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Mobile apps bring new immediacy to travel - National Post

Mobile apps bring new immediacy to travel - National Post | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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Mobile apps bring new immediacy to travel
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Experiences like this are encouraging more Canadians to adopt mobile apps to organize, research and communicate their travel plans.
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It helps to know about these apps before you go. A lot of apps are still used by ICT and marketing people more than the average traveler. I'm amazed at how many people I still see with paper maps, looking for street signs and notable buildings.

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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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Comdata Brings Mobile Payments To Trucking | PYMNTS.com

Comdata Brings Mobile Payments To Trucking | PYMNTS.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The trucking industry is one the most mobile workforces in America. But it hasn't been the first priority for mobilization by tech solutions companies.
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I had to share this little back to the future story. It's little wonder that some New Zealand Fleet Management companies do well in the USA. 
According to the story one in three American companies still use paper cheques as their main form of payment and 80% are interested in being able to use mobile payments for P2P and also for things like paying for fuel and accommodation,
It always strikes me as unusual when an announcement like this comes out at the same time as I watched astronauts on the space station talking about how they are ready to volunteer to go to Mars.
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Red light jumper jailed, then deported

Red light jumper jailed, then deported | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Lorry driver drove through red lights 11 times
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How about that as a way to stop red light runners! I suspect that like this guy who will never run another red light in Bahrain, red runners are frequently habitual offenders. The problem is that they don't consider the risk of being caught or potential consequences a disincentive.
Having felt the wind of a car driving full speed when I was half way across a green pedestrian light near my work a couple of months ago, it certainly emphasised the human risk to me. 
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Could the ELD solve the attraction to smartphone distraction?

Could the ELD solve the attraction to smartphone distraction? | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The one thing the ELD mandate most-assuredly is going to do is press drivers for more efficiency.
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In the USA the vehicle types that require driver log books are going to be required to use electronic logbooks or ELD's. We are already seeing the introduction of cameras in commercial vehicles and they provide many wow moments for cheap reality TV programmes where people look at and are perhaps desensitised having watched prang after prang. We forget the impact that each of those accidents had on the driver, victims, their families, their employers and the GDP.
The image n this article shows some scary statistics that come from driver distraction and monitoring drivers, some of which will become automated with systems being developed for upmarket vehicles with a view of alerting or warning a driver that they are at risk. But look at this graph and then results of observations of actual drivers.
It's no surprise to see handheld phones being at the top of the list, in fact none of these are a real surprise, except that they are happening.
A huge amount of 'accidents', the majority of them, are caused by people doing something that could have waited. We all see these behaviours regularly and we have probably all been guilty of doing most of these things and see them from other motorists every day.
The second highest is texting and dialing. So you may be smart now and don't text while driving, but if you initiate a call, how many of you use SIri or a voice activated tool, versus ether dialing a number of looking up a number in your contact list? 
Food, beverage and personal hygiene, sound like a joke. Again think about it, have you ever spilled a hot drink, food, or for smokers, dropped a burning cigarette on your lap? Most days on my commute I see men shaving and women behind the wheel, putting on their lippy. 
Not only do these activities cause crashes, but the crashes cause injuries, deaths and at the minimum, traffic congestion,. 
I wonder how much less traffic congestion would occur if we changed those behaviours. 
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Global ADAS Market to Surpass 302 Million Units Annually in 2022, Facilitating Deployment of L3 Automation, IHS Markit Says

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I remember on a number of occasions that I have been told "You can't solve people problems with technology". Whilst I strongly endorse any technology that can make us safer in our motor vehicles, I think it is worthy of note and great to see massive campaigns around the world in this month which in the US is Distracted Driving Month. 
Just like my frequent #TheGPSMadeMeDoIt stories, I would hate to see people rely on new driver assistance technologies to keep them safe, i.e. "It doesn't matter if I get a bit tired on my trip because I have ADAS in my car. " 
Planes have autopilots, but the only person they have replaced on large aircraft is the navigator or flight engineer. 
Lane management, car proximity alarms, active cruise control and other technologies will not save many lives if the driver is texting or nodding off. It might reduce the number of lesser impact nose to tail accidents, but it is still up to the driver to be alert. 
It's great to see such a strong focus on increasing awareness of the consequences of distraction, but there is a risk that the shiny shoe salesmen developing OEM solutions to keep us safe will give drivers a false sense of safety. The third A in ADAS says it all. It of course stands for Assistance.
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Missing Stellies student's body found with help of GPS co-ordinates

