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.

Waymo allowed to use self-driving vehicles to transport passengers in California

Waymo has received a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to run its self-driving taxis.

As first reported by TechCrunch, the approval lets the Alphabet-owned self-driving venture to participate in the state’s Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot. The move is a boon for Waymo, as it has started to scale its autonomous...

By IoT News, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Nissan to demonstrate ‘brain-to-car’ tech at CES Asia 2019

Automotive giant Nissan is set to demonstrate futuristic 'brain-to-car' technology at CES Asia 2019 in Shanghai this week.

Said to be the first of its kind, the brain-to-car technology analyses brain signals to improve the driving experience.

By having some idea of a driver's intention, the vehicle could assist with manoeuvres. Similarly, any discomfort experienced by the driver – such as the climate being too cold or hot – could result in the vehicle automatically adjusting...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Sony's debut IoT chip features a 60-mile range using Eltres

Sony is debuting an IoT chip that can work in fast-moving vehicles with an impressive 60-mile range, perfect for the industry of which Jeff Bezos is so excited.

The chip will use Sony’s Eltres LPWA (Low-Power Wide Area) network announced last week. Launching in Japan this year, Eltres uses microchips in tandem with antennas to relay a signal to a base station which can be over 60 miles (100 km) away.

In an example provided by...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Opinion: The road to truly intelligent connected cars

Building the smart car of the future requires putting technology in the driver’s seat. The most fundamental feature of a connected car is network connectivity, and this usually involves a wireless local area network (LAN). This allows the car to share internet access and data with other devices, both inside and outside the vehicle.

According to McKinsey and Cisco, researchers estimate that nearly...

By Diby Malakar, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jeff Bezos is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told employees he is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry, a possible hint at the tech giant’s next big play.

It’s hard to imagine that Amazon started off as a small Seattle bookstore. Now it’s considered not just an e-commerce giant, but also a leader in areas such as cloud computing, AI, and the IoT.

One area where Bezos’ firm is yet to make any inroads is the automotive industry.

IHS Markit

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: Driverless cars improve traffic flow by at least 35 percent

A study by University of Cambridge researchers indicates the advent of driverless cars will improve traffic flows by at least 35 percent.

Using a fleet of miniature robotic cars, the researchers set up realistic traffic conditions including the stoppage of a vehicle on a two-lane road.

When the cars weren't programmed to work together, vehicles approaching the stopped car from behind had to slow down or stop and wait until the other lane was clear.

The result was a tailback just...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.