Those using a phone while driving on New South Wales roads have been put on notice by the state government, with cameras capable of catching illegal phone use set to be deployed across the state. The state government will be deploying the tech initially on Western Sydney's M4 motorway and Anzac Parade in Southeast Sydney. Read also: Moving from planes, trains, and automobiles to 'mobility-as-a-service': A peek into the future of transport in Sydney The three-month traffic camera pilot will be delivered by Australian firm Acusensus, which was one of the three companies that took part in an October testing operation. During the four-week test period, more than 11,000 drivers were detected using a mobile phone illegally. "Shockingly, one driver was pictured with two hands on his phone while his passenger steered the car travelling at 80 km/h, putting everyone on the road at risk," Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said of the trial. The new system … [Read more...] about New traffic cameras to snitch on texting drivers in NSW
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A Car Nerd's Guide To Japan An insider look at car culture in Japan. More than 1.8 million people in Japan bought new kei-cars in 2017, meaning one in three new cars sold in Japan last year had engines with only 660cc. The kei-car is very much a uniquely Japanese product that only seems to only make sense in Japan. So what’s it really like to live with one? I found out. (Full Disclosure: Nissan Japan were kind enough to provide me with a Dayz Highway Star, one of their most popular kei-cars to live with for a week.) We sometimes call them Galapagos cars because they’re uniquely evolved products designed exclusively for a closed market—something that runs in stark contrast to the rest of the globalized auto industry. They exist for tax and insurance reasons in Japan and designed to be super small for its crowded streets and tiny parking spaces. Some kei-cars have found their way overseas, such as the Daihatsu Copen, which was exported with a larger 1000cc engine. … [Read more...] about I Lived With a Japanese Kei Car for a Week and This Is What I Found Out
Main image: Earth-i’s orbiting 4K Ultra HD can stream live video of the planet. Credit: Earth-iWhat if the images in Google Earth were refreshed not every fews years, but every few seconds. Or just streamed as live video of Earth shot from space? What if the famous Google Street View vehicles weren't vans, but drones?All of this will soon be possible, thanks to a 4K Ultra HD camera that can stream full-color video back to Earth from more than 300 miles up. Meanwhile, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are on the cusp of being able to offer high-resolution close-ups of everything, everywhere. Google Earth Engine has already made satellite imagery available for Earth scientists – is the future for Earth observation real-time video?The first-ever color video from spaceHaving launched in January 2018, UK company Earth-i's VividX2 satellite began sending back the first full-color video. As well as multi-angle images that construct a 3D model, it has a 'video staring' … [Read more...] about Is a ‘live Google Earth’ coming?
Fast, muscular supercars. Sleek, sexy superphones. I had the chance to bring the two together in one epic road trip across Europe, and it was awesome.The journey: 1,500km (about 930 miles) of road winding through snow and rain through Switzerland, Germany and France. The vehicle: a 2017 McLaren 570GT, a $220,000 supercar with killer good looks and a V8 engine that'll propel it from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.The goal: To see how well the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus could capture the exhilaration -- and exhaustion -- of a once-in-a-lifetime trip. 32 Capturing an incredible McLaren supercar with the Galaxy S9 Plus Let's back up a bit. I had just finished attending back-to-back trade shows: Mobile World Congress in Spain and the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The big story at MWC -- the world's largest mobile phone show -- was the debut of the Galaxy S9 and its larger sibling, the S9 Plus. Samsung's marketing for the phones was all about the camera, and the … [Read more...] about My epic supercar superphone European road trip
It figures. You spend your whole life trying to avoid something ubiquitous, and when there's finally a reason to seek it out, it's nowhere to be found. That's the conundrum that engineer Daniel Lepczyk and I are facing as our 2019 Audi A8 prototype slips onto the motorway around the western German cities of Dusseldorf and Essen. We're hunting for traffic jams. The heavily populated region is famous for them, but on this overcast morning, traffic is thick, yet it moves freely. We're seeking out bottlenecks because the vehicle we're in is poised to become the world's first production car capable of Level 3 autonomy, and it needs gridlock to strut its stuff. In this case, the A8's "stuff" is Traffic Jam Pilot, a conditionally automated system that allows for completely hands-free driving in specific conditions. Necessary parameters for operation boil down to a divided highway with a center barrier (think: metal guardrails or concrete dividers), clear lane markings, no … [Read more...] about Hands on — and off — with the Audi A8’s Level 3 self-driving system