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Tesla vehicles to get a “major navigation overhaul” in 2018

Tesla is reworking its approach to in-car navigation, and will deploy a “major navigation overhaul” in “early 2018,” per Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who shared the news in response to a customer inquiry on Twitter. Musk added that the rollout will only take place after current testing underway is complete, but that it will be “lightyears ahead” of the current navigation offering included in Tesla vehicles.

Musk was responding to a Tesla owner who noted that in three years of vehicle ownership, he’s only seen one update of the onboard maps, and even then the information pushed to the vehicle was already out of date. Musk’s response suggests that Tesla is thinking far behind simple map updates with its new navigation software, and instead will be making top-to-bottom changes to how the system works overall across its vehicles.

Tesla’s current navigation software doesn’t differ that much from the kinds of navigation apps you’ll get on mobile devices, including smartphones, but it does build-in key information like the location of Tesla chargers and Superchargers. Still, it’s one of the areas users have identified as a consistent pain point.

Waze becomes first navigation app to support carpool lanes

Waze has announced it is rolling out three new features in its popular crowdsourced navigation app for iOS and Android, the most notable of which is support for high occupancy vehicle lanes, also known as carpool lanes.

If you are driving with at least one passenger, or have a hybrid or electric vehicle with a special permit, Waze will now take carpool lanes on highways into consideration when determining your optional route. If you are carpooling, the feature can enabled under Navigation > Add Toll/HOV pass within Waze’s in-app settings. If you have a fuel-efficient vehicle, it can be selected as an option under Navigation > Vehicle Type.

Mapping company Here buys ATS to boost its over-the-air tech

Here, the mapping company, have announced an acquisition of Advanced Telematic Systems (ATS), a Berlinbased developer of secure over-the-air (OTA) technology, the basis for how wireless devices – including not just cars but smartphones and other hardware – get their systems updated securely – and also, these days, help feed back information to improve how those systems operate.

KCZMA blacklist Anna varsity’s Institute of Remote Sensing

The Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) will approach the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to blacklist the Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS), Anna University, which prepared the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) status reports for various mega projects in Kerala.

The 90th meeting of the Authority took the decision after finding that the reports prepared by the IRS in many cases were inconsistent with the ground reality and in conflict with the ones prepared by the National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS).

The IRS and the NCESS were earlier approved of by the MoEF for preparing the CRZ status reports and Coastal Zone Management Plan for projects in water front areas.

An official pointed out that there were conflicts and mismatch in CRZ-related documents and Environment Impact Assessment reports of various projects prepared by the IRS and the NCESS. In some other cases, the project proponents obtained favourable CRZ status report from the IRS after the NCESS highlighted the CRZ violations.

The High Tide Line, the imaginary line from which the CRZ areas are identified in water front areas, was found erroneously drawn in some cases. The wrong HTL would provide the violator scope for encroaching upon the CRZ areas and carrying out construction in No Development Zones, said an Authority member.

The IRS authorities denied the charges levelled against them.

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