‘Self-driving’ lorries to be trialled on UK roads after £8.1m government funding

‘Platoons’ of self-driving lorries are set to hit UK roads by the end of 2018 after new government funding to the tune of £8.1 million was announced today.

The platoon will work by putting up to three lorries together in formation, with the lead vehicle controlled by a human and the trailing vehicles connected by wireless technology.

The trailing vehicles – which will all have human drivers in them ready to take control if issues occur – will be able to brake and accelerate in...

By James Bourne, 25 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Cubic Telecom secures $47 million funding to help pave way for vehicle connectivity

Cubic Telecom, an Irish company which provides connectivity for autonomous vehicles as well as other machine to machine communication, has announced a series C funding round of $47 million (£36.6m), with Qualcomm and Audi among the companies investing.

The two companies were previous investors in Cubic – whose total funding now stands at $88m – with new investors Valid Soluciones Tecnologicas SAU and Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) also taking part in the round.

Cubic already works...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

IoT, AI and autonomous vehicles help spur tech M&A economy, says new report

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to go at a steady pace, according to the latest analysis from Hampleton Partners.

In total, 239 ‘assets’ have been acquired from a total of 198 buyers between 2015 and the first half of this year in the IoT space. The total number of deals made in the first half of this year approached 50, albeit not quite at the same level of 2015, where the first six months of that year pushed 60.

According to Hampleton, the top acquirers were Verizon, ARM, and Intel. The...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye autonomous driving platform initiative

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has joined the collaborative effort between BMW, Intel and Mobileye for a global autonomous driving platform after the companies signed a memorandum of understanding.

FCA chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne, said: “In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers. Joining this cooperation will enable FCA to directly benefit from the synergies and economies of scale that are...

By IoT News, 16 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Government issues connected car guidelines to boost security

In a bid to prevent hacking, the government has issued guidelines to connected car manufacturers on improving cyber security.

The guidelines from the British government arrive following a series of vehicle hacks – including a Tesla last month. They have been issued due to concerns a malicious hacker could access travel information, unlock keyless entry systems, or even take control of vehicle...

By Ryan Daws, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Tesla remotely hacked for the second year by the same researchers

Chinese security researchers have once again demonstrated the potential dangers of connected vehicles by remotely hacking a Tesla for the second consecutive year.

Malicious code was run on the Tesla-branded vehicle using the in-car web browser. Once exploited, the researchers were able to put on the brakes remotely, open the doors and trunk, and even blink the lights in time to music from the car’s stereo.

The researchers, from Keen Security Lab in Shanghai, were able to control the vehicle over both...

By Ryan Daws, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

HERE utilises connected car data to ‘supercharge’ its Real-Time Traffic service

HERE technologies has announced its next-generation Real-Time Traffic service which utilises connected car data to improve the accuracy of traffic conditions.

Live data is fed into HERE’s service from sensors built into compatible Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with traffic probe information. The company says the use of the sensor data provides ‘significant’ improvements to its traffic flow data, especially on arterial roads.

“This is the world’s first traffic service to...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Nvidia powers the first Level 3 self-driving car – the Audi A8

Audi announced earlier this week its upcoming A8 will be the first vehicle in production to ship with ‘Level 3’ self-driving technology, and now we know Nvidia is helping to power a lot of the smarts behind it.

The A8 was unveiled last Tuesday and will include six Nvidia processors to power self-driving technology such as ‘traffic jam pilot’ as well as other, more standard features such as the infotainment system, virtual cockpit instruments, and tablets on the back of the front seat...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

New research argues morality can be programmed into driverless cars

Remember the Moral Machine? The program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) aimed to collect data from users on a variety of ethical dilemmas over driverless cars. Given the choice between killing pedestrians or crashing the car and killing its occupants, for instance, which would be the better course of action?

Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Osnabruck argues self-driving vehicles can be programmed for the big moral decisions after creating a...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Nvidia and Baidu announce collaboration on AI in the car, home, and cloud

Nvidia and Chinese giant Baidu have announced plans to collaborate on AI technology for self-driving vehicles, cloud computing, and home assistants.

The announcement was made during Baidu's AI developer conference in Beijing. Baidu president and COO Qi Lu described his company's plans to work with NVIDIA to:

  • Bring next-generation NVIDIA® Volta™ GPUs to Baidu Cloud, providing cloud customers with the world's leading deep learning platform.

  • Adopt NVIDIA's DRIVE™ PX platform for Baidu's self-driving car initiative, and develop self-driving cars with major Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Homes.