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What the next-gen GPS satellite upgrade means for you - ITworld.com

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What the next-gen GPS satellite upgrade means for youITworld.comThese "Block III" satellites are part of a $5.5 billion upgrade to GPS, a government-run system that consumers rely on for directions on their phones, cars and standalone navigation...
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Hackathon hatches cycling-safety startup Beacon - Sacramento Business Journal

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Hackathon hatches cycling-safety startup Beacon
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Beacon entered its most recent prototype into the New York-based ChallengePost online competition for traffic safety technology.
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This is a really good idea if it can be focused enough. There are a lot of roads in my area that I would consider too dangerous to ride bikes on. If you're not on a cycle path this box could b beeping non-stop. I'm interested to hear from people who have used it because I could imagine it going off non stop in some places.

 

The concept is great, but the risks remind me of Waze telling me there is congestion, simply because I am at a red light. It needs to be able to distinguish between normal and risk.

 

Having been a motorcyclist a long time ago, the greatest risk to me wasn't vehicles coming up too close behind me, it was people changing lanes into mine from the side, especially in situations where they didn't understand the implications, like a car that pushed me into rail lines that were parallel to mine. That cost me a clutch level and a couple of bruises.

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Bears to be tracked by GPS in Yosemite for first time - ABC30.com

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Bears to be tracked by GPS in Yosemite for first time
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The San Francisco based-Yosemite Conservancy donated nearly $70,000 to outfit bears with GPS collars.
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I wondered if they had the complete solution with this one. I thought they had already done this, but maybe it was a different park.

 

So here's what's missing, unless they aren't telling the full story. First I want an app so that I know where the bears are. Having read so many stories about how many convicts on parole manage to go out and commit crimes while they are still wearing their GPS tags, doesn't fully inspire me with confidence, I want to know when to run. The other part could be to provide an app that tells the park service where the public are too, that way they could offer a variety of services:

1. Tell the public where the bears are.

2. Warn people through their mobiles or through wrist bands when bears are nearby

3. Locate people who are lost or disoriented

 

I'm sure you could come up with more ideas....

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The Traffic Lights of Tomorrow Will Actively Manage Congestion

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The humble traffic signal is gaining some new responsibilities.
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Excellent story and it is very exciting the direction that traffic management is taking. There is of course some optimism when it comes to V2V communications. There are not currently any international standards and in fact many of the systems currently going into new cars are only capable of communicating with other cars of the same brand.

 

When looking at the effect of these V2V systems, there is a critical mass required in order to have any effect and of course most people don't regularly buy new cars. Having said that, research by TomTom in the UK a few years ago suggested that if 5% of cars on a highway positively changed their behavior due to real time information, it could benefit as much as 15% of traffic, even if the latter don't have car navigation with real time traffic in them.

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Cut the cord: Four wireless options for turning your car into a tech-savvy cabin - New York Daily News

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New York Daily News Cut the cord: Four wireless options for turning your car into a tech-savvy cabin New York Daily News In other words, if you enjoy being able to search for subway directions with ease and speed, you'll love it when your car's...
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This isn't exactly a location based technology, although your car wasn't built to stay at home was it?

 

There are a few question s about things like wireless to me. If I put a Wireless hotspot into my car, who get's to pay the mobile account?

 

I'm big on wireless charging though. If there was one thing that would have got me to upgrade my iPhone 5S, it would have been factory inductive charging. As a power (no pun intended) user of my phone's GPS and Internet I carry cables to work and back. I want a mat at each end so that whenever I go out, my phone is fully charged.

 

I'd love the Caddie but it's a very expensive phone charger.

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North Attleboro residents concerned new flood maps could force costly ... - Attleboro Sun Chronicle

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North Attleboro residents concerned new flood maps could force costly ...
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The same thing is happening in Florida and other parts of the world and in some cases home owners are getting maps redrawn, having argued that they are not in flood risk areas. Councils in some cases are bending to the pressure from their rate payers who are concerned about increases in real estate insurance, decrease in property values and the properties being harder to sell.

 

Of course the other side of the argument is, what happens if the maps are changed and the houses then end up underwater? Do they blame the councils for getting it wrong?

