Ford subsidiary Autonomic secures Alibaba mobility partnership

Automotive giant Ford acquired Autonomic back in February and will now partner with Alibaba to launch its cloud mobility solution in China.

The company will be looking to launch the automaker’s Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) in the Chinese market, enabling a range of services to be deployed for all participants in the transport ecosystem.

Gavin Sherry, Co-Founder and CEO of Autonomic, says:

“The TMC is positioned to help automakers succeed and meet growing...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

IIHS tests find ‘irksome’ and ‘dangerous’ flaws with automated driving systems

If you’re hoping that the development of fully autonomous cars are just around the corner, then you may be in for a long wait.

That’s the verdict of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which has put together a series of tests and found many of the leading automated driving systems weren’t up to the task.

Five models were evaluated by the road safety body; the BMW 5 Series, with ‘Driving Assistant Plus’, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with ‘Drive Pilot’, the...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

UK government launches plan to lead ‘profound change’ in mobility

The UK has launched its plan to lead a ‘profound change’ in future mobility aimed towards improving transport while reducing congestion and emissions.

As part of the ‘Future of Mobility Grand Challenge’ set out today in two documents, the government highlights that UK travel will change dramatically with innovations such as flying vehicles and self-driving...

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Ford spins its self-driving business into a $4bn separate company

Automotive giant Ford has decided its self-driving efforts are important enough to warrant a separate company with $4 billion of investment.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC will be based in Detroit, Michigan and will be tasked with developing the company’s self-driving technology.

Jim Hackett, President and CEO of Ford, explained the decision:

“Ford has made tremendous progress across the self-driving value chain – from technology development to business model innovation to user experience.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Bosch and Daimler teaming up for connected car and AI initiatives

A Californian metropolis will soon become pilot city for fully-automated and driverless driving -- thanks to Bosch and Daimler who are speeding up the SAE Level 4/5 tech in the city.

The chosen city will see a fleet of autonomous shuttle service on selected routes in the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, which will be operated by Daimler Mobility Services. The pilot project will demonstrate how mobility services, such as car sharing (car2go), ride-hailing (mytaxi) and multi-modal platforms (moovel), can...

By IoT News, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Putting the pedal to the metal on autonomous driving: Where we are now – and where we’re going

According to Allied Market Research, the global connected car market is expected to be worth $141 billion by 2020, with fully autonomous car sales predicted to hit 21 million by 2035. There are clear benefits, but also obstacles to overcome before autonomous cars meet all consumer, industry and legal requirements.

What is an autonomous car?

Since the launch of the first autonomous car, its definition has become a generic phrase for any kind of automation in...

By Sebastien Brame, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Ex-Apple employee is charged with stealing driverless car secrets

A former Apple employee has been charged with stealing driverless car secrets from the company with the intent of bringing them to his new employer.

Xiaolang Zhang was stopped at San Jose International airport by federal agents. He reportedly had bought a “last second” ticket heading to China.

Zhang is said to have stolen sensitive documents regarding Apple’s work on driverless cars while he was on paternity leave. Today, he was charged with trade secrets theft in the U.S. District Court for...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

Leading firms pressure the EU to back connected car standard

Companies including the likes of BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, and Deutsche Telekom are pressuring the EU to back a connected car standard.

The companies want the European Commission to put its weight behind the C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) standard instead of the WiFi-based alternative ITS-G5.

By adopting C-V2X, the companies believe Europe will be in a better position to speed up the rollout of 5G networks.

In a letter addressed to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other commissioners, the...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

IoT Tech Expo: Exploring autonomy and getting the last mile in connected railways and waterways

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If the ultimate goal of connected transportation is an interoperable system and network between different operators and different transport modes, then we have a long way to go to secure it. But collaboration and openness is the key to success.

Case in point: the majority of the panellists - and more than half of the audience - at the IoT Tech Expo session on connected transportation in Amsterdam arrived at the venue by train. In many cases, it was more than...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, Smart Cities.

BlackBerry CEO believes it will be a decade before self-driving car prevalence

Speaking to shareholders on Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he believes it will be a decade before self-driving cars become mainstream.

A large part of this is not just the difficulty of developing the technology, but also how long it will take for governments to come up with the regulations to support them.

BlackBerry is highly involved in this process and trusted with its reputation for security. The company is working with the American and Canadian governments to determine safety standards.

This is in...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.