Missing Stellies student's body found with help of GPS co-ordinates | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The body of a young man, understood to be a Stellenbosch University student last seen a day ago, has been found.
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Have you ever broken down on a country road and tried to explain to your AAA or roadside rescue service where you are, or worse, had to call for an ambulance when you can't accurately describe your location?
I have frequently blogged about 'Where's my Phone' apps which are available for all iOS and Android devices. They are free and the first thing they can do is tell someone (authorised) where the device is.
There are also of course buddy finder apps. I note even Waze now has a notify function to let someone know when you should arrive. I must try it out and see how it works.
The primary purpose of these apps is so that if you have misplaced your mobile or it has been stolen, you can locate it, set off an alarm, go find it, send Police to it, and worst case scenario wipe the data off it.
The issue with these apps is about security and if you want people to be able to find you, you need someone who has access to the security code in order to locate your mobile. Most people don't think about that when they set up the app because it isn't the primary reason it was developed; and it isn't a function that the app developers typically point out as a feature.
I strongly recommend that you use these apps, give access to your best friend or partner, or perhaps a parent, so that in an emergency you can be found. 
This is something that vehicle breakdown services and emergency services can benefit from too. I have heard many stories from family, friends and associates about the difficulty of finding people who have called for help. 
I do think we can make this type of technology more user friendly and allay the fears of people who have reasons to want to protect their privacy. 
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Rethinking Defensive Driving in Light of Distracted Driving

Rethinking Defensive Driving in Light of Distracted Driving | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a good time to reflect on just how bad distracted driving has become in our country. For many of u
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SPIDER is a great acronym. How many accidents happen when we do everyday things like turning around and telling off the kids, answering a phone (even hands free) or taking a shower at home?
When I did the advanced defensive driving course we had to make rapid evasive manoeuvres learning how to use ABS in a controlled environment in our own cars in difficult situations like the ones we face on the road in New Zealand with the heavy rain this week so that when we need to, we know what to do and what to expect..
They say that when you have been distracted it takes about 27 seconds to become fully aware of our environment f we are focused. A lot can happen in 27 seconds. We take so much for granted and many of us can say we have spent many years without an accident and are therefore good drivers. 
Yet, look around your office and you will probably find someone who has damaged their body slipping in the shower, or checking a txt message while walking down a staircase. You do these things all the time without thinking about it. But doing those things when you are driving at 100 km per hour is a little different. 
SPIDER is what we are first taught when we learn to drive. Many of us were told to drive as if all other drivers were idiots. Sadly looking at the statistics that the biggest causes in many countries of motor vehicle accidents resulting in injury or death are from distracted driving. Maybe they were right. 
So here is a question for you. When was the last time you tested your brakes, slamming them on, on a wet road, perhaps an empty car park? Shopping mall carparks on Good Friday are a great place, because they are empty. 
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Windows 10 Creators Update - the best top new features in Microsoft’s amazing new release

Windows 10 Creators Update - the best top new features in Microsoft’s amazing new release | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
MICROSOFT has finally unveiled Windows 10 Creators Update, and Express.co.uk has had a chance to go on with some of the best features - here’s our verdict.
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Windows 10 is apparently going to be able to allow you to plan a hike and then get a route map and real time traffic information there and back to boot, although they didn't say for which country, but by the image, if you live in NYC and want to go trekking in NJ, they have you covered. I seem to recall DOver being nice this time of year.
Next thing they'll be hooking it up to your calendar and giving you travel time alerts based on your plan for the day.
And if you're planning a trek, you won't have long to wait. It comes out on the 11th of April. I think I'll wait for someone else's verdict. Much as I love Microsoft, there always seems to be a bug or two when each new version comes out. I hope my 365 doesn't auto update!
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GPS to track free mortuary vans

