Investigators: Uber’s self-driving SUV saw pedestrian before fatality

Investigators examining the incident where a self-driving SUV by Uber caused a fatality have determined the vehicle saw the pedestrian long before she was hit.

Revealed in a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, federal investigators found the vehicle in Arizona spotted the woman around six seconds before the fatal incident.

We await the more thorough and final investigative report

Uber’s system determined that braking was required 1.3 seconds prior to impact based on its...

By Ryan Daws, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Honeywell partners with AT&T on aircraft and freight IoT solutions

Honeywell is partnering with telecommunications giant AT&T to debut IoT solutions for aircraft and freight deployments around the world.

The companies are debuting the following solutions:

  • Connected Freight – Scalable IoT solution tracks and monitors critical shipments while they are in transit. Sensor tags attached to assets, pallets or individual packages not only provide location information but also measure for shock and tilt, humidity, temperature and pressure changes. Logistics providers access a dashboard to receive status alerts and can react...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT.

Samsung opens huge AI centre in the UK

Korean technology giant Samsung has announced the opening of a huge new AI research in Cambridge, UK to capitalise on local talent.

Cambridge has gained international recognition as a hub of AI talent. Google’s acquisition of DeepMind, whose headquarters is based in the city, only helped to further boost this reputation.

“Today’s announcement by Samsung will create high-paying, high-skilled jobs and our modern Industrial Strategy will encourage further investment like this all around the...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Back to IoT basics: Automating outcomes to improve customer experience

The application of IoT is booming with new use cases arising near enough daily. But, contrary to its growth, the sector risks inertia if businesses lose sight of the key objectives digitisation was founded upon – improving day-to-day experiences.

Yes, a big part of IoT is creating more efficient processes. But those efficiencies must translate into issues that resonate with customers, from the quality of the product to meeting environmental pledges and reducing wastage to truly deliver; something that...

By Jason Kay, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Hardware meets software: Seven steps to creating new revenue with IoT

Manufacturers used to determine pricing based on a physical item.  Today, Industry 4.0 and the integration of software into products have brought new pricing approaches into the picture.  But it’s not as simple as adding a fee for the software into the price.  Software pricing and licensing is a whole new ballgame, involving licenses, users, renewals and support.  Manufacturers may also have multiple versions of software that need to be tracked and updated.

In addition to new needs,...

By Matthew Dunkley, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT.

Nvidia’s AI robot learns from observing humans

Nvidia has demonstrated a robot with a groundbreaking AI which learns to complete tasks by observing the actions of a human.

The researchers, led by Stan Birchfield and Jonathan Tremblay, claim their development is a ‘first of its kind’ deep learning-based system.

In their research paper, they state:

“For robots to perform useful tasks in real-world settings, it must be easy to communicate the task to the robot; this includes both the desired result and any hints as to...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Microsoft and Kymeta build ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs

Microsoft has partnered with satellite connectivity firm Kymeta to create ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs for the likes of first responders and law enforcement.

The companies modified two Chevrolet SUVs for their demonstration; a Chevrolet Suburban Tactical Vehicle, and a Chevrolet Tahoe Advanced Patrol Vehicle.

Scott Montgomery, Senior Industry Solution Manager at Microsoft, said:

“Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services can be locally replicated in a deployed environment such...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Drive.ai demonstrates its self-driving cars

The autonomous car startup released a video of its self-driving vehicles navigating around the city dodging other road users.

Drive.ai’s video shows their car driving on both public and private roads. The vehicle’s object recognition systems identifies other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, and routes around them safely.

Here are Drive.ai’s notable timestamps of the video:

  • 0:37 As the car proceeds to drive on public roads by crossing a 6-lane intersection, our system looks both ways for a long distance to understand what is happening and how to...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Research: 90% of US consumers own a smart home device

Research from Metova has revealed the current scale of smart home product adoption in the United States.

According to Metova, 90 percent of U.S consumers now own some form of smart home device. This shows the IoT is well-and-truly reached mass adoption in the consumer space.

Other key findings include:

  • Over 90% surveyed have made a purchase of a connected home device

  • Nearly 70% already have a voice-controlled system such as an Amazon Alexa or Google Home

  • 58% percent of people who own a connected home device are concerned about how it may impact their privacy

  • 74% of respondents think connected home devices are the wave of the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

RAC's black boxes prevent breakdowns or speeds up recovery

The RAC will use information from connected ‘black boxes’ to prevent breakdowns or speed up the recovery time of stranded vehicles.

Having a vehicle fitted with a black box has become popular in recent years to help reduce insurance premiums. Data collected from these boxes provide insights on whether an individual is a safe or reckless driver.

The RAC is extending the benefits of having a black box fitted to more quickly diagnose the reason for a vehicle breakdown. Anyone who’s found...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.