 

This is a difficult situation that is being faced in coastal areas all over the world. Part of the problem is that when many subdivisions were approved years ago, climate change wasn't something people knew or thought about, definitely not from the perspective of the average person's lifespan. Tsunamis were the same, 20 years ago I couldn't have told you what a tsunami was. Now I'm hoping that my house which is in a once in 100 years risk zone, doesn't happen in my time. As far as I know it has never happened in my area. Of course you could argue that means it's due soon.

 

It does make me glad that I could never afford one of those awesome waterfront properties.....

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NASA Is Making a Traffic Control System for Drones - Gizmodo

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NASA Is Making a Traffic Control System for Drones
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NASA is not down with drones flying around town all willy-nilly and potentially electrocuting North West.
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I've been hoping someone would do this. I had visions of drones crashing into each other, especially as they become more sophisticated. Another question is what happens around airports?

 

The concept of drones flying around without being regulated brings with it so many risks. Privacy is an interesting one. I can see many uses such as taking photos of real estate, traffic congestion, news, law enforcement, private investigation, insurance, government, military, agriculture, the opportunities are endless and each one has pros and cons.

 

This is going to be a difficult one to legislate, but very important.

 

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Are visitor centers passé? Haywood tourism authority mulls bang for the buck ... - Waynesville Smoky Mountain News

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Are visitor centers passé? Haywood tourism authority mulls bang for the buck ...
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Having had the pleasure of visiting a number of visitor centers such as on the Natchez Trace a couple of years ago, I found them first to be very busy (a good sign) second very helpful and interesting both for meeting staff, but also other visitors and what brought them into the area. Of course there is also accessibility to cold drinks on a hot day which is a health service:)

I am an active promoter of location based services on mobile devices and social media. I don't much like the State tourist guide books, although I have to admit that without them I wouldn't have known about the Trace or decided to drive and walk through it.

 

The other factor for them is the interaction with staff who are passionate and knowledgeable about the area's geography and history. Their ability to get an idea of what would be interesting to me, such as Indian trails, the Pharr mounds etc, where other people might have been more interested in a tobacco plantation or how they crossed the river in the Civil War.

 

Finally, the most important element that comes from Information Centers is Word of Mouth. The number of people I have shared information with who might go visit the Trace, because of the service and information I got from their information centers.

 

I have blogged on many occasions that US tourism, especially outside of major cities, still relies heavily on paper, which has its place, but wake up folks, it is very old school and most of us now have smartphones that know where they are. The technology IMHO is not yet ready to replace the human being at the Information Center. They are your face, the people who share the passion of the people who invested in the wonderful natural attractions so that tourists like me and people like your next door neighbor can enjoy your wonderful country.

 

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Farming theft on the rise, GPS led detectives to stolen farming equipment - KERO-TV 23

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Farming theft on the rise, GPS led detectives to stolen farming equipment
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With the help of technology hope is on the horizon for farmers.

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I like these stories. The FLIR sounds interesting, you expect heat sensing technology to be used by Police and emergency services, but haven't heard of it being used to find prowlers down on the farm before. I wonder how cost effective it is and what other things it could be used for?

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Vt. police: GPS leaves trucks stuck on notch road - WCAX

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Vt. police: GPS leaves trucks stuck on notch road
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"A very common thing we see is that truck drivers are simply following their GPS.
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There are no truck specific navigation systems and that isn't likely to be an option in these situations because even if there were, the drivers are just as likely to use the portable system of their choice.

 

However, if this sort of problem happens frequently, there is capability  in GPS based Fleet Management systems. This technology that uses GPS to identify the location of vehicles, safety performance elements such as harsh braking and acceleration are becoming more popular. These systems are becoming more popular for functionality such as road tolling and information related to Pay As You Drive insurance. They are are also used to maintain elements of safety and efficiency such as brakes and engine heat, temperature of refrigerated trailers.

 

Some of these systems have the ability to alert drivers to potential obstacles such as bridges that have weight restrictions and tunnels or overpasses with height restrictions. I wonder if the road authorities are working with the Fleet Management system providers rather than the car navigation companies. Fleet Management systems have the ability to block off areas of land such as unsuitable routes, such that drivers would receive a warning if they cross boundaries into those areas.