GPS to track free mortuary vans | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
On an average, the vans carry 30 dead bodies to various places from CMCH a day
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This reminds me of when I first started selling 2-way radios at Tait Electronics many years ago. Our then top reps had been trying to sell RT's to a top Auckland funeral director and spectacularly failed. 
I had a doubly hard job, one to even get an appointment when everyone else had failed and then to convince them. This was a couple of years before the time of cellphones.
I got to see the MD and asked a few questions, the most important one was, "have you ever had a hearse break down during a funeral procession?" 
It transpired that his company had exactly that experience a few weeks earlier and the whole procession was stopped on an arterial road. The driver of the hearse had to walk up to a house, explain the situation and ask if he could use their phone to get a back-up hearse as quickly as possible.
The consequences were obviously major because they only have limited time slots and had a large number of people waiting at the chapel. This was not only a serious situation for the people attending, but also for the reputation of the company.
Anyway, the end result was quite a large sale and a step up the ranks for me. 
GPS is becoming pervasive in countries like India and some Asian countries where accurate roadmapping is still being developed, but even in the USA uses that we take for granted in New Zealand like tracking buses are still not the norm. 
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Mobile network providers urged to help fleets prevent driver distraction

Mobile network providers urged to help fleets prevent driver distraction | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Related Post Software Europe partners with Licence Check Fleets driving compliance and road safety with inc... Licence Check targets larger fleets with drivin
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In my early driving days while I was still at school (this being one of the behemoths I learned to drive in), the brakes failed. Fortunately I understood what to do, safely chopping down through the gears after pumping the brakes frantically first. Of course we didn't have cellphones then.
What if you need to call someone in a hurry? How do you confirm which apps are OK and which ones aren't? Who determines that? How do you know who are the passengers that might be in the car and have every right to use their mobile or if my phone rings while I'm in the car, I might hand it to a passenger to answer? I would be mortified if something happened to a family member and I wasn't able to accept a phone call.
Most of the time I choose to ignore phone calls when driving, but my phone sits in a cradle and I can answer it with one touch without having to hold it so I have the option to safely and easily use my discretion.
Many smartphone users don't know how to use their settings and can be easily distracted by notifications. A simple option would be to teach them how to turn off things like social media and other applications that aren't needed while driving, but don't stop someone else from using your phone. You would want to have a one-touch driving mode.
There are many people who look the same as everyone else but need to be able to receive phone calls and messages. Take emergency services personnel for example, especially people like volunteer firemen or health professionals. 
Apps also need to become safer and I think car manufacturers who connect the in-car entertainment system to the phone need to think carefully about safety and ease of use. I remember driving late model MG's and BMW's with TV's. From memory on one the video image disappeared when you were in gear and the other disappeared when you went over about 3km per hour. Of course with the latter you could miss the red light turning to green at an intersection, being engrossed in who was winning in The Bachelor. (No I don't watch it:) 
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‘Don’t touch it’: WA Police crackdown on mobile use

‘Don’t touch it’: WA Police crackdown on mobile use | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
WA Police say they fear drivers are addicted to their mobile phones.
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Perth Police fear that using a mobile phone is now so addictive that people can't stop themselves using them while driving. A 2 hour sting netted an offender every 45 seconds and one person was caught for the 5th time in 10 months despite 5 x $2,000 fines, demerit points and loss of license.
It certainly doesn't appear to be any less prevalent in New Zealand and one of the most common places I see people using their mobile is on the motorways.
It feels similar to the boy racer epidemic with young people who don't pay the fines, or claim hardship and pay a token sum from their fines each week claiming hardship or other excuses, or just ignoring the law altogether. Many still seem to be able to spend a lot of money on their vehicles though.
The video in this article shows how distracted people are, with people continue using their phone blissfully unaware that a cop is standing next to their car watching them.
Maybe if they could impound the phones until the fines have been paid, or demolish them, especially for recidivists it might have more effect. 
There is significant evidence that distracted drivers cause major crashes involving injury and death. There are probably far more minor ones that go unreported. 
Another major element is traffic congestion. You know it when you see it, the guy who is on his phone on the motorway who has a much bigger gap between himself and the cars in front, then catches up, then slows down again, slowing down traffic for long distances behind them. The girl who misses the green light at an intersection because she is on her phone, such that people behind also don't get through. Those gaps at signalled intersections are becoming more prevalent. 
What do you think we can do about it?
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Finnish minster gives London conference tips on MaaS | Smart Highways Magazine: Industry News

