Baidu seeks AI leadership with Raven Tech

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Chinese web giant Baidu is pushing further into the AI market with the acquisition of Raven Tech, a startup behind the ‘Flow’ digital assistant.

As most emerging digital assistants, Flow was touted as “the next Siri” but with improved localisation for the Chinese market. The app never broke the top 700 ranking in the App Store in China after facing stiff competition from...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Ford pumps $1bn into ex-Google, Uber engineers’ AI startup

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Ford has announced plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years into an AI startup co-founded by engineers who held positions in Google and Uber's respective self-driving vehicle teams. 

The engineers who co-founded Argo AI would make an enviable addition to any company looking for their slice of the emerging connected car market. Brian Salesky, CEO of Argo AI, was director of hardware for...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Could the IoT transform customer engagement in insurance?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) stepped