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'Internet Snacking' Coming to GM Vehicles

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rtuhro
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We love our 2009 Malibu but
rtuhro   3/8/2013 10:49:24 PM
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We love our 2009 Malibu but never could get the blue tooth link to work with our LG phone.  It is enough aggrivation to keep the almost useful computer stuff working at home without fussing with the car's problems also.  I would favor fewer gimics to have bugs, and please no more touch screens!

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/8/2013 7:01:36 PM
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I completely agree, Ann. There are always going to be software bugs -- sometimes serious ones -- in V 1.0.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   3/8/2013 3:50:07 PM
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Oh, no--I hadn't though that far ahead. Very good point, tekochip!

tekochip
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tekochip   3/8/2013 3:16:41 PM
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Much like an earlier story on wiping information clean, now you will need to worry about the personal information your vehicle stores and how to remove the information if the vehicle is borrowed, sold or stolen.  Not to mention concerns that China or another government will hack into the database for all vehicles.  I don't know, do we really need to connect everything, everywhere?
 
I had to design an Internet enabled coffee maker during the dotcom bubble; fortunately it never made it to market.


Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   3/8/2013 3:14:15 PM
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Chuck, I'm like you--paying the highest possible amount for technology never made sense to me, and that's what you do when you b uy the very latest thing. It's called being an early adopter. I'm a late adopter for that reason, but also to see some bugs get worked out first, on the principle of "never buy v1.0".

loadster
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loadster   3/8/2013 1:30:19 PM
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I have a verizon smartphone and because they've gone to tiered (teary-eyed) voice and data plans I'm stuck in unlimited 3G world and won't go to 4G LTE until they reconsider or it snows in Hades.

If the GM units have 4G LTE they will be self-regulating. You'll buy your kids a movie and then discover what the charges are and never do that again. And you sure as heck won't be surfing in the front seat at their roaming rates.

Why do we need interactive entertainment systems in personal conveyances? GPS makes sense. Let's not provide the marketers another venue to junk our minds and experiences.

Sorry. I know i'm bitter.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   3/8/2013 12:47:55 PM
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3drob, thanks for that observation. Building this stuff into a car and making it difficult to upgrade or swap stuff out is about as un-useful as building some things into a house that can make it hard to sell later because they are, in effect, customizations that the next owner might not want. Wouldn't it make more sense to design entertainment and other systems as plug-in modules so you could keep the car longer and upgrade the faster-changing technology? Or, so you could ditch the car and take the electronics with you if that was your preference?

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Mydesign   3/8/2013 5:12:36 AM
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"Pretty much every new GM car comes with 6 months of the service free. That's the rub. Is it worth it? A Wi-Fi hot spot might make the system more saleable if they don't charge much for it."

Itron, such technologies are good with clear hands, but when it comes to fake hands, it can spoil the entire systems. Recently a study conducted by one of the agency found that nearby passing vehicles can spy the datas through open Bluetooth ports. Similar thing can be happen in case of wifi also.

Mydesign
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Mydesign   3/8/2013 4:00:17 AM
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"You brought up a very valid point. At the initial stage of implementing the technology we might not feel the risk."

Shehan, you are right. During initial stage everybody is more interested in embarrassing technology, without analyzing the consequence.

RichardBradleySmith
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Re: There better be an OFF switch
RichardBradleySmith   3/7/2013 10:58:39 PM
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There is no off switch. I was just up at Intel for a big data meetup and Big Data is so far up your bottom you do even feel it anymore.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acxiom

Acxiom has 1,600 data points on you. They know everything you do, when and where.

In near real time.

How can they know that?

Well, they spend more than $100 million to buy that information each year. 

And they can't even spell Amazon or Netflix.

Starting to get the idea?

 

 

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