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Car detects if drivers are falling asleep at the wheel, wakes them up
Driving while sleepy can be just as dangerous as drink driving, and yet there isn’t currently a way to test for tiredness in the event of a crash. Marketing campaigns such as Drive Awake have used facial recognition to detect if drivers are falling asleep, but required drivers to take it upon themselves to install the app. Spain’s Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) has now created the Harken project, which places sensors into seatbelts and car seats to track drivers’ alertness. READ MORE…
Plug-and-play device brings smart capabilities to entire car fleets
Not everyone can afford to trade in their current car for a model that comes with smart features as standard, never mind businesses with large fleets. We’ve already seen the OBDLink MX WiFi marketed as bringing connected cars to individual drivers, and now Poland’s Cloud Your Car is enabling companies to track their fleets and driver behavior with a device that plugs into any car. READ MORE…
App offers a comprehensive guide to local and real-time parking restrictions
Finding a parking space in big cities can be a nightmare, which recently prompted on-demand valet service Caarbon to do the job for drivers. But even when a space is discovered, it’s easy to fall foul of rules and regulations that aren’t clearly marked or are just plain confusing. AppyParking is an app that details paid and non-paid parking spaces in real time, as well as factors such as congestion charges and special restrictions. READ MORE…
P2P car insurance pools claimants’ cash to reduce premiums
Customers of typical insurance companies pay a premium that’s generally determined by the average risk attached to the behavior of people they’ve never met. A new startup from the UK — Guevara — could now help responsible drivers to cut the cost of their car insurance through peer-to-peer group payments with people they trust. READ MORE…
Smartphone charger can also jumpstart your car
The driving experience is being improved with smartphones enabling hands free calling and a slew of smart features, such as the Audi eKurzinfo app that can scan car parts and diagnose problems. Now JUNOJUMPR is a smartphone accessory in the form of a portable charger, that can also be used to jumpstart a car in the case of a breakdown. READ MORE…
Car accessories enable drivers to broadcast their mood
Although car owners often show a part of their personality through their choice of vehicle, along with customizations such as bumper stickers and sticky car art, they can’t change those things to reflect their mood at any one time. Enter MotorMood, an automotive accessory that enables drivers to let the car behind know exactly how they’re feeling. READ MORE…
‘Ghost’ road barrier tricks drivers into stopping
While the majority of drivers obey road signs, there are some that will dangerously ignore a stop sign if they’re in a rush. Australia’s Laservision has now created the Softstop, a projected sign that gives the illusion of a physical barrier across the road. READ MORE…
From Australia, car slows down when drivers lose attention
In the early 1990s, Western Australia had the lowest number of road deaths per 1,000 people in the country – now, it has the highest. In order to find a solution to this problem, motor insurance company RAC has developed the Attention Powered Car, a vehicle that detects when drivers are becoming distracted and slows it to a stop. READ MORE…
In South Korea, vacant parking lots automatically alert drivers using nothing but balloons and string
While Germany’s ParkTag app uses smartphone-enabled crowdsourcing to alleviate the stress of finding a parking space, sometimes solutions can take a much more modest form. The Here campaign uses a simple balloon system to let drivers instantly know when a parking lot space is free. READ MORE…
High-tech parking meters detect vehicles and charge accordingly
Parking in the city can be a nightmare, which is why startups such as ParkTag have aimed to use crowdsourced data to let drivers know when a space becomes free near them. Now KERBspace is using tech to help parking meter operators to make the ticketing process more seamless. READ MORE…
Electronic licence plates can be invalidated remotely
The Tennessee Government has already brought drivers’ licence registration into the 21st century by using self-service iPads for renewals. Now South Carolina may introduce electronic licence plates that use electronic ink to signal when a car is stolen, suspended or uninsured. READ MORE…
Device and app monitor a car’s health and give fuel efficiency tips
We’ve seen numerous mobile apps designed to improve drivers’ safety on the road, but Automatic takes what may well be the most comprehensive approach to date. With the help of a small device that plugs into the car, the Automatic app monitors that car’s health, makes money-saving driving tips, remembers where the car is parked and more. READ MORE…
From Israel, smartphone designed for use while driving
Using a cell phone behind the wheel has largely been banned around the world, and we’ve even seen the RodeDog app help alert friends when drivers do try to pick up their device. However, Israeli telecoms company Accel has developed the Voyager, a car phone that aims to be more practical as well as safe for vehicle owners. READ MORE…
Keyfob senses car accidents and alerts emergency services
If sensors can be placed onto motorcycle helmets to alert loved ones in the event of a crash, then it seems like the logical next step is to install such a device in cars. Enter splitsecnd, a GPS-enabled keyfob that instantly connects drivers to an emergency responder when an accident happens. READ MORE…



Inflatable car cover and app reduce chance of hail damage
Safety features on cars are largely focused on reducing the danger of those inside and out getting hurt – and rightly so – but damage to vehicles can also result in large bills for drivers. With this in mind, the Hail Protector is an air-filled cover that can protect cars from the destructive force of falling ice lumps, with a tie-in app to alert drivers of weather changes. READ MORE…