Archives For technology

2012-07-24 16.00.48-1Robot cars will probably take control over your car whether you want it to or not.

Actually, robots will take over the world whether or not we want it. And I’m not saying that because I’ve watched Terminator too many times.

Computer scientists pretty much take this as a given. And it starts with technology like this.

We’re talking about automated intersection controllers. Sure, sounds like a great idea for improved road safety and traffic efficiency, but isn’t this why man created trains?

Maybe that’s the future of cars, each one like a train compartment.

See how the robo-cars will work here.

Related post: More evidence that robots are poised to take control!

A high school student from Texas won a $100,000 science scholarship for developing a computer algorithm that helps robots avoid obstacles.

One of the applications for this? Driverless cars, of course!

Credit: YouTube.

Credit: YouTube.

There’s no end to the technical wizardry on the near-horizon for new cars.

Toyota’s U.S. division head, Jim Lentz, announced that the company is working on gesture control for certain functions in the vehicle. Make a motion with your hand and you can adjust the volume of the radio, for instance.

Hopefully the system won’t misread your hand movement when you give in to road rage, if you know what we mean.

Believe it or not the engineers are currently testing this technology on a skateboard!

However, they’ve also have been developing an Insect, Smart Insect, that is, with on-board motion sensors.

It’s all pretty trick.

Get the details on the wave-of-a-hand ride from The Wall Street Journal below:

Future Driving: Controlling a Car with a Wave of the Hand?

According to research firm Gartner, 35 percent of the 1.9 billion phones sold this year will be smartphones.

About half of the consumers in the U.S. have one already. (You can read that report from Reuters here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/29/us-smartphones-outlook-idUSBRE86S09B20120729.)

So it’s no wonder that the 12-volt industry is optimistic about the growth for the remote start via smartphone market. Our own VP of Product Planning James Turner joined other executives in the consensus view.

Discussing the growth of Viper SmartStart, Turner said: “We do believe it’s going to be the fastest-growing category we have.”

About 350,000 remote start kits are sold in the aftermarket each year and experts agree that smartphone remote start systems will reach a high of 10 percent of that market this year — at least! And given the rising sales of smartphones in general, that number should continue to climb in the near future.

So, get out of the way, skeptics!!!! And get on board with the cloud-connected car!

(And psssssssssst, by the way, why not get on board with Viper, who innovated and brought you the first-ever smartphone app that could start your car — and has delivered the most new features for customers ever since? Sounds pretty good to us!)

Any new Viper SmartStart features that you’d like to see, let us know in comments!

Read a full report on the growth of smartphone remote starters from CE Outlook below here:

Remote Start From Phones to Hit 10 Percent of Sales

Some positive news for dealers: This may be a sign that the U.S. economy is turning around at last.

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, confidence for spending on technology is at the highest that it’s been in half a decade.

The business manager for mobile at Sony thinks this could carry over into the car audio segment as the demand for in-car smartphone connectivity continues to grow. MESA, the Mobile Electronics Specialists of America expects a much-improved 4th quarter. Their members have had a better year with nearly half showing a 10 percent increase in business.

Hallelujah!!!!

Just in time for the holiday buying season. (And it’s expected to get coooooooold up in the Northeast and the northern Midwest, in case you haven’t seen, it started snowing in Michigan already last Friday.)

Along with the uptick in consumer confidence for spending on technology, confidence IN technology also rose almost 5 points.

“This month’s measure of sentiment is at levels typically only seen during the height of the holiday buying season, an indication that consumers are likely to buy and spend more on tech in the weeks ahead,” said Shawn DuBravac, CEA’s Chief Economist and Senior Director of Research.  “There were several key high-tech product announcements this month which served as an important catalyst for tech buying heading into the fourth quarter and the holiday shopping season.”

Read full coverage on the consumer confidence explosion from CE Outlook below:

Even for Car Audio, High Consumer Confidence Could Mean Upbeat Christmas

The iPhone 4S.
Credit: Wikipedia.

The future of mobile technology could very well end up being contained in your car. The only problem is, are you not shopping for a new car anytime soon? Do you still want some of that same mobile technology in your current car?

Well, if you’re in that particular situation you may be especially excited about this new innovation!

Intraphex, formerly Directus, is launching a car kit that will allow you to mirror your iPhone apps on a vehicle’s video screen. The company has developed proprietary technology separate from that in MirrorLink for its S.I.D. (Smartphone Integration Device). Kids can just plug in their iPhones and play the games from their phone on the screen in the back of the car!

“Mom can send videos to the back seat and you are not limited to specific apps. For every app, you see the same interface on the scree,” Intraphex CTO Don Zaeny told CE Outlook.

Sounds cool, huh!

It should retail for $499 and will include the interface, wiring harness and HDMI cable. It will not, however, allow you to control the apps via your car’s touchscreen.

So if you’re not looking to purchase a brand new car for the mobile technology — you may want to consider one of these car device Mirrors!

Click below to read more about the app mirror from CE Outlook:

Car Device Mirrors All Apps