If the U.S. government has its way, cars will soon be talking to each other.
- The Obama administration wants to push through a new rule requiring technology be implemented into all future cars and trucks so they can warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid crashes.
A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually prevent as many as 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles.
The technology uses a radio signal to continually transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other information. Similarly equipped cars and trucks would receive the same information, and their computers would alert drivers to an impending collision.
New rules would eventually require passenger cars and light trucks to communicate with each other to help avoid accidents
A car would ‘see’ when another car or truck equipped with the same technology was about to run a red light, even if that vehicle were hidden around a corner. A car would also know when a car several vehicles ahead in a line of traffic had made a sudden stop and alert the driver even before the brake lights of the vehicle directly in front illuminate. The technology works up to about 300 yards (275 meters)away.
If communities choose to invest in the technology, roadways and traffic lights could start talking to cars, as well, sending warnings of traffic congestion or road hazards ahead in time for drivers to take a detour.
The technology is separate from automated safety features using sensors and radar that are already being built into some high-end vehicles today and which are seen as the basis for future self-driving cars. But government and industry officials see the two technologies as compatible. If continuous conversations between cars make driving safer, then self-driving cars would become safer as well.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the vehicle-to-vehicle technology “the next great advance in saving lives.”
“This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether — saving lives, saving money and even saving fuel thanks to the widespread benefits it offers,” Foxx said.
It will take time for the technology to reach its full effectiveness since the current fleet of vehicles on the road will have to turn over or be retrofitted. Once a critical mass of vehicles is equipped with the technology, they are expected to be able to follow each other safely at a close, pre-set distance on highways. Such “platoons” or “road trains” hold the potential to enhance the flow of traffic and save fuel.
The information sent between vehicles does not identify those vehicles, but merely contains basic safety data, NHTSA said. “The system as contemplated contains several layers of security and privacy protection to ensure that vehicles can rely on messages sent from other vehicles,” the agency said.
Adding the technology to new vehicles or retrofitting existing ones is expected to cost about $341 to $350 per vehicle in 2020, but could decrease by more than $100 over time as manufacturers gain experience making the devices, the safety administration report said.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers praised the technology, but avoided commenting directly on the government’s intention to require the technology in new cars. Instead, both groups urged the Federal Communications Commission to preserve the 5.9 GHz radio frequency for vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
The frequency was initially expected to be dedicated to transportation technologies, but the commission has said it is exploring whether that frequency can be used for other wireless demands as well.
“We understand the pressing need for additional spectrum and are open to sharing this spectrum if it can be done safely,” said Gloria Bergquist, vice president for the alliance. “We continue to urge the FCC not to compromise the use of the spectrum until it is definitively established that sharing will not interfere with the safety of the driving public.”
eyefactive Extends the Human-Computer Interaction by Recognition of Objects on Large Professional Touchscreens
Multitouch technology got established on smartphones and tablets. The direct operation by fingers facilitates an intuitive control of contents and applications on the display. eyefactive extends the human-computer interaction by recognition of objects on large professional touchscreens.
Wedel, Schleswig-Holstein — (ReleaseWire) — 11/27/2017 — Touchscreen object recognition employs the known principle of barcodes for checkout systems: Any object tagged with a specific marker chip can be recognized and processed by displays in realtime. So far object recognition on LCD based touchscreens was only possible with external accessories like QR code scanners. Now, with eyefactive marker chips, objects can be recognized directly on the display.
Instead of working through complicated menu structures users can open the desired content simply by placing a physical object on the display. As soon as an object is being recognized by the touchscreen, further information opens in its vicinity in form of individual media or whole applications straight away, which then can be navigated by fingers via multitouch.
The fields of application are manifold: customers open specific content at point of sale, media fades in next to exhibits miniatures, games can be intuitively controlled by haptical elements like steering wheels.
As of now the marker chips are available from eyefactive. Many apps and widgets which can be linked with objects are already available for download in their own dedicated online shop for touchscreen software. The recognition technology is integrated in the touchscreen CMS software AppSuite free of charge – what is more, it can also be upgraded for external programs and development frameworks.
