Wayve partners with Microsoft to scale AI for autonomous vehicles

London-based Wayve has partnered with Microsoft to access the supercomputing infrastructure it requires to scale its AI models for autonomous vehicles.

Wayve and Microsoft already have a close relationship. Microsoft participated in Wayve’s $200 million Series B investment round and Wayze began using Azure in 2020 after its computing requirements grew beyond its in-house 12-HDD RAID array and the SSD-based cache server that superseded it.

Alex Kendall, CEO of Wayve,...

Royal Mail plans fleet of 500 drones for rural deliveries

British postal service Royal Mail is planning to use a fleet of 500 drones for deliveries to rural locations.

The pandemic reminded many of us of the vital role the humble postie plays in keeping people connected. However, many rural communities struggle to access the services we often take for granted due to their location.

Royal Mail wants to change that and has identified over 50 postal routes it wants to create using drones over the next three years.

The...

Cisco and Verizon demo millisecond C-V2X connectivity using MEC

Cisco and Verizon have partnered up to demonstrate millisecond C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) connectivity.

The partners used a proof-of-concept demo in Las Vegas to show how cellular and MEC (mobile edge compute) technology can be combined to unlock innovative new solutions for connected vehicles.

“This test is a huge milestone in proving that the future of connectivity for IoT applications can be powered by cellular,” said Krishna Iyer, Director of Systems...

Vodafone aims to improve European road safety with new platform

Vodafone is launching a platform that uses data from connected vehicles and devices to improve the safety of European roads.

The new ‘Safer Transport for Europe Platform’ (STEP) is free and compatible with all in-vehicle navigation systems and third-party map apps.

By facilitating faster and more efficient information-sharing between road users, transport authorities, and each other, Vodafone believes it can greatly improve road safety.

Joakim Reiter, Chief...

UK commits £1.6B towards improving electric vehicle infrastructure

The UK Government has committed £1.6 billion towards improving the availability and usability of electric vehicle infrastructure.

Electric vehicles will be key to meeting climate targets and achieving the government’s aim to become more energy self-sufficient.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“We’re powering ahead with plans to help British people go electric, with our expanding charging network making journeys easier right across the...

Pony.ai agrees to recall its self-driving system

Pony.ai has agreed to advice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall its self-driving system.

NHTSA says that it’s the “first recall of an automated driving system”.

On 28 October 2021, a Pony.ai vehicle crashed into a street sign in Fremont, California after turning right. No-one was injured in the incident, but it was enough for California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to suspend Pony.ai’s driverless testing...

Baidu wants to deploy robotaxis in 100 cities by 2030

Chinese tech giant Baidu has set out plans to deploy robotaxis in 100 cities by 2030.

Baidu’s first target is to cover 65 cities by 2025, followed by a further 35 cities by 2030.

The roadmap was unveiled by CEO and Co-Founder Robin Li during Baidu’s Q4 2021 earnings call.

Revenues from Baidu Core increased 21 percent year-over-year in 2021, driven by a 71 percent increase in non-advertising revenue–showing the company is finding success away from its...

Vodafone launches ‘Economy of Things’ platform

Vodafone has launched a global “Economy of Things” platform that enables connected devices to trade with each other.

The new platform, launched today, is called Digital Asset Broker (DAB) and enables businesses across industry sectors to transform physical goods into tradable digital assets.

Connected devices are often limited in their automation due to awaiting manual payment for the service(s) they provide. In the future, connected devices will be able to make...

Ru Roberts, Waze: On improving journeys using real-time data

IoT News caught up with Ru Roberts, UK Country Manager for Waze, to discuss how the popular navigation app uses real-time data from vehicles to improve journeys.

As a long-term user of Waze, I’ve seen first-hand the advancements the app has made over the years. Long gone are the days of directions to go the wrong way down one-way streets, across concrete barriers, or a large number of roads being unmapped.

While some improvements to Waze are down to enhancements to its...

Cruise offers free robotaxi trips in San Francisco without backup drivers

Self-driving vehicle service Cruise is offering free public robotaxi trips in San Francisco without backup drivers.

The free trips will use Cruise’s fleet of retrofitted Chevrolet Bolt vehicles that includes Poppy and Tostada. These vehicles are ‘Level 4’ meaning they’re fully driverless and don't require a backup driver but still feature a steering wheel, pedals, mirrors and everything required for manual control.

Cruise was granted approval to test its...