Automatic Trip Tracker Web Dashboard

Automatic trip tracker adds Web Dashboard for easier trip sorting, exporting

By on September 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Automatic trip tracker adds Web Dashboard for easier trip sorting, exporting

We’re pretty big fans of Automatic’s savvy trip tracker ‘round these parts, but one of our primary gripes when reviewing it late last year was the dearth of accessible data. For those just catching up, Automatic plugs into your vehicle’s OBD-II port — a port that you may not even be aware of unless you’re mechanically inclined. From there, it syncs with your iPhone or Android handset via Bluetooth each time you take a trip, collecting data on mileage, fuel economy, hard braking, etc. It gathers oodles of useful information, but didn’t really go so far as to make a ton of it available to the motorist.

That’s changing somewhat with today’s introduction of Web Dashboard. More →

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Google Self-Driving Car Issues

Here’s why you’re not behind the wheel of Google’s self-driving car

By on August 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Here’s why you’re not behind the wheel of Google’s self-driving car

It was inevitable that Google would have to overcome a few obstacles to make its self-driving car a reality. Despite months of successful tests, government officials and the general public are still concerned about the safety risks posed by a vehicle without any manual override. As The Wall Street Journal reports, if Google wants to continue to test its cars on public roads in California, the company is going to have to abide by a new set of rules starting on September 16th. The new rules will require Google to give drivers the ability to take “immediate physical control” of the vehicle if necessary. More →

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World's Best Motorcycle Videos

Watch this motorcyclist crash into the back of a car then miraculously land on its roof feet first

By on August 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Watch this motorcyclist crash into the back of a car then miraculously land on its roof feet first

While we’ve been wowed all year by various GoPro videos that give us a first-person perspective of incredibly crazy situations and stunts, there are times when showing something from a third-person perspective is really the only way to do it justice. That’s definitely the case with a new video that’s popped up on LiveLeak that shows a motorcyclist who survives crashing into the back of a car in a miraculous way. More →

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Lyft Vs. Uber Driver

Lyft: Uber employees have sent us over 5,000 ride requests that they’ve canceled at the last minute

By on August 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Lyft: Uber employees have sent us over 5,000 ride requests that they’ve canceled at the last minute

Unsurprisingly, the battle between Lyft and Uber has spawned a host of dirty tricks. CNN reports that Lyft claims to have received more than 5,000 fake driver requests from Uber employees, who then subsequently cancel their requests just to make life more difficult for Lyft employees. In fact, Lyft claims that one would-be passenger has used his phone number to set up 22 different accounts that he’s used to singlehandedly order and cancel more than 1,800 rides. More →

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Tesla Model X Model 3

Apple is no longer Apple – but Tesla is

By on August 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM.

Apple is no longer Apple – but Tesla is

This is the state of the smartphone/tablet market: Investors were overjoyed when Apple delivered 4.6% revenue growth in the spring quarter. And the hottest product of the year in the mobile device industry is going to be iPhone 6 because it finally is an iPhone with a screen size larger than 4 inches. More →

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Google Street View Driver

Google Street View driver crashes after having an Apple Maps moment

By on August 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Google Street View driver crashes after having an Apple Maps moment

Everyone seems to be fascinated by the idea of seeing a Google Street View car in person, but what if the car was hurtling straight toward you on a one-way street? According to The Smoking Gun, that’s exactly what happened in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Street View driver caused a T-bone collision when he realized he had turned in the wrong direction and made a U-turn going the wrong way on a one-way street. More →

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Google Self-Driving Cars Security Risks

FBI: Google’s self-driving cars may become ‘game-changing lethal weapons’

By on July 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

FBI: Google’s self-driving cars may become ‘game-changing lethal weapons’

Self-driving cars, such as Google’s experimental vehicles, will be available to buyers in coming years, but the FBI is not particularly thrilled about their arrival, The Guardian has learned from a restricted report obtained under a public records requests. More →

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Apple CarPlay 24 Million Cars

Apple is about to invade our cars in a big way

By on July 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Apple is about to invade our cars in a big way

A technological revolution is about to take place within the automotive industry and Apple could be leading the charge. ABI Research published a report on Wednesday predicting that over 24 million cars will be fitted with Apple’s CarPlay by 2019. When Apple launched CarPlay earlier this year, only select Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo models were compatible with the software, but dozens of other manufacturers have signed on to include CarPlay functionality in the future, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Toyota and Nissan. More →

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Uber Vs. Lyft New York

Uber and Lyft appear poised to destroy New York’s iconic taxi industry

By on July 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Uber and Lyft appear poised to destroy New York’s iconic taxi industry

Are there more empty taxis than usual rolling around Manhattan today? It seems that way — and it would be no wonder, because the New York transportation system is going through its biggest upheaval since 1900. And as you may have guessed, one of the world’s hottest mobile apps is the new omen of turmoil in 2014. More →

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Madrid Smart Parking Meters

People who drive SUVs are going to absolutely hate these new smart parking meters

By on July 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

People who drive SUVs are going to absolutely hate these new smart parking meters

Are you still driving a ridiculously large Humvee that gets somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 miles per gallon? If so then you’re going to absolutely hate the new smart parking meters that have been unveiled in Madrid that charge you more money if you drive a big gas guzzler.  More →

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Android Auto

Google reveals plans to bring Android to your car with Android Auto

By on June 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM.

Google reveals plans to bring Android to your car with Android Auto

Google’s 2014 I/O keynote has been packed full of action so far, and the fun continued as Google revealed plans to bring Android software and the related experiences to your car with its new “Android Auto” initiative. The software will focus on music, navigation and other applications that users need while driving. It is also fully voice enabled, so drivers never have to divert their attention from the road. More →

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Cruise Automation Driverless Car

Startup takes on Google with $10,000 accessory that could turn your car into a driverless car

By on June 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Startup takes on Google with $10,000 accessory that could turn your car into a driverless car

News of Google’s work on driverless cars certainly finds its way into the media more often than news covering other companies in the space, but that hardly means Google is the only company making exciting progress. While Google is hard at work producing its own autonomous vehicles, San Francisco-based startup Cruise Automation is taking a different approach to tackling the same market. Instead of developing its own vehicles, the company has created a $10,000 accessory that may someday be able to be retrofitted to any car to turn it into a driverless car. More →

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