Feeds

Google Glassholes can't take long walks off short piers thanks to Merc app

Flash motor giant's new in-vision satnav mingles driving and dawdling

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Google Glass wearers will have to get used to privacy-conscious people telling them to get lost - but a new map app from Mercedes for the techno-goggles may make that impossible.

The German maker of flash motors is working on software for Google's controversial camera-fitted wearable computer, a gadget that beams information into the user's vision: the app will not only allow users to get directions while driving, but also while walking.

Johann Jungwirth, president and CEO at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, said his firm was aiming to create a "seamless" experience, for want of a better word, of pootling about on wheels and foot. The software will use the GPS hardware in Glass.

Mercedes told the Silicon Valley Business Journal about its vision of a world in which no one need ask for directions again: the system will guide Glassholes to their destination by car. Then, when they step out, it will guide them right to where they need to go - muggings notwithstanding. It will automatically recognise whether the wearer is sitting in a car or not, changing the directions accordingly.

However, Mercedes engineers also predict a long gestation time on their new technology, simply because so few people own the dystopic wearable computer, which threatens to usher in an era in which privacy is just a distant memory.

Tech companies are zeroing in on cars as one of the great unexploited markets.

Mercedes has already worked with Apple to allow Siri to control some dashboard functions, allowing rich fanbois to ask Apple for directions or even send a tweet, which is a handy way of letting your chums know what you're you up to in the last moments before a crash.

Apple has also been chasing the motor market, with several patents pointing to a future in which every automobile has its own fondleslab control system and no one need ever lose their ride in a car park. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Brit boffins use TARDIS to re-route data flows through time and space
'Traffic Assignment and Retiming Dynamics with Inherent Stability' algo can save ISPs big bucks
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.