The Struggle to Keep Bears Out of Camper’s Food and GPS

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Campers escape to Yosemite National Park in Fresno, California for many reasons. Whether it’s to unplug, enjoy the peace and quiet, or hike the trails and see the scenery, it’s a popular family destination. One thing campers don’t want is a bear invading their campsite. Worse yet is the bear that tears the site apart in search of the food. Rangers know that the wild black bears wandering the woods are easily attracted to the food brought into the park by campers, and work hard to ensure campers are aware the threat is real. Some campers disregard the rules, andRead More

GPS Breaks Down Hunting Method of CA Mountain Lions

Eric Kilby

Scientists don’t know much about the how the majestic and elusive mountain lion hunt their prey, but that’s all about to change thanks to the help of a wearable GPS tracking devices. Scientists with the University of California in Santa Cruz say they’ve learned more than ever about the way these creatures behave, especially during the hunt. They’re even able to determine the energy used by actions like pouncing and chasing. How It Works The mountain lions were fitted with GPS tracking devices – the SMART Wildlife Collar – which feature accelerometers that tell the scientists exactly what the animalRead More

Rip Curl Creates a GPS-enabled Surf Watch

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Most of the time, water and high technology don’t mix; especially GPS. But the surfing company Rip Curl has just released a new GPS-enabled watch that can both handle waves and record surfing sessions using GPS technology. If you are a serious surfer, this is the watch for you. The Rip Curl SearchGPS Watch The SearchGPS watch does exactly what you might expect it to do. This watch records your movements as you catch waves, but it does more: tracking your rides each day tracking the distance that you ride each wave number of waves caught records wave speeds YouRead More

Think Keyless Cars Are Safe From Theft? Think Again!

Jeff Wilcox

A number of high-end luxury cars are keyless. Instead of inserting a key into the ignition, these cars operate just by placing the keyless “key” inside of the car and pressing the start button. In newer models, drivers don’t even have to insert the keyless key into any kind of ignition, just keeping that key inside of a car is enough to operate the vehicle. Keyless car entry was developed as a means of heightened security against car theft. The thought was that if a thief doesn’t actually have the keyless device, they can’t break into and steal a car.Read More

Inattention Blindness: What it Is and Why You Should Care

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There’s a new term circulating called “inattention blindness” that pertains mostly to the things you do while driving your car. Things like using voice commands. A new study conducted by the University of Utah’s Center for Distracted Driving indicates that people are distracted when using hands-free interfaces, and this distraction is just as dangerous as picking up the phone to call someone while you are driving. Why Hands-Free Can be Dangerous Your might have both hands on the steering wheel, and your eyes may be on the road, but if your brain is concentrating on trying to speak to yourRead More

Smart Parking: A Novel New Concept

Nic Redhead

Car technology has made a lot of progress over the past few months, but we haven’t heard much about smart parking – a new concept created by a California company called Streetline. I’m guessing that you haven’t heard of smart parking yet, but it’s bound to be a big deal if the concept takes off. What Is Smart Parking? It’s kind of tough to explain this concept concisely, since smart parking really spans a bunch of different topics and categories, but, essentially, smart parking involves parking lot data collection. Using data collected, companies and governments that own parking lots canRead More

Distracted Driver? Watch Out!

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According to numerous sources, General Motors is working on technology that will pay close attention to a driver’s head and eye movements. The eye and head tracking tech will keep close watch over drivers that are distracted. Distracted drivers will hear warning sounds from the tracker, and drivers will be alerted when they are not paying enough attention to roads or to mirrors. Safety First GM hasn’t exactly had a solid track record when it comes to safety. In the past few months, the company has had a lot of recalls. But, GM is now focused on working with Australia-basedRead More

BMW ConnectedDrive Is Here

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BMW has been putting SIM cards into all the models the company has created since this past April. These SIM cards are what BMW’s ConnectedDrive is based on, and new BMW owners can use these connected options right away. It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking about the future of connected cars, and now BMW’s connected options are here – that’s kind of mind-blowing. But, what’s inside of the new BMW’s and why would you want one? Here’s a closer look. Inside the New BMW Models The ConnectedDrive options that BMW has recently created are optional on almostRead More

The 2016 Ford Bronco Hoax

Brian Cantoni

The Ford Bronco hasn’t been around since the early 1990s. Now, Ford is bringing the Bronco back. In 2016, Ford will release an all new Bronco that brings back everything you loved about the old version with a few modern upgrades added to the mix — that’s how the story went, at least! As it turns out, the rumour that was circulating about the new 2016 Ford Bronco was simply an April Fools joke put on this past April by the Four Wheeler Network. But, the Network also had a really good point in doing so – they hoped thatRead More

Car Tech May Not be all It’s Cracked Up to Be

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Have you heard the term “infotainment?” Think of things like integrated GPS systems, and other technology that is integrated into modern cars. It’s getting increasingly hard not to buy a car that doesn’t have some kind of infotainment element to it, too, but a new Consumer Reports publication points to some problems with infotainment, and to some cars that are particularly troublesome because of these added features. Cars on the Consumer Reports List Things like integrated GPS systems and audio systems that are high-tech can be a lot of fun, but when these things break problems arise. Some technology isRead More