 

Of course there will also be situations where there are temporary problems and the bottom line is drivers need to pay attention to road signs. I fully agree with this story that if there are locations where signs are required, place them 50 miles back where there are detours. Once people are committed to a route they are more likely to take risks rather than have to turn back, especially if the signs don't clearly articulate the risk. Maybe an image of a stuck truck with the associated recovery costs and time would help, it would pay for itself in no time.

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Aussie telcos to sell user location data to marketers - Register

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Aussie telcos to sell user location data to marketers Register The telcos, unnamed due to non-disclosure agreements, were seeking a project similar or based on Singapore's SingTel which tracked the location of users via cell signal strength and...
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Don't go beating up on the Aussies, they're doing this in New Zealand too. This is powerful information for town planners, for retailers, for service providers, the transport industry, education and so much more.

 

The important thing to understand is that this information is not about you, it is about clusters of unique devices, about trends and whilst it could be so much more, privacy laws and the risks of a serious backlash by customers of large corporates if their personal data was being sold without approval would stop them from using data more personal.

 

It is only a matter of time before Census departments start subscribing to this data which could provide real time information on where commuters statistically live and work and how they make those journeys, Where do they play. Combine location with how mobiles are used, at the very least the amount of voice, data and SMS they consume and where they do it.

 

If I was running an oil company, a bus company, a retail chain, educational institutions, entertainment businesses, combining this information with Census data would make this very powerful information.

 

The real problem I have found when I was offering location based business analysis tools, most people didn't know what questions to ask of the data. That's not a problem, there are many problem solving consultants like myself who do. The great thing today is that you don't have to have the budget and resources of an international insurance company or bank to access and mine this information, There are many low cost solutions and tools that can allow you to access the information you need. If you understand your business, your industry and where you want to grow yours, understanding where the people are and why is a veritable goldmine. Are you going to mine it or just sit back and watch. It's easier than you think. If you contact me, I'll be happy to give you a pointer or two for free, no strings attached.

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GPS tracking leads deputies to suspected dump truck thief - Wink News

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GPS tracking leads deputies to suspected dump truck thief
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NAPLES, Fla.- A Naples man was arrested for grand theft yesterday after GPS tracking led deputies directly to him.
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Have I ever told you I love these stories? Oh only dozens of times. We know where you live:) The only part that was missing in this story is that usually they also find a treasure trove of drugs and other stolen items.

 

It won't be long before most of our valuable possessions can be GPS  located. Btw have you set up your favorite find my phone app yet? Of course you have:)

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The race to go online in your car - Telegraph.co.uk

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Telegraph.co.uk The race to go online in your car Telegraph.co.uk Many motorists also use them for navigation and listening to music, and smartphones will become even more useful in a few months when Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto systems...
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The article says, what I've said before, 27% of iPhone users would change brand to get a better connected car. While the distracted driving lobby group, cautions, and rightly so, about putting more entertainment systems into cars, by far the most demanded functionality is around car navigation, particularly with real time traffic accident and incident information, giving motorists the opportunity to route around incidents and also new kid on the block, but growing very quickly is car park availability.

 

This is going to be a rapid growth area and one of the new status symbols is not going to be the brand of the car, but how well connected it is.

 

It is also important to consider how the car is connected. There is a certain brand of popular European car that has connectivity for the iPhone 4 and 4S. It's only been out for a year. Look for cars that connect via WiFi and Bluetooth depending on the functionality. Look for a car that offers connectivity, not just for the driver, but also for passengers because before too long the kids will also be wanting to stream entertainment into the car and your friends and family might be wanting to help find that car park, or restaurant or other locations leaving the driver free to drive without distractions.

 

This is a great opportunity for car brands and models that don't usually get the limelight to compete with the BMW's and Mercedes. One final thought. Unless all your friends drive one brand and model, make sure that you're not buying a car with amazing safety anti-crash systems, but only to prevent then hitting a car of the same brand and model. Think I'm joking? I wish!

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Despite technology, paper maps haven't folded - Reading Eagle

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Despite technology, paper maps haven't folded
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Time was, everyone's glove box was crammed with wadded-up maps from trips past and neatly-folded maps for trips yet to be taken.
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I do in fact have a few maps that are a couple of years old, they sit on one of my bookshelves as a piece of memorabilia rather than a tool I expect to use anytime in the near future.

