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June 5th, 2017 News of the Day: Apple CarPlay can lock your iPhone, Google map now shows pollution

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【Summary】News of the Day for June 5th, 2017.

Original Claire    Jun 05, 2017 5:39 PM PT
June 5th, 2017 News of the Day: Apple CarPlay can lock your iPhone, Google map now shows pollution

Apple CarPlay will block your iPhone while you're driving

Apple announced today that it will add a "Do Not Disturb" feature to Apple CarPlay along with iOS 11. According to Jalopnik, Carplay will use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi doppler effects to detect when you're in a car and "automatically lock down your phone." One will have nothing but a blank screen to look at.

"iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark. Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination." Apple said in its press release.

Along with the new CarPlay automatic iPhone lock functions, people can still choose a provided "I'm Not Driving" option to unlock the their iPhone.

Google Street View Cars are now measuring air pollution

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Two Google Street View cars in Oakland are now mapping and measuring pollution in the local area. A mechanical system with pumps is installed below the cameras on top of the vehicle, and will pull in outdoor air to an air quality meter located in the truck of the car, then emit the exhaust back outside again.

The program was started last year by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Google Earth Outreach, and researchers at the University of Texas in Austin. The air monitor tool is from the San Francisco start-up Aclima. Each car drove six to eight hours a day around Oakland, California repeatedly sampling every street in one section of the city. Researchers then collected all of the urban data to better understand the city's air quality.

People can check the pollution maps on the EDF website. The system on the Google's Street View cars can later be added to buses, Ubers and Lyfts, etc.

Toyota testing its flying car project for 2020 Olympics

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Toyota is working with Japanese company Cartivator on designing a flying car for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A recent video posted by the Associated Press shows part of its tentative testing process on the prototype:

In the video, the early prototype is basic structural scaffolding equipped with batteries and motors. The video also shows an engineer attempting to control the flying machine by making it lift up inches higher before the craft fell to the ground ungracefully.

Toyota has invested $400,000 in the project and plans to launch the pilot testing of the finished project in 2019.

AAA Raises Premiums for Tesla Vehicles Amid High Cost of Claims

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According to Automotive News, the American Automobile Association (AAA) says it could raise rates on Tesla vehicles as much as 30 percent due to findings from recent insurance data. By examining data from the Highway Loss Data Institute and confirmed that the amount and cost of claims for the Model S and Model X are much higher than average.

"Looking at a much broader set of countrywide data, we saw the same patterns observed in our own data, and that gave us the confidence to change rates," AAA chief actuary Anthony Ptasznik revealed to Automotive News.

While Tesla denies the analysis by saying that it's severely flawed and is not reflective of reality. "Among other things, it compares Model S and X to cars that are not remotely peers, including even a Volvo station wagon," the automaker said.

Faraday Future to compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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EV company Faraday Future has reaffirmed its commitment to compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. To bring a "new level of transparency to testing," the company said it will become the first original equipment manufacturer of EVs to participate in the competition, and run a FF91 prototype in the Exhibition Class.

The car will be driven by Robin Shute who is the Principal Engineer at Faraday Future.


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