Turos Smartcar partnership brings wireless locking unlocking to P2P car sharing

first_imgEnlarge ImageTuro hasn’t finalized the design aspect just yet, but here’s an idea of what to expect. Turo Nearly every automaker has a connected-car element that allows owners to manipulate the car from afar. Smartcar created software that works across these borders, and its latest partnership could make renting some other person’s car a little easier.Turo, a peer-to-peer car sharing startup, announced on Monday that it has partnered with Smartcar to put its system to use as part of the rental process. Normally, when renting somebody else’s car on Turo, that person usually needs to be around to hand over the key. Instead of that, Smartcar’s system uses renters’ phones to wirelessly locate, lock and unlock cars without the need for the “hosts,” as Turo calls them, to be present.Here’s how it works. Hosts who have eligible vehicles will be notified, and using Smartcar’s backend software, they can connect their vehicle account with their Turo account. Once that happens, renters can use their own phone to find and unlock the vehicle. Most OEMs’ connected-car systems don’t let phones work as keys, though, and that’s the case here — the keys can be found inside the vehicle after unlocking, and that’s where to leave ’em when the rental term ends.It’s a huge boon for busy hosts. Now, they won’t need to move their schedules around to accommodate renters, allowing them to maintain an additional revenue stream with less potential annoyance. Some similar systems require hardware in the car, but not this one — it’s all done over the air, no OBD-II dongles or anything of that sort.As with many other fledgling partnerships, this one will start small. Turo will offer its Smartcar system in California and New Jersey to start, with the intention of rolling it out to the entire country later in 2019. Originally published May 6, 12:09 p.m. PT. Update, 12:46 p.m.: Added information regarding how the traditional car key factors into this scheme. 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S Mustang supercharges the rental car experience Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow 88 Photos 0center_img Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Virtual reality game Beat Saber reaches licensing deal with Imagine Dragons

first_img Oculus Virtual Reality Review • Oculus Quest is amazing, even months later Gaming Culture Tags The 10-track Imagine Dragons Music Pack will be available across major platforms like Oculus Quest and Rift.  Beat Saber Imagine Dragons fans and VR gaming nerds could soon be attending the same parties.Beat Saber, an award-winning virtual reality game, will get an Imagine Dragons music pack, Beat Games said Monday. The fast-paced music rhythm game is currently available on major VR platforms, such as Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift devices.The announcement of the expansion pack comes as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, gets underway in Los Angeles. The conference is the video game industry’s biggest event of the year, with updates on major game franchises and consoles. Oculus will demonstrate a new 360-degree level that features the Imagine Dragon’s hit “Believer.” A 360-degree level allows the user to look in all directions of their simulated environment as they would in real life. The 10-track music pack includes songs from the Grammy-winning band’s Night Visions, Smoke + Mirrors, Evolve and Origins albums. The addition of Imagine Dragons songs marks the first time major labels have partnered on an expansion pack for the VR game. Imagine Dragons is on the KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records labels. Players can buy songs individually for $1.99 apiece or purchase the entire package for $12.99. The pack, which goes on sale Monday at 9:15 a.m. PT, will be available on all major VR platforms.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. In the game, players wear VR controllers and slash beats that zoom towards them. A VR headset uses two small lenses to focus images for players and immerse them in the game experience. Players slash red blocks with their left hands and blue ones with their right hands. The game uses music and visual effects to build excitement and has been compared to the VR versions of Guitar Hero or Just Dance. $398 News • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber See it 0 Oculus Quest Post a comment Mentioned Above Oculus Quest Share your voicelast_img read more

Law Enforcement Is Ready To Catch Drunk Drivers During 4th Of July

Law Enforcement Is Ready To Catch Drunk Drivers During 4th Of July

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:05 Al OrtizHarris County Sheriff’s deputies will be watching the roadways in patrol cars like these, which is part of its DWI Unit.Texas has a high number of drunk driving incidents and law enforcement is ready to catch those who break the law in the Houston region during the 4th of July.The most recent data compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) pertain to 2015.That year there were 65,609 arrests for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) statewide.Drunk driving incidents can be more prevalent during big holidays like the 4th of July and, therefore, the Houston Police Department (HPD) and Sheriff deputies will be especially vigilant.“All of our patrol deputies who are on duty throughout the holiday are in what we call DWI mode, so they’re gonna be paying particular close attention to drivers who might be impaired,” notes Jason Spencer, director of Public Affairs at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).Texas State troopers will also be watching the roadways.DPS Sergeant Richard Standifer explains that their department “takes up jurisdiction outside of the city limit, so those travelling to and from outside the city limit, we’ll be actively looking for those violating the law.”Law enforcement will be on the lookout for people who are, for example, driving significantly above or below the speed limit or who have trouble staying in one lane. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share last_img read more

Full Show Salaries Of College Presidents And Houston Pet Peeves Dec 10

Full Show Salaries Of College Presidents And Houston Pet Peeves Dec 10

first_imgOn Monday’s Houston Matters: A new report says Texas has some of the highest paid college executives in the country. We learn more about the findings from the Chronicle of Higher Education.Also this hour: Every few months or so we like to give you the opportunity to vent. So, today we invite you to share your Houston pet peeves.And we break down the Texans’ loss to the Colts and the latest developments in Houston sports. We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img