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Could An Ignition-Activated 'Car Mode' Keep Drivers From Texting? - Gizmodo Australia

Could An Ignition-Activated 'Car Mode' Keep Drivers From Texting? - Gizmodo Australia | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Could An Ignition-Activated 'Car Mode' Keep Drivers From Texting?
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Would you pay for this? I'm not sure I'd like an app that would stop me using my mobile as a passenger.

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Location is Everywhere, How is it Changing our Lives? It affects everything in our daily lives. How do we manage it to live, work and play smarter?
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Cars Are Not Driving Away Any Time Soon

Cars Are Not Driving Away Any Time Soon | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
I've been reading a book called 'Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do' by Tom Vanderbilt, which resonates very well with me. Now I'm no petrol head, but I still like driving my car and it is still m...
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It only takes a little pain to have people hop in their cars. A wet day, having to stand on a bus, or having to stand on the side of the road and watch the bus go by. Driving is part of our culture. We are how we move. Even in cities where driving is impractical, like Tokyo, I have friends who still own a car, almost a status symbol because of the costs of even parking your car. They go driving in the weekend and enjoy the countryside.

The most popular and profitable radio time, even today when so many people are connected to their smartphones for entertainment, is drive-time. Of course this is also when we get our critical traffic reports.

We don't even want to get out of our cars. An estimated 22% of ALL restaurant meals in America are ordered through the window of a car.

I really like the footer, that a pedestrian is someone who has just parked their car.

Just last night I was reading in the news that sales of new passenger cars in New Zealand have gone up in the first months of this year by 3.6% breaking a 26 year record. Sales of commercial vehicles for the first four months in this country are up 14% on the same period last year.

Still think more people are ditching their cars?

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Uber and Lyft Are Cannibalizing Transit in Major American Cities

Uber and Lyft Are Cannibalizing Transit in Major American Cities | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Connecting people to information about how to improve walking, biking, and transit
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A survey of people in 7 cities around the US suggests that rather than reducing traffic congestion, rideshare services may be increasing traffic. 

Varying by city, respondents say that between 49% and 61% of people regularly using ride hailing services would previously have used public transport, walked or cycled. In some cases they wouldn't have made the trip at all, such as going out for drinks.
This can result in cannibalisation of public transit systems and whilst car ownership may be going down, the numbers of vehicles on the road might not. 

The research cites many reasons why people prefer not to use public transport including safety, not enough stops, not enough frequency, slow service and ironically full buses are amongst the reasons people prefer to use services like Uber and Lyft.

This risks creating a spiral where public transport services are reduced as they become less economic to run. 

Conclusions from the story "If cities and transit agencies don’t take action to improve the quality of bus and rail service, Uber and Lyft can end up doing more harm than good, clogging streets and cannibalizing transit."
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High-Performance Autonomous Vehicles | Robohub

High-Performance Autonomous Vehicles | Robohub | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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Imagine going to a car race and none of the cars have drivers, or some of them do and some don't. I enjoyed watching the Bathurst 1000 V8's racing on TV last night and it was 99% about the drivers and their team.

There were many risks taken and lots of communication between drivers. This again raises the issue of how a driverless car can communicate with other vehicles, particularly those driven by humans and also other road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

I suspect that one day there will be races between different brands of driverless vehicle, for bragging rights and to develop safety systems. It will be interesting to see how they go if the different brands don't have common V2V communications.

I have to say I'd be weary about autonomous cars vs driven cars on the same race and track, but just like Big Blue, I'm sure plenty of top drivers would like to be able to prove they can race better than a computer. Will it be a one horse race, or will their be competition? 
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Self-driving cars, talking bins and a mag-lev train: What Sydney's streets will look like in 2037

Self-driving cars, talking bins and a mag-lev train: What Sydney's streets will look like in 2037 | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A virtual reality vision of the future city has been launched as part of the four-day International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Sydney.
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Great to see discussions like this taking place that are more people focused than the bits and bytes from IBM, Microsoft and others trying to sell us solutions to problems they think we will have. I'm not saying that their systems won't be fit for purpose, but as we say in my business. It's the people. It's the people. It's the people.
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Israel opens highway for autonomous cars - Globes English

Israel opens highway for autonomous cars - Globes English | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Five companies are trying out self-driving car technologies on a stretch of Road 531 near Herzliya.
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This is smart on the part of Israel and also excellent for the world when it comes to providing a test bed for cybersecurity of autonomous cars. It makes sense from a country where security is paramount, given that for them it is a 24/7 national issue.

