Cyanogen switches gear from Android to self-driving cars

Cyanogen, once famous for Android ROMs, has switched gear and will now focus on the next big thing — self-driving cars.

If you’re tech-savvy (and you’re a reader of ours, so you obviously are…) then you’ve likely heard of Cyanogen. The company started its journey building custom Android ROMs for the many tinkerers on the Android platform.

A year ago, Cyanogen changed its name to Cyngn and discontinued building Android ROMs to focus on a “modular” OS which is easier...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Panasonic defends connected cars from cyber attacks

Panasonic has launched an automotive intrusion detection and prevention system designed to defend connected cars.

Cyber attacks on vehicles could result in death or injury. Most of these vehicles will be connected over mobile networks and, as our sister publication Telecoms wrote earlier today, these are inherently vulnerable. With this in mind, a system which is able to detect attacks is...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

NVIDIA to power smart cities and self-driving cars with latest updates

NVIDIA’s platform for building artificial intelligence-based smart cities ‘Metropolis’ has been adopted by Alibaba and Huawei, which now includes the NVIDIA DeepStream software development kit (SDK) in general availability.

Both the Chinese tech giants have joined more than 50 of the world’s leading organisations that are already using the platform.

Metropolis is an edge-to-cloud video platform that includes tools, technologies and support to build smarter, faster AI-powered...

By IoT News, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Ride-sharing platforms like Uber will see driver numbers double by 2022

A new study from Juniper Research has found that drivers for ride-sharing platforms such as Uber and Lyft will double over the next five years.

Ride-sharing is surging in popularity, and there’s little surprise as to why. Whether an individual decides to ride share for economic or environmental reasons; it’s often both cheaper and greener. That, and it also reduces the stress of sitting in the gridlock traffic of major cities and the despair of then attempting to find a parking...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

How connected cars introduce new cybersecurity challenges


When it comes to the cybersecurity of new vehicles on the road, several converging trends should give us pause.

Though the automotive industry is working to meet the inherent cybersecurity challenges of “connected cars,” policymakers and consumers should also be aware of them because resolving them and gaining consumer acceptance is crucial to the commercial success of this automotive sector.

What are these trends and their implications?

First, the electrification of...

By Alan Mantooth, 20 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Samsung Electronics launches $300m connected car investment fund

Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund, a $300 million (£220.9m) project focused on investing in connected car safety, privacy, and connectivity.

The full list of topics the fund will concentrate on include smart sensors, machine vision, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing.

Alongside the money, HARMAN, the automotive technology provider acquired by Samsung earlier this year, will establish a new autonomous strategic business unit...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Transformers: Assessing the connected car revolution – and what is coming next

In recent years, developments in the automotive industry combined with trends in transportation have evolved the car from an underutilised machine that delivers its owner from A to B, to a dynamic hub capable of delivering a variety of services to a wide variety of passengers.

This is similar to the way that Apple’s arrival in the world of mobile telephony disrupted the status quo for handset OEMs and, in doing so, transformed an entire industry. The arrival of Tesla, Google and, of course, Apple in the...

By Krish Inbarajan, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Time to buckle up: Why the possibilities of connected cars are endless

From Total Recall, to Knight Rider, to Batman, it’s fair to say that Hollywood loves a good autonomous vehicle. However, this technology is no longer the subject of public imagination. With connected cars already becoming a reality in 2017, and Gartner predicting that 64 million connected cars will be shipped globally in 2020, there is a very real question that remains as to what the potentials of autonomous vehicles are; their strengths, and how...

By Sven Hammar, 08 September 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

KITT is no longer a fantasy: Assessing the rise in infotainment for connected cars

Back in 1982, when intelligent assistant KITT from the hit TV show Knight Rider first hit our screens, the most sophisticated info-entertainment tech inside your car was probably a radio and cassette deck.

We’ve come a long way in the past 35 years. According to research firm Gartner, by 2020 there will be 250 million connected cars on the world’s roads. But just how far off are we from having our own KITTs installed in those connected vehicles?

KITT was able to drive as well as provide Michael Knight with all...

By Ian Cowley, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Almost half of motorists believe connected cars improve road safety – and new research backs it up

A study into the attitudes of motorists towards connected cars has revealed almost half now believe they improve road safety, and new research backs it up.

Over 2,000 motorists were surveyed for insurance provider Aviva’s recent Connected Car Report. 49 percent gave “safer roads” as a reason for wanting a vehicle with autonomous features. However, the same percentage (49%) also said they wouldn’t use a driverless car at this point in time.

“As with any new technology, there is...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.