KT to run 5G-based autonomous shuttle bus to prove commercial potential

South Korea-based operator KT will be running a 5G-powered self-driving shuttle service in the central city of Sejong, in a pilot project to demonstrate the commercialisation of autonomous buses.

KT – the carrier formerly known as Korea Telecom – alongside Seoul-based self-driving vehicle tech provider Unmanned Solutions, had previously announced a partnership in April in order to develop a 5G-based virtual control tower for...

By IoT News, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

FCC proposes splitting 5.9GHz spectrum for vehicle comms and WiFi

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is backing a proposal that would see precious spectrum allocated for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications split and also used for WiFi.

The 5.9GHz spectrum was allocated for Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) way back in 1999 but it's been mostly ignored by automakers.

"DSRC ... was intended to enable ubiquitous transportation and vehicle-related communications, but results haven't matched that intent," Pai said during an event in Washington.

"Here we...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Investigators conclude self-driving Uber in fatal crash had multiple software issues

US safety investigators have concluded that a self-driving Uber involved in a fatal crash had a series of software issues.

Uber had been testing its self-driving software in a Volvo XC90 when it hit pedestrian Elaine Herzberg as she crossed a road in Tempe, Arizona.

Ms Herzberg was crossing a dimly-lit road with her bicycle when Uber’s vehicle hit and killed her in March 2018.

Investigators from the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) found Uber’s software failed to correctly identify the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Virgin Media will use its broadband cabinets to charge electric vehicles

Virgin Media wants to use its broadband cabinets to solve one of the biggest hurdles preventing the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

Electric cars, especially with their ever-growing range of connected features, have a range problem. Research has shown that the biggest reason drivers are still opting for combustion vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure for EVs causing “range anxiety”.

While an increasing number of places are installing charging...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Elon Musk: Teslas may be fully self-driving before the year's end

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims some of the company's vehicles may be fully self-driving before we sing Auld Lang Syne to see in 2020.

Speaking during Tesla's quarterly earnings call, Musk said the automotive manufacturer may rollout a full self-driving mode in "early access" to select customers.

Adding that the timeline "might be tight," Musk said the feature is not guaranteed to launch this year but that it "appears to be on track."

Tesla is undoubtedly a pioneer in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hyundai debuts self-learning autonomous driving technology

Hyundai has debuted the world’s first autonomous driving technology which self-learns from a driver’s individual style.

A built-in AI observes the driver’s patterns to mimic their style in as safe a manner as possible. The use of a self-learning AI means the autonomous features should more closely replicate that of if the driver was still in full control of the vehicle.

Hyundai is rolling out the feature for cruise control initially and calling it Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Smart Summon is a glitchy ‘science experiment’

Influential magazine Consumer Reports has made it abundantly clear it’s not a fan of Tesla’s Smart Summon feature.

Smart Summon is part of Tesla’s automated parking system. When within 200 feet of their vehicle, a user holds their finger on the Tesla app and it will slowly drive to the person. At least, that’s supposed to be the case.

Consumer Reports says the system is “glitchy” and only works intermittently.

The US magazine is not the only entity questioning Tesla’s...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Honda acquires app developer Drivemode to beef up connected mobility arm

Honda has acquired Drivemode, a provider of applications which encourage safe driving across the connected car landscape.

The two companies have been collaborators since 2015, with Drivemode conducting joint development activities with Honda’s research and development team. The initiatives were part of Honda Xcelerator, a program designed for innovators across all funding stages.

By James Bourne, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Data & Analytics.

Tesla will allow users to customise their vehicle’s horn and motor sounds

Tesla will soon allow users to customise the horn and low-speed movement sounds of their vehicles.

Electric cars are so quiet that in many countries they are required by law to artificially create a movement sound for the safety of pedestrians. Until now, these movement sounds have typically represented something akin to a normal engine.

Tesla founder Elon Musk is now teasing a range of movement sound options. My personal favourite suggestion is the coconut horse clops from Monty Python and the Holy...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT.

Consumers believe autonomous vehicles will drive better than humans within a decade

A report commissioned by ANSYS has revealed deep insights about consumer attitudes towards autonomous vehicles (AVs) and their future.

Previous research has indicated that people are concerned about the capability of current driverless cars when compared to humans. This report is no different, with just 29 percent of respondents believing autonomous cars drive better than humans today.

However, what's...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.