Day 6:51 pm

  • Faster, Please

    Your Smartphone Will Replace Your Car Keys by 2015, according to Wired magazine.

    “According to the Korean automaker [Hyundai], the driver can swipe their phone across an embedded NFC chip to unlock the car, and once inside, the place the phone in the center console, allowing the car to start, while an inductive charging plate keeps the juice flowing without needing to plug in.”

    Once in the console, your Smartphone will link to a 7-inch touchscreen mounted in the dash and be able to automatically import contacts, navigation destinations, streaming audio and other apps.  The future of mobility looks very bright.

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  • What’s Going On On New York Subways?

    Yesterday brought us news of a second fatal shoving incident in front of an oncoming New York subway in less than a month.  On December 3, another innocent bystander was shoved onto the tracks as a subway came speeding in.

    Of course, there have been many tragedies over the years of people accidentally falling onto tracks and being crushed by rail cars, and this method of demise has also been picked up by people committing suicide.  But this ghastly behavior of shoving seems to be a new development.  Was this a copycat killing?  The report says the woman was mentally ill.  If so, why was she unsupervised?

    More importantly, what action should New York take to prevent further tragedies.  They cannot ban subways (to borrow the logic of the gun control crowd).  Can the move the waiting area, say, eight feet back from the edge of the platform?  I’m not sure, but I’m afraid to say I don’t believe we’re seeing the last of these “murder by transit” episodes.

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