Car dashboards that act like smart phones raise safety issues

They insist the new screens will make driving less dangerous, because of well-integrated voice controls and large touch screens that will keep drivers from fumbling with more dangerous mobile phones.


It’s hard to have both safety and convenience with digital content on large or small screens in the car, but I’ll still argue that a well designed UI is the key. Also self driving cars will help “when” they get here.

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Security in the open automotive aligns with the thinking that you cannot lock down a car perfectly today, so collaborate to find a scalable answer.

Tesla sends autopilot software to selected Model S drivers

Tesla has been clear that it’s not ready to let the cars take over all of the driving decisions just yet. To engage the autopassing function, for example, drivers will need to manually use the turn signal.


The hardware must have been there all along, it’s amazing how much different Musk thinks than a regular car company. Others would not put a penny worth of extra electronics without charging the customer or the feature, let alone send software down to activate it without a visit to the dealership.

M is for Marshmallow: Google names its next Android update – CNET

The search giant unveils the name of its next update for smartphones and tablets. Some key features include a new mobile payments system and some tricks for the company’s digital assistant, Google Now.


Is this the one that includes a full IVI implementation similar to QNX, MS-Auto, or Linux (GENIVI)? I’ve not heard yet, but rumors always abound and Android Auto is already moving into production cars so we wonder if this is the next step.

Vinli Wants To Turn Old Cars Into Connected Cars

While Haidar would like to see Vinli integrated in new cars before they hit the market, he is still bullish about value of an aftermarket product — particularly in the face of a new Department of Transportation regulatory framework that would require automakers to build vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities into all new cars.


I suppose once DOT wireless standards (5.9Ghz DSRC) settle down, Vinli could go out and enable the aftermarket. Now that would make a big difference in safety if more than a few thousand new cars had the tech.