Take a drive on the IoT with V2V

What platform has become the most sophisticated and intimate personal electronic environment ever? The car. To paraphrase a famous automotive company’s top executive, car companies are transforming the car into a powerful smartphone that allows drivers to carry around, customize, and interact with their digital world. Automotive electronics are currently centered around people (infotainment and […]

Vehicle to vehicle communications, or V2V

While perusing my latest copy of American Motorcyclist magazine, I was pleased to see an article on how vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication might make roads safer for motorcyclists. V2V is where vehicles have their own dedicated micro-controller and wireless chip and security chip. Atmel makes all three, both as separate parts and combined into one. The […]

Rewind: 100 wow-worthy wearables from 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, let’s take one more look at the wearable devices that caught our attention over the last 12 months. At the moment, the wearables landscape is being dominated by brands like Fitbit, Apple, Motorola, Xiaomi, Samsung and a number of other tech giants. Total shipments are expected to reach 214.6 million units by 2019, reflecting a five-year CAGR of 28%. While today’s […]

Back to the Future II technology that actually exists today

Great Scott! These tech predictions from 1985 actually came true!  On October 26th, 1985 at 1:20am, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown and his sidekick Marty McFly hopped into a time-traveling DeLorean DMC-12 (powered by a flux capacitor and Mr. Fusion generator to produce the required 1.21 jigawatts of electricity) and arrived in their hometown of Hill Valley on October 21st, […]

Report: 1 in 5 cars will be connected by 2020

The increased consumption and creation of digital content within cars will lead to sophisticated information and entertainment systems. If you buy a car within the next five years, it’s likely that it will be Internet-enabled. That’s the prediction Gartner has shared, anyway. The market research firm has released its latest report that expects there to be approximately 250 million […]

Report: The car of 2025 will repair and drive itself

An IBM study says more intelligent cars will be commonplace by 2025, while self-driving cars may not. With the emergence of the IoT, our world is becoming increasingly more connected. Not only is it our kitchens and living rooms, but smart “things” are beginning to infiltrate our garages and roads as well. Today, it is more apparent than ever before that consumers are more engaged, […]

What trends can you expect to see at CES 2015?

What a year 2014 has proven to be for smart technology. From cars and homes to handheld devices and wearables, just about everything in our world seemed to go online. In fact, according to a statement from the Consumer Electronics Association, CES will feature “the largest ever showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the Internet […]

GM says driverless Cadillac to hit the road by 2017

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, has recently announced that the company plans to introduce 120-miles of technology-enabled highways in and around the Motor City. By 2017, GM is planning on deploying vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems as a standard in its Cadillac CTS sedan. Equipped with the company’s “Super Cruise” technology, future vehicles will be able […]

Talking cars can lead to safer, less congested roads

25 years from now, we can expect to see roads filled with millions of self-driving vehicles, as automakers and legislators aim to cut back on congestion and accidents. This week, the Department of Transportation announced the arrival of a report regarding the future of vehicle to vehicle (V2V) technology. As previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, V2V […]

Hacker group sets out to improve vehicle security

Forget about car jacking, car hacking is now at the center of all the buzz. A grassroots security movement called “I am the Cavalry” recently introduced a cyber safety program to facilitate collaboration between researchers and car makers as vehicles become increasingly connected. Last Friday, the group presented an open letter to the heads of today’s leading automotive companies challenging them to acknowledge growing cybersecurity concerns […]