BlackBerry CEO believes it will be a decade before self-driving car prevalence

Speaking to shareholders on Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he believes it will be a decade before self-driving cars become mainstream.

A large part of this is not just the difficulty of developing the technology, but also how long it will take for governments to come up with the regulations to support them.

BlackBerry is highly involved in this process and trusted with its reputation for security. The company is working with the American and Canadian governments to determine safety standards.

This is in...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Toyota’s $1bn Grab investment is the largest ever in a ride-hailing company

Automotive giant Toyota’s $1 billion investment in Singapore-based company Grab represents the largest ever made in a ride-hailing firm.

Grab is foremost a ride-hailing firm similar to Uber. In fact, Grab acquired Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia.

Also similar to Uber is Grab having its own recently-unveiled food delivery service, GrabFood. The company is even launching an e-payment service, GrabPay.

Considering the wild success of Uber, it’s unsurprising investors are...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

‘World’s first’ 3D printed houses to be built in Eindhoven: Another route to smarter cities?

The Netherlands will soon be seeing the first of five planned 3D-printed concrete houses in the city of Eindhoven, as part of Project Milestone.

The municipality of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen, real estate manager Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos are partners in the project.

The houses are irregular in shape and their design is based on erratic blocks in a green landscape. This design aims at a high level of...

By IoT News, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Study: Connected car owners will trade personal data for services

A study conducted by Edison Research has found a willingness from connected car owners to trade personal data for services.

The research, commissioned by automotive data services platform Otonomo, indicates high-profile privacy breaches have not shaken the majority of consumers’ willingness to share personal data — as long as it’s clear what services they’ll receive in return.

On average, around 80 percent of those surveyed who expressed interest in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Windows 10 IoT Core Services arrives promising a decade of updates

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 IoT Core Services along with the promise it will be updated for at least the next decade.

The company expects a new release every two to three years. With each one, a further 10 years of support will be guaranteed.

The commitment offers assurance that any ‘Things’ deployed won’t be outdated anytime soon. With large-scale IoT deployments, this is particularly vital to avoid fears of costly replacements and/or downtime.

Microsoft’s existing IoT Core...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities.

Nvidia powers Isaac smart robot platform with Jetson Xavier

Nvidia has announced the launch of its Isaac platform for intelligent robots powered by its new Jetson Xavier computer.

Isaac includes new hardware, software, and a virtual-world robot simulator. The platform was launched at Computex 2018 by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang.

There are three main components to Nvidia’s Isaac platform:

  • Isaac SDK – a collection of APIs and tools to develop robotics algorithm software and runtime framework with fully accelerated libraries.

  • Isaac IMX – Isaac Intelligent Machine Acceleration...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Pymetrics’ open source tool can detect bias in AI algorithms

New York-based AI startup Pymetrics has announced it has open-sourced its much-needed tool for detecting bias in algorithms.

Earlier this month, I posted an editorial titled ‘Stopping AI’s discrimination will be difficult, but vital’ on our sister site AI News. I stand by the necessity of it, but Pymetrics is making it much easier to prevent unintentional discrimination.

Now available

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Australia prepares for autonomous vehicles with draft laws

Transport ministers in Australia have drafted vital legislation to prepare for autonomous vehicles to roam the land down under.

In the National Transport Commission (NTC) policy paper Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles, we get an early look at the legal framework enabling Automated Driving Systems (ADS) to replace human drivers.

NTC Chief Executive Paul Retter said:

“With automated vehicles,...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

DigitalTown gets $2.4 million investment to help integrate blockchain into smart cities

Venture capital firm Pithia has announced a $2.4 million investment in smart city technology firm DigitalTown to “accelerate the development of the DigitalTown technology integrating self-sovereign identity for thriving local economies as a core design principle.”

DigitalTown has been recorded as the first public company to fully adopt blockchain, particularly the third-generation blockchain RChain.  The company is entering into a partnership with lifeID, a Pithia portfolio firm, to reinforce...

By IoT News, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities.

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.