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  1. Holy Guacamole: Mp3Car’s new products are about to make your day/week/year

    by , 02-11-2011 at 03:31 PM

    Updated 02-15-2011 at 02:14 PM by ChasPhillips

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  2. Tech Find: Arduino-powered Jeep Wrangler Controls Many Vehicle Systems

    by , 02-10-2011 at 12:18 PM

    Ed's Jeep Wrangler is specially outfitted with two Arduino boards, one running the "Jeeputer" in a custom fabricated, roof-mounted console, and one running the ignition system of the vehicle. Ed can enter a code into the console-installed keypad and switch the vehicle on. Then, he can use the Jeeputer to start the engine. The Jeeputer controls everything from interior and exterior lights, to Ed's CB radio, navigation device, power inverter, and scanner. The Jeeputer runs a series of relays for aftermarket device control and obtains and interprets data from temperature sensors and photosensors.

    Read More on the EdsJunk Blog.

    Updated 02-10-2011 at 10:27 PM by optikalefx

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  3. Save The Date: AFKFest 2011 is September 24

    by , 02-07-2011 at 11:16 AM

    Mp3Car is hosting another one-of-a-kind show September 24, in Baltimore, Maryland. Come join computer hackers, car enthusiasts, techies, and audiophiles in a day of informative talks, car computer install presentations, socializing and innovating. In the morning, enjoy a free interactive speaker series on various topics on mobile computing.

    This year's AFKFest will be at Betascape 2011, an event made to showcase innovative technology through a series of exhibits, workshops, and social events. Now our forum member vehicles will join forces with the likes of all types of cutting edge, experimental, and interactive technology. Come for the weekend and check out this fun-filled and informative event.

    Where to stay? Mp3Car Recommends these hotels:

    · Pier 5 Hotel

    · Celie's Waterfront Inn

    · Admiral Fell Inn

    · Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore

    · Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor

    · Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

    What to bring?

    · Your car to enter the contest. Register with mp3Car first as space is limited for display vehicles

    · A camera

    · A friend

    · A good appetite for innovation

    · A good appetite.


    9:30am. Reception. This event will be held at the Cyclops Bookstore & Art Gallery, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218. Enjoy a light & complementary continental breakfast. Juice, coffee, bagels, fruit, etc.

    10:00am. Speaker Series. This event will be held at the Cyclops Bookstore & Art Gallery, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218. Space for the speaker series is limited to 100. Tickets are free. Get your ticket early.

    Noon-5pm - Open schedule. Show off your car or attend the betascape events.

    5:00pm-7:00 Vehicle Showcase. This event will be held in the parking lot behind 120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218. This year, space is limited to roughly 15 vehicles. If you'd like to showecase your vehicle, please PM jensen2000 on the mp3Car forums for registration details. People's Choice Award will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the "Most Techie & Innovative" vehicle. The Maryland Film Festival will be held in the same location

    Live music and street vendors will also be at Betascape-- come hungry!

    7:00pm-10:30 PM- Station North Block Party

    Updated 09-19-2011 at 02:15 PM by Jensen2000

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  4. Mind, exploding. This week's new products are that hawt.

    by , 02-03-2011 at 04:00 PM

    Updated 02-11-2011 at 03:33 PM by ChasPhillips

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  5. Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas on vehicle technology and safety

    by , 01-28-2011 at 11:30 AM

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    For a sneak peak at the future of vehicle technology, check out Rob Wray’s interview with Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas. In it, Mascarenas explains how Ford plans to deal with several of the increasingly complicated issues facing the industry. How will Ford promote the technological gains stemming from vehicle data collection without sacrificing consumer privacy? Will there be an opt-in feature for drivers, similar to the ones we see in the computer software world? Mascarenas also discusses how Ford intends to keep pace with the consumer electronic world as it relates to the driving experience. His open architecture strategy minimizes the amount of hardware installed in the vehicle, ensuring that consumer electronic development will still be able to interface with an aging car or truck. He even discusses already-developed functionality that allows drivers to control non-critical vehicle function with mobile devices.

    Mascarenas also lays out his multi-pronged strategy to tackle the ever-contentious driver distraction issue, in which he argues that Ford has often pre-empted state-based regulation with voluntary or industry-wide standards. While Mascarenas believes that further federal regulation is and will be required, he emphasizes that Ford continues to minimize the amount of time required to make adjustments while driving, and voluntarily pushes for stricter company- and industry-wide driver distraction standards in order to provide the safest driving experience possible.

    Finally, Mascarenas discusses the relationship between the commercial and consumer vehicle technology. Because he views Ford vehicles as tools for business owners, he believes that increased functionality will ultimately increase business productivity. On the other hand, the commercial vehicle world gives Ford the opportunity to develop new technology that will eventually end up in the consumer sector.