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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions
There’s a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don’t respect the rules of the road. We’ve already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. READ MORE…
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…
Navdy is Google Glass for the car
Google Glass is the most notable piece of tech that’s set to bring head-up display (HUD) to pedestrians, and we’ve already seen Ride:HUD provide similar handsfree capabilities to motorbike riders. Now Navdy is a HUD for car owners, helping them to keep their eyes on the road while remaining connected. READ MORE…
New Toyota minivan will make it easier for drivers to yell at their kids
Parents who drive will know all to well the feeling of trying to concentrate on the road while the younger backseat passengers scream and fight, because it happens without fail every single day. Not only is it annoying, but it’s also dangerous. Australia’s Attention Powered Car has already attempted to introduce an automatic slowing mechanism when drivers get distracted from the job at hand, and now the new Toyota Sienna is set to come with Driver Easy Speak, a system that amplifies parents’ voices, enabling them to be heard over kids’ screaming. 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…
Caarbon is a personal, on-demand valet service
Drivers in any reasonably-sized city know that parking can be an absolute nightmare, whether it’s difficulty finding a spot, trying to avoid fines or even just the walk through dank, gloomy parking lots. While apps such as Fixed have aimed to make parking tickets less of a worry for motorists in San Francisco, a new startup called Caarbon is now enabling drivers to safely store their car by summoning a valet service to any location through their smartphone. READ MORE…
Taxi fleet to be made kid friendly with safety seats
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent article on BalticTaxi’s new dedicated service for cyclists, which sees certain cars within the fleet equipped with bicycle roof racks. In an effort to further accommodate the varying needs of their passengers, the company is now adding in child safety seats as standard in selected vehicles as part of its SafeBaby scheme. 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…
Design-your-own car decals enable easy personalization
The fashion industry is one that has embraced customization of its products to enable wearers to express themselves when they’re out on the street, but the same can’t be said for cars, with options limited to paint color or bumper stickers. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, StickOut offers large, easy-stick decals designed by professionals and personalized by the consumer. 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…
Nissan creates the world’s first self-cleaning car
Ruining a prized possession with stains and dirt is never a good thing, and it seems there’s currently considerable effort being placed into creating more durable products. We recently saw Silic launch a Kickstarter campaign for t-shirts that repel liquid stains, and now Nissan has created what is perhaps the world’s first self-cleaning car. READ MORE…
In South Africa, free-to-use electric cycle taxis are paid for by ads
In big cities, congested roads mean that public transport is the predominant mode of travel and if residents need to take a car, it’s usually a taxi. The Netherlands’ Hopper has already explored the possibility of eco taxi travel with its one-person electric scooters, and now Mellowcabs is enabling South African citizens to travel for free in its electric cycle cabs that are funded by advertising. READ MORE…
Motorbike helmet add-on enables headphone-free listening
Motorcycle helmets are growing up. First, we saw the NUVIZ Ride:HUD — a helmet add-on that gives them a Google Glass-style head-up display with information such as maps and speed. Now HEADWAY from Germany-based startup Rockatoo aims to replace motorcycle headphones with a device that turns any helmet into a loudspeaker. READ MORE…
Widget turns any car into a smart vehicle
The Internet of Things is already making great headway in connecting home appliances to owners’ smartphones, and consumer vehicles are set to be the next big thing to go digital if demonstrations at this year’s CES are anything to go by. Currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, OBDLink MX WiFi is a small device that enables drivers to use a variety of maintenance tools and dashboard displays through their mobile. READ MORE…