Finnish minster gives London conference tips on MaaS | Smart Highways Magazine: Industry News | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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Those of you following Mobility as a Service will be aware that there was a MaaS conference in London this week. There were interesting takeaways from the Minister of Transport in Finland, a country held up as the shining success story for the concept of almost doing away with privately owned cars by providing and encouraging a transport system, which she describes as the blood vessels of a country.
Anne Berner spoke about the friction between a country wanting less but smarter legislation, opening up of public data with API's and breaking down silos in Government which may be barriers to entrepreneurs and societal change to enable MaaS. In particular the conflict between national and local Government, saying she gets slapped every day. 
Finland is presented to the industry as the success story but it is far from over. I would love to live in a smart society such as it is becoming. It is looking at regulation to ensure systems put in place to ensure innovation focussed on developing a thriving country are enabled in a manner that achieves the outcomes they are looking for.
Another major component is the communication networks for data, particularly once again the Internet of Things, V2V, V2I and between infrastructure. They are looking at using 5G for this and have a history of supporting evolution in this area with the origin of the Nokia which started as a pulp mill, became a telecommunications giant and for a time was the owner of Navteq, one of the two top global car navigation mapping companies in the world. They certainly are a country built around innovation. 
It is great for the rest of the world to be able to learn from the innovation and conferences like these show that we are ready to make dramatic changes for the better. 
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Upstate Transportation Association launches Uber attack ad

Upstate Transportation Association launches Uber attack ad | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
As the battle to legalize ride-sharing in upstate New York continues, the Upstate Transportation Association recently released a new digital advertisement targeting Uber’s use of driverless vehicles.
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This isn't fundamentally an attack on Uber, it is an attack on MaaS, because moving people from one person per car to ride sharing and improved public transport will reduce the numbers of people driving and particularly single occupancy cars which make up a massive proportion of the traffic jams commuters find themselves in.
Yes jobs will be lost, just as we no longer have horse and cart, blacksmiths, people walking in front of cars with a flag to warn people that a car is coming. 
In actual fact lots of jobs will be lost,  it's just evolution. For all those jobs that are lost, there are new jobs being created. For example the computer industry is desperate for workers, health and education are desperate for more skilled workers. For most people it is not too late to retrain. We have a massive shortage of tradespeople in growing areas. We have a massive shortage of computer programmers, people with Deep Learning and Machine Learning skills. These people are currently being offered jobs with large 6 figure salaries. 
As to the specific industry of taxi drivers, their business in my humble opinion is only in decay because they tried to maintain the status quo and only started developing smartphone apps and new service models because they had new disruptive competitors and customers liked what they were offering.
As I have said many times in my blogs, BAU or Business as Usual creates decay and ultimately, we the citizens lose. Many traditional businesses have disappeared not because people didn't want their products, but because new models were more appealing. 
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Skoda shares its all-electric Vision

Skoda shares its all-electric Vision | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
VW Group has its sights on 2025 for an expansion of its electrified vehicle portfolio. By that time, five of the group's all-electric vehicles will be wearing a Skoda badge ... compared to none today. Skoda starts now with a sporty electric crossover named the Vision E.
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I had a client who purchased a Skoda and took me for a drive, spending the whole time justifying why she had brought a brand that many thought of as the sister car to the Lada, bringing to mind a bunch of men pushing a car on a cold winter's day to get it started, to probably be followed by a reviving vodka.
So when I read this article about the first of this new breed of EV that will travel 500km on a single charge with speeds up to 180km I have to admit being pretty impressed. When I read about the other features I was even more blown away.
The feature list is long and impressive although some of them had me wondering why, and all in all from the inductive charging for mobiles to Level 3 autonomy and features like traffic jam assist, I'm sure that many who would previously have scoffed at buying this brand will be impressed if sales people can get them to test drive the cars. 
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UAE traffic comes to a standstill to save cat

