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.

Qualcomm to work with Geely to power next-gen infotainment systems

Qualcomm has announced its Snapdragon automotive platforms have been selected for inclusion in the next generation of infotainment systems in Geely vehicles.

The high-performing multimedia and graphics capabilities of Snapdragon 820Am platform will benefit the future generations of iNTEC, the Chinese automaker’s technology package. The package includes G-Netlink, a system that allows drivers to interface with their vehicles through various ways, including remote control via app to lock, or unlocking the...

By IoT News, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

Kangaroos are confusing Volvo’s self-driving technology

Meeting a kangaroo in the wild is not a likely occurrence for most of us, and it’s proving to be just as much of a shock to Volvo’s self-driving technology.

Volvo has been testing its self-driving technology in Australia since October 2015 but the unique way in which kangaroos move is confusing the “Large Animal Detection” feature.

Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corp, Volvo Australia’s technical manager, David Pickett, said: “We’ve noticed with the kangaroo...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Oxbotica-powered CargoPod makes driverless Ocado deliveries

Ocado has demonstrated its vision for driverless grocery deliveries with a prototype van powered by Oxbotica’s driverless technology.

The vehicle spent two weeks on a two-mile circuit in a semi-pedestrianised area of Greenwich, south-east London to demonstrate the kind of environment Ocado believes its driverless vehicles will operate in once deployed.

CargoPod is an electric vehicle which helps to reduce its environmental impact. The vehicle’s top speed of 25 MPH makes it suitable for urban...

By Ryan Daws, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Volkswagen and NVIDIA embark on a journey to expand AI beyond the car

Car manufacturing giant Volkswagen is partnering with NVIDIA to harness their AI knowledge and use it for applications beyond in-car technology.

Volkswagen explores the possibilities for AI in their dedicated Munich-based Data Lab which opened back in 2014. One example of their current work involves new procedures for optimising the flow of traffic in cities where overpopulation and the need for individual vehicles is causing severe and increasing congestion on the roads.

"Artificial intelligence is the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jaguar Land Rover ploughs $25 million into Lyft

Jaguar Land Rover is to invest $25 million (£19m) investment in Lyft, aiming to support the US ridesharing firm’s expansion and technology plans.

The investment, made through InMotion Ventures, an investment firm linked to Jaguar which focuses on mobility and smart transportation, was included in Lyft’s most recent round of funding in April which totalled approximately $500 million.

InMotion had previously invested in SPLT, a Detroit-based ‘enterprise carpooling’ provider, which...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.