There's no secret that autonomous devices from robots to vehicles will play a significant role in the defense industry already and we have always received civilian benefits of sorts from the military environment.

For example, I was in Wellington a couple of years ago when they brought out a robot bomb disposal unit to investigate and make safe a suspicious package that was discovered on a busy city street. They didn't have to risk a human being to go and discover and disable it. That is straight from the military to civvie street.

We frequently hear of military planes and ships' navigation systems being hacked, so you can be sure that military technology suppliers as much as DARPA and other agencies are flat out trying to protect their assets. 

If it's possible to hack a precision flying machine, or confuse a huge ship into thinking it is somewhere it isn't, or disable its ability to sense other craft nearby, then surely it's possible to confuse the computers in a driverless car, even more so if we have a proliferation of cars of one brand or a unified system, designed so that all civilian vehicles use V2V communications, making it potentially possible to interfere with multiple vehicles concurrently.

When I first moved into my current house, sometimes I'd come home and my remote controlled garage door would be up. We worked out that there must be one of the same common make and model nearby so we changed the channel of the remote control communications and it stopped happening.

We see it in the movies and why wouldn't criminals or hostile nations jump on the potential to hack vehicles. While most companies are focusing on the need to keep driverless vehicles behaving correctly and interacting with each other on the road as well as being aware of pedestrians, cyclists and other random occurrences, including everything from the consequences of weather storms,ambient lighting through to wandering stock, it is great to see one of the companies in Israel working on cybersecurity. Once again we may see our safety enhanced from an industry and country based on defence technology.
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Autonomous cars from GM’s Cruise Automation involved in six auto crashes - TelematicsWire

Autonomous cars from GM’s Cruise Automation involved in six auto crashes - TelematicsWire | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
During the last month, autonomous cars from GM's Cruise Automation were involved in 6 auto crashes w
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The question they don't answer is could a human driver have avoided these crashes? If yes, we have a problem, but we need the full story. 
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10 Things You Need to Stop Doing on the Road

10 Things You Need to Stop Doing on the Road | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
What causes car accidents?
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Pretty obvious right? And yet, we see some or most of these every day. I recently purchased and installed a dash cam in my car and it has made me even more aware of what's going on around me. On my drive home from the airport last night I saw at least half of these things happening around me. They were recorded in video. 

I have been tempted to publish some of the things I see, but it's not my job to name and shame, or is it? As citizens, when we see people running red lights, speeding through tunnels, texting and driving, swerving to change lanes without checking to see if there is a car already occupying it. If I see someone who is drunk or driving dangerously I call the motorway police and report them if I think they are a genuine risk to myself and fellow motorists. The rest of the time I don't. I'd be at it non stop.

Here's my question. If you see someone doing something dangerous, do you report them or just ignore them? I try to resist giving them a gesture or aggravating them at the time, the last thing I want is to be the victim of someone's road rage, but why shouldn't we as citizens stand up and say something? 

What do you think? If you have video evidence, say with from a dashcam, is it wrong to publish the behaviour on social media? Do people have a legitimate right to break the law and put other people's lives and safety at risk? 

Should we as fellow citizens put up with it or do something about it? 

Do you know anyone who has been the victim of a distracted driver? Have you ever been that person? How do we reduce that statistic that says distracted driving is in the top 2 causes of motor vehicle accidents? If they are caused by willful negligence, do we even call them accidents?
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Tfl plans to make £322m by collecting data from passengers' mobiles via Tube Wi-Fi

Transport for London says it collects Wi-Fi connectivity data to "better understand journey patterns and improve services".
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This is fascinating. I can see the benefits that can be provided to Transport for London in knowing the origin destination of their customers in order to optimise their services, that makes total sense. 

If they then want to make a tidy US$427,500,000, yep that's million dollars a year (this is just one city remember) by selling location based data to advertisers for the good of the customers, there ought to be some pretty good payback to the customer. 