UAE traffic comes to a standstill to save cat | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A video capturing the moment went viral on social media, including Instagram, which has so far gained thousands of views.
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The possum or you? Transport Operations Centres have scenarios like this frequently, although generally not with this sort of response. I got stuck once on an Auckland motorway when a mother and 5 ducklings calmly crossed 3 lanes and every car safely stopped. 
I don't know what Dubai is like for wildlife, but I'd hate to think what would happen to our traffic congestion if we closed a motorway every time an animal found their way onto it. 
Nice human interest story, but at what cost did they save the tiny little kitty? 
Sorry cat lovers, I'm not trying to be insensitive. 
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Mercedes-Benz is connecting the Amazon Echo and Google Home to all its new cars

Mercedes-Benz is connecting the Amazon Echo and Google Home to all its new cars | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Mercedes-Benz announced today that all of its 2016 and 2017 vehicles in the US can now connect with both Amazon and Google’s digital voice assistants.
Starting today, Mercedes owners ca
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As has been the case for many years Mercedes is again at the forefront of new innovations. However one of the key comments in this story is one that will probably always exist. No one wants to share their toys. Ford have a system, Hyundai has a  system, CES has a hall full of proprietary systems each year. 
It has to come down to mobile apps and carmakers should focus on making their cars safer, more fuel efficient, less polluting rather than controlling the stove in my house. Absolutely we want gadgets, but if we want solutions like Mobility as a Service, it has to have compatibility with all vehicles
If all vehicles had the same technology, we wouldn't have car halls, we'd have one brand of car. So we do need to have new features that set brands apart, but not at the cost of safety and improvements in technology that help us combat issues such as safety and traffic congestion.
Assuming that car manufacturers will always insist on having their own unique value add features, then the answers have to come from aftermarket solutions. 
It's like home automation. I want to chose the lighting I like, the audio system that suits my tastes, the same with door locking and security systems. I don't buy the same house as the guy next door. Imagine if we all had Ford houses or Microsoft controlled houses with Bill Gates deciding what our next upgrade would be. But I also don't want to have a separate app for each digital feature in my house on my mobile. 
I wouldn't mind a button in my car that can be programmed to control my brand of garage, but I don't want to have to tell everyone to be quiet and turn down my car stereo in order to ask my Mercedes to ask Alexa to open my garage door and then probably have to cope with it not understanding my accent and have it turn on the lights in my house instead.
It reminds me of the New Zealand songwriter Dave Jordan who wrote about state houses and joked that when he pulled the plug, he emptied his neighbors bath. Not totally stupid because until I changed the channel on my garage door I sometimes came home to find my garage door open and no one home, because someone nearby had their garage door on the same frequency.
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This New Bill Could Require Domestic Abusers to Wear GPS Trackers - JetMag.com

