Lucas Mearian

General assignment and storage

Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.

Laptops are about to get a whole lot faster

Ford, MIT use Bostonians’ cellphone location data for traffic planning

Ford, MIT use Bostonians’ cellphone location data for traffic planning

MIT and Ford have devised a way to use cellphone location data to determine traffic patterns, which can help planners better understand urban mobility patterns.

Why distributed networks and smart sensors won’t survive in self-driving cars

Why distributed networks and smart sensors won’t survive in self-driving cars

Today's disconnected, high-latency sensors and processors in vehicles will have to be replaced by centralized, high-power networks that can deliver integrated decision-making for effective collision avoidance.

Stratasys unveils mega, robotic 3D printers to build large parts

Stratasys unveils mega, robotic 3D printers to build large parts

Stratasys' unveiled two 3D printers for industrial uses, including a machine that builds objects sideways for limitless sizes and a printer on the end of a robotic arm, enabling never-before capable details and object strength.

AAA: Automatic braking system performance varies widely

AAA: Automatic braking system performance varies widely

AAA found that auto braking system response varied greatly among car models. Those designed to prevent accidents successfully avoided collisions in 60% of test scenarios.

Researchers demo 3D-printed, shape-shifting objects

Researchers demo 3D-printed, shape-shifting objects

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created 3D-printable, bio-based "smart" materials that can change shape when heating with an electrical current or exposed to various ambient temperatures.

Delphi, Mobileye partner to bring self-driving system to market by 2019

Delphi, Mobileye partner to bring self-driving system to market by 2019

Delphi, a maker of software, sensors, cameras and radar for the auto industry, is partnering with real-time mapping provider Mobileye to build a fully autonomous driving module that automakers could install in their vehicles as soon...

Many hospitals transmit your health records unencrypted

Many hospitals transmit your health records unencrypted

A new survey by a health organization shows that only about 68% of acute providers and 48% of non-acute providers encrypt patient data -- and up to 22% of hospitals don't have firewalls.

Airbus to complete a self-driving, flying-car prototype next year

Airbus to complete a self-driving, flying-car prototype next year

Citing the growth of urban congestion and traffic, Airbus sees an enormous opportunity to introduce autonomous flying vehicles that would be used as ride-sharing and ride-hailing services for "millions" of people.

Hyundai in talks with Google on developing self-driving cars

Hyundai in talks with Google on developing self-driving cars

Hyundai's president confirmed his company may work with Google in developing an autonomous car because Google is not "as familiar with vehicles."

Ford remains wary of Tesla-like autonomous driving features

Ford remains wary of Tesla-like autonomous driving features

At a time when Tesla is rolling out sophisticated autonomous driving features, Ford believes the industry is not ready for consumer vehicles that can safely drive themselves.

Forget range anxiety: EVs could replace 90% of today's cars

Forget range anxiety: EVs could replace 90% of today's cars

Electric cars would meet the needs of nine out of 10 drivers today, enabling the replacement of most combustion-engine vehicles, according to an MIT study of U.S. driving patterns.

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