CarLock 3.0 allow greater security than before

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CarLock, the GPS revolution designed to notify motorists if their vehicle is broken in to or stolen, has launched a brand new, updated version of its app.

CarLock 3.0 is a brand new generation of car protection, with a redesigned interface that is more user-friendly than ever before. A range of robust new features are also included in the update, including a slick new dashboard, a redesigned and streamlined login screen and a profile for multi-vehicle overviews.

Smarter, quicker and more intuitive than ever, the latest version of the app will launched on 6/22/2016. All existing users will be invited to upgrade at no cost, giving greater peace of mind at the touch of a button. The exciting new update will take vehicle security to a whole new level, and keep drivers more in touch with their cars than ever before.

Matej Persolja, CEO of Protectus Technologies, Inc., says, “We’re very excited to launch the updated version of the CarLock app, to give drivers more control over their vehicle security than they’ve ever enjoyed in the past. The entire thing has been redesigned to make it easier to use, and there are a bundle of new features which integrate with the CarLock itself, providing core diagnostics and protecting the vehicle at all times.

“CarLock indicates a move away from traditional car alarms, which are largely ignored nowadays, signifying a smart new way to protect vehicles at home and elsewhere. We’re pleased we’ve been able to leverage the latest technology to provide a better, more effective companion app for all of our CarLock customers.”

As well as the new app, the CarLock team will be launching a my.CarLock web interface – a brand new dashboard which offers an at-a-glance overview of each car, completed journeys, and a brand new metric: Your Driving Score. This new score gives a number between 1-100 so drivers can gauge how smooth their driving is. Users will also be able to see how many journeys they’ve made within a certain timeframe, as well as adding additional vehicles to their account.

The CarLock itself uses remote GPS technology to allow vehicle owners to track their car’s every movement, as well as pinpointing its location if necessary. By logging into the app on a smartphone or tablet device, users can monitor their vehicle twenty-four hours a day. New features integrated within the app also allow users to personalise their experience by uploading images of their own vehicle to the app.

The CarLock communicates with the app via the CarLock Cloud, which notifies the owner with a mobile alert if a series of suspicious activities are detected. The app also sends notifications when the CarLock has been disconnected.

The new look app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and is compatible with any smartphone running iOS. An Android version will be available later in the year. CarLock 3.0 is designed to run in the background, providing round-the-clock updates on the vehicle’s location and giving vehicle owners total peace of mind that their expensive asset is protected.

To learn more about the company or to place an order visit www.carlock.co or download the app from https://itunes.apple.com/si/app/carlock/id721180397?mt=8

 

Forgot your Volvo key? There’s an app for that

Volvo Cars digital key

Volvo Cars digital key

BY GERRY MILES

No one likes being locked out of their home or their car. And we realize that the key we misplaced is where it shouldn’t be as soon as we hear the lock click or pull the front door shut and securely behind us.

For 2017, Volvo has stakes claims to be the world’s first car manufacturer to offer cars without keys from 2017.

Volvo customers can download an app on their smart phones that will interact via Bluetooth technology, offering more flexibility and connectivity to their car through the doors, trunk, or starting the engine.

Customers can also store more than one digital key on their app, allowing them to access different Volvo cars in different locations, if it’s required.

Volvo Cars digital key

Volvo Cars digital key

Using the app people could potentially book and pay for a rental car anywhere in the world and have the digital car key delivered to their phone immediately. On arrival a customer could simply locate the rental car via GPS, unlock it and drive away, avoiding those frustrating queues at airport or train station car rental desks.

Are you lending your car to someone? You can send your car’s digital key to that friend’s mobile phone to allow access.

“At Volvo we are not interested in technology for the sake of technology. New technology has to make our customers’ lives easier and save them time. Mobility needs are evolving and so are our customers’ expectation to access cars in an uncomplicated way,” said Henrik Green, Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars. “Our innovative digital key technology has the potential to completely change how a Volvo can be accessed and shared. Instead of sitting idle in a parking lot the entire day, cars could be used more often and efficiently by whoever the owner wishes.”

Volvo will pilot this technology in spring 2016 via its car sharing firm Sunfleet, stationed at Gothenburg airport, Sweden. A limited number of commercially available cars will be equipped with the new digital key technology in 2017.

“There are obviously many permutations when it comes to how this shared key technology can be used,” added Martin Rosenqvist, New Car Director, Special Products at Volvo Cars. “We look forward to seeing how else this technology might be used in the future and we welcome any and all ideas.”