When I use social media like Twitter and Facebook, or Google for browsing, webmail and my mobile OS, I trade my information for services. I think it's a fair trade. They know a lot about me and will continue to learn more through deep learning and provide me with information that is useful for me, like I need to leave in 5 minutes to get to my next appointment which is downstairs in the cafe below my office.

Now there's the elephant of privacy. You see, in theory they don't know me, they know the MAC Address on my phone and my WiFi IP address and if I use their app, which I probably would, they also have access to my location data. They say the location information is only through WiFi but I'm sure they will want more information than my proximity to an access point on a train. If I use their mobile app, they will have that data can know everything about me should they choose to use it. Not just when I am on a train, which was the starting point and especially with the money carrot in the offering.

Taking my phone that can see what MAC Addresses are near me when I am on in the station, on the train and in the office, they can see where I work and who I associate with. They can see where I live and who lives in close proximity to me, like my wife and children. 

Google knows what I buy online because I get bombarded with ads and links to products like Smart Watches or books about quarks ironically usually after I have bought them and am no longer looking, but they know. 

Now these organisations don't want to know about me personally, they want to fit me into a tribe. They want to know my demographic. Do I work or study, do I eat out, do I like to shop, what sort of shops,do I like sport, shows, going to restaurants, am I male or female, age group, approximate income? Where do I live in relation to their transport network?

All of these questions can help a transport provider identify what mobility services I might value. It would be great to include in marketing campaigns such as great offers for off-peak travel on public transport, with that sort of money they could start with deals on city owned attractions, offers to tourists, seniors and children. 

The big money according to this story is in selling the data. Why not do it? The Telco's do it, social media does it. There are countless organisations doing it, mostly without informed consent. It's legal, I received a notification just the other day from Twitter saying that they had updated their Terms of Service. I followed the link and there they were. Did I read them? No, but Twitter has evidence that my account viewed them.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against this as long as my identity is protected. I'm a law abiding system in a benevolent democracy and feel safe where I live. I appreciate the quid pro quo that comes with sharing some of my data in return for benefits. 

So the good news is that Transport for London reinvests all of its profits and the data about its customers is worth gold. Next they will get similar data if they don't have it already from people who travel outside of public transport and they will have a full picture of urban transport demand and much more. There will be rewards for customers whose transport choices benefit the wider network and community. 

This will enable effective development of future systems like MaaS and that should reduce the cost of living, working and doing business in London. Great outcome. 

Just make sure that the data about individuals can't be abused. The problem with being a data guardian is you can protect it and use it for the purpose it was intended. When you sell it, it becomes someone else's data. 

If you think I'm off the mark, read this article about Ancestry.com. Did you ever think you would check out your DNA ancestry? Guess what? The user license says that once you give it to them, they jointly own your DNA rights forever. http://bit.ly/2wfdyx8 ;

Take a ride on that.
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New car chase technology sticks dart on suspect's vehicle

New car chase technology sticks dart on suspect's vehicle | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The Lucas County Sheriff's Department used the device for the first time Monday when a man pulled a gun on an officer.
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This is great technology. The only thing wrong with the story is that it isn't new tech although this may be a new version. Police departments around the US have been using this for a few years.

The number of fatal or serious injury crashes that occur even after Police give up the chase for the safety of others is very high and the ability to safely track a vehicle that doesn't want to stop, from a less threatening distance, or the ability to locate it at all is well worth the investment. 
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Free Uber Rides Home for San Diegans in a Bind: SANDAG

Free Uber Rides Home for San Diegans in a Bind: SANDAG | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
San Diegans can get a free Uber ride home whenever they find themselves stranded with the launch of a new partnership, according to the region's public transportation agency.
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This seems more like the sort of behaviour that can win customers and with public transport providers. t's a much better idea to collaborate with authorities and make both parties look good than to take an arrogant stance of 'we are here now, get over it.' Nice one Uber. 
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Orihuela Costa Police make 4 arrests via GPS following violent robbery in La Florida - The Leader Newspaper

Orihuela Costa Police make 4 arrests via GPS following violent robbery in La Florida - The Leader Newspaper | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Local Police from Orihuela Costa used GPS last week to arrest 4 men following a violent attack in the Urbanisation de la Florida. The 4 men had earlier broken into a house on the urbanisation after forcing the door.   After accessing the property they stole several mobile phones, watches and about 100 euros in cash. …
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I love these stories, but you know that already if you follow my blogs. It's a good reminder to make sure you have 'track my phone' or similar running on your mobile.