This New Bill Could Require Domestic Abusers to Wear GPS Trackers - JetMag.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Sometimes the advances we’re making in technology can be used to save someone’s life. A new law was passed on Monday in the Maryland House of Representatives that may require domestic violence suspects to wear GPS trackers which will alert survivors if they are in an area restricted by a judge. Wearing the GPS devices would be a condition or pretrial release or probation. House Bill 1163, is also referred to as Amber’s Law, in memory of Amber Schinault, a 36-year-old woman who was killed by her abusive ex-boyfriend even though she had a protective order against him. The GPS trackers would be ankle bracelets connecting to an app on the survivor’s smartphone. The survivor will get an alert if the person wearing the GPS tracker is in an area the court has ordered them to stay away from, such as the survivor’s home or job. Angela Zarcone, Schinault’s mother, told NBC News she is pleased with the law. “She can go about living her life and would know if the perpetrator became close to her, she has time to take care of her situation,” she said. A sponsor of the legislation, Aruna Miller, told local TV station, WBAL-TV, “Amber and her family did everything that they were supposed to do. They got a protective order. They changed the locks on their home. They sat outside of their home keeping careful vigilance and, in fact, the police department was right around the corner from their home. Despite all of this, on July 22, 2012, Amber Shinault was brutally murdered by her attacker. He slashed her throat.” The next step for the bill is it going to Maryland Governor Larry Horgan, where he will decide to sign it, veto it or allowing it to become a law without his signature. If this bill becomes a law and is successful, it could possibly move on to other states.
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Domestic violence is a global problem and I would be surprised if there are many adults who do not know of situations where people are afraid for their safety and that of their families.
This sounds like a good idea, especially as the price of this technology comes down.
The challenge is that bills need to be passed, not just mooted, the devices have to be constantly monitored, especially for tampering. People are likely to either "forget to take their phone when they went out" or to cover the GPS tracking devices with aluminium foil and suddenly the location monitoring fails.
If they can resolve those problems, which largely comes down to costly manpower, and perhaps very sophisticated mobile technology including predictive technology based on monitoring behavior. 
The first thing people who are required to wear technology like this will be doing, will be finding ways to get around it. The only solution to this is active monitoring which is much more expensive today than the equipment itself and why so many people convicted of crimes, given home detention and fitted with monitors, continue to commit crimes. 
Is some of the savings from not locking people in jail was invested in technology and people, it could work. 
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Horrible Driver Follows GPS Straight Into River

Horrible Driver Follows GPS Straight Into River | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
​A Chinese man was led straight into the river by his GPS. The man told local officials that we was simply trusting his Hyundai's navigation system.
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Here we go again #TheGPSMadeMeDoIt and a very funny short video if you follow the link. 
So here's the question, if humans sometimes struggle to interpret instructions with map image guidance , how confident can we be in a driverless car, specifically if the 'driver' selects options like 'shortest route' with 'no main roads' aka known as the drunk driver route used by some to avoid Police on rural roads.
If there is some flooding or a ford, something that many Kiwis who live in rural areas know about, how does the autonomous car recognise water, gauge it's depth and determine whether that specific model of vehicle can handle it? For example in this case I can't tell if it a SUV or an ordinary sedan. The same rules or capabilities will not apply to both, but today's navigation systems do not take this into consideration. 
How does it determine whether the base of the ground is solid and not loose stones or gravel or the water suddenly gets very deep.? Of course as we have seen in recent weeks once again, this can happen on urban roads as well during bad storms. 
Meanwhile we have a short video that this driver will not find funny.
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GPS Helped Track Down Burglary Suspect

GPS Helped Track Down Burglary Suspect | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Police in Lakewood say GPS monitoring helped them track down a man they believe is responsible for 24 separate burglaries over the past three months.
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A new Darwin Award nominee? The guy was wearing a GPS anklet in each of 24 burglaries. Was he begging to be arrested? Makes you wonder if he wanted to be locked up....
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Diesel drivers could be charged up to £20 DAILY across England

Diesel drivers could be charged up to £20 DAILY across England | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Private diesel cars and commercial vehicles, including taxis and lorries, could face bans in peak hours and daily charges to discourage drivers from entering 35 city centres across England.
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Pardon the pun, but there are a truckload of diesel cars in England. This has massive implications. I wonder what the implications would be for Europe where diesel vehicles are so popular. 
Recent studies in Dunedin (New Zealand) showed that children exposed to leaded petrol had IQ's 4-5 points lower than those who weren't. It makes you wonder what the impact is of pollution from diesel vehicles. 
I'd like to see all vehicles tested to meet emission standards.
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Congress warned of GPS vulnerabilities - SpaceNews.com

