Why the next ‘uncarrier’ needs to be the automotive industry

As mobile operators speed towards 5G, automotive companies are in a race of their own. Autonomous and connected vehicle initiatives have become priorities for established and emerging players alike - Uber, Waymo, Volvo, Tesla, GM, Ford, BMW - the list goes on.

Successful connected and autonomous-vehicle strategies will require bulletproof wireless connectivity. Stakeholders in this expanding industry have stars (and dollar signs) in their eyes when they dream about where 5G and edge computing can take...

By John Reister, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Standards.

UK Autodrive conclude world’s first multi-driverless car trial

A consortium of UK automotive players called Autodrive has concluded the world’s first driverless car trial involving multiple vehicles.

Autodrive is a £20 million project consisting of automakers, councils, legal experts, and researchers. The aim of the consortium is to prepare society for driverless cars and establish the UK as a leader.

Over the past few years, Autodrive has undertaken increasingly complex trials designed to push the limits of driverless technology.

A...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Honda demonstrates ‘smart intersection’ technology

Automotive giant Honda has demonstrated ‘smart intersection’ technology which should increase safety, especially in the age of driverless cars.

Roads can be wildly unpredictable things, and intersections account for around 40 percent of collisions. Pedestrians or animals could run into the street, emergency vehicles may need to be let by promptly, or another driver could make a risky manoeuvre like running a red light.

Honda’s V2I (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) technology passes data from...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

SK Telecom launches rental car service on its IoT network

South Korea is getting a car rental service which uses the IoT network of the nation’s largest operator, SK Telecom.

SK Telecom’s affiliate, SK Networks, is launching the car rental service. The former will be providing its LTE Cat M1 network for checking the status of cars in real-time.

Being a Cat M1 network, data transfer speeds are low but also require little power. With a rate of 300kbps, it’s just enough to monitor...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Connected car M&A on track to hit 100 deals in 2018, says Hampleton

Connected car innovation continues apace - and according to the latest note from technology M&A analysts Hampleton Partners, the market is set to hit 100 transactions at the end of 2018.

The finding appears in the company's latest Automotive M&A Market Report, which notes that deal values were up 54% in the first half of 2018 compared with the same time last year. The official figure for total transactions is $2.9 billion, although this does not include undisclosed figures. Hampleton argues the...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Volkswagen teams up with Microsoft to create an automotive cloud

Volkswagen wants to transform itself into a digital services-driven company – with the help of Microsoft.

The German automaker has joined hands with the Redmond giant to develop the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, which will aim to combine popular third-party applications to provide a seamless experience for drivers.

The Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will be powered by...

By IoT News, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Porsche investing €150 million in startups – focusing on AI and blockchain technologies

Porsche has announced it is increasing its total investment in venture capital activities by €150 million for the next five years.

By making this move, the German automobile manufacturer intends to gain access to new technologies, trends and business models. Porsche Ventures, being a strategic investor, is aiming to invest in business models that involve mobility, digital lifestyle and customer experience, along with...

By IoT News, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

UK: Driverless car makers face jail if they cause harm

UK government spokesperson Baroness Buscombe confirmed driverless car makers will face jail if their vehicles cause harm.

Buscombe was responding to a parliamentary question on the subject. She asserted that existing health and safety law "applies to artificial intelligence and machine learning software".

The response helps to settle a debate between academics and legal circles about responsibility when it comes to AI. Some believe the fear of prosecution may drive people away from developing...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Bosch and Daimler launch automated valet parking in China

Bosch and car manufacturing group Daimler have successfully launched the pilot of an automated valet parking service in China.

The pilot, launched in Beijing, uses automated technology to steer a vehicle to a designated space. Whenever the user wants to leave, a tap on their smartphone can return the vehicle to its owner ready for the onwards journey.

Professor Hans Georg Engel, Head of Mercedes-Benz R&D China, said:

“Automated Valet Parking is an important milestone on the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

George Hotz ousts himself as CEO of driverless startup Comma.ai

George Hotz, CEO of driverless car startup Comma, has ousted himself and will announce his “very talented” replacement on Friday.

Hotz gained notoriety after the impressive feat of hacking the PS3 and iPhone as a teenager under the ‘Geohot’ alias. Sony even went as far as to sue Hotz for hacking their console.

While the so-called jailbreaking scene on iOS is dwindling as a result of more features being included as part of Apple’s OS itself, many appreciated Hotz’s...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.