In this case these crooks actually smashed the glass on the phones but didn't think about the GPS happily saying "Here I am" to the owner and the police.They thought they had stopped the phones from working.

They were caught hiding in the bushes only 200 meters away when the owner activated Where's My Phone on his tablet, so it didn't take these lowlifes long to get caught. 

If you haven't got your phone's location tracking like "Find My iPhone" set up, then do it today. Here's how:

You can download Find my iPhone for free here: http://apple.co/2xx5oDA. Not only can you locate it on a map, you can lock it remotely, put a message on the lock screen in case you misplaced it, left it in a taxi or on a bus. You can get driving directions to where it is and also erase it's memory, so that if you use Apple Wallet or have other private information on it, people can't access your information or apps..

Your Android comes with similar features. Mine has Where's My Android as a standard feature and it does similar things including being able to make it ring for 5 minutes even if the sound is turned off. Find out more http://bit.ly/1MIdn2X

So now you have no excuse, it will take you 5 minutes to install and give yourself some piece of mind. Whether you lose your phone or it is stolen, you can find it in an instant. 

The great thing with stories like these is they usually find a treasure trove of stolen items in the homes of these crooks, so stealing your phone could be one of the dumbest things they could do. Fortunately you read my blogs and they don't:)

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Target Rolls Out "Shopping Cart GPS" | PYMNTS.com

Target Rolls Out "Shopping Cart GPS" | PYMNTS.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Target has rolled out a new and improved indoor mapping function available through its Target app, and powered by Bluetooth beacon technology.
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I've used grocery apps that tell you where to find a product in the store, but not one that knows where I am and can guide me like a car GPS to the product I want.

There is a logic to supermarket shelf management, but it's not always logical to the customer and it's not unusual for many people to walk up and down aisles several times in search of that elusive item. In fact many grocers like that because it exposes customers to more products that they might not otherwise have purchased. 

Of course that does mean customers are getting more exercise as the steps are counted on their fitness watches, but that's not necessarily the point. 

The app is for indoors and obviously doesn't use GPS, it uses a combination of Bluetooth and Beacon technology. It shows your location in the store and a dotted line to take you to the product of your choice while offering you deals along the way.

This is a good example of one way to make shopping fun and compete with the likes of Amazon. I'm sure people will want to try it out for themselves even if they don't normally shop at Target. If it works really well for them, they might go back again. 
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Saturday Thumbs

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R.A. Long High School
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There is an interesting opinion piece in this article about how Washington State is struggling to generate the revenue they need from petrol tax in order to maintain their roads, highways and bridges out of the 49.4 cents per gallon they take at the pump.

Therefore they are going to try a Pay as you Go mileage tax in a trial with 2,000 drivers. Charging them based on their mileage, they are hoping to generate more tax dollars.

They intend to try a variety of methods such as using odometer readings, a dedicated GPS tracker or software on the driver's smartphone. The article points out issues with each option. For example:

-Some drivers will dial back their odometers in order to reduce their mileage.

-There are privacy concerns about the Government being able to access individuals' location movements and that this could be an invasion of their privacy. The same applies to the use of the GPS in your smartphone. 

-With the smartphone if course, it doesn't know if you are driving, a passenger or even or on a bus

On top of that there is the risk that people will drive less which means less tax and even worse, it penalises people who pay the extra cost to drive electric or hybrid cars which we of course want them to buy, because they are better for the environment.

There is also an irony that at the moment the State is offering incentives for people to buy electric cars, but if this was brought in as a permanent mitigation, those people who were incented to buy the more expensive eco-friendly vehicles would ultimately have higher total cost of ownership for their 'sustainable' transport. 

Pay as you Go isn't going away. It will come for car insurance as well as congestion and excise tax. Many of these issues will need to be worked through in a way that is fair and doesn't impact on our right to live without fear of invasion of our personal privacy. If not, there could well be a backlash.
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China will track its citizens' every move with a facial recognition system

China will track its citizens' every move with a facial recognition system | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
China has its sights set on a new technological achievement: developing a facial recognition system to visually identify 1.3 billion citizens nationwide.
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This is where Philip K Dick and George Orwell were pointing all those years ago and while there are benefits to being recognised, how far does it go before you start worrying about state control of citizens. 

