News: Here is Your Chance to Trial a Self-Driving Car
...if you live in Phoenix, Arizona (United States). Google's self-driving car project (now rebranded as Waymo) is opening up hundreds of self-driving cars to residents of Phoenix after numerous regulations have slowed down trials in California.
Self-driving cars make use of GPS and digital maps as well as a plethora of sensors and cameras that constantly monitor their surroundings to keep their passengers safe.
"Over the course of this trial, we’ll be accepting hundreds of people with diverse backgrounds and transportation needs who want to ride in and give feedback about Waymo’s self-driving cars. Rather than offering people one or two rides, the goal of this program is to give participants access to our fleet every day, at any time, to go anywhere within an area that’s about twice the size of San Francisco."
The number of police camera vans have doubled in the North Yorkshire area. The county's police have introduced a further six vehicles to their existing fleet of six.
They will also monitor seat belt offences and motorists who hand hold mobile phones while driving. Additionally, they have automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras that can identify passing criminals.
News: EGNOS enables first satnav landing of passenger aircraft
A passenger aircraft has made the first precision approach procedure guided only by satellite navigation thanks to EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) at Bremen airport in Germany.
EGNOS is a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that enhances the positional accuracy of GPS and provides an alternative to the conventional ILS (Instrument Landing System) used by aircraft currently.
EGNOS permits landings to be attempted in CAT I visibility conditions and guides the pilot down to 60 metres above the ground before the pilot must make a visual sighting of the runway and confirm it is safe to land.
EGNOS offers a number of advantages, it offers an increase in precision over ILS and does not require the ground infrastructure that ILS needs, reducing costs for airport operators. Aircraft wishing to use this system require EGNOS receivers in the cockpit.
Highways England has announced that average speed cameras on the M32 motorway have now gone live.
The point-to-point cameras will cover roadworks along the southbound carriageway of what is one of the shortest motorways in Britain at 4.4 miles. The M32 is a spur road into the centre of Bristol from the M4.
News: Updates to TomTom's original iPhone App will end in Sep
For those of you still using the original TomTom iPhone app, the company has just released an update with a note forewarning that updates will cease in September and citing changes in TomTom and Apple technologies for the decision.
TomTom launched their all new smartphone app, TomTom GO, in 2015. It reflected the user interface changes that had been made on it's PNDs and, unlike its predecessor, the new app was free and came bundled with a limited number of navigation miles. To unlock unlimited navigation you have to buy one or three years access.
Unfortunately the app met with decidedly luke warm reviews. The interface was dumbed down and, despite some updates, lacks core functionality that was available in the original app.
So many of us have clung on to the original despite TomTom offering a free upgrade for those who had bought the older version. But without map updates it seems we will have little option but to move to TomTom GO or another navigation app after September.
Garmin have bolstered their range of drive recorders with two new models, the Dash Cam 45 and Dash Cam 55.
In addition to the drive recorder/eye witness functionality, the new units have automatic incident detection using a G-Sensor to save recorded footage, GPS, and advanced driver alert features including forward collision alerts and lane departure warnings.
The new models also support voice control enabling drivers to start and stop recordings without having to interact with the device. The Dash Cam 55 has a maximum video resolution of 1440p using a 3.7 megapixel sensor whereas the Dash Cam 45 supports a maximum of 1080p via a 2.1 megapixel sensor. Both feature 2-inch LCD displays.
It is also possible to use the camera to capture a 'Travelapse', a video capture of an entire journey that compresses hours of footage into a few minutes, a novel new feature.
Both models will be available to buy soon, the Dash Cam 55 has a suggested RRP of £149.99 and the Dash Cam 45 £129.99.