 

If I was going hiking I would definitely invest in a map and if it was a few days, I would take an old school compass as well, but other than that, I have sufficient devices and back up battery packs, that I can't see myself needing them.

 

Having said that, I'm a guy. I have a good sense for direction. Going back to my ancestral hunter gatherers, the hippocampus was designed to ensure we could get back to the camp fires waiting to cook the food we had found.

 

Of course I have been known to drive around in circles as I got close to my destination and didn't ask for directions. But that was before I got my first nav unit:)

 

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States Implementing GPS Tracking of Domestic Abuse Offenders - WGRZ-TV

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States Implementing GPS Tracking of Domestic Abuse Offenders
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In New York, the laws already allow law enforcement to use GPS technology to track sex offenders and parolees.
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Given many stories about systems that aren't monitored and violations not discovered until 48 hours after the event, the words 'in theory' are really important. The technology is great but it comes down to the delivery. The best solution in my opinion is one that includes the an option for the victim to be warned when the offender is within a predefined radius.

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How Virtual Reality Meets Real Life Learning With Mobile Games

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Games played on mobile devices allow teachers to leverage all the information on the internet along with the lived experiences of people in real life.
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10 Location Based Games that get students (of all ages and persuasions out and learning about their communities.

 

This is awesome! Those of you who know me, are aware that I have a huge passion for location based gamification to engage people in learning and in their community. When I first started evangelizing these concepts, the number of applications could be counted on your fingers and in some cases you had to rent a smartphone to play.

 

Today they are everywhere and here are 10 very cool examples of apps that you could be having fun with, These are brilliant for teachers, but they are so much more than that. Now people can truly engage with and participate in the real world, learning and helping their communities become better places and more engaged. Check these apps out and seek out opportunities to get involved in your environment.

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Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars - Automotive News

Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars
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DETROIT -- History's most intrepid explorers were often at the mercy of their maps. The self-driving cars of the future won't be any different.
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I've spent many years mostly as a Sales & Marketing Manager for a mapping company working with car navigation companies and being involved in the supply of map data to them.

 

It has been a real concern to me as some brands talk about having quarterly map updates, and in many cases they offer free updates for the life of the device. Now I know what goes into making map updates, especially quality data and there are hardly any countries in the world that offer data to that quality, that includes countries like the USA and Great Britain. In fact the UK said they were going to have a Government inquiry a few years ago because of the lack of quality of map data, especially outside of major cities.

 

The problem is that many brands of car navigation are competing on price to the point that it isn't physically possible for them to afford to purchase quality map data. Consider selling car nav devices for under $100 and then having the build cost of including not only quarterly updates, but also distributing them. It just doesn't work.

 

A driver-less car would need to not only know the exact geometry of the roads, but also the current speed zones (which change all the time) the changes in intersection controls, such as roundabouts (rotators) to traffic lights and vice versa and much more. Some may say that cameras will take care of that, but I've been involved in that research as well and reading things like traffic signs is actually a complex science as well.

 

There are definitely areas in some cities that are pretty good but even things like temporary traffic management are constant. It's not unusual for a smallish city to have hundreds of temporary traffic management changes, as simple as a 3 lane highway which is down to two. Then take into consideration the situation where the contractor starts a road closure early or finishes late and doesn't notify the roading authority.

 

Who wants an automated car system that tells you every 5 minutes that it is approaching a location where you need to take control. If you have to be monitoring the car all the time, because at any moment it is going to slow down and say there is an obstacle ahead that isn't in my database, then you are likely to just end up with more gridlock, if not more accidents.

 

This is a lot more complex than it sounds and I am concerned that the hype is overtaking the reality to a point where unrealistic expectations are being made. It truly is hard enough to find a normal car navigation system where the driver is still in control, that can be relied on for much more than general guidance.

 

I think the most likely scenario is that there may be certain toll roads or highways that may only be driven on in cars that meet certain standards, and outside of that, until a critical mass is reached of cars that not only have the technology with the latest map data on them ,but also that have the ability to identify changes and update a single common map data-set in real time. That may come in certain countries with cars that were designed for that country. But it won't be cheap.

 

If you'd like to know a little more just about the car nav itself, check out my blog from last year by Googling What is the best GPS car nav for New Zealand. You'll find it as the first return other than paid advertising and it will give you a little more insight.

