Your Next Car Will Be Watching You More Than It’s Watching the Road

When you think of artificial intelligence and cars, the first thing that likely comes to mind is ambitious self-driving vehicle projects of tech giants like Google, Uber, and probably Apple. Most of these companies are leveraging AI to create cars that can understand their environments and navigate roads under different conditions, and hopefully, make driving safer—eventually. Some day. Probably. What’s received less attention is the use of AI inside cars. Thanks to advances in deep learning, it has become possible to develop technologies that can determine what is happening inside vehicles and make the ride safer and more pleasant—all while creating new privacy and security risks.

Smoking and phone using driver detection software developed

Israeli developer of artificial intelligence-based (AI) computer vision systems, Eyesight Technologies, has added new features to its DriverSense and FleetSense solutions to detect driver distraction as a result of cell phone usage and smoking.

Fiat 500 Recalled for Transmission Issue

50,000 cars with automatic transmissions affected, may roll away when put into Park.

EV chargers at California rest stops? Not so fast, say the feds

In 2016, California’s Department of Transportation settled on what seemed like a no-brainer way to reduce emissions and make it easier to use electric vehicles. It would establish fast-charging stations at 30 highway rest stops and other sites it operates around the state. That, it turns out, is harder to do than it seems. Of the 30 charging stations it said it would complete by last year, it has built three. And because of a twist in federal highway law, the state might be on the hook to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a year of charging electricity bills, while the motorists themselves pay nothing. The little-known episode underscores how difficult it is to build a charging network for electric vehicles, the biggest change to the country’s fueling system since the birth of the automobile.

The brains behind shared-mobility services

Automakers experimenting with new mobility services are increasingly turning to a little-known French company to provide the brains behind their fledgling operations. Rather than designing systems themselves, automakers are using a technology platform made by Vulog to manage their fleets, understand how customers are utilizing their vehicles and design customer-facing apps. Over the past year, the likes of Volkswagen and PSA Group have used the platform to handle their short-term rental services — VW’s WeShare and PSA’s Free2Move. Last week, Hyundai became the latest to tap Vulog, which will provide the hardware and software needed to run the automaker’s Mocean short-term rental fleet in Los Angeles, beginning by the end of this year and gradually expanding to roughly 300 vehicles.