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Gorilla Glass is everywhere right now, it's what protects some of the best mobile device displays, but it looks like the company could be moving into the automotive industry as soon as next year. Considering over 1.5 billion devices feature the display-protecting technology, it's a smart move.
Why would auto makers want Gorilla Glass technology in their cars? It would make them lighter, which would result in increased fuel economy and better performance - win, win, right? According to Corning's senior vice president, Jeffrey Evenson, who expects at least one high-end manufacturer to bake their Gorilla Glass technology into their cars to replace their windows by next year. Not only will it make the car lighter, but it would also act as a sound deadening material which will reduce road and wind noise.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Acer had something that was probably hands-down the most unique thing I saw at Computex, the Bicyclean. What is the Bicyclean? Well, it's a three-part process to combat the issues of the growing electronic waste problem.
The first step is that it pulverizes and grinds down circuit boards to the consistency of sand, second it extracts ferrous metals using a magnet, then it separates nonmetals from nonferrous metals with an eddy current rotor. It's an impressive concept, and I'd love to see Acer pushing this across the world. Unfortunately, I didn't hop on for a ride!
If you're driving around in an electric vehicle and are looking for a cheap way to charge it at home, Bosch has come to the rescue with their new Power Max range of EV chargers.
Bosch are now offering a level 2 home charging system for just $450, which includes 16 amp charging and a 12 foot cord. There are two other options in the range, increasing the amperage up to 30, with a choice of either 18 or 25 foot cables. These two options cost $593 and $749, respectively. They don't include any additional networking features, but they'll get your charging done, cheaply.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has announced that he is in talks with Google to develop driverless technology for Tesla's electric vehicles.
Musk says that he feels that autonomous driving is the next logical step in the evolution of cars, but is hesitant because he believes Google's technology, which currently utilizes sensors over an optical system is, "too expensive," and may prevent Tesla's plans to implement Google's system from coming to fruition.
"We've had some technical discussions with Google about its Light Detection and Ranging, or Lidar, laser tracking system... I think Tesla will most likely develop its own autopilot system for the car, as I think it should be camera-based, not Lidar-based. However, it is also possible that we do something jointly with Google."
Tesla Motors' CEO, Elon Musk, announced last month a partnership with two major banks that would see consumers enjoy the option of in-house financing when purchasing their Model S electric car.
Musk said that consumers could own the Model S electric car for less than $500 per month at the time, but has since revised these figures. Under the new plan, future owners of the Model S would expect the monthly cost to be around $580, which takes into consideration the projected savings from using electricity versus gas, depreciation and a few other factors. Tesla also notes that the cost for business use could be a low as $315 per month.
The new plan also involves an updated resale value guarantee, which states that the resale value on the Model S would be higher than Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus or Mercedes. Tesla have also extended the amount of time an individual can finance a Model S from 63 months to 72 months, through Wells Fargo and US Bank.
New Apple patents depicts iPhone remote unlocker, remote engine starting, and parking locator for automobiles
This morning the United States Patent and Trade Office published a number of patents filed by Apple, two of which related to Apple's aspirations to further integrate into the automobile tech market.
The two patents describe systems that would let you control your car from an iPhone and perform such task as unlocking the doors, starting the engine remotely, and helping you figure out where you parked in that massive parking lot or parking building. The system would pair the phone and car over Bluetooth and would use a mapping system to figure out where the car is parked.
The other interesting patent involves using an iPhone to remotely start your vehicle, which is actually nothing new, but the patent picks up where others left off. Users would be able to set rules on what time periods the car can be remotely started, set a maximum speed limit for teenage drivers, and even limiting the use of the radio, or other so-called infotainment devices while the car is being operated.
Volkswagen has debuted a new vehicle, known as the iBeetle, at the Shanghai Motor Show. This new vehicle was built in conjunction with Apple, meaning that the iBeetle's big selling point is the iPhone integration present. Volkswagen is hoping to boost the popularity of the vehicle more than Apple is hoping to boost the popularity of the iPhone.
The car features a built-in iPhone 5 cradle and offers numerous different functionalities. The Beetle app allows the iPhone to display various gauges, such as a G-meter or compass. The new iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet will be put on sale in 2014, likely in the first part of the year.
When I was a kid, all I wanted was a NES - these days, kids have all the fun with iPad's, PCs, 360s, and more. Well, if you're from a well off family, Japanese mech factory Sakakibara Machinery Works could make your kids' dreams a reality.
The mecha manufacturers are making a mech for kids, priced at a whopping $20,000. Sakakibara Machinery Works have built adult-sized mechs before, named "The Landwalker", but these kid-sized mechs are named the Kid's Walker Cyclops. The pint-sized mech features one seat, and a drill - which doesn't look functional.
The Kid's Walker Cyclops is actually the second mech released for kids, with the company unveiling a bigger version a few years ago. The new version is slimmer and looks more streamlined. Imagine turning up to a school yard fight in one of these bad boys?!
The number of teenagers texting whilst driving has doubled since 2010, with every two out of five teenagers texting while driving. The information has come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
The agency found there are more than 600,000 drivers use their cell phone when driving, where around half, or 48.6% of all drivers in the US have admitted to answering a phone call, and one in four admitting to placing a call. There are laws in place within some states in the US for distracted driving or using a mobile device when driving - with 39 states enacting the law. These laws have not been completely effective in preventing accidents.
Around 6% of drivers have claimed they were involved in a crash, and 7% in near-crash situations within the past year. 2% of which admitted to using a mobile phone and 3% specifically sending or reading a tex message.
Audi's Connect Infotainment system utilizes the T-Mobile network for its data needs. The companies have released a joint statement introducing new data plans that bring the price as low as $15 per month. The data plan would have previously set you back $30 per month on a month-to-month basis.
The new plans include unlimited data for $30 per month, a yearly contract, a two-year contract, or a 30 month contract. These will set you back a total of $324, $600, or $450, respectively. Cars are often long-term purchases, so getting a two-year contract probably isn't a problem for most.
One thing that I would like to see is the ability to sell the contract with the car, if for some reason you need to sell the car right away. It's not clear whether or not Audi and T-Mobile currently offer this.
Customers want to have the wireless experience they want when they want it - at home, at work, or in their car. Through our partnership with Audi, customers can now access award-winning in-vehicle service and virtually unlimited data access for as little as $15 per month.