 

It's probably time for me to road test some new models for this year. In the meantime, if you have a car navigation unit, especially one that you paid around $1-200 for, but even a top of the line unit, make a note of how often it is wrong, even slightly wrong and then think about whether you would trust that map data to totally control your car, with your family in it, while you read an eBook, newspaper or watch a DVD.

 

I'd love you to leave a comment on my blog about that. If there is sufficient interest, I'll approach the nav manufacturers and do somore more research.

 

Just for the record, I have driven with car navigation in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific and other places and I haven't been to a single country where the nav is fully accurate. The cost of doing that is just too high. I know from direct experience.

 

Will it happen one day? Absolutely, at least in cities and small countries where the massive cost of real time data collection, independent from manual data input from humans into databases, is justifiable.

 

Detroit might have you think it is all about the technology in the cars. Trust me, that's the easy part.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Explore the Pyramids and More In the Latest Street View Imagery in Google Maps

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RT @VIFLearn: Studying #Egypt? Explore the Pyramids & More In Street View Imagery in Google Maps http://t.co/ExeuMiOpiK @rmbyrne #globaled
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Great tool for teachers and anyone wanting to visit the world without leaving home or to decide where to go. I can almost feel the heat!

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Driverless cars: Who is responsible when something goes wrong? - Orlando Sentinel

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Driverless cars: Who is responsible when something goes wrong?
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The car itself is navigating into the spot, which it manages without a scratch.
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It is good to see car manufacturers looking to prevent driver-less cars from being hacked. It's also good that authorities are seeing that there is a risk of hackers taking control of driver-less cars, even groups of them and turning them into dangerous weapons.

 

It's ironic that while they are working on ensuring security, the FBI is suggesting that driver-less cars will easier for them to track. It will be interesting to find out what the privacy trade-off will be in that driver-less cars will need to communicate with the grid for safety and navigation purposes. That means if the transport systems know where vehicles are, so will the transport authorities and then if that data is subpoenaed, then legal authorities will also be able to track them.

 

This raises lots of interesting concerns. There are other industries that will encourage location based information, as I have blogged about before, for example Pay As You Drive (PAYD) insurance wants to know where you drive, how safely you drive, and other industries such as automobile associations breakdown services want to know where you are if you're airbag deploys. These types of services are typically something you opt into and the laws are there to 'protect' your privacy. They apply to all forms of vehicles, not just those without drivers.

 

The next step starts to get more interesting. If DOT's start using your location for things like automatic payment on Toll Roads using Fleet Management systems, they can technically track your vehicle anywhere. You could find that your car tells on you whenever you exceed the speed limit and you get instant fines. Law enforcement could find out where your car has been if you are a crime suspect and lots more. Of course they can already do a lot of that by tracking your mobile, but that's another story.

 

What it comes down to is that car manufacturers and government in general needs to ensure that our privacy is protected. To make it very clear with any system what information is shared, with who and what restrictions are in place on the purpose of use. If they don't, car manufacturers could find a resurgence of interest in old school cars that don't have computers.

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Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner - Autoblog (blog)

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Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner
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Ford is working on a smart system, based on Nokia mapping technology, that uses GPS data to use both the electricity and conventional fuel more efficiently.
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I started getting excited when I read the headline, but as I got further into the story, I realized this is a concept in development and won't be available for production for some time.

 

It is great news however for someone who spent 8 years working for a mapping company where amongst other things we were collecting gradient information aka inclinometer, specifically to assist in identifying Eco-routing opportunities including downhill  areas which would be great to include into a data-set for car navigation, which includes systems such as regenerative braking, keeping in mind that for every downhill, there is an equal and opposite incline. I have wondered which is best in a hybrid, should you use batteries on the uphill and petrol on the downhill?

 

The data we collected was also used to inform competitors in events such as marathons, so that people training for an event could identify areas they can train in, to find similar locations to those in the competition, which might be particularly useful if the competitor is not in a position to train on the actual course, but wants to be able to come up with a realistic simulation.

 

So great that Ford are doing this and look forward to seeing it available in production cars. I just wish the price would come down for hybrid cars. Seems a bit like healthy food, the vehicles that are the best for our environment cost the most.

