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IoT in Vehicles: The Intelligent Car

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live and the way we drive. Using advanced sensing and inter-connected data, the next generation of intelligent transportation systems has brought us into the era of the ‘intelligent car.’

IoT technologies used in vehicles offer a variety of solutions, including connected car solutions:
– Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
– In-vehicle infotainment systems
– Navigation & telematics solutions
– Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P) for safety and mobility solutions
– Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) applications
– Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) applications
– Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communication applications

With an estimate that at least 75% of cars will be connected in 2020, the growth of the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) creates a transportation system that knows who we are and where we want to go.

What is the Internet of Things?
According to Intel, “The Internet of Things is an evolution of mobile, home, and embedded devices and applications that are connected to the internet, integrating computing capabilities and using data analytics to extract valuable information and sharing data over the cloud .” In simple terms, IoT refers to everyday items being connected to the internet to make life easier. This means that you can control specific items remotely, via a smartphone app, to communicate with other products.

For example, if you run out of milk, your connected refrigerator will automatically send you a reminder when you walk past the dairy section in the grocery store. Or if you’re driving around and need to find a parking spot – since your car is connected to the internet, the parking meter connects to your car and tells you where the empty parking spot is.

How does IoT work?
Connected vehicles refer to the wireless-enabled vehicles that connect and communicate with their external and internal environments. The intelligent car is constantly being equipped and upgraded with technology to make us better connected with the elements both inside and outside the car; enhanced navigation, streaming infotainment, enhanced safety features, and especially the integration between the dashboard with smartphones and wearables.

Bandwidth Evolution:
The key technology to an intelligent car is 4G LTE. LTE possesses the speed, low latency and IP-connectivity, to enable high-quality in-vehicle applications. LTE guarantees speed and quality of service and improves vehicle connectivity dramatically.

With the goal being to achieve a safer and greener mode of transportation, connected cars are the future.


Car Dash Cam: Should you buy one?

What is a dashcam?
A dashboard camera is a camera that is attached to the back of your rearview mirror or mounted on the windscreen. It continuously records the view through your car’s windscreen and sometimes even the rear or other windows. The recordings are stored in an SD card. Some dashcams have a loop recording feature – which means it automatically deletes the old recordings to make storage for the new footage. In short, it is like a CCTV for your car.

One of the most important benefits of dash cameras is its accident recording capabilities. It helps to capture vehicle collisions or any other dangerous or odd activity. India is filled with characters who ignore road rules; be it jaywalkers, someone not using their turn signals, overtaking, speeding, road rage, drunk driving, or the most common of all – hit and run cases, all of these are common accidents waiting to happen. And more often than not, the footage from a dashcam could serve as defining proof of who was at fault whenever required and help you to claim your car insurance easily.

The internet is also filled with plenty of popular moments when people have caught unique incidents and unexpected events thanks to their dashcams.

Are dashcams legal in India?
There is no law at present that makes installing dash cams illegal, which means they serve the same purpose as having a CCTV installed in your house. There should be no legal objections to having one in your vehicle.

What to look for when buying a dashcam:
At the very least, the dashcam you buy should be able to do the following:

    – Take good quality recordings in all light conditions
    – Have a GPS that can record your speed
    – Have a wide-angle lens to capture as much as possible
    – If the option is available, choose one with a dual-lens so it records both the front and rear view of the car

So, should you get one? Yes. Dashcams are becoming a trend, with more and more customers requesting manufacturers to have them as permanently fitted equipment in cars. Having a dashcam is definitely a benefit, especially on Indian roads and traffic.

The Best Travel Apps You Need on Your Phone

When planning a trip and starting on a journey, some things are an absolute necessity and cannot be left behind: passports, documents, visa, tickets, and of course, your phone. These days there is no shortage of apps that make our travels easier. Here’s a shortlist of some those must-have apps that could make your trip a lot more convenient.

This award-winning app provides you with every ticketing option you need; be it a hotel, bus, flight, train, cab, or even a holiday package, MakeMyTrip is a one-stop solution for all travel needs and a must-have app when planning a vacation.

Never fight with roommates, friends and family over bills and expenses owed with the help of this genius expense-splitting app! Splitwise is a free tool that tallies who paid what and sends reminders at the end of the month to settle debts, settle up with a friend and records any cash or online payment. It allows you to quickly add expenses on the go before you forget who paid. There is no more need to painstakingly sort through bills and see who owes what and how to split costs between members of the group.

Google Maps
Those road trips just got easier! Most phones come with this app pre-installed and most of us already use it on a daily basis for various needs. While other variants do exist, Google Maps is the most extensive and accurate mapping system that will put you in the right direction. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets, real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for travelling by foot, car, bicycle and air, or public transportation, making sure you do not get lost.

Google Translate
Language is no longer a barrier with this useful little app also from Google. Google Translate features offline and real-time translation. Just download the language you need and aim the camera at the text you need translated and you get quite literally an instant translation. Plus, it works with images as well!

XE Currency
Over 70 million downloads worldwide, XE Currency allows you to keep track of live rates of every currency, and also works offline. Transfer money in 65 currencies to over 170 countries, and monitor up to 10 currencies of your choice. Just remember to download the conversion rate of the countries you’ll be visiting and you’ll be good to go.

The Best Christmas Gifts for Car & Bike Lovers

Christmas is just around the corner. But lucky for us shopping for those car and bike enthusiasts in the family have never been easier! There are plenty of gadgets and kits out there that would make great gifts.

MAX Premium Car Care Kit
This unique kit comes with a combination of 6 selected products for all your Cleaning, Washing and Polishing needs as well as 4 pieces of foam for easy application of polishing products. The Pack includes:
-MAX Dashboard & Tyre Shiner 200 ML
-MAX Clean and Shine Polish 200 ML
-MAX Liquid Wax Polish 200 ML
-MAX Vinyl and Leather Polish 200 ML
-MAX Windshield Washer 200 ML
-MAX Car Shampoo Come Polish 200 ML

YUNTUO Full Finger Touchscreen Protective Gloves
This one’s for all those biker friends. Made from microfiber, nylon and rubber knuckle, the breathable cloth material makes it comfortable to use in all seasons. These riding gloves come equipped with a touchscreen capacity on the index and middle fingertips. It comes with an adjustable velcro strap so you can adjust this glove to your wrist size.

HOTOR Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner with LED Light
With over 700 positive reviews on Amazon, this vacuum cleaner seems to be a favourite amongst car owners; and for good reason too. This lightweight and versatile vacuum is powered by a HOTOR upgraded motor to pick up all kinds of dirt and fine dust in your car. Equipped with a 5m power cord and an extended tube, it can easily clean those hard-to-reach corners of your car. It comes with 4 accessories: extra stainless HAPA filter as replacement, hard brush for ground-in dirt, crevice tube for deep clean, soft long tube for mobility. All HOTOR products are guaranteed to a full refund or a replacement.

Fisher-Price Laugh N Learn Smart Stage TabletThis one is for all those parents who do carpool every day for their kids back and forth from school or just keeping the tiny tots entertained on a long drive. The Smart Tablet is suitable for ages 2-5 years and introduces the child to letters, first words, animals and more. It includes Smart Stages technology, which provides learning changes as the baby grows, with lots of music, phrases and fun sounds and three levels of play.

Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones
It’s hard to see a biker without a Bluetooth headset these days. Almost everyone who commutes on a daily basis can be seen enjoying their music on-the-go. Gifting a Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones will be the perfect gift because with it’s 9hrs battery life, adjustable ear hook for comfort and 10mm sound driver, not only is it useful for travelling but also just catching up on Netflix shows with the phone or laptop.