To no surprise, China is surveilling connected car owners

In perhaps the least shocking revelation of the year, the Chinese government are using connected cars to keep tabs on citizens.

A report from the Associated Press found more than 200 automakers – including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Mitsubishi – are providing live data to Chinese authorities.

The automakers claim it’s to comply with national laws. Chinese officials do not deny the data collection, but say...

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

Chinese facial recognition flags bus ad woman for jaywalking

A woman has been flagged for jaywalking by facial recognition tech in a Chinese city, only she wasn’t even there.

The woman in question was Dong Mingzhu, Chairwoman of China’s biggest maker of air conditioners, Gree Electric Appliances.

Mingzhu’s face was presented on a huge display in the city of Ningbo which shames people for jaywalking. However, Mingzhu’s only presence in the city was in an advert on the side of a moving bus.

Ningbo’s traffic police identified the mistake and...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Study highlights impact of self-driving cars on urban tourism

A study to be published in the January 2019 edition of ‘Annals of Tourism Research’ has revealed the impacts of self-driving cars on urban tourism.

Self-driving cars will have a huge impact on societies around the world. This study is among the first to explore what to expect.

One potential impact recently caused headlines about ‘mobile brothels’ whereby autonomous vehicles are used for sex work.

On the subject, the report states:

“While shared autonomous...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jaguar Land Rover’s V2X tech prevents cars stuck at lights

A demonstration by Jaguar Land Rover shows how Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) technology could prevent cars from getting stuck at lights.

Since the world’s first traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London 150 years ago, very little has changed. The Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system could be the modernisation drivers have been waiting for.

Getting stuck at lights is no fun. Most of us have been there, it’s 2am on the way home and you’ve been...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Amazon will continue selling facial recognition to law enforcement

Despite protests and claims it has bias problems, the CEO of AWS reportedly told employees it will continue selling facial recognition to law enforcement.

According to a Verge source, AWS CEO Andrew Jassy told employees in a meeting:

“We feel really great and really strongly about the value that Amazon Rekognition is providing our customers of all sizes and all...

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

Waymo blames human for its self-driving car accident

Waymo has detailed how its self-driving vehicle in Mountain View came to hit a motorbike, and it’s all to do with a meddling human.

Driverless cars are expected to improve road safety as they’re not prone to human ailments which often cause accidents such as distractions, intoxication, general lack of ability, or medical problems at the wheel such as a heart attack.

Of course, it’s going to take some time before driverless car AIs are robust enough for public use. Until then, on road tests...

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Ford and Volkswagen explore autonomous vehicle collaboration

Automotive giants Ford and Volkswagen have signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) to explore a self-driving car partnership.

While he’s been going through a somewhat turbulent period, Elon Musk and his Tesla crew undeniably shook up the automotive industry. The company introduced various semi-autonomous features with their attractive, high-performance electric vehicles.

Traditional carmakers have struggled to match...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Blue Vision Labs becomes Lyft’s UK hub for driverless cars

Lyft has acquired London-based Blue Vision Labs to become the company’s UK hub for its ‘Level-5’ self-driving car division.

Blue Vision Labs was co-founded in 2016 by Peter Ondruska, Lukas Platinsky, Hugo Grimmet, Andrej Pancik, and Bryan Baum – all graduates from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.

The company is now a 40-person team featuring some of the world’s brightest minds in computer vision and robotics. Blue Vision Labs combines this expertise to create...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Flourish driverless car project releases latest findings

Driverless car project Flourish has published its latest research findings into making autonomous vehicles user-friendly.

Autonomous vehicles are set to radically change the landscape of transport. University of Bristol's Professor Robert Piechocki even calls it “the biggest revolution on our roads since the advent of the internal combustion engine.”

Flourish attempts to provide an early glimpse into how this revolution will look and ensure autonomous vehicles are designed with the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

EU puts weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G for connected cars

As the industry decides what connectivity should be used for connected cars, the EU appears to be putting its weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G.

The EU hopes the approval of technical specifications for one technology over the other will help bring the industry together.

Once there’s more certainty about what standard will be used, the industry can move forward with confidence. Manufacturers and consumers will both know their new products will be supported and not quickly defunct.

Draft proposals from the EU...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.