Comma One Opts Out Following NHTSA Demands

Famous hacker and entrepreneur George "GeoHotz" Hotz has taken his high-tech artificial intelligence startup on quite a roller coaster ride over the past couple of months. Less than two months ago, the technology guru announced that his manufacturing company, Comma.ai, would begin shipping autonomous driving hardware and software branded as Comma One before the end of the year. With an affordable $999 unit cost and a $24 a month subscription, car owners could convert their existing ride into an auto-assisted vehicle. Not intended to be a fully self driving car, the add-on product would be similar in function to Tesla's Autopilot that has been under lots of scrutiny following recent system failures. By capturing and interpreting video lots of video data, Hotz's device would allow...

October 31, 2016
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How Cybersecurity Effects Your Car

Computers have become more integrated with our driving experience, especially over the past few years. Today's new vehicles use integrated technology as a primary selling point. From Bluetooth syncing to your smartphone to the entire car being a WiFi hotspot, it seems that today's consumer wants as much tech as possible inside their vehicle. With this trend, however, comes the very real threat of cyber security. The online community was shocked earlier this year when videos began to surface of hackers commandeering the driving controls of cars and trucks. While these tests were performed to show the real threat of computer / vehicle integration, they definitely raised more than a few eyebrows among new car buyers. While broad-scale attacks have yet to happen, most experts agree it is...

October 31, 2016
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Self Driving Cars to Change the Municipal Landscape

With self-driving cars expected in the near future, some city officials are already searching for answers to issues regarding the management of their municipal infrastructures. The question that seems to be on the tip of many city officials tongue is whether autonomous vehicles will be the perfect complement to their city's existing public transportation systems or a serious threat to their municipal investments. Will driverless cars reduce commuter the use of bus and rail systems? Will these autonomous means of transportation wipe out or increase the growth of suburban carpools? According to a recent article published by Car and Driver, Bloomberg's philanthropic arm and the nonprofit Aspen Institute have joined forces in an effort to bring automakers, technology leaders and city...

October 31, 2016
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New Nissan Rogue Gets an Out of This World Launch

Japanese automaker Nissan created the Rogue to be a fuel-friendly sibling of the company's Murano SUV crossover. Since the vehicle's debut in October of 2007, the entry-level SUV has caught the attention of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for excellence in safety by consistently garnering 4 to 5-star reviews and vehicle safety awards in numerous categories. With a facelift for 2017, Nissan marketing executives are preparing for an out-of-this world ad campaign linking the vehicle to the latest Stars Wars movie, Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story, which debuts in December of this year. So, how did the automotive giant create the segue from being a greener version of Nissan's most popular family vehicle to doing battle with elephant walkers and U-wing...

October 31, 2016
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Object Detection Bugs Falcon Wing Door Design

When Elon Musk debuted the crossover Tesla Model X the most prominent feature was the signature Falcon Wing doors. The doors were designed similarly to gull wing doors with the exception of an added hinge in the middle, making the doors move up more than out. While this looked impressive during the demonstration, owners of the Model X haven't been as thrilled with the feature. Tesla recently made an update to the software controlling the doors to address a problem of "false positives" in identifying if an object was blocking the door. This "fix" has caused an additional problem, which could lead to serious injury. A YouTube video recently posted by MEtv Product Reviews showed the newly updated doors slicing a cucumber in half. When a larger vegetable was used the door took several...

October 17, 2016
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The Dangers of Vaping Behind the Wheel

The use of e-cigarettes has become extremely popular in 2016. Many former smokers have used the product as a tool to quick cigarettes while others are enthusiasts who have taken up vaping as their first introduction to nicotine. While there is still plenty of debate about the health implications when compared to smoking, it appears that vaping will only continue to grow in popularity. When you're on the road, however, it may not be the best time to take a puff. Many novices to the practice reduce their visibility by vaping with the windows closed or blowing their vapor directly in front of them, blocking their view for a few moments. This can be very hazardous, especially when on the freeway. Also, the mix of e-juice (the liquid found in e-cigarettes) also plays a part. Juice with a...

October 13, 2016
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