California holds the top spots for the most stolen cars in the United States, according to a recent survey.
TheNational Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released their list of the top locations within the U.S. where car theft is an issue. California is not only at the top of the list, but out of the top 10 places with the most car thefts, cities within California hold 9 out of the 10 spots. Cities range from Southern California locations, like San Jose and Bakersfield to Northern California cities, like San Francisco.
The 2013 vehicle theft survey isn’t the first time California has taken over the list. In 2011, California had 7 of the 10 spots, and in 2012, the state had 8 of the 10 spots. It is an ongoing trend and unfortunately the number keeps going up.
For the survey, the NICB looks at how many vehicles were stolen in different metropolitan areas of the U.S. The following list shows them in order of most vehicle thefts:
- Bakersfield, California
- Fresno, California
- Modesto, California
- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
- Stockton-Lodi, California
- Redding, California
- Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington
- Vallejo-Fairfield, California
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
- Yuba City, California
The only area in the U.S. on the top 10 list that wasn’t in California was Spokane and Spokane Valley in Washington, also on the west coast. While most of the top vehicle thefts are on the west coast, that doesn’t mean everyone shouldn’t be helping to prevent vehicle theft. It can happen just about anywhere at any time, which is why the NICB has proposed a four-step protection plan.
They recommend starting with common sense, which includes being sure keys are not left in the ignition and car doors are always locked. Next, they recommend getting an alarm system or brake locks that help deter vehicle thieves. Part three is a more advanced immobilizing device that kills the ignition, followed by getting a tracking device installed in the vehicle that helps track it down should it get stolen.
GPS tracking devices, like those available from LiveView GPS, are a great way to keep track of a vehicle at all times, and recover it if it gets stolen. It is possible to track down a vehicle before it gets sold to parts or gets too far. While police also recover vehicles not being tracked, it is often not in a good driving condition once it is found. With a tracking device, the vehicle owner is able to track down the location and movement, getting help from local law enforcement to follow the vehicle to where it is parked and recovery it within a matter of hours in most cases.
Protect yourself from vehicle theft by getting a GPS tracking device in your personal car or business vehicle
Soccer players in the World Cup go digital with GPS tracking devices.
The 2014 World Cup recently played, and one team in particular was using advanced technology in the hopes it will get them to the finals. The U.S. team decided to incorporate technology into their game with global positioning systems (GPS). The same GPS technology used for helping tourists get directions in a new place or help researchers discover behavior traits in tigers, is now being used for sports all over the world.
Soccer is not the first sport to use this type of technology by any means. Football teams, both college and professionals, have been using GPS trackers to help improve their game and reduce injuries, for several years.
Avoiding injuries is also a reason players for the U.S. World Cup soccer team are being tracked with GPS technology. Every player wears a small tracking device on their body, which is about the size of a matchbox. It tracks the player’s current stamina and condition, including alerting the coach of severe fatigue. If there is a danger alert, the player is pulled from the field and another is sent in their place. This has been effective at preventing soft-tissue injuries which are common among soccer players.
Aside from tracking players’ health status with the GPS tracking devices, the coaches are also able to see other data that help them improve their game. Players began wearing them during practice so that coaches can see the best positions for the players, come up with new strategies to improve their game, and measure the player’s endurance during practice and live games. By doing so, they are not just relying on instinct and observing them, but advanced data from GPS technology.
Analytics tools and data configuration that is used with this technology for other uses is also being used for sports teams, including soccer teams during the World Cup. As far as the medical purpose, a physician that works for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team reviews the data tracked in order to look for signs of physical distress and reduce injuries.
There is also an administrative staff for the team that is reviewing data during practice so that they can improve the game on an individual basis, and overall. This helps them their positioning based on each player’s strengths and weaknesses. As is being proved already, technology is now playing a major role in the success of soccer players in the World Cup.
The GPS tracking units are small, portable,l and lightweight so that they do not get in the way of the player’s game. There are also devices that can be worn at other times, such as while sleeping to determine if players are getting enough rest.
GPS technology paves the way toward GPS vibrating navigation developments.
While GPS technology has gone through many new developments over the last decade, including helping with navigation, capturing criminals, and GPS tracking activity of in wild animals, there are still limitations for the vision and hearing impaired. Most GPS devices either let you hear alerts or see a map on the screen with the current location of whatever or whomever is being tracked. But for individuals who can’t hear or see, they are at a major disadvantage. That is until now.
Researchers are currently working on GPS systems that vibrate their alerts, as opposed to relying solely on sounds or pictures on a computer screen. They work by having disc-like motors, similar to those inside cell phones that allow the internal GPS function to vibrate its alerts and signals. It will instead be placed on the person’s skin, so that the current direction can help show the next way to go. The skin has more sensory receptors, which is helping lead the way to these new developments.
Wears would received pulses or vibrations that tell them where to turn. While this is a benefit for anyone, it is especially beneficial for those with visual or auditory impairments.
The Tactile GPS Navigation Devices
These new GPS navigation devices will be worn either around the wrist or on the back. Lynette Jones, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is at the head of these developments. When the trackers pick up on the next direction to go, it will either vibrate on the right or left side, to signal a turn.
Jones and her team are excited because it is helpful for a large group of people, including the visually and hearing impaired, and firefighters trying to navigate a dark building. Additionally, runners and bikers who can’t look at devices, will certainly find them useful.
Drivers will soon have distraction-free navigation through a new vibrating steering wheel.
The newest form of GPS technology is in the use of vibrations to help people use GPS navigation without having to look or see at the upcoming directions. For drivers, this causes distraction when they’re trying to pay attention to the road ahead. The screen on the GPS devices tends to be distracting, and the voice on the GPS device can be muffled and hard to hear.
However there may soon be a solution, as researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and AT&T Labs are working on a vibrating GPS steering wheel. It uses the same basic navigation technology as cell phones and other GPS devices, but causes your steering wheel to vibrate, instead of your phone. That way, you literally don’t take your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road, in order to know where to turn next.
How it Works
The steering wheel will be connected wirelessly to a GPS computer that has 20 small motors to send the vibrations to the steering wheel, and the driver’s hands. These vibrations use a pattern method, so that they go counter clockwise for left turns, clockwise for right turns and go faster when they’re nearing an intersection. Researcher Kevin A. Li, feels that the drivers will soon get used to the vibrations and not even have to think about it. This technology is still in the planning stages, but a prototype is already entering the testing phase.