Artificial intelligence and driverless cars: Does it lead to an ethical trade-off?

Opinion Who lives? Who dies? Who decides?

The ethics surrounding driverless cars and autonomous decision making are hotly debated subjects.

In a situation of certain fatality, should the driverless car hit A and B to save C, or swerve to hit C to save A and B? The moral conundrum is hopelessly difficult to resolve. The scenario echoes the renowned...

By Frank Ryan, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

Consumers are still not confident in self-driving and electric cars

While the automotive industry continues to accelerate its self-driving and electric car plans, consumers are still not showing confidence in them.

A survey by J.D. Power found consumers have a "low level of confidence" for autonomous vehicles and a "neutral level of confidence" for electric vehicles.

Leading concerns about connected vehicles include a high fear of failure (71%) and of the vehicle being compromised while on the road (57%).

Consumers leading fears are understandable given recent...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Wayve joins Britain's most-funded driverless car startups

Cambridge-based firm Wayve is joining the ranks of Britain's most-funded driverless car startups.

Wayve was launched by Cambridge PhDs Amar Shah and Alex Kendall. The company's technology aims to enable driverless cars to navigate even on unknown roads.

The startup is now set to secure around $20 million in funding from investors which include Lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and Silicon Valley fund Eclipse.

Lior Susan, Founder of Eclipse, is leading the funding round according to Companies House...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Consumer Watchdog: Mass cyberattack could result in control of connected cars

A report from Consumer Watchdog features 20 anonymous whistleblowers from the connected car industry voicing their concerns about cyberattacks.

Automotive giants are racing to pack their vehicles with connected technology which improves the driving experience and helps their cars stand out. As in any such race, safety considerations often aren’t given the priority required.

Connected technologies such as remote engine starts, adjusting the climate via smartphone, and increasingly automated driving and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Ford will test connected cars on its own LTE/5G network

American automotive giant Ford is building its own LTE/5G network to test connected cars in a private environment.

Ford’s network will be set up at its campus in Dearborn, Michigan. The network will operate in the 3.5GHz CBRS band and use equipment from Ericsson, Juniper, and Dell.

The company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to build a test network in the spectrum band. 

Little information about Ford’s plans can be extracted from

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Toyota is pumping $600 million into Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi

Japanese automotive giant Toyota is pumping $600 million into Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing.

Didi Chuxing is based in Beijing and claims to be the world's leading mobile transportation platform. The company provides app-based transportation services, including taxi hailing, private car hailing, social ride-sharing ,and bike sharing.

Stephen Zhu, Senior Vice President of DiDi, said:

“DiDi is committed to helping our cities achieve new energy and smart transportation...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Amazon in-car delivery expands to Honda and Acura vehicles

Amazon has expanded its unique in-car delivery service to newer vehicle models from Honda and Acura.

No-one likes missing parcel deliveries: they could be important to have that day, and often it means having to go on a jaunt to your local delivery office.

You could have a parcel left on your porch at risk of it being stolen, but Amazon has been looking at other possibilities. One of the potential solutions was a digital key allowing Amazon delivery drivers to let themselves in your home to put the parcel...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Toyota Mobility seeks to analyse connected car data to inform road repairs

Toyota Mobility aims to analyse data from connected cars to inform road maintenance in Akaiwa City, Okayama.

Local governments in Japan currently identify road maintenance needs following observations from their regular patrols. These patrols help to ensure traffic accidents are prevented and potentially vital evacuation routes are kept clear.

Several natural disasters have struck Japan, including both an earthquake and floods in 2018 alone. The disasters have not only proved the need for good roads but also...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

BMW and Tencent to develop self-driving cars together

BMW and Tencent Holdings have joined hands to develop self-driving cars in their newly planned computing centre that is said to start operations by the end of 2019. 

This new computing centre will provide cars with data-crunching capabilities that will help them drive semi-autonomously and ultimately in autonomous mode. The centre, built in the eastern city of Tianjin, will support BMW’s autonomous driving development and innovation in China, said Jochen Goller, head of BMW’s China...

By IoT News, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Europe votes against EU’s plan to use WiFi over 5G for connected cars

European nations voted against the EU’s executive proposal for a WiFi-based connected car standard in favour of 5G technology.

The EU wants to use the WiFi-based Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) standard, which is also backed by Volkswagen. Most of the rest of the industry disagreed with this perspective.

Naturally, the mobile industry lobbied the most in favour of a 5G-based alternative known as Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X). A consortium of mobile industry bodies –...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.