In-Car Gas Purchasing, California’s Net Neutrality Bill And Hubble Telescope Turns 28

On Episode 398 of The Waves of Tech, we are covering the technology news and topics that you need to know about! Chevrolet and Shell have partnered to provide drivers to ability to pay for gas inside their vehicle via the infotainment center.  With a modest rollout in three cities, look for the nationwide announcement soon. The state of California is moving forward with their own version of net neutrality in response to the FCC’s rollback of internet protections earlier this year.  The Hubble Space Telescope celebrated 28 years in orbit this week. The telescope has amazed scientists, astronomers, and enthusiasts with its brilliant and stunning photographs of the depths of space. Google plans to introduce an app across its systems, Chat, to compete with and eventually end SMS messaging.  The Waves of Tech is powered by thewavesoftech.com – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions.  Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.

Chevy & Shell Partnership – Pay For Gas From Inside Vehicle

In three cities – Houston, Seattle, and Detroit – owners of 2017 and 2018 Chevrolets will now be able to pay for their gas from inside their car when visited Shell stations across the country.  The new feature, incorporated into the infotainment system of the vehicle, allows owners to select pump number, select payment, authorize funds, and store gas station details.

  • This pilot run is expected to go nationwide and include all 14,000 Shell stations
  • At this point, several steps and pins are required to authorize payment and pumping
  • Automakers continue to redesign the driving experience year after year
  • The embedded payment system is intuitive and does not require a smartphone

State of California Moves Forward on Own Net Neutrality Bill

One of the largest political machines in the United States, the state of California, has the blessing of their Senate to move forward with their own version of net neutrality in reaction to the FCC’s decision to roll back consumer protections and internet equality.  The cable lobbyists have been unsuccessful in convincing senators in this matter.

  • ISPs continue to argue that they follow internal policies of net neutrality
  • AT&T, Comcast, and others are serial violators in throttling or blocking applications
  • This bill is essential in the fight to protect access for nonprofits, schools, and low income
  • California has joined the growing list of states responding to the FCC’s position

Hubble Space Telescope Turns 28 Years Old

On April 24, 1990, upon the space shuttle Discovery, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into Earth’s orbit and changed the manner in which we see and experience space in the farthest of reaches.  After 28 years, the telescope celebrated by providing stunning and beautiful photos from a nebula. See the link below for videos and photos.

  • Hubble has had a lasting and invaluable impact of science, education, and learning
  • The photos has dazzled space enthusiasts and scientists throughout the years
  • Hubble almost never was but was repaired by a space walk expedition in 1993
  • Its observations changed astronomers’ understanding of the universe and its history

Google’s ‘Chat’ Attempts to Eliminate SMS Messaging

Back in February, we talked about the potential move from Google and other carriers from SMS (short message service) to RCS (rich communication service) messaging.  Google’s newest ‘Chat’ application is the step in that direction, looking to augment the messaging business through better features – location sharing, high-resolution photos and videos, group text functionality, read receipts, etc.

  • Some 55 carriers and providers have partnered with Google at the moment
  • A concern is Google history or developing solutions and then ignoring future needs
  • It very well may become “just another app” the browser giant creates and abandons
  • The big question – will it be able to compete with Apple’s iMessage functionality

Resources & Links

Chevy Owners, Pay for Gas From Inside Cars

California State Senate Net Neutrality Bill

More Net Neutrality Information, a LA Times article

Hubble Space Telescope Images and Videos

Google’s Plan to End SMS Messaging

Twitter Feed from Justin Uberti on Google ‘Chat’

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