I can see benefits to completing transactions, not having to fill out loads of forms, but what if you live in a country that restricts access to places for some people, or who may decide you are not towing the country line? What if your ideology is different, or perhaps your religious beliefs and your religion is banned? 

This may be a great technological achievement and could have a major impact on crime, or could it make criminals more savvy? Perhaps a good time to become a cosmetic surgeon. 

I think I prefer the concept of a Google Wallet and a sensor on my car that identifies the car for tolling, safety and other purposes. I'm happy to let a retailer, restaurant or attraction to know when I am in the neighbourhood if they have a promotion for me that is meaningful, via the location services on my smartphone loyalty program, but having the state able to monitor my every move  starts sounding scary and I live in a country that is generally benevolent to its citizens and it's unlikely to remove the freedoms I enjoy as a law abiding citizen. 

This would certainly put me off living in China. "As of this year, the country ranks 176th out of 180 countries listed in the World Press Freedom Index."
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You, your smartphone and the Big One: How to digitally prepare for the next big earthquake

You, your smartphone and the Big One: How to digitally prepare for the next big earthquake | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Some forward thinking and a few smartphone apps can be a valuable companion to navigate through a disaster and its aftermath.
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It has been a few years since the big earthquake in Christchurch, but Kiwis have been warned that the edge of the plate that connects us to Australia, which goes from the West Coast of the South Island, through part of Marlborough and then up through Wellington along the East Coast to Gisborne could harbour enough energy to weave a path of destruction such as we have never seen before at a scale as high as 8.4. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/97652592/hidden-megathrust-fault-could-hammer-new-zealand-with-84-quake

While the article talks about being prepared with food, shelter, water and other essentials, communication is a big one and we rely heavily on cell towers which are at risk from loss of power and the network itself.

When I talk to people who went through the Christchurch earthquakes the biggest concern that many carry to this day is the inability to communicate with and reunite with family, friends and colleagues. 

Some of the apps in this article use very little cellular data and can operate on a reduced capacity network whilst others can form a mesh network and act like a walkie talkie in the absence of a cellular network, forming a mesh network.

If you live in an area that is a risk to earthquakes, and that is over half of New Zealand, it would be a good idea to check these apps out, together with your families. Apps like MyShake, Zello and Firechat might make the difference for you. The are all free and the great thing about an app, unlike some of your other emergency supplies, is not perishable, so you can set them up, tell your friends and family and get them to install them as well and then hope you never need them. But at least you'll be prepared. 

You might want to make sure you have a back up power pack for your phone. 
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‘Unprecedented’ UK traffic volumes cause 49% of motorists to consider changing jobs

‘Unprecedented’ UK traffic volumes cause 49% of motorists to consider changing jobs | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
As traffic volumes on UK roads continue to rise at “unprecedented rates” 49% of motorists have considered changing their job to avoid it.
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I can relate to this story, because I did. I started an Auckland office for a Christchurch company from home on the North Shore and we did so well that we ended up hiring salespeople, admin staff and support people and had to move into an office space.

Fortunately for the company and unfortunately for me, one of the directors owned an office in Penrose and I found myself spending around 15 hours a week (almost 2 work days) in the car. It was a company car, so it wasn't about the cost, it was about my time and the stress of driving in a city where driving behaviours went from very aggressive through to very indecisive and as soon as an accident happened, it turned to custard. 

I liked it for the first month, I listened to half a dozen audiobooks, lots of podcasts and when I'd had enough I'd crank up the stereo or listen to talkback radio. After that it got tiresome. After a year, I rang my boss in Christchurch and said that I had enough and was going to leave, purely because of the commute. The company couldn't afford to move because we were housed almost rent free, so that left me. 

