Ford and Volkswagen explore autonomous vehicle collaboration

Automotive giants Ford and Volkswagen have signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) to explore a self-driving car partnership.

While he’s been going through a somewhat turbulent period, Elon Musk and his Tesla crew undeniably shook up the automotive industry. The company introduced various semi-autonomous features with their attractive, high-performance electric vehicles.

Traditional carmakers have struggled to match...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Why autonomous vehicles on farms might impact consumers’ lives more than on the road

Consumers are rightfully excited about the eventual introduction of autonomous vehicles, as they promise to deliver vast improvements in road safety, travel efficiency, and riding enjoyment.  But current use of self-driving technologies in industrial applications, such as farms and mines, suggests that true, fully autonomous vehicles might arrive first in places other than our roads.  While many of us might not realise it, the benefits of such use on farms would be equally – if not more...

By Brad Lukac, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

Blue Vision Labs becomes Lyft’s UK hub for driverless cars

Lyft has acquired London-based Blue Vision Labs to become the company’s UK hub for its ‘Level-5’ self-driving car division.

Blue Vision Labs was co-founded in 2016 by Peter Ondruska, Lukas Platinsky, Hugo Grimmet, Andrej Pancik, and Bryan Baum – all graduates from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.

The company is now a 40-person team featuring some of the world’s brightest minds in computer vision and robotics. Blue Vision Labs combines this expertise to create...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Flourish driverless car project releases latest findings

Driverless car project Flourish has published its latest research findings into making autonomous vehicles user-friendly.

Autonomous vehicles are set to radically change the landscape of transport. University of Bristol's Professor Robert Piechocki even calls it “the biggest revolution on our roads since the advent of the internal combustion engine.”

Flourish attempts to provide an early glimpse into how this revolution will look and ensure autonomous vehicles are designed with the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

EU puts weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G for connected cars

As the industry decides what connectivity should be used for connected cars, the EU appears to be putting its weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G.

The EU hopes the approval of technical specifications for one technology over the other will help bring the industry together.

Once there’s more certainty about what standard will be used, the industry can move forward with confidence. Manufacturers and consumers will both know their new products will be supported and not quickly defunct.

Draft proposals from the EU...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Why the next ‘uncarrier’ needs to be the automotive industry

As mobile operators speed towards 5G, automotive companies are in a race of their own. Autonomous and connected vehicle initiatives have become priorities for established and emerging players alike - Uber, Waymo, Volvo, Tesla, GM, Ford, BMW - the list goes on.

Successful connected and autonomous-vehicle strategies will require bulletproof wireless connectivity. Stakeholders in this expanding industry have stars (and dollar signs) in their eyes when they dream about where 5G and edge computing can take...

By John Reister, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Standards.

UK Autodrive conclude world’s first multi-driverless car trial

A consortium of UK automotive players called Autodrive has concluded the world’s first driverless car trial involving multiple vehicles.

Autodrive is a £20 million project consisting of automakers, councils, legal experts, and researchers. The aim of the consortium is to prepare society for driverless cars and establish the UK as a leader.

Over the past few years, Autodrive has undertaken increasingly complex trials designed to push the limits of driverless technology.

A...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Honda demonstrates ‘smart intersection’ technology

Automotive giant Honda has demonstrated ‘smart intersection’ technology which should increase safety, especially in the age of driverless cars.

Roads can be wildly unpredictable things, and intersections account for around 40 percent of collisions. Pedestrians or animals could run into the street, emergency vehicles may need to be let by promptly, or another driver could make a risky manoeuvre like running a red light.

Honda’s V2I (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) technology passes data from...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

SK Telecom launches rental car service on its IoT network

South Korea is getting a car rental service which uses the IoT network of the nation’s largest operator, SK Telecom.

SK Telecom’s affiliate, SK Networks, is launching the car rental service. The former will be providing its LTE Cat M1 network for checking the status of cars in real-time.

Being a Cat M1 network, data transfer speeds are low but also require little power. With a rate of 300kbps, it’s just enough to monitor...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Connected car M&A on track to hit 100 deals in 2018, says Hampleton

Connected car innovation continues apace - and according to the latest note from technology M&A analysts Hampleton Partners, the market is set to hit 100 transactions at the end of 2018.

The finding appears in the company's latest Automotive M&A Market Report, which notes that deal values were up 54% in the first half of 2018 compared with the same time last year. The official figure for total transactions is $2.9 billion, although this does not include undisclosed figures. Hampleton argues the...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.