Car Automation Revs Up

Join Jesse and Joe at 11:30 on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the WAMC Roundtable as we talk about car automation. Android Auto and Car Play (from Apple) are shipping with new cars from many manufacturers now. We'll talk about what's going on including--

  • Integrating mobile devices with entertainment systems and phones (this has been going on for the last few years)
  • Using built-in automation (Car Play and Android Auto) -- what they can and can't do (plus why and how)
  • Turning your car into a mobile hot spot -- how, why, and who do you deal with
  • What is the next step in car automation and when might it arrive?

In addition to these technologies, Ford Sync 3 and Onstar compete to provide back-end services like emergency support, navigation, and hands-free calling. On the Android side, here's a summary of the state of the art of Android Auto along with a number of links to further resources). Once you're ready to dive in, here's a good getting started guide for Android Auto.

Here's a good overview of the state of Apple's Car Play automation as of the end of 2015 (note that some of the 2016 models referenced are now available). It also includes getting started info when you're ready.

Elsewhere on the car automation front, this just in from Matt McFarland of the Washington Post: "For the first time, Google's self-driving car takes some blame for a crash." From Google: "We clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn't moved there wouldn't have been a collision."

Telecommunications: The Next Five Years

Very good article from HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) on the future of telecom. Well thought-out and not a commercial for their products. Worth reading.

Home Automation: Energy Savings and Smart Control on The Roundtable December 15, 2015 11:30 AM

Join Jesse and Joe as they talk about what's new in home automation for smart control and energy savings (there's a lot!). After several years of almost-readyness, it looks as if we're starting to see results. They range from the evolution of smart bulbs and lighting controls in the home, to integration and smart hubs along with more offerings in the energy saving and monitoring department. There are lots of controllers in the $100 vicinity (just under to just over and into the 200s). Devices are more available than ever and there are more of them.


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