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News: Satnav Handlebars Give Directions And Warn Of Theft

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French company Velco has launched a set of retro fit high-tech cycle handlebars for cyclists.

With integrated GPS, smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth and twin 224 lumen headlights, the device can provide route guidance with turns indicated by rider facing LEDs.

And integrated sensors can detect when the bike has been moved, alerting the owner via SMS. You can then track and locate it via an app.

The handlebars are powered by rechargeable tubular batteries which lock into the handlebar ends and the bars.

Source: velco.bike

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, June 15 @ 03:32:04 EDT

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News: Key Parts Of OS MasterMap Data To Be Made Freely Available

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It has been announced that key parts of Ordnance Survey’s (OS) highly detailed OS MasterMap are being made freely available under the Open Government Licence (OSL).

Data to be made available free of charge includes OS MasterMap Greenspace Layer, OS MasterMap Highways Network, OS MasterMap Water Network Layer and OS Detailed Path Network.

It's estimated that this will boost the UK economy by at least £130m each year, as innovative companies and startups gain access and start to use the data.

Previously a one-year contract covering Great Britain cost £4,581,000. Making OS MasterMap available in this way is intended to remove the barriers identified which affected start-ups and small businesses in particular.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, June 15 @ 03:19:47 EDT

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News: 2nd Batch Of Speed Cameras Removed

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Temporary average speed cameras that recorded 1,300 speeding drivers have been removed from the A90 in Scotland.

The point-to-point cameras were in place for just short of a two year period and monitored a stretch of road between Balmedie and Blackdog in Aberdeenshire.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, June 10 @ 09:27:37 EDT

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News: Apple CarPlay Adds Third Party Navigation Apps - At Last

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Apple announced the forthcoming iOS 12 update at their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday.

Hidden amongst a long list of updates was news that CarPlay is to gain support for third party navigation apps at long last. Currently the only navigation app available is Apple's own Maps app.

Fans of Google's own Maps app and Waze will be pleased and it's hoped that TomTom will look to making their navigation apps available on CarPlay, we've reached out to them but not yet had confirmation on this.

The WWDC session covering CarPlay is available here

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, June 08 @ 03:58:09 EDT

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News: TomTom To Integrate What3Words System

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TomTom announced yesterday that it is partnering with UK startup What3words and adopting their geocoding system that uses just three words to help travelers find their way to very precise points on earth.

What3words divides the entire planet into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, assigning each square a random three-word address. For example, if you want to find your way to a specific place in the Gobi desert, What3words may tell you that its address is “departed.rumbled.awaiting.” Move a few meters to the left, and the three-word address will change.

It's a superbly simple system and allows you to easily pass on a location where traditional postcodes aren't an option and Lat/Lon too complex and confusing.

TomTom will be offering what3words integration to TomTom consumer and automotive customers in the second half of this year.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, June 08 @ 03:49:09 EDT

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News: Over 2000 Get Caught On Sheppey Crossing

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Thousands of speeding drivers have been caught by speed cameras on the Sheppey Crossing - the bridge that connects the Isle of Sheppey to the mainland of Kent.

The average speed cameras have been live since May last year.

It seems that motorists are more in hurry to get onto the island than leave it, with 1,139 drivers
caught speeding Sheppey bound, compared to 867 leaving it.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, June 07 @ 07:26:04 EDT

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News: More Speed Cameras For Leicestershire

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Following last month's announcement that new average speed cameras are to be installed between Lutterworth and Market Harborough, Leicestershire has started work on a batch of new ones.

The point-to-point cameras, due to be switched on in the summer, are part of a year's trial along key routes in Leicestershire. The initiative is reported to cost £500,000.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, June 06 @ 06:00:31 EDT

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News: Google Maps and More Coming to Apple CarPlay

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Apple have announced at their WWDC 2018 Keynote that they will be adding support for more navigation apps in iOS 12. The software update, due around September, will mean that users of CarPlay can choose alternative navigation apps to Apple's own - Google Maps and Waze are two options that will work.

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Posted by maft on Tuesday, June 05 @ 07:30:59 EDT

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News: Huge Road Death Reduction In Abu Dhabi

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Road deaths in Abu Dhabi have fallen by a massive 22 per cent over the first four months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, June 03 @ 08:05:49 EDT

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News: New Speed Cameras For Leicestershire

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New average speed cameras are to be installed between Lutterworth and Market Harborough.

