Tata Connect’ the first integrated human-machine interface (HMI) concept from Tata Motors.
A 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, positioned at the rear of the Tata Pixel, gives lively performance. The engine is a low-friction design, featuring a variable coolant and oil pump and rapid warm-up technology. With optimised aerodynamic drag, low rolling-resistance tyres, stop-start technology and intelligent battery charging, the Tata Pixel returns European combined cycle (NEDC) fuel economy of 3.4 l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.