Automatic Launched Smart Driving Assistant— The San Francisco-based company Automatic launched its Automatic App
Gallery, an app store and an open development platform for car apps. By pairing
Automatic's connected car adapter and apps for iPhone, Android, and the web,
Automatic claims that they can turn almost any car into a connected car.
The Automatic App Gallery features over 20 third-party apps, and
the Automatic car adapter enables third-party Bluetooth streaming apps that display
data from the car's on-board computer in real time. The Automatic Developer
Platform makes it easy for developers to build and distribute car apps powered
by the data available in cars. Therefore, Automatic becomes a Smart Driving Assistant
that can save the driver money on gas, diagnose engine trouble, detect
accidents, and send emergency responses.
Real-Time Data from Connected Vehicles to Report Road Conditions
and Alert Others— Even with recent innovations in
steering, traction, and braking systems, drivers still regularly face dangerous
weather-related road conditions. INRIX has now announced INRIX Road Weather,
which provides critical information on road conditions, including updated
alerts every 15 min. Unlike traditional weather services, INRIX Road Weather
provides information on the roads themselves, including the type of
precipitation, surface conditions, and visibility, among others. It is the
first system to use real-time data from connected vehicles to report road
conditions and alert other drivers of potentially dangerous situations. The
road condition information collected by INRIX is analyzed and transmitted to
other vehicles and mobile applications giving drivers important and timely
information on whether they should adjust their route or driving behavior well
ahead of the problem. INRIX Road Weather can also help public transportation
and road maintenance agencies to be more efficient when applying resources. In addition,
it can assist emergency service personnel to manage traffic flow before an
accident occurs. Road Weather is available to automotive and enterprise
customers in North America and Europe.
Read the full article in IEEE Vehicular Technology
Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4, December 2015.