The work of installing the point-to-point cameras on the A4303 Market Harborough to Lutterworth road has already been started by Leicestershire County Council.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, May 31 @ 07:43:13 EDT

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News: PSA: Lifetime Doesn't Mean Lifetime

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While I'm fully aware that most of our readers will already know this, the term 'Lifetime Support' doesn't mean you will get updates forever. What I wasn't aware of was just how many people incorrectly believe it does. A recent Which? report claims that 60% of us believed that 'Lifetime' meant for as long as the device worked.

As we know, this isn't the case - just look at the TomTom debacle earlier in the year for proof. The term 'Lifetime' refers to the lifetime that the manufacturer decide to provide support for it - this is generally decided by a technical/hardware limitation such as the current maps or software are too big to physically fit on an older device or older processors simply can't handle updated software.

In a nutshell, just make sure you keep your devices up to date as you never know when their lifetime will end! Also, if you've only just bought a device that then reaches it's end of life then you can likely get a refund under the Unfair Trading Regulations.

Source: Which?

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Posted by maft on Wednesday, May 30 @ 07:31:43 EDT

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News: Google Teases Updates To Android Auto

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Fans of Google powered smartphones may already be familiar with Android Auto, the platform that allows compatible vehicles to display apps and access info via the head-unit. If you haven't, services such as this ,and Apple's CarPlay, allow you to use your phone and its apps in place of the multimedia and navigation options provided by the car.

At Google's recent I/O developer conference the company teased the next version of Android Auto to give developers a head start in preparing to support it.

Google also announced that Volvo will be the first manufacture to build Android Auto into its head-units. Previously Android Auto allowed in-car hardware to 'mirror' a connected phone, but this will forgo the need for a compatible phone at all, integrating Android Auto directly into the vehicle.

Support for larger in-car screens and different orientations and resolutions are all coming. Vehicle specific theming is also on its way, allowing a manufacturer to customise the UI to match its branding and design. And a great many tweaks to things like Playlist and Album support and better messaging. If you already use and like Android Auto then these updates will greatly add to the experience.

Source: Google Developers on YouTube

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, May 25 @ 04:17:20 EDT

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News: Galileo: UK Attempts To Clarify Its Position - And Fails

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The UK has published a 'Technical Note' in an attempt to clearly state its position on Galileo. Something it singularly fails to do as it flies in complete opposition to statements that continue to be made via other Government sources.

In the publication it states that it is the UK's wish to continue to participate in Galileo, something it believes is beneficial to both the EU and the UK and that it is "a core component of a future UK-EU security partnership".

Our continued access to Galileo's PRS (Public Regulated Service), the secure signal, hardened against spoofing and jamming, has always been a matter open to discussion and agreement. Access to the public signal that we would all rely on for satnav etc has never been in question.

So, whilst a measure of politicking on the subject of Galileo is to be expected where Brexit negotiations are concerned, the government continues to express its desire to build its own competing GNSS system. They claim it's an economically viable option, no-one else seriously thinks we can afford it. And our Defence Secretary thinks we can have a system that would beat Galileo's PRS to market. This despite Galileo being in orbit and PRS just needs to be switched on. See a pattern here?

And to add yet more farce to the situation, there is now speculation that we might look to Australia or even Japan as partners in a new system of our own!

Brexit, the black comedy, continues.

Source: assets.publishing.service.gov.uk

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, May 25 @ 03:56:33 EDT

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News: New Speed Cameras For Lancashire

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A brand new fleet of speed camera vans were introduced across Lancashire yesterday. Eight high visibility vehicles will monitor speeding, seat belt offences and mobile phone use.

The operators are being issued with radios and body cams in an attempt to keep them safer. There are also CCTV monitors in the vans. This is due to a increase in abusive behaviour at the hands of some disgruntled motorists.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, May 22 @ 13:56:30 EDT

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News: Fake Speed Camera Proves Successful

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A man has erected a fake speed camera in the front garden outside his house.

Jim Dyke, 32, erected his device in the village of Clows Top, Worcester using a drain pipe, plywood, yellow paint and a mirrored beer mat - it took him three hours to make and cost him £25.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, May 20 @ 06:05:26 EDT

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