Congress warned of GPS vulnerabilities - SpaceNews.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The U.S. Global Positioning System can be disrupted too easily and needs better protection, experts testified during a March 29 congressional hearing on space threats and the implications for homeland security.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
GPS and mobile phone jammers are a dime a dozen now, with an average price of US$125 for "high power" devices. These are designed to stop specific vehicles being tracked and I can't imagine any legal reason you would want to do that. 
Scaling therefore is just a matter of more money and the risks are pretty high. It may already be too late to stop this. 
One website I looked at had 46 different models available. 
This has significant implications for driverless or autonomous vehicles. Imagine a platoon of trucks on highway that suddenly didn't know where they were or emergency vehicles rushing to a life or death situation.
New systems are being developed that are either independent of or supplement GPS, but where poor accuracy can risk life and limb this is a matter of significance until we have new systems to replace GPS, or enhanced systems, where near enough is good enough. 
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Our Phone Addiction Is Killing Pedestrians, Latest Data Suggests

Our Phone Addiction Is Killing Pedestrians, Latest Data Suggests | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Hold the phone: this data is alarming
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Pedestrians often aren't looking themselves and the worst I have experienced in the last couple of months was a man who walked out in front of the bus they had just disembarked with a young boy in each hand. If I wasn't focused, I could have hit, killed or injured 3 people!
One of the things we have been grappling with is apps that disable smartphone functions when someone is driving, but how to tell whether they are driving or not because it isn't fair that passengers are disadvantaged. On the other hand, the front seat passenger is another set of eyes, that might spot unexpected behaviour such as the highly unlikely experience I had recently.
According to this article Apple appears to have filed a patent for smartwatches to be able to detect if someone is driving based on the inertia sensors monitoring specific types of movement.
This is a great move from a technology and good corporate citizen perspective and given that we might all be wearing smartwatches in the future, could be a hugely valuable patent if laws required the installation of motion monitoring apps. 
On the other hand it could also have a significant negative impact on their market given their product is at the premium price end of the market and an app that identifies that people are driving and limits drivers from using their apps could cost them sales. 
I can read TXT messages and other notifications on my smartwatch and while I wouldn't do it, it's not against the law.
I hope Apple gave the person who thought of this gets a good bonus. It's a great idea and way to prove who is driving when smartwatches become ubiquitous.
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Google Reveals the Future of GPS Navigation Apps

Waze is rolling out a new feature that lets you order food and drinks on the go.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
So the new Waze app is out. Interestingly it didn't seem to know me and I had to re-register even though I had been using/testing it since about 2010. All that seniority lost:(
It's come a long way since then, although it's only about 2 years since it sent me on a 10 minute detour to avoid normal heavy traffic at a red light, last week it gave me better journeys than my last Google trips. 
It has changed. It's cleaner and interestingly, while it makes it easier to enter data about road closures, accidents and congestion, it no longer asks you of you are the passenger, indirectly encouraging you to use it while driving with the added bonus of gamification points which will lead to rewards in future like free coffees. 
Their latest version includes a deal with Dunkin' Donuts "letting drivers purchase coffee and other items from Dunkin' Donuts for pickup along their way". 
Some of you may remember my prior concerns that Google is an advertising company and the best route for you could become the one that takes you via the food retailer, gas station etc who spends the most money with them. I think this is a good example of my predictions coming true. They will argue that the best route is the one the customer selects. This risks putting traffic demand management in the hands of an advertiser instead of the engineers and agencies, although that as always going to come. 
They are also introducing a rideshare app, currently being trialed in California and Israel, where the app originated. 
I'm going to give it a go, it certainly is much more sophisticated than it's previous versions, but we need to be very careful if we look at promoting or recommending a mobile app that no longer discourages drivers from using it while driving as does every traditional dedicated car nav app or routes them onto much busier routes because ' you told them you wanted a coffee.'
While I say that, I like the concept of Waze understanding my entire journey and hope that it will eventually embrace the whole of the journey. As I had to explain in my presentation a few years ago to the NZ Parking Association national conference, "You are not the destination". 
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So the new Waze app is out. Interestingly it didn't seem to know me and I had to re-register even though I had been using/testing it since about 2010. All that seniority lost:(
It's come a long way since then, although it's only about 2 years since it sent me on a 10 minute detour to avoid normal heavy traffic at a red light, last week it gave me better journeys than my last Google trips. 
It has changed. It's cleaner and interestingly, while it makes it easier to enter data about road closures, accidents and congestion, it no longer asks you of you are the passenger, indirectly encouraging you to use it while driving with the added bonus of gamification points which will lead to rewards in future like free coffees. 
Their latest version includes a deal with Dunkin' Donuts "letting drivers purchase coffee and other items from Dunkin' Donuts for pickup along their way". 
Some of you may remember my prior concerns that Google is an advertising company and the best route for you could become the one that takes you via the food retailer, gas station etc who spends the most money with them. I think this is a good example of my predictions coming true. They will argue that the best route is the one the customer selects. This risks putting traffic demand management in the hands of an advertiser instead of the engineers and agencies, although that as always going to come. 
They are also introducing a rideshare app, currently being trialed in California and Israel, where the app originated. 
I'm going to give it a go, it certainly is much more sophisticated than it's previous versions, but we need to be very careful if we look at promoting or recommending a mobile app that no longer discourages drivers from using it while driving as does every traditional dedicated car nav app or routes them onto much busier routes because ' you told them you wanted a coffee.'
While I say that, I like the concept of Waze understanding my entire journey and hope that it will eventually embrace the whole of the journey. As I had to explain in my presentation a few years ago to the NZ Parking Association national conference, "You are not the destination". 
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In relief to commuters, Ola, Uber-type mobile-based, GPS-enabled ‘rent-a-bike’ service to be launched in Madhya Pradesh