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New quake map shows Northwest at high risk - KING5.com

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New quake map shows Northwest at high risk
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In July, the U.S.
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Following the Napa Valley quake yesterday (photos http://huff.to/1tC1AX4) this website/service which has just been updated provides a timely reminder, especially for the West Coast, but for all parts of the world that are prone to earthquakes, how you a map can provide easy to access and comprehend information to all people.

 

Planning to move? In my book Buying a House - Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services http://amzn.to/1olxtOa I provide examples and food for thought on identifying potential risks when buying that new property that turns out to be high risk for earthquakes, flooding and other natural risks.

 

Your council will have these maps, as will other Government Departments. Insurance companies have GIS systems to determine the risk of the property you are thinking about buying, it's well worth checking out. You're home being the biggest asset you will probably own in your life, it's worth doing a bit of research and a lot of it is as easy asking Google. I did a quick look for New Zealand Earthquake Maps and got results in around a second, like this one http://bit.ly/1p9pObA from The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

 

There are always lessons to be learned and a little research up front may save a lot of grief farther down the track.

 

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United, TripAdvisor, Starbucks add Uber booking to their mobile apps

United, TripAdvisor, Starbucks add Uber booking to their mobile apps | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Despite its regulatory woes, Uber is extending its reach in the smartphone world big-time.
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Before the taxi industry gets up at arms over this, you have options too. Some airlines such as Air New Zealand have Air NZ Taxis, a fantastic service https://www.taxi.co.nz/ which allows you to enter your flight details and choose from a variety of companies and types of taxi from vans to corporate through to lower cost services. If your flight is delayed, they are notified and there will be someone at the airport with a sign with your name on it. The prices are prepaid and guaranteed as is the service to get you to your flight.

 

Uber and lookalikes would not have the opportunity to break into markets if the incumbents were catering to clients needs. This is another industry that is changing and it is only changing because the old school companies are not keeping up with the times. Instead of trying to legislate new technologies out, why not try to find out what your customers want.

 

It is smart marketing for Uber to work together with other service providers such as transport, accommodation, tourist attractions and the features such as allowing customers to see where the nearest car is are smart. The ability in these types of apps to rate drivers is another  feature that adds confidence. With taxis having been deregulated over the years and more and more incidents of both assault of drivers by passengers and passengers by drivers, it seems that the traditional modes have become arrogant in some cases. 

 

I strongly recommend to the taxi industry that they start understanding the customers and remembering that they are there to meet their needs. A good place to start thinking IMHO is the wonderful book by Jeff Jarvis called What Would Google Do? You could start with the Slideshare, it's free http://www.slideshare.net/jeffjarvis/wwgd-the-powerpoint

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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell ... - Apple Insider

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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell ...
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Apple's automatic car parking and navigation patent applications were first filed for in February 2013 and credit Jason A.
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This is an application concept I tried to get off the ground in New Zealand a while ago, however circumstances meant it never quite got finished to a commercial level. That aside I used my Where's My Car application a week or two ago when I was parking in a park and area I hadn't been to before. It worked great.

 

The problem is a daily one for millions of people as I found out when I did some research for a presentation to the NZ Car Parking Industry Conference a couple of years ago. I visited car parks in New Zealand, Australia and the USA; in shopping malls, urban areas, and large car park buildings which were inside and encased in concrete where in many cases each floor looked identical to the one above and below. Every time a coconut, I saw people laden with shopping, impatient kids and other people in various stages of frustrated bewilderment, looking for where they parked their damn car.

 

Just go to any large parking area and see it for yourself. There were a pile of features I wanted, like the ability to know if I parked at a meter, or a limited time park, how long I had before I got a ticket, but that's another story.

 

My Where's My Car app that I bought in the USA was great going to concerts in giant venues, especially when I was in a rental vehicle that I didn't know well, and looked like so many others around it. I told my wife we should have gotten the Jeep, anyway that's another story.

 

The problem is that when you are inside the concrete jungle carpark, the GPS and sometimes even the phone signal don't penetrate and GPS or assisted GPS are the primary ways to pinpoint your location. A good app will pinpoint your exact location and to remove any doubt, will also allow you to write down details such as the floor and park number and even a photo (which could include the rego of the vehicle next to you, in case they leave any scratches on your car.