I'm aware that I was lucky to have a job and some people commute much longer than I did, nevertheless, it was stressing me out and it was MY time. I took my time back to spend with my family and doing things I wanted to do. 
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It's no use honking: The robot at the wheel can't hear you

It's no use honking: The robot at the wheel can't hear you | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Drivers running into self-driving cars highlights an emerging clash between humans who treat traffic laws as guidelines and robocars that refuse to roll through a stop sign or exceed the speed limit.
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I suspect the same would happen in New Zealand. We are becoming more predictably irrational and intolerant as drivers and we are also highly distracted as drivers, illustrated by the horrendous spate of accidents with 13 people killed and almost 20 seriously injured in the last 72 hours in car crashes. http://bit.ly/2y9LlJr

We tailgate, we run red lights because the person in front was inattentive and missed the traffic lights going into the green phase meaning that less cars would get through. Often the last one decides that if the person in front had been paying attention they would have gotten through the intersection, therefore they feel some illogical sense of entitlement to go through as the light turns red, so they race on through. This psychology frequently results in a fender bender as the person behind them decides to tailgate the first offender and then gets hit by traffic who were also inattentive, but saw the green light change in their peripheral vision and took off.

Autonomous cars take off slowly (having STOPPED) at a red light whilst humans want to get through the intersection more quickly and as the article says, many of the 'accidents' with driverless cars occur at very slow speeds and the good news is that people are rarely injured. 

Perhaps if the driverless cars are very clearly signwritten so that people can identify that they will behave differently to cars driven by humans, those that are paying attention, but just pushing the law may be less likely to crash into them. 

On the other hand, perhaps having more cars on the road that obey the law, would force humans to do the same. I'm curious if that might cause resentment by humans towards autonomous cars. People in big expensive cars or trucks can't bully driverless cars and tailgating becomes an expensive sport where of course the person crashing into the car in front is always the one in the wrong.

I wonder what happens if you crash into the back of a driverless car, You can't just stop and take their insurance details and the driverless car may not even know it has been hit unless there are sufficient g-forces.

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Uber Says It's Removing Secret Screen-Viewing Access to iOS Devices

Uber Says It's Removing Secret Screen-Viewing Access to iOS Devices | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
NEWS ANALYSIS: Uber says it has removed an API from its ride-sharing application that that enabled it to view data displayed on iOS device screens.
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Wow, did you know Uber could even do that? Apparently in order to be able to render map information onto an iWatch, they needed functionality that previously only Apple could do themselves.

This allowed Uber to view the screen of every mobile device that Uber users had the app installed on, apparently even if the Uber app had been subsequently been uninstalled from that device. 

A key reason was to be able to spy on Uber drivers, especially to see if they were also driving for their competitors, Lyft. 

According to this article "Uber also went to the extent of tracking the location of law enforcement and regulatory officials, and then providing them with a fake app that ensured they couldn’t flag down a ride with an Uber driver."

It's little wonder that, if true, Uber has been playing against the rules of privacy and respect for customers and their own people. It's therefore not surprising that whilst most cities love the concept of ride-share and reducing the number of single or low occupancy vehicles on the road, many do not want to deal with Uber.

As a bystander it seems as though instead of being a benevolent transport provider, promoting transparency as one of their tenets, that transparently seems a bit like a one way mirror.

Do you believe that Uber has stopped monitoring drivers and customers and that Google has stopped tracking the identities and locations of WiFi routers? 
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Autonomous cars may prompt the changing of Australian drink-driving laws

Autonomous cars may prompt the changing of Australian drink-driving laws | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The rise of autonomous vehicles could significantly change future driving laws
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I think we need to be really careful about what we mean by an autonomous vehicle. In order for a drunk to have the right to be in this type of vehicle, it needs to be fully autonomous. That means no steering wheel at all. You can't a situation where the driver needs to be able to take back control in a difficult situation, which is the time when these people are least able to take over. 
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Smart Billboards Will Be Checking You Out As You Driver

Smart Billboards Will Be Checking You Out As You Driver | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Although we probably won’t see this in Costa Rica for some time yet, in the U.S. smart digital billboards will be detecting the make, model and year of oncoming vehicles and project ads tailo…
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I've been evangelising location based marketing for over a decade and I've worked out that most of the things I predicted have happened, but on average about 10 years later than predicted by myself with a little help from the Gartner Hype Curve.

Smart Billboards may be developing as a wild card as they use databases about you and your car, cameras that try to look at who is the car and artificial intelligence to identify if you hit the target demographic including the age and model of your vehicle and your ethnicity. 

Like highway tolling systems they will have number plate recognition cameras and targeted ads will not only pop up on the billboard but also on a message on your smartphone.