In relief to commuters, Ola, Uber-type mobile-based, GPS-enabled ‘rent-a-bike’ service to be launched in Madhya Pradesh | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The MP government will soon launch mobile app-based 'rent-a-motorcycle' service in major cities and tourist places of the state for the convenience of people to go from one place to other in the crowded parts of the city.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
I'm of two minds about this service, mostly from a safety perspective, but I suspect that they won't be going very fast. It does make total sense in cities that have dense traffic congestion to put people on motorcycles, although I'm not sure that users of this service would have been in cars anyway and if they were going to be on a motorcycle, they'll still be on a motorcycle, so I wonder if the main benefit is in parking them as per the image.
What I do like is the fact that there are so many GPS based initiatives happening in the cities of India.
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Mobility-as-a-service: how driverless cars are going to redefine travel

Mobility-as-a-service: how driverless cars are going to redefine travel | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
We are at the start of a momentous shift in the way we live and travel.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
Much of this has been written before, but I particularly like the comment that an autonomous car has to be driven in a way that humans can anticipate. I had a situation on the motorway today where a fair bit of lane changing was happening around a large bus when suddenly I had to all but slam on the brakes. But I had a van very close behind me, so I quickly tapped the brakes several times before pushing them hard to make sure he knew he had to stop in a hurry too.
An autonomous car might have the ability to identify a gap and go for it, but drivers on either side of the gap may not anticipate the manoevre, which I suspect is why the writer suggested that the safest way, which is of course not going to happen any time soon, is that all cars are autonomous.
I'm not even sure how intelligent cruise control in a human driven car would perform in the situation where an unexpected manoeuvre comes from one or even two lanes (which I see way too often in Auckland) next to the car rather than in front or behind. 
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Ride More and Worry Less: Emergency GPS Tracking Services | RideApart

Ride More and Worry Less: Emergency GPS Tracking Services | RideApart | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Ride More and Worry Less: Check out the great new Emergency GPS Tracking Services.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
If you ride a motorcycle this a must read. Let's face it, accidents happen and one of the common problems when people go for a ride in rural areas is that if they crash, they may be unable to call for help, or even if they are, they may struggle with describing where they are.
There are lots of dedicated applications available to motorcyclists and the ability to call for help, to emergency services and to friends or family can be a lifesaver.
Whether you are on a back road in Louisiana or have driven off the road into the bush or down a bank in an area close to a city, it isn't uncommon for people needing medical assistance to either not be found for some time, or to have to risk further injury, crawling somewhere for help. Everyone who has ridden a bike for a few years has or knows stories like this.
This of course also applies to recreational off-road riders. 
If you ride a bike anywhere outside of cities and suburbia, there is an app that suits your needs. You don't need extra technology other than your mobile smartphone. Check it out.
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