How Japan is using cellular IoT to lead the way for mass smart metering deployment

As the Internet of Things continues to advance, the smart metering market is expected to explode. Influenced by rising energy prices, increases of energy theft, demand for more accurate billing and a heightened awareness of energy conservation, the global market is expected to reach nearly $20 billion by 2022.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Japan where, following the

By Ilan Reingold, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

AI drives (nearly) as badly as the rest of us in GTA 5

A programmer created an AI and set it loose in the world of GTA 5, and it didn’t end well.

The world of GTA 5 is sprawling, life-like, and full of unpredictable moments just like a real city. You have various densities of traffic, working lights, various weather conditions, and pedestrians also roaming around. For this reason, the game has been highlighted as being useful to help train AI for self-driving vehicles as it offers fairly realistic conditions without a danger to real...

By Ryan Daws, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Traffic lights in Milton Keynes use AI to help tackle rush hour jams

New traffic lights in Milton Keynes will use artificial intelligence to outsmart traffic and improve the flow to help reduce the gridlock traffic jams during rush hour.

Many of us will have been stuck at a red light cursing at it to change because we know no traffic is on the other side, but the light’s inefficient old timer system says we must wait. The new system will react to vehicles passing through them and ensure flow is at its most efficient.

In-car navigation is automatically rerouted...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

How automakers are transforming their operations through predictive analytics

Imagine driving a new car down the highway. You’re enjoying the open road when a notification appears on the dashboard informing you that you should deviate from your usual route because there is a major backup. You select the alternate route suggested by the car and continue on your merry way, having saved at least an hour of travel time.

Several minutes later you receive another notification letting you know that if your brake pads are not changed within the next week, your brake rotors will begin...

By Rick Delgado, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

YoBike chooses Bristol for its ‘Uber-like’ bike-sharing launch

YoBike, a new app-based bike-sharing service, has chosen Bristol as its European launch city in the startup’s bid to make local transport more sustainable and convenient.

While bike-sharing schemes have seen rollouts not just in the UK but around the world; most require users to pick up and deposit bikes at set locations around the city. YoBike takes a smarter and more convenient approach with bikes able to be locked up (and picked up by other users) in any legal and safe location.

Our fleet of...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon sees AI, machine learning, and drones as prime opportunity for UK expansion

In a further commitment to its long-term UK investment, Amazon plans to add 400 staff to its R&D centre in Cambridge to focus on AI, machine learning, and drones.

Engineers hired to work at the centre will include “machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modelers, speech scientists, and software engineers.” The new employees will be working on the future of Amazon’s products and services – including the Echo and Kindle lines, and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

ABI Research finds China, Japan, and South Korea leading smart city initiatives in Asia

Governments in China, Japan and South Korea are leading the deployment of citizen-centric smart city initiatives in Asia, according to ABI Research.

The analyst firm predicts that smart meter installations in China will grow at a CAGR of 21% to reach 349 million units by 2020, through vendors like Echelon, Huawei, Holley Metering, Itron, Landis+Gyr, and Sensus. China is also planning to put five million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2020, while Japan and South Korea are targeting one million and...

By IoT News, 28 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Uber decides on Dallas and Dubai for its flying car trials

Forget driverless cars, the next big thing is flying cars (finally!)

Anyone who’s into sci-fi will have dreamed of flying cars and probably thinks we’re overdue. Just last week, we reported Lilium successfully completed maiden flights of its VTOL taxis on a German airfield. This week, we’re hearing Uber has decided on Dallas and Dubai as its pilot cities for their flying vehicles.

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

DRIVEN consortium will undertake ‘groundbreaking’ driverless car trial

A consortium of vehicle companies known as DRIVEN has announced plans to undertake a ‘groundbreaking’ driverless car trial between Oxford and London on UK roads and motorways.

Most current UK driverless car trials have focused on areas with slow-moving traffic or not on public roads. Using V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology, the cars will communicate with each other to warn of potential hazards. While the cars will drive autonomously, a human will be on board in the vehicle to help...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Air-based taxis step closer to reality as Lilium tests VTOL jet

Uber’s specialist Elevate team may have received the most coverage for pursuing on-demand air-based taxis, but Lilium appears closest to reaching our skies after completing initial tests of its electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jet.

The current tests are unmanned and conducted remotely in a two-seater prototype, but the next goal for Lilium is to produce a bigger...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.