FCC proposes measures to combat abuse through connected cars

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to tackle a pressing issue: the misuse of connected car technology by abusers to harass and intimidate their partners.

In a bid to curb this alarming trend, the FCC has announced the launch of a formal proceeding aimed at exploring ways to assist survivors of domestic violence.

The initiative will delve into how the FCC can leverage existing legislation to ensure car manufacturers and wireless carriers are taking...

Klein Vision sells flying car tech to China

The technology behind a flying car, originally developed and successfully test-flown in Europe, has been purchased by a Chinese firm.

Klein Vision, the Slovakian company that created the AirCar, has sold the exclusive rights to manufacture and use the aircraft within a "specific geographical region" of China to Hebei Jianxin Flying Car Technology Company.

Stefan Klein, Chairman of the Board at Klein Vision, said: "We are pleased to announce the sale of the license for...

IoT Community coins ‘GenAIoT’ with enterprise in mind

It is always a point of interest to be present at the birth of a new buzzword. In this instance, it is hoped this neologism will help usher in an umbrella of concepts and technologies to operationalise the industrial and enterprise IoT.

GenAIoT, relating to the intersection of generative AI and the Artificial Internet of Things (AIoT), has been introduced by The IoT Community, a 49,000-strong C-suite network. SAS, ClearBlade, SoftServe and Intellias are among the founding members...

Flying taxis and delivery drones set for UK skies by 2030

The UK could see flying taxis transporting passengers, drones delivering goods, and unmanned aircraft aiding emergency services by the end of this decade, according to an ambitious new government plan announced today.

The Future of Flight action plan, unveiled by the Department for Transport, lays out a roadmap for novel electric aircraft and drones to overhaul transportation in British skies. Studies estimate the drone industry alone could boost the UK economy by £45 billion by...

Waymo expands robotaxi operations to Austin

Waymo – the self-driving technology firm under Google-owner Alphabet – is set to launch its Waymo One service in Austin, marking the latest expansion of its robotaxi operations.

Following successful ventures in Phoenix, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, Waymo's move into the Texas capital underscores its ambition to establish itself as a leader in autonomous transportation.

Announced in August 2023, Austin was designated as the fourth city for Waymo One and the company...

Self-driving shuttle arrives in Sunderland

The debut of the self-driving Sunderland Advanced Mobility Shuttle (SAMS) aims to revolutionise urban mobility in the city.

SAMS, which arrived in Sunderland recently, promises to redefine how residents and visitors navigate the city streets. This autonomous shuttle, set to hit the roads this spring, represents a milestone in Sunderland's journey towards embracing self-driving technology.

Sunderland's Mayor, Councillor Dorothy Trueman, said: “We are thrilled to welcome...

HARMAN looks to ‘democratise automotive connectivity’ with new telematics unit

MWC HARMAN, the Samsung-owned connected vehicle software provider, has announced the launch of a new telematics control unit (TCU) which leverages Qualcomm connected car technology to ‘democratise the automotive connectivity landscape.’

The HARMAN Ready Connect 5G TCU, which is being showcased this week at MWC 2024, is based on the Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF Gen 2 and promises strong performance across connectivity, scalability and usability. Consumers will get ‘rich...

San Francisco mob sets fire to Waymo vehicle

An angry mob destroyed a Waymo self-driving taxi in San Francisco on Monday night. The incident occurred around 9pm local time when a group of approximately 20 individuals surrounded the stationary Waymo vehicle.

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While footage of the event has surfaced online, it remains unclear what prompted the mob to destroy the vehicle. Speculation has arisen following a recent incident involving a Waymo vehicle colliding with a...

Cruise is being investigated after robotaxi dragged pedestrian

General Motors’ driverless Cruise division is facing investigations by both the Department of Justice (DoJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following an October 2023 incident in which a jaywalking pedestrian was struck by an autonomous Cruise vehicle and then dragged 20 feet, exacerbating her injuries.  

The probes come as Cruise itself released findings yesterday regarding the incident, which also involved another vehicle. The company acknowledged it "failed to...

Samsung wants to connect smart homes with vehicles

Samsung is collaborating with Hyundai to expand its SmartThings platform to support connected vehicles. The goal is to develop solutions that fully integrate the smart home and connected vehicles for future lifestyles.

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 3 January to work together over the next few years. The partnership will connect Samsung’s SmartThings platform with Hyundai and Kia connected vehicles to develop “Home-to-Car” and...