This Robot Can Fly a Plane

Airplane! Screenshot

Most of the commercial airplanes already in flight are controlled by robots, only those robots don’t look like people, they look like computers. There are still humans piloting the planes, just in case something goes  awry while a plane is on autopilot. Some South Korean scientists have created a different kind of robot. This one is called PIBOT, and it actually looks like a human, sits in the pilot’s seat, and can adapt to any plane and any situation effortlessly. What PIBOT Does Why would the world need a robot that looks like a human sitting in the pilot’s seat?Read More

FitBit Goes With GPS

FitBit Heartbeat Bracelet

FitBit recently unveiled a three new fitness tracking bracelets. The Charge is an upgrade from the original FitBit, the Charge HR incorporates heart rate monitoring into the mix, and the FitBit Surge adds GPS tracking. The Surge is the FitBit bracelet to watch, since serious runners and fitness enthusiasts tend to be serious about GPS-enabled devices. If you run or want a fitness tracker, here’s what you can expect to find with the FitBit Surge. Feel The Surge FitBit has done some research and discovered that people serious about physical health often track their heart rate. Why? Because tracking yourRead More

Silvercar: A Different Kind of Car Rental Service

Silver Car

If you’ve ever stood in line after a long flight and waited for a rental car, you know just how taxing this process can be. That’s why Silvercar was invented. Silvercar’s logo is “car rental that doesn’t suck,” and that’s exactly what the company tries to do. If you have an upcoming trip to book, here’s why you may want to check out Silvercar instead of going the regular car rental route. One Type of Car The thing that sets Silvercar apart from the other car rental agencies is that this company only rents one type of car: the AudiRead More

Is Audi’s RS7 The Fastest Self-Driving Car On Earth?

Audi RS7 on the Hockenheimring Track

This past weekend, Audi demonstrated just how fast the new RS7 could go on a track in Germany. The car zoomed past onlookers gazing at the blur with open mouths. Not only is the RS7 fast, it’s also a self-driving car. As Audi would like people to refer to it, a “piloted driving” car. The Speed Test The RS7 was demonstrated on the Hockenheim speed track in Germany, and the car reached speeds of 149 MPH – that is, indeed, the fastest tracked time for a self-driving car. Since the RS7 is a piloted driving car, there’s no driver needed,Read More

Car Tech News From India

Zoom Car

There’s a lot happening with the U.S. car tech scene right now from driverless cars to 3D printed cars, but there’s also a huge tech boom happening in India. A ton of tech startups from India are catching the eyes of some pretty big investors, and one of those companies is called ZoomCar. What ZoomCar Does ZoomCar is a car share/rental service kind of like ZipCar. The difference is that ZoomCar rents electric cars to users. Electric car rentals might not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that India’s largest city is home to more than 16Read More

Is Hands-Free Driving Safe?

Dirk Haun

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released a report on those many hands-free devices and technologies that are supposed to make the roads safer for drivers and pedestrians alike. Surprisingly, most of the time the hands-free options actually cause more problems than they solve. Here’s a closer look at why hands-free options in automobiles might not be quite as helpful as they may seem. The Hands-Free Problem It has long been speculated that using a hands-free option while driving (like BlueTooth) can be just as distracting as using the actual device. The aforementioned report points to the reasons whyRead More

AeroMobil Has a Flying Car

Flying Car - AeroMobil

Even before the DeLorean appeared on screen in ‘Back to the Future,’ society has been somewhat obsessed with the possibility of a flying car. There have been mentions and sketches of cars that can fly in the past, but few have come as close to making car flight a reality as AeroMobil, a Slovakian car company that will unveil the world’s first flying car prototype on October 29th at the Vienna Pioneers Festival. The Details AeroMobil has told press that the car will be tested on October 28th in order to work out any last minute kinks before its officialRead More

Smartphones vs. Dedicated GPS Devices

mroach

Why would a company that owns a few service vehicles prefer to install dedicated GPS tracking devices in their vehicles instead of just issuing employees smartphones? Smartphones are great! I have two smartphones in my household and most of my friends have one. One of my favorite features of the iPhone is its built-in GPS. I prefer it to my vehicle’s built-in navigation system for finding places to eat. At Rocky Mountain Tracking we loved the idea of building tracking apps for smartphones. We assumed that dedicated devices would eventually be phased out, but that hasn’t happened – mainly because ofRead More

New in Car Tech: Lane Change Assist

Robert S. Donovan

Numerous car companies are set to include technology called “Lane Change Assist” on 2015 models. This technology will make it easier to safely change lanes. The reason for the technology is because drivers are often more at risk when changing lanes. So, what does this technology do? Here are some details to look forward to. Lane Change Assist Tech Have you ever been driving along on a highway and decide to change lanes? Of course you have; it’s kind of the way that highway driving works. Well, have you ever looked in your sideview mirror to check the next lane,Read More

Nobel Prize Winners Discover GPS-like Structures In The Brain

Sarah Laval

A recent study conducted by a team of scientists in an effort to combat Alzheimer’s without the aid of technology has led to the discovery of a group of cells that work just as a GPS device would. Will this be the key to combating the disease? Nobel Prize Discovery A team of university scientists including Dr. John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser, and Edward I. Moser, has been awarded the Nobel Prize for the new groundbreaking discovery. The Mosers, husband and wife from Norway, have given people a better understanding of how the brain works on a daily basis. This mightRead More