The industry is expecting a massive growth opportunity as a spinoff of driverless cars because they will be able to target customers who don't have to focus on a steering wheel, who can then take advantage of offers on the billboard, almost like location based home shopping but on the road based on your location and direction. The catch of course is single occupant cars that are remain driven by a human which will still be one of the most common appearances over the next 10 years. After all we are not flocking en masse into electric vehicles, mostly based on price (and decreasingly range). There is now plenty of choice, but the cost return ratio isn't perceived as being there yet.

The one potential plus is that the manufacturers aim to sell traffic information to departments of traffic, but they are also busy installing their own traffic monitoring technologies at pace in order to manage congestion and demand. 

The concept of make and model is an interesting one because these signs already have the capability of identifying this information just by recognising the vehicle, which can then be tied to the registration and growing data about the owners and occupants. This could provide interesting information about types of vehicles on the highway and any relationship factors learned by AI about ethnicity, age, number of occupants, where they come from and where they go.

Hmm, sounds like that privacy question might pop up again. How do you feel about an advertising agency sharing information about where your car (and your mobile) is, where its going, how fast it's going and who's in it with brands, agencies and Government? Sounds like it is already happening in Illinois. 
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Papers: Pori has most speeding motorists per capita, police order drones to help monitor traffic

Papers: Pori has most speeding motorists per capita, police order drones to help monitor traffic | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Two newspapers looked at last year&#039;s speeding offenses in 20 of Finland&#039;s largest cities and found that Pori and Kouvola have the most speeding motorists per capita. Meanwhile, the news agency Lännen Media reports that the Finnish police have ordered 14 drones to help with traffic monitoring.
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I wonder if it will be long before drones start monitoring highways. They are certainly getting to the point where they can be semi-autonomous and like a robot vacuum cleaner, could fly into a high risk zone, send telemetry and imagery back to a command centre and then fly themselves back to their charging points. I can see huge benefits in this technology where a drone could potentially get to an incident scene 'as the crow flies' far more quickly than emergency or engineers vehicles. 

The only significant risk I could see would be people taking potshots at them as I was thinking when a local woman complained about a drone hovering over her backyard for a prolonged time recently. I'd be thinking of investing in a slingshot if that was me. Apparently she complained to Police and was told it was a civil avation matter. 

I've digressed, but privacy is a concern and when any hobbyist can simply go to a store and buy a powerful sophisticated drone over the counter without any form of license, this opens the technology up to everything from childish pranks to criminals staking out a potential crime scene. 

How can you legally protect your privacy in your own home? 
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FCC chairman tells Apple to turn on iPhone's FM radio chip

FCC chairman tells Apple to turn on iPhone's FM radio chip | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says Apple should step up to the plate; and put Americans’ safety first in the wake of recent disasters

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This is really interesting. Living in a country that has had a city devastated by an earthquake 7 years ago, mobile towers were damaged or disrupted and of course people were all calling each other to make sure they were OK. The consequence was that wherever there was coverage the networks were overloaded.

There are lots of mobile apps for emergencies and as long as mobile data is working, people can find all sorts of important information if they know how. 

But if there is no cellular network then the ubiquitous device that we carry is still our mobile phone and apparently some of them have a radio chip, which could allow the user to listen to broadcast radio. However it is not available to the user. You have to wonder when we spend thousands of dollars with manufacturers that we have a right for technology installed in a device to work.

Most manufacturers (who make money from selling apps) aren't keen on enabling the radio chip because people would be less likely to listen to streaming services. 

The other argument is that even if the chipset is installed in the phone, it needs an antenna. I'm sure none of us want the unaesthetic return to a telescopic antenna, but I'm sure the tech gurus could come up with a solution for that. We have had phones with FM radio before. I didn't see the point but I do now.


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RealSafe app designed to protect Realtors from crime and attacks | AZ Big Media

RealSafe app designed to protect Realtors from crime and attacks | AZ Big Media | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
AZ Big Media RealSafe app designed to protect Realtors from crime and attacks | AZ Big Media
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In 2016 in the USA, 34,500 real estate professionals were attacked on the job last year! Most of them women. 

