Amazon plans drone-based deliveries ‘within months’

During this year’s Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Amazon said it will deliver packages to customers using drones “within months”.

The world’s largest retailer has been experimenting with drones for several years.

In December 2016, Amazon ran a successful trial in Cambridge using a drone to deliver a package within 13 minutes. In 2017, IoT News reported Amazon was adding 400 staff...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

World Economic Forum launches global councils across IoT, blockchain, AI and more to ‘restore trust’ in tech

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched six Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils to help policymakers and businesses strike the right balance between enabling emerging technologies and effectively alleviating social risks in order to benefit the society.

The Councils - which will bring more than 200 leaders together from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia from across the world - will cover...

By IoT News, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

India’s new government plans IoT and AI workforce reskilling

India’s new government plans workforce reskilling in areas like the IoT and AI to become a world leader in emerging technologies.

The government plans to expand its ‘Skill India’ initiative with dedicated policies which ensure the nation’s youth can grasp important new technologies.

“Reskilling and upskilling is big on the incoming government's agenda,” a senior government official

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time.

The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences....

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

Microsoft and SK Telecom join forces on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies

Microsoft and SK Telecom have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to collaborate on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies.

Under the MoU, the companies will share knowledge to further each other’s ambitions in areas which make use of such technologies like the IoT.

Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of Azure at Microsoft, said:

“Through the strategic partnership with SK Telecom, we will play a key role in shaping the future and accelerating the digital transformation of...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hello Tractor: How the ‘Uber for Farming’ is revolutionising agriculture

IoT News sat down with Hello Tractor CEO Jehiel Oliver to discuss how the company is revolutionising agriculture, particularly in emerging markets.

Hello Tractor is a fascinating company that has already had a tangible impact on improving lives. The firm connects tractor owners with farmers who typically undertake slow, manual work in hot and laborious conditions with less yield than counterparts in more developed markets with access to proper machinery.

“We use IoT to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Land Rover: Driverless cars need 1000x more code than Apollo 11

Jaguar Land Rover has said driverless cars will require close to a billion lines of code, almost 1000x as much as what put man on the moon.

Apollo 11’s computer featured around 145,000 lines of code to land on the moon. Much like how it's often said that most of us now carry more processing power in our pockets than that computer, it puts into perspective the complex calculations a driverless car needs to make.

The British car manufacturer estimated the figure to emphasise the need for more people...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT Day 2019: Where the industry stands today with challenges and opportunities ahead

In the seminal Building the Internet of Things, Cisco VP Maciej Kranz outlined in the book’s opening page the opportunity for consumers and businesses of all sizes with the next wave of the Internet.

“Like it or not, the Internet of Things will change your organisation unlike anything before,” Kranz wrote. “It will change your organisation more than business process reengineering, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, agile...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Microsoft and BMW launch open platform to support smart factory development

Microsoft and the BMW Group have announced a new initiative at Hannover Messe aimed at enabling faster and more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector.

In manufacturing, complex, proprietary systems, that create data silos and slow productivity, can delay production and profitability. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to break down these barriers with the creation of an open technology framework...

By IoT News, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.