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[17 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
iPhone gives augmented reality to car navigation system

Fujitsu Ten has just released an app that takes video from an iPhone camera, displays it on the screen of a car navigation system and superimposes icons on the video. The augmented reality application can provide useful information about the surroundings to help with giving directions.
The “Driview” application which is available for free download, works with Fujitsu Ten’s “Eclipse” brand of car navigation systems ( ‘AVN-ZX02i’ or ‘AVN-Z02i’ ). The iPhone is connected to the navigation system using a separately sold cable.
The company has previously released smartphone integrated systems …

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[15 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Honda Develops Technology to Prevent Traffic Jams

Honda motors recently started testing the world’s first technology to prevent traffic congestion. This system was developed after realizing that the acceleration and deceleration of one vehicle affects the traffic patterns of the vehicles trailing behind. The system detects a vehicle’s potential to cause traffic congestion by analyzing a car’s driving pattern. The driver is then given advice on best times to accelerate or apply braking via an on board color-coded display, resulting in smoother driving.
Private test results have shown an increase in speed of about 23% and an …

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[31 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Sleep-Buster Detects Sleep 10 Minutes Before, Potentially Saving Lives.

Falling asleep at the wheel is a major road hazard. It has been estimated that sleep-deprived driving is the cause of between 16% and 60% of road accidents. And according to a poll, 250,000 drivers in the US fall asleep at the wheel everyday. When most feel the grip of the sandman while driving the first thing they do is roll down the windows or turn up the radio, however this only offers a short duration of alertness. Even coffee drinkers experience “microsleeps,” of a four or five second, plenty …

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[26 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Custom Car with an Audio Doll

Fumihiro Takeda spent over ten years and 20 million yen modifying a Nissan Infiniti Q45 into what he calls the “Mayumi Special”. In Takeda own words “To put it simply, this is an awesome car. I want to make cars that interest even people who aren’t usually interested, including children. I want to create cars that make people say wow, cars that are fun to look at, that are not just pretty cool, but awesome.”
The Mayumi Special has an all red body, huge rear spoiler and speakers and LEDs everywhere. …

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[3 Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
Toyota’s Smartphone Card – Fun Vii [Video]

Minds were blown at Tokyo Motor Show 2011 with Toyota’s unveiling of their concept car for the “not-too-distant future”, the Fun Vii (Vehicle, Interactive, Internet). This is a car whose entire surface; both interior and exterior is a full color display. The vehicle is able to change color, display images and video, and also interact with the driver as would any internet connected personal computing device.

Their really flashy video presentation showed the driver using an augmented reality display while driving, snapping a photo with his smartphone and the transferring …

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[2 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Worlds Coolest Golf Cart? Nissan’s New Concept EV

Isn’t this the coolest golf cart you’ve ever seen?

Okay, it’s not a golf cart. This is the ‘NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT’ an EV (electric vehicle) model proposed yesterday.
Four keywords outline the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT:
* Innovative – New two-seater compact mobility for various needs and occasions
* Easy – Size which enables anyone to drive and park easily
* Safe – Maneuverability equivalent to motorbikes with greater safety
* Clean – No emissions while driving
One idea behind using this design is that it would be well suited for the elderly, this is in …