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    Distracted driving and big data — what’s the connection and concern

Distracted driving and big data — what’s the connection and concern

General Motors just announced that it is planning on beginning to place special distracted driving software into some of

Safely post your vacation photos while you’re away, especially of your children

Posting your vacation photos online via social media sites, or online galleries while you're traveling can have serious unintended consequences. Ned Levi discusses the problems of privacy when posting vacation photos online, the consequences which can result from the postings, and what you can do to prevent those consequences.
By |June 3rd, 2013|Columns|3 Comments|

How’s the iPhone 5 for travelers?

Ned Levi has been evaluating Apple's new iPhone 5 for a short time now, and has a first look review for you. Ned discusses important issues of the phone for travelers including, screen size, phone size, LTE, simultaneous use of voice and data, battery life, GPS usability, the new lightning connector, mapping apps and other issues.
By |October 1st, 2012|Columns|5 Comments|

Do you trust GPS directions?

We’d entrusted our route to the Google Maps app on my iPhone; it had never steered us wrong. The program assured me that yes, the winding road between Santa Maria and Interstate 5 was the fastest, most direct route to our destination. It even showed me the gas stations along the way: a Texaco, an Exxon and a Chevron. Wrong on all counts.

Monitored driving for insurance discounts (or surcharges)

For more than a decade, rental car companies have been monitoring the use of their automobiles through the use of GPS devices. They have looked at monitoring speed limits, the distance traveled and destinations. Now insurance companies are beginning to tap into the information that GPS units can reveal about drivers.

With more than 90 percent of travel taking place by automobile, this tracking issue is sure to get more scrutiny in the not-too-distant future.

What we’re reading: New JetBlue service from LGA & DCA, world’s best airport restaurants, new ATC tests in Seattle

JetBlue introduces new service from LGA and DCA, the world's best airport restaurants, airlines tests landing instructions from a satellite at SeaTac

What we’re reading: Rental car takes a dip in the bay, airlines warn of Olympic chaos, pilot skills may be eroding due to technology

Rental car’s navigation system guides Japanese students straight into the ocean

When it comes to using your GPS, don’t believe everything it tells you, as a group of Japanese students found out recently.
In what can surely be filed under the “what in the world were they thinking” category. Three Japanese tourists decided to forgo all logic by following the directions of their rental car’s navigation system and drive directly into the ocean while vacationing in Australia.

Reported in the Redland Times, the plucky trio was apparently trying to get to North Stradbroke Island, an island only accessible by ferry, but instead got stuck in the bay after the tide swept in. Under the direction of their Hyundai Getz’s navigation system, the Japanese tourists were lured out into low tide, only to realize later (far too later) that they had been lead astray.

What we’re reading: Frontier apologizes to quadriplegic man, Lightsquared to modify network, California Pacific to fly to Vegas

Frontier apologizes to quadriplegic man removed from flight, Lightsquared to modify network, California Pacific startup to fly to Vegas

What we’re reading: TSA targeting Mexicans, wireless network could jam GPS, Las Vegas Sands sued

Behavior Detection Officers targeting Mexicans, new wireless network could jam GPS, Las Vegas Sands sued by employees