 

So the point of this patent which Apple think will give them some exclusivity, is the relationship with the car. If they have a device of some sort in the car, probably something like passive RFID, then when you get close enough, the car can tell your phone where it is. Meanwhile when (it determines) you park your car, the application starts monitoring the inertia censors and 6-point electronic compass as you leave the vehicle, in order to bread crumb  your movement until you get to a point where the GPS can get your signal again.

 

I don't see how Apple will get a strong patent to monopolize this technology except that they are working with car manufacturers, so they can have exclusive relationships with certain brands. This means that locating your car if you own one of the those brands, will be easier if you have an iPhone. I would expect Google Samsung to be having similar discussions with Asian car manufacturers for Android phones.

 

Anyway, the crux of it is that if you have the right combination of mobile and car, you will be able to locate where you parked it, even if its underground or in a concrete tower. That will save millions of people a lot of grief in the coming years. Don't worry, if you don't have the right combination of car and mobile, there will be perfectly good aftermarket solutions available in your favorite electronics or car accessory store and online.

 

If they are smart, car insurance companies will include this functionality in their PAYD or safe driving app; and perhaps the odd smart airline will do the same for frequent flyers, including this functionality into their check in apps.

 

In the meantime, your mobile's app store already has many free and paid versions of find my car apps that work perfectly well as long as the mobile has access to GPS.

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15 Amazing Maps That Explain Everything | Luufy.com

15 Amazing Maps That Explain Everything | Luufy.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
We've seen news reports of anti-American demonstrations where presidents and flags are burned in effigy, but there are a number of countries that have a generally positive view of the U.S. and, astoundingly, Russia is one of those countries.
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This should really be a coffee table book. It has that gentle but interesting look at trends in the world, who drives on the wrong side of the road, how much coffee we drink in different parts of the world to cure our desire for sleep, the size of the once great British Empire and the best paid jobs in America.

 

I love what you can show with maps, the stories are so easy to comprehend. You will have fun viewing these maps and find some interesting stories to share with friends.  .

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Smartphone Check-Ins: Not Quite an Aladin's Lamp. - 4Hoteliers

Smartphone Check-Ins: Not Quite an Aladin's Lamp.
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This is a smart first step towards meeting Smartphone users. I would emphasize first step because it doesn't say much about why I would use their app i the first place, but I'm listening.

 

There is a market of people, Free Independent Travelers (FIT) who would use this functionality, but they probably already have accommodation and travel apps for Africa.

 

If I was looking for a strategy to attract high value regular customers I would add in loyalty, local information and the ability to access the (IoT) Internet of Things. In other words imagine that the exclusive Apple Core Hotels app, gave you access to your room, control over lights, entertainment, your account, connected to the hotel's free WiFi, made you offers such as invitations to the Captain's Club, the ability to purchase from local restaurants or see the menu's of the hotel restaurants, access to the gym and pool etc.

 

It would also provide the ability to learn about local amenities from shops to entertainment, ability to check times at the 3 airports and whatever else is of interest. It would seem that the target market is one that is more affluent and able to afford to pay a little more (my experience is that its better to use apps and decided where to stay, but then to ring the hotel at around 8PM and negotiate a deal, better than the reservation engine apps offer.

 

For regular visitors this could become their concierge and start to learn about their needs and habits, but maybe that's going a little too far for a chain of 5 hotels?

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Traffic-Parking Information for One Direction Concert - Titansonline.com

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Traffic-Parking Information for One Direction Concert
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A crowd estimated at 50,000 is expected to begin arriving at LP Field Tuesday afternoon for a 7 p.m. concert by the band One Direction.
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This is a smart idea for major event parking if you can make it happen. With 50,000 people and 4,500 car parks, it could easily be one of those events where people arrive in time to see the encore.

 

A drop off zone is a great idea if you can keep it flowing. Pity the poor parents sitting in long queues but I'd love to find out if it works. I've been to events before, where people have driven up to the venue with a car full of people and left their car at the entrance to be towed away, figuring that sharing the cost of the tow shared amongst friends is worth it. I would have thought a cab would be cheaper.

 

Why doesn't someone create a mobile application for all the local businesses who let their company car parks be rented out to collect money for charities, to notify people that they still have spaces? Sounds like a simple opportunity, can't believe no one has done it yet. How about some royalty recognition folks? You read it here first:)

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