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Keycode Grabbers & Stealing Cars


Key code grabbers can make stealing some late-model cars shockingly easy. New and late-model cars are equipped with keyless entry and keyless start. These popular features let motorists unlock their car and start it without taking their key fob out of their pocket. The fob communicates with the car by emitting a code that’s picked up by an antenna normally hidden under one of the body panels. Thieves have found a way around it using a device called a grabber that’s readily available online. Amazon sells them cheap.

The grabber receives and records the code emitted by the fob. It then transfers it to a booster, which in turn uses it to trick the car into thinking the key fob is near. Armed with this technology, thieves can enter your car without needing to break a window or bend a door, and they’re often able to start the engine. The grabber must be positioned relatively close to the key fob to catch its code. It won’t work if the thief is a block away from where you park.

Several cars were tested that are popular in the United Kingdom, though not all of them are sold in the United States. The worst performer is the DS 3 Crossback, a premium crossover made by Paris-based Peugeot. It took security experts five seconds to break into the car, and another five seconds to drive off in it. The Land Rover Discovery Sport was gone in 30 seconds. The standard Discovery was broken into in 20 seconds, but driving off in it was impossible.

The BMW X3 and the Ford Fiesta stood out as the best models tested by the magazine. Its security experts needed 40 seconds to get in, and another 20 seconds to start the engine. Best is a relative term here; the study suggests stealing a $41,000 SUV takes approximately one minute.

Automakers are turning to technology to fight high-tech car thefts. Some brands — including BMW and Mercedes-Benz — use motion detection sensors to turn the fob off when it’s not being used, like when it’s on your kitchen table. Not every company offers this feature, however. If you’re not sure whether your car has it, and if you think it’s at risk of getting stolen, they suggest keeping your key fob away from doors and windows to reduce the odds of someone interception the code it emits.

Google Assistant & Alexa In Automobiles




Google’s Android Android, the world’s most popular operating system, has gotten automakers on board, building ties that could be used to hook drivers into Google’s Assistant, Alexa’s biggest rival in the U.S. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Volvo are all building entertainment systems on Android.

Other carmakers are going their own route.

Infiniti has Infiniti in touch services(smartphone) and Infiniti connection(wifi)

 The Mercedes-Benz User Experience system, like many automaker-branded software, is powered by technology built by Nuance Communications Inc., a software company in Massachusetts.

“Each of these manufacturers wants to preserve their own brand” in the car, says Richard Mack, a Nuance marketing executive. “When you press that button on the steering wheel, Mercedes would much rather see their emblem come up rather than a Google or an Amazon or a Microsoft logo.”


Amazon Packages Delivered Directly To Your Car


Amazon Key

Amazon recently introduced an in-car delivery service through its Key app, which means you can get Amazon packages brought directly to your car instead of having them left by your door or inside your home via the Key service.

Volvo and General Motors have signed on to be Amazon’s first partners in the new in-car delivery program. Folks with 2015 and newer connected Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles who have an active OnStar remote access subscription, or a Volvo car with an On Call account, can take advantage of the feature. As of today, in-car delivery is available in 37 cities across the United States.

Ford has also announced support for Key by Amazon In-Car delivery service for select Ford and Lincoln vehicles in a blog post on Medium. Key In-Car delivery is the first connected-vehicle service Ford plans to introduce for owners.

Key by Amazon delivers orders from the online mega-retailer to homeowner’s garages in supported cities. Customers in the same areas who own compatible connected cars can activate the Key by Amazon In-Car version of the service.

Research economists Fear Automated, Self-Driving Vehicles Will Have A Negative Impact


Research economists fear that automated, self-driving vehicles will have a negative impact on those that are deeply tied to traditional transportation business models and practices.

There are 1.7 million professional truck drivers in the United States and an additional 1.7 million operators of other commercial land vehicles. Policymakers must prepare for the possible elimination of many of these jobs.

The Center For The Future of Work intends to address the challenge by bringing economic expertise together with some of the world’s leaders in autonomous vehicle technology to forecast where and when these individuals might be displaced from their current jobs. With necessary data, they can begin to design policies that could better improve the dislocation of these workers, and have these policies in place before the disruptions emerge. A Heinz College student team is currently collaborating with the New America Foundation to create the first draft of a map in space and time that forecasts the potentially significant job losses associated with the commercial deployment of these technologies.


Hybrid truck and blue electric car on wireless charging lane


Ford Designs A Baby Crib That Feels Like A Car Ride



It’s dubbed the Max Motor Dreams, and it’s actually a “smart bed” for babies that can simulate the feel of riding in a car — a well-known trick for parents with babies that have difficulty falling asleep. It uses sound, lighting, and motion to mimic the feel of a gentle car ride from the backseat. Ford is running a contest in Spain where one lucky person to test drive the Ford Max vehicle can walk away with the baby bed. Now we just need to hope they smarten up and make an adult-sized version.


Google’s Waze



After a successful run in San Francisco, Google Waze is heading to other cities.The rollout will  have Waze  competing against the likes of ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft, both of whom already offer carpooling options — UberPool and Lyft Line.

Waze’s system allows drivers to make up to two rides a day — for example, to and from work — and riders pay to cover the cost of gas, plus a little extra.

The downside? A Carpool user has to request a shared ride several hours ahead of time, and then hope someone responds. If no one does, you can always jump in an Uber or Lyft.

With both Uber and Google continuing to make progress with their respective autonomous cars, it may not be too long before empty cars are driving up to collect passengers, giving both companies additional options over the kind of transportation services they offer.


Dutch company PAL-V is now taking orders for the world’s first commercial flying car, the Liberty. The company says that the Liberty models are fully compliant with safety regulations set by global governing bodies, and that deliveries will begin by the end of 2018.

The first 90 copies are designated as Pioneer Editions, boasting special exterior and interior details. For the personalized touch and additional standard features such as power heating, buyers will have to pay $599,000. After the Pioneer Edition sells out, PAL-V will start selling the standard model, known as the Liberty Sport, for $399,000.

Buyers should have a license for both driving and flying. On the road, the Liberty can lower its suspension and make use of its tilting cockpit for better maneuverability. PAL-V lists top speed on the road as 100 mph, while 0-62 mph is estimated to take less than 9 seconds. In the air, it can travel at up to 112 mph.


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