About eyefactive GmbH
eyefactive from Wedel (near Hamburg / Germany) is the leading provider for interactive multitouch and multiuser technology in large-scale. The product portfolio consists of flexible and scalable multitouch displays integrated into tables and walls as well as the first dedicated app-platform for interactive signage software. For effective marketing at points of sale & information and creative teamwork in companies. eyefactive has been awarded multiple times, e.g. “ICT start-up of the year 2012” by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Clients are world renowned brands like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz Bank, Beiersdorf, Siemens and Olympus.
Tecno i7 will sweep you off your feet
Ever wondered why some Chinese companies are able to give you a smartphone loaded with high end specs and decent build quality, at a price way less than what world famous brands do? Chinese smartphones are often cheaper because they don’t have the same overheads as brands that have physical stores. Did you see the announcement of the Galaxy S6? Have you heard of the contract Robert Downey Jr signed last year with HTC? Or that Sony wants to promote the Xperia Z5 in a new James Bond film? These things cost a fortune. A fortune that you, the customer, end up paying. Tecno must have fallen on your ear. Browse https://jiji.ng/mobile-phones/tecno, where you can find an affordable Tecno smartphone in your city. So check this Tecno i7 to see whether, it really stands a chance in the already overcrowded african smartphone market?
The Tecno I7 is a modern looking gadget, that is very similar to other smartphones in the market. On the right side are the power and volume buttons. Tecno has given the power key a textured finish, which helps distinguish it from the volume keys just by feel.While, the front side looks expensive, the rear panel, looks borrowed, this is where i7 loses points is in terms of originality.
Tecno i7 comes with 5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, which gives bright and decent colors while watching movies, youtube or web browsing. You can also regulate the brightness manually or choose automatic adjustment option.
Hardwear and softwear
The I7 runs a heavily skinned version of Android called Hi OS and powered by a 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor paired up with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone has 32GB of internal memory along with a duo SIM card slot as well, wish you expand the memory storage. It supports 3G, 4G and other connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Fingerprint sensor is accurate and responsive.
The front camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels paired with with a Quad LED flash. It offers good colour and fast shutter speed.The camera is snappy and gives you easy access to some of the options right from the main screen. You can swipe to switch from photo capturing mode to video mode, as well as change to other modes like Beauty and Panorama. Unfortunately, the front 16 MP camera with Front LED flash promises a lot on paper, but fails to deliver.
One the strongest points of the Tecno i7 is its battery. The smartphone equipped with a 4,000mAh battery that supports fast charging. The Rocket Charge will get you 80% charge within 70 minutes.
Why You Still Need An MP3 Player
Only five or ten years ago MP3 players were the most popular devices for listening to music, but as mobile phones became more and more advanced, MP3 players started to lose their popularity. However, there are still plenty of reasons to choose an MP3 player over a music app in your smartphone. You can buy MP3 players and lots of other electronics in Nigeria at unbelievably low prices by simply following this link: https://jiji.ng/electronics
Low cost gadget
Even the latest MP3 player model is still cheaper than a mid-range smartphone, so if you often break or lose your device, an MP3 player can become your low-risk investment. For example, it may turn out that replacing the screen on your iPhone costs as much as a new iPod, so dropping your device on the ground can have different consequences depending on which gadget you prefer.
Take the most out of your music collection
Most music fans have huge collections of MP3 files on their computer – they can be downloaded from the Internet or converted from music CDs. An MP3 player becomes the most suitable device for playing these files. Modern smartphones are mostly designed for using music apps and subscription services, while transferring and organizing MP3 files on your phone can turn out to be quite tricky. An MP3 player will let you effortlessly select music by artist, album or track title, or even release year. And don’t forget the super convenient playlist feature!
Perfect for active lifestyle
Keeping fit and leading an adventurous life are today’s biggest trends, and music is an essential component of active lifestyle. No matter what you’re into – running, going into the gym, hiking, cycling, or climbing – an MP3 player is a much lighter and smaller device than your mobile phone, which means it’s much more convenient to carry around. Plus, many MP3 players like the iPod Shuffle have special clips, so you don’t have to keep them in your pocket.
Save battery life
One of the biggest problems of smartphone users is the battery that dies in the middle of the day even when you’re not actively using the phone. Obviously, listening to music for hours has an even more drastic effect on the battery life. MP3 players, however, are known for lasting for days while playing music non-stop. That way you can take the pressure off your phone’s battery while enjoying your favorite tunes wherever you are without worrying about the battery life of your devices.