Thursday, March 7, 2013

Are dangerous connected cars or a security feature?

Are dangerous connected cars or a security feature?
Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau - 1 day

When 18 year old Aaron Deveau last year sentenced vehicle for murder, the Massachusetts became jury to send a message to young drivers about the dangers of SMS at the wheel. It is not clear, the over, but receives.

According to new data from the Governors Highway Safety Association there was a 19% increase in the number of deaths at young teen in the first half of 2012 drivers and distracted driving a large part of the blame is contagious. It is of course limited, no problem for young drivers. Ray LaHood, which outgoing U.S. Transport Minister, has warned of an "epidemic" distracted, drive the various groups for more than 16% of all U.S. highway fatalities have held responsible.

So, why federal authorities with the automotive industry put even more electronics in cars, trucks and crossovers, which probably will buy you in the coming years? There is little doubt that drivers want more connections, despite the disturbing traffic statistics. But many experts betting that so-called connected car technologies can be used to reduce accidents, injuries and deaths on America's roads to work.

During a mobile Conference in Spain earlier this week announced General Motors to equip 'most' of vehicles, that it is in the United States with 4 g broadband functions from 2014-Avanti sold.

Among other things, passengers are can to open up that can handle up to eight different phones, table and laptop computers and other devices in an integrated WiFi hotspot.

"In addition to", so that consumers install and connect to personal mobile devices, the vehicle will also enable its own mobile device as an embedded vehicle functions, Mary says Chan, President, global connected consumer, General Motors.

There are the obvious choices to the integrated infotainment systems that allow passengers stream music or movies, for example. But there are additional safety and the manufacturer promised security services that can perform groundbreaking GM OnStar service to another level. Launched in 1995, a motorist can already in open the vehicle doors if the keys are locked inside. And the system can automatically call for help when the vehicle is in an accident is involved.

GM CEO Dan Akerson hopes, the number of trips that a motorist might require a dealer that performance monitor a vehicle with the partnership with AT & T from afar and update if necessary of its onboard software, when you say, the engine runs at the height, is not to reduce.

This is only the beginning, beat connected car advocates. More complex systems highway fatalities by more than two thirds of the nation according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reduced.

A consortium of automakers and suppliers, working with the U.S. Department of transportation and the University of Michigan, has begun to test different systems, speak the tomorrow's car to a roadside communications infrastructure - and even to other cars on the road could provide.

The one-year project can warn motorists about traffic or weather problems. It can also a warning to the vehicles another car - say approach to a junction, a teenager lead distracted during SMS - a red light will Flash be possible.

"The future is connected to vehicle-vehicle communication," Scott Belcher, President of the intelligent transportation society of America, which adds "Technology changes the way we operate," said a vehicle.

How far the technology could lead us through the State of Nevada last year signalled if it allowed special licensing for autonomous or self-driving cars. While Google and other advocates of what is possible with advanced cameras show, is radar and laser sensors, so that vehicles with each other talk may be essential to achieve autonomous driving advocates its ambitious targets.

"Such technology a few years ago seemed a dream and is now more and more plausible, says Mark Templin, President of Lexus at Toyota, which has been involved in a series of connected car programs in the United States and Japan.

The proponents of the connected car technologies are currently involved in a debate pitting NHTSA against the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC recently approved the use of new WiFi systems in a range of the radio band, supporters hoped had reserved exclusively for connected vehicle systems vehicle safety was going to be.

But few believe that this a fatal setback. There are other options, as shown in GM Alliance with AT & T. Audi has broadband in some of its products, and Chrysler will follow soon.

While drivers will appreciate clearly the possible security, decision makers use to hope on the additional costs with the same kind of benefits selling smartphone apps that they now offer.

"What is when you have been warned, if you in the car, which got needed an oil change, tells where you could get (half) on the way home, reserve it and you've also got a coupon?" asks Joel Kremke, senior Vice President at the information service company Covisint, which with the automotive industry on works associated with car technology.

Kremke believes there is a "cultural shift", as much as a technological underway and argues that in the not-too-distant future, drivers find it, as it now without their smartphones for many Americans has become so hard life to live connected car without.

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