When I wrote 'Buying a House - Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services' http://amzn.to/2fT2Mc2 I always planned to write a partner book called Selling a House - Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services'. I've been busy writing other material lately and have another book in the pipeline first called 'Know Before You Go' about increasing productivity, particularly for people who live in traffic congested cities which I have already started framing.

Anyway RealSafe is likely to feature in the Selling a House book, because it addresses health and safety concerns that we rarely think of. A high proportion of real estate people are women and in a lot of them are attacked while showing homes to potential clients.

They don't just sell property in nice secure areas, but every house in the country even in the most dangerous neighborhoods still get sold every so many years. In some cases criminals deliberately lure real estate agents to properties just to commit a crime on them.

The app has some great features. You can take a photo of the client and a picture of their ID. It uses GPS to constantly track the location of the agent as they show the client around. Once the agent checks a box to say the tour has started the app periodically checks with the agent to make sure they are OK and they have to respond within 25 seconds. If they don't respond, the real estate office will ring the agent who has to respond with a secret 'security word'. 

If they don't respond correctly, the entire file complete with location and the client's details are sent to the Police via 911. There is also a large panic button on the app. If that is activated, again all information is sent immediately to the Police.

I have wondered about women on their own showing houses to strangers, especially open homes where people can just walk in off the street or how casually they will pick up strangers in their car and spend a few hours driving around showing them properties and developing a relationship with them as they try to understand what sort of property they are open to buy.  

If you know anyone in the industry in the industry the US; and I know many American realtors who read my blog, please send them to https://www.realsafeapp.com/ for a look. It is available for Android and iOS.
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Netflix and Drive: A New Finnish App Promises to Transform Transportation

Netflix and Drive: A New Finnish App Promises to Transform Transportation | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
New Finnish app will help make transportation as easy and painless as choosing a Netflix movie
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MaaS Global is making big strides on a Whim, pardon the pun. Their new Mobility as a Service app is spreading out from FInland quickly with early adopters including Singapore, Amsterdam and Birmingham. 

Check out the short video in the article. You can subscribe by the month or pay as you go. It syncs with your calendar, lets you know when your ride has arrived and also provides rewards, according to the video you can win a Tesla for the weekend!.

The key, is that it is super easy to use and makes traveling without using your own vehicle fun and attractive. If they keep up the innovation I am sure it will spread quickly. 

Obviously they are not the only organisation doing this. The New Zealand Transport Agency is running a pilot in tourist destination Queenstown called Choice http://bit.ly/2fP3290 which is built on similar lines. 

Obviously it's easiest to launch in cities where few people drive their own vehicles, but potentially far more valuable to the economy and ecology. Make it simple, make it convenient and this new wave is going to have an important impact on the public transport sector. If your Whim transport is as convenient as driving your own car, why would you commute and sit behind the wheel in the traffic for hours each week?
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KFC: GPS Cassette Tape

KFC: GPS Cassette Tape | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Colonel's Voice Describes a Roadtrip From Kentucky to Georgia
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Kentucky Fried Chicken Fans can try a new concept that seems a little hard to comprehend, but is a great marketing ploy.

It looks like an ordinary cassette that goes into an old school car cassette player like the one in my 99 Corvette, funny really that the new technology won't work in a new car, but it is about retro.

The Colonel himself provides turn by turn directions and will even sing to you as he guides you to various places that are historic and meaningful to him, like where he fried his first chicken.

From Kentucky to Georgia, you can go on a road trip, visiting interesting places along the way, including of course some of the KFC stores.

I'm not sure it will go mainstream, but it's a novel idea for the fried chicken hearted and probably an award winning marketing concept in a world where marketing ideas seem to have gone a little stale. 

Want to follow a trip, check out #GPSCassette 
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Mountain View studying automated transit system

Mountain View studying automated transit system | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
City documents describe AGT as “a category of advanced transportation technology that is primarily characterized by being both fully automated and driverless. This technology is often found at airp…
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What happened to monorails? 30 years ago they were considered cool, modern and economical. Great for tourism and urban transport they were a solution that cities were proud of. Now it seems a lot of cities got rid of them. 

I wonder how much of their whole of life cost would actually be the drivers. Is automation worth it for the extra costs? Is it a good reason to reconsider them. I wonder if automation might actually be more expensive than drivers who could also keep an eye on passenger safety.....
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