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(Укр) Все про витрати пального для автомобілів та спецтехніки

(Укр) Все про витрати пального для автомобілів та спецтехніки

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Volkswagen test  Autonomous Parking System

Volkswagen test Autonomous Parking System

Automakers are fond of experimenting with self-parking cars, but VW intends to make it a practical reality. It’s promising that vehicles in the company group (which includes brands like Audi, Bentley, Porsche and Lamborghini) will start including autonomous parking as of 2020. The system will only be available in “selected” parking garages at first, but it relies on pictorial guiding markers that are theoretically usable in any garage.

The system will arrive in two phases. At first, cars with autonomous parking will be guided to a separate area so they don’t have to deal with the unpredictability of human drivers. Later, VW is promising to enable “mixed” parking where autonomous and piloted cars share the same areas. And yes, the company ultimately wants support in outdoor parking lots.

It’s not certain just which cars get first dibs, but any model with driverless parking will have an “active surroundings recognition system” that can include cameras, radar and ultrasound. We wouldn’t be surprised if this arrives in luxury brands first due to costs, but it’s more likely a question of when the features reach more affordable brands than “if.”

In a sense, this is what you can expect for self-driving features in the near term. Full autonomy might be several years away for VW and numerous other brands, but you don’t need that for parking. You’re not on public streets, and the vehicle only has to deal with a limited set of challenges in ideal conditions (there’s no snow or rain inside, after all). And for many drivers, that might be enough. The pressing concern isn’t so much relinquishing complete control as it is eliminating the more painful aspects of driving, and that includes hunting for free parking spaces. Instead of roaming around a garage for minutes on end, you could leave your car at the entrance and focus on reaching your actual destination.

Read more: https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/16/vw-autonomous-parking-in-cars-by-2020/

Smart Jewelry Bracelet could call for help when you're attacked

Smart Jewelry Bracelet could call for help when you’re attacked

Currently in prototype form, the bracelet was created by Jayun Patel, a master’s student and graduate research assistant in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s SECuRE and Trustworthy computing Lab (SECRETLab). It incorporates an Adafruit Circuit Playground, which is a microcontroller equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, temperature and pressure sensors, GPS and microphones.

“The sensors allow the bracelet to collect user activity and vital signs continuously,” says Patel. “It can also determine the orientation of the user, for example, whether they are standing or lying down. A machine learning algorithm detects and differentiates the user’s regular movement and unexpected and sudden movements that can be indicative of an assault.”

When such unexpected movements are detected, the bracelet emits a loud beeping sound and begins flashing its red LEDs, in order to alert passers-by. It also connects to the wearer’s smartphone via Bluetooth, then sends a message to the police and to pre-selected people on the user’s contacts list – that message includes the user’s present GPS coordinates.

The prototype cost just US$40 to make, and could likely be mass-produced for much less. Patel is now looking at adapting the technology to other wearable items, such as earrings or shoes, that could send an alert when elderly or disabled wearers fall down.

Read more: https://newatlas.com/smart-jewelry-bracelet/54192/

(Укр) Ще раз про GPS-контроль витрат пального

(Укр) Ще раз про GPS-контроль витрат пального

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(Укр) Технічна команда FreeTrack вкотре доводить високий професіоналізм

(Укр) Технічна команда FreeTrack вкотре доводить високий професіоналізм

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(Укр) Всі нові авто в ЄС мають бути обладнані системою eCall

(Укр) Всі нові авто в ЄС мають бути обладнані системою eCall

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(Укр) Відеоогляд обладнання для GPS-моніторингу транспорту

(Укр) Відеоогляд обладнання для GPS-моніторингу транспорту

General Motors is ready to mass-produce self-driving cars

General Motors is ready to mass-produce self-driving cars

General Motors announced today that it would spend $100 million to begin making production versions of its self-driving electric Chevy Bolts at two of its manufacturing facilities in Michigan. The cars, which GM dubs the “Cruise AV,” will be the automaker’s first production-ready vehicle built from the ground up to operate with no steering wheel, pedals, or manual controls.

The vehicles will be produced at GM’s Orion Township assembly plant, while the rooftop sensors that allow the car to “see” its surroundings will be manufactured at its Brownstown plant. GM says it will invest more than $100 million to upgrade both facilities. Roof module production has already begun and production of the fourth generation Cruise AV is expected to begin in 2019.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/15/17124428/gm-self-driving-car-production-100-million

(Укр) GPS-ТРЕКЕР ДЛЯ АВТОМОБІЛЯ: НЕОБХІДНІСТЬ ЧИ РОЗКІШ?

(Укр) GPS-ТРЕКЕР ДЛЯ АВТОМОБІЛЯ: НЕОБХІДНІСТЬ ЧИ РОЗКІШ?

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Which navigation app is exectly: Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze?

Which navigation app is exectly: Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze?

In early 2017, a conversation with yet another Waze fanboy finally nudged me to start a navigation app experiment. I was skeptical that the Alphabet owned company could meaningfully best its parent’s home grown Google Maps,” Artur Grabowski writes for Arturrr. “I was also curious whether Apple Maps had discovered competence since its iOS 6 release.”

“I thus set out to answer three questions: Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time? How does each app over/underestimate travel times? Which navigation app actually gets you to your destination most quickly?” Grabowski writes. “This exercise lasted the majority of 2017 and led me to dread almost any car trip due to the self imposed data gathering tasks that came with it. Nonetheless, my wife and I persevered, and I hope this data serves the community well.”

“Relative to Google Maps, Apple Maps estimated trip times were on average 8% longer (i.e worse) and Waze estimates are 3% shorter (i.e. better),” Grabowski writes. “Using Apple Maps, I on average arrived 1% faster than initially estimated, versus 2% slower with Google Maps and 11% slower with Waze. In other words, Apple sandbags its estimates so that users on average arrive at the predicted time or slightly sooner. Google and Waze are overly optimistic in their predictions and thus their users arrive later than expected.”

“If you want to get to your destination most quickly, use Google Maps,” Grabowski writes. “If you want an accurate prediction from your navigation app to help you arrive at your destination on time, use Apple Maps. If thinking you’ll get to your destination quickly helps to ease your commuter anxiety, use Waze.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5420235/Study-finds-Google-Maps-fastest-GPS-service.html