Volvo is a pioneer with new digital key solutions. In 2015 the Swedish premium carmaker launched the world’s first commercial offer to have online shopping delivered directly to the car, by providing a one-time digital key to a delivery company. Now the digital key technology will also be made available for customers.

Physical keys will continue to be offered for people who want them.

FordPass aims to ease customers’ mobility, daily needs

Mark Fields introduces FordPass at the Detroit Auto Show

Ford CEO Mark Fields introduces FordPass at the Detroit Auto Show

Ford makes customer experience as strong as its vehicles with FordPass

  • FordPass®, part of Ford’s transformation into an auto and mobility company, aims to do for car owners what iTunes did for music fans
  • Launching in April, FordPass reimagines the relationship between automaker and consumer; membership is free whether you own a Ford vehicle or not by registering online
  • Benefits include a Marketplace offering mobility services; FordGuides, who are always there to help you move; Appreciation, for membership loyalty; and FordHubs, where you can go to experience the company’s latest innovations
  • Ford partnering with ParkWhiz to help drivers find and pay for advance parking more easily, and with FlightCar to help consumers share and borrow; FordPay makes it easy to pay for mobility expenses
  • Ford also partnering with McDonald’s and 7-Eleven to reward FordPass members with merchandise and unique experiences
  • FordHubs to open in New York, London, Shanghai and San Francisco; first will open later this year at New York’s Westfield World Trade Center
DETROIT – As part of its transformation into an auto and mobility company, Ford is introducing FordPass® – a platform that reimagines the relationship between automaker and consumer. FordPass aims to do for car owners what iTunes did for music fans.

FordPass members can talk to personal mobility assistants – FordGuides – night or day to help resolve their mobility challenges, whether finding a more efficient way to get around or booking parking before reaching their destination. Members can reserve and pay for advance parking, virtually build their ideal vehicle at one of several FordHubs globally, and receive rewards for FordPass membership loyalty.

Finding Parking

Finding Parking

“Ford always has been motivated to make people’s lives better,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We did it when we put the world on wheels a century ago and we do it now through our strong lineup of cars, SUVs, trucks and electrified vehicles. Today, we take our commitment one step further with the introduction of FordPass – an all-new platform that may be our most revolutionary yet.”

A FordPass membership is free for Ford vehicle owners and non-owners alike. The platform officially launches in April.

FordPass is part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

“As we’ve studied the mobility challenges people face, we designed FordPass to help provide services that make consumers’ lives easier,” said Fields. “FordPass is really about listening to people’s needs and developing ways to help them move better.”

FordPass features four elements to benefit members: Marketplace includes mobility services; FordGuides help consumers move more efficiently; Appreciation, where members are recognized for their loyalty; and FordHubs, where consumers can experience Ford’s latest innovations.

Marketplace
All members will have access to mobility services through FordPass Marketplace.

Ford is working with ParkWhiz and Parkopedia to help people find and pay for parking more easily, and with FlightCar to borrow and share vehicles when they travel. In the future, services will include ride sharing, car sharing, multimodal transportation and more.

Members can pay for these services through FordPay – a virtual wallet.

“FordPass is about convenience,” said Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “We’re connecting consumers with the world, making it all incredibly easy.”

Ford owners can easily connect with their preferred dealer to schedule maintenance and service appointments or to review their Ford Credit vehicle finance account details.

Members who own Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC® Connect can use FordPass to access vehicle features such as remote start; lock and unlock; fuel, oil and battery charge levels; tire pressure readings; and to locate their vehicle.

FordGuides
No one wants to be just a number. That’s why FordPass members can speak directly to trusted and knowledgeable FordGuides – all at the touch of a button.

For example, if a member decides he would like to book advance parking for an upcoming show but is unsure how to reserve it, one push of a button on his smartphone lands him in a live chat with a FordGuide who will lead him through the options and help to reserve parking.

The guides will be available free of charge. Their only job is to guide, serve and help solve mobility challenges – not to sell.

Appreciation
FordPass Appreciation is about making mobility more rewarding – no matter the journey.

Members will be rewarded for doing simple things, such as registering to become a member, booking parking, or interacting with FordGuides.

And by collaborating with affinity partners McDonald’s, 7-Eleven and others, FordPass can recognize members with access to merchandise and unique experiences.

“We’re engaging with our customers – and our potential customers – aiming to make every interaction with the Ford brand a positive experience,” said Elena Ford, Ford vice president, Global Dealer and Consumer Experience. “We want consumers to know how much we appreciate them, and with FordPass, we’re taking loyalty a step further.”

FordHubs
FordPass also includes the opening of FordHubs, where consumers will be able to explore the company’s latest innovations, learn about its mobility services and experience exclusive events.

The first of these urban storefronts opens later this year at Westfield World Trade Center in New York, followed by FordHubs in San Francisco, London and Shanghai.

On-site FordGuides will help guests understand mobility options available in their cities, explore solutions for their mobility needs, view a real-time mobility map of their city, and experience special events, including new vehicle reveals.

“These aren’t places where we’re trying to sell something,” said Odell. “We want to hear people’s thoughts, and we want to show them what we’re doing to solve the transportation issues of today and tomorrow – and not just in their city, but around the world.”

FordPass launches this spring in the United States and Canada, followed by other markets including Europe, China and Brazil later this year. FordPass capability is activated through smartphones. Consumers can sign up for more information and updates at MyFordPass.com.

Hyundai releases DIY Android updates

  • Free Android Auto software download available at MyHyundai.com
  • How To video can be found at Hyundai USA YouTube channel
  • Android Auto reduces driver distraction by integrating the driver’s smartphone with the vehicle’s screen and controls
  • Hyundai is the only automaker to have Android Auto available today

Fountain Valley, Calif. – Owners of a 2015 Sonata with Navigation can now get the Android Auto software update free of charge at MyHyundai.com(www.myhyundai.com). The software is also available for free at Hyundai dealerships nationwide. Hyundai is the only automaker to have Android Auto on production vehicles today, starting with the Sonata and soon expanding to other models.

“This is the first time we’ve made a software upgrade available using the MyHyundai portal,” said Michael Deitz, senior group manager of Connected Care, Hyundai Motor America. “Sonata owners can add more value with Android Auto in an easy-to-do upgrade that takes less than an hour. Hyundai is continuing to offer the best user experience possible by leveraging its MyHyundai platform, so customers have the option to update their car – their way.”

The Android Auto compatible Navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models. Consumers can watch the How To video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzMp9dwZW-E) , which is available on the Hyundai USA YouTube channel, for instructions on how to download the software and install it in their compatible vehicles.

Android Auto download tool on myHyundai.com

Android Auto download tool on myHyundai.com

Android Auto download tool on myHyundai.com

To obtain the software, customers need to visit the MyHyundai owner’s site(https://www.hyundaiusa.com/myhyundai). If the owner does not have a MyHyundai account, they need to click register. To register, owners will need their name, e-mail address, zip code and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Once the owner has a MyHyundai account, they can login by entering their account ID and password. Upon login, the owner must perform the following steps:

  1. Select 2015 Sonata on the drop-down menu in the top left of the navigation bar.
  2. Once the owner gets to the Sonata 2015 screen, they can select downloads in the navigation then the Android Auto downloads drop-down.
  3. On the Android Auto downloads page, the owner must agree to the terms and conditions to activate the download button.
  4. Once the download button is active, clicking it will start the download.
  5. Once the download is complete, the owner opens the downloaded file and selects run.
  6. Upon completing the download, the download tool will start.
  7. At this point, the owner connects a compatible USB driver to their computer.
  8. The download tool will automatically extract the downloaded files and put them on the USB drive.
  9. A confirmation screen will appear when the download is complete.

Vehicle Software Update steps:

  1. Park the car in a well-ventilated area and start the engine.
  2. Connect the USB drive with the vehicle software on it to the USB port in the Sonata.
  3. Press the setup button near the radio controls.
  4. Scroll down and tap the System Info icon on the touch screen.
  5. Tap update at the bottom of the touch screen.
  6. The Software Update will begin automatically.
  7. Enable Android Auto. Navigate to Connectivity Settings in the Setup menu to find the enable Android Auto on/off switch.

Installing Android Auto on the Phone

  1. Connect an Android Auto compatible phone to the Sonata via a micro USB cable and download the Android Auto app when prompted.
  2. Then the customer needs to hit the Android Auto icon on his or her touchscreen and Android Auto is ready.
Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Android Auto
Android Auto not only brings a high technology experience to Hyundai owners, but also improves safety. For example, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Android Auto helps keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road by integrating the advanced driving-related functions of the user’s smartphone with the familiar centralized screen, physical controls and microphone of their car. Furthermore, the smartphone’s screen becomes “locked,” so drivers are not tempted to look down and interact with their phones directly while Android Auto is in use.

Owners will need the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system or later, and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to utilize Android Auto in the Sonata. A micro USB cable is required to connect the phone to the car’s USB port. The first time an owner plugs his or her phone into their parked Sonata, the phone will prompt the download of the Android Auto companion app from the Google Play. Users of Android Auto will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music upon connecting their Android phone to their Hyundai vehicle. These applications can be controlled by voice, steering wheel controls and touchscreen. Android Auto also will offer many popular third-party audio apps that owners have on their phones, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, NPR, Stitcher, Slacker, Skype, TextMe and many more. Owners can find out up-to-date information about phone compatibility at Google Support for Android Auto (https://support.google.com/androidauto).
Advantages of Android Auto

  • The Google Now card-based experience provides suggested locations and travel times based on the user’s searches, calendar entries and home and office locations, as well as weather information and “now playing” information for music streamed via the phone
  • App software (navigation, streaming music, etc.) is automatically updated because the apps live on the phone
  • Natural voice recognition with Talk to Google
  • Owners can easily bring their personal reminders, suggested destinations, calendar appointments and music preferences with them when they get in their car
  • Android Auto automatically pairs with the Sonata for phone calls through Bluetooth when connected for the first time via USB
  • Android Auto has familiar interfaces that are easy to use and have almost no learning curve

Lexus unveils Hoverboard

The Lexus Overboard

The Lexus Hoverboard

BY GERRY MILES

With apologies to Marty McFly in “Back to the Future,” the hoverboard is here.

The Lexus Hoverboard that is.

What was pure sci-fi in the movie industry has come to life after Lexus has revealed a successful testing phase which took place in Cubelles, Barcelona.
MarkTemplin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International said: “Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible. With this project we call ‘SLIDE’, we collaborated with partners who share our passion for creating enjoyment out of motion. Even through combining our technology and expertise, we discovered making ahoverboard isn’t an easy process. We’ve experienced the highs and lows and have overcome a few challenges, but through mutual determination we have created a demonstration of our philosophy in design and technology to create Amazing in Motion.”The Lexus Hoverboard project began 18 months ago through a collaboration with a team of scientists from IFW Dresden and evico GmbH, who specialize in magnetic levitation technology. Following extensive testing with pro skateboarder and hoverboard test rider Ross McGouran, in Dresden, Germany, the team were determined to push the hoverboard to its limits and conduct further tests within dynamic surroundings.”I’ve spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I’ve had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the hoverboard. It’s a whole new experience,” said pro skateboarder and hoverboard test rider Ross McGouran.Since the Lexus Hoverboard was unveiled in June, testing has been carried out in a specially constructed hoverpark, combining elements from skate culture with technology within its architecture. Up to 200 meters of magnetic track was transported to Barcelona from the Dresden facility to lay beneath the hoverpark surface in order to create the dynamic test, offering Lexus the opportunity to demonstrate tricks no skateboard could ever perform, like travelling across water. Lexus has captured the final ride footage and released it as a film led by award winning director Henry-Alex Rubin.

The Lexus Hoverboard technology features two “cryostats”—reservoirs in which superconducting material is kept at -197 degrees through immersion in liquid nitrogen. The board is then placed above a track that contains permanent magnets. Dr. Oliver de Haas, evico CEO, said: “The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track—essentially keeping the board hovering. This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.”

The Lexus Hoverboard film called “SLIDE” features the high performance GS F and is part of the fourth project in the Lexus “Amazing in Motion” campaign series that showcases creativity and innovation from the Lexus brand.

Start your Hyundai from your watch? There’s an app for that.

BY GERRY MILES

  • Apple Watch is Compatible with First and Second Generation Blue Link Equipped Hyundai Models

  • Commands Work with Voice Recognition and Touch

 At one time it was cool to make an overpriced phone call from a plane for what was it…$8 just to say you did it? And then we have iPhones, smart this and that could start a car remotely, turn up the heat or AC so that by the time you go to the car from the airport shuttle your ride was right. Then we took the whole Dick Tracy wristwatch thing a step further allowing us to pay for things.

Now, in the automotive world, Hyundai is among the first to now remotely flash their car lights in a crowded parking lot, lock the doors and or start it using the new Blue Link app for Apple Watch. As a leader in connected cars, and connectivity, which the New England Motor Press Association championed years ago as the next wave in technology at its annual spring award show at MIT, Hyundai is always looking for new ways to connect owners to their vehicles. The latest Blue Link app update, which includes the companion app for Apple Watch, is available as a free download on the App Store starting today.

HYUNDAI LAUNCHES BLUE LINK APP FOR APPLE WATCH

The Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch app on Apple Watch

“Giving customers more ways to connect with their cars is what it is all about,” said Frank Ferrara, executive vice president, customer satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “The Blue Link Apple Watch app complements all of our other high-tech features. Drivers can get into a Sonata today and find iPhone integration, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and a smart trunk that will open automatically when you stand behind it.”

HYUNDAI LAUNCHES BLUE LINK APP FOR APPLE WATCH

 

Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch App features

Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform allows features like remote start and service information to be quickly accessed through devices like smartwatches and smartphones. The new app is easy to use. The wearer simply taps an icon or uses voice commands to execute remote functions. Pushing the microphone icon on the watch activates the voice function, where the driver can execute commands such as “Start my car,” “Lock my car” or “Find my car.”

HYUNDAI LAUNCHES BLUE LINK APP FOR APPLE WATCH

The Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch app on Apple Watch

The Blue Link Apple Watch app works with first and next generation Blue Link equipped Hyundai models. The first generation Blue Link system rolled out on the 2012 Sonata and expanded across the lineup through 2013. Next generation Blue Link equipped models include the 2015 Genesis, Sonata and Azera. The Apple Watch app provides all Blue Link users, including first gen owners, with even more freedom interacting with their Hyundai.

Blue Link Apple Watch app features (all voice activated):

  • Remote Engine Start
  • Remote Engine Stop (Only available when vehicle is in remote engine start mode)
  • Remote Door Lock / Unlock
  • Remote Flash Lights / Honk Horn
  • Car Finder
  • Vehicle Status
  • Parking Meter

 

Hyundai adds Android Auto to new Sonata connectivity

  • First car company to launch Android Auto on production vehicles, starting with the 2015 Sonata with Navigation
  • Free Android Auto software update available for current owners of 2015 Sonatas with Navigation
  • Android Auto reduces driver distraction by integrating the driver’s smartphone with the vehicle’s screen and controls

 Fountain Valley, Calif.  – Hyundai becomes the first car company to launch Android Auto™ on production vehicles. Android Auto is premiering on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation at dealerships nationwide, and will later become available on other Hyundai models.

“Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “We launched this highly anticipated feature on our best-selling Sonata, adding to our promise of value. With the launch of Android Auto, we provide more owners with the experience of cutting-edge technology.”

Android Auto not only brings a high technology experience to Hyundai owners, but also improves safety. For example, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.[1] Android Auto helps keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road by integrating the advanced driving-related functions of the user’s smartphone with the familiar centralized screen, physical controls and microphone of their car. Furthermore, the smartphone’s screen becomes “locked,” so drivers are not tempted to look down and interact with their phones directly while Android Auto is in use.

 

AVAILABILITY FOR EXISTING OWNERS

Owners of existing 2015 Sonata with Navigation can get the Android Auto software update free of charge at Hyundai dealers starting today. Later this summer, owners can visitwww.hyundaiusa.com/myhyundai and download the Android Auto software onto a USB memory drive. Owners will need a MyHyundai account to start the Android Auto download. A MyHyundai account requires name, address and a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Once the USB with the Android Auto software is inserted into their Sonata’s USB port, it will automatically update the vehicle’s Navigation system to make it Android Auto compatible. The Android Auto compatible Navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models.

ANDROID AUTO

Owners will need the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system or later, and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to integrate Android Auto into Sonata’s screen and controls. A micro USB cable is required to connect the phone to the car’s USB port. The first time an owner plugs his or her phone into their parked Sonata, the phone will prompt the download of the Android Auto companion app from Google Play. Users of Android Auto will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music upon connecting their Android phone to their Hyundai vehicle. These applications can be controlled by voice, steering wheel controls and touchscreen. Android Auto also will offer many popular third-party audio apps that owners have on their phones, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, NPR, Stitcher, Skype, TextMe and many more. Owners can find out up-to-date information about phone compatibility at https://support.google.com/androidauto.

ADVANTAGES OF ANDROID AUTO

  • The Google Now card-based experience provides suggested locations and travel times based on the user’s searches, calendar entries and home and office locations, as well as weather information and “now playing” information for music streamed via the phone
  • App software (navigation, streaming music, etc.) is automatically updated because the apps live on the phone
  • Natural voice recognition with Google voice actions
  • Owners can easily bring their personal reminders, suggested destinations, calendar appointments and music preferences with them when they get in their car
  • Android Auto automatically pairs with the Sonata for phone calls through Bluetooth when connected for the first time via USB
  • Android Auto has familiar interfaces that are easy to use and have almost no learning curve

2015 HYUNDAI SONATA

The all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness, and advanced safety and convenience features. Sonata truly democratizes the premium design and convenient technology of the Genesis sedan for the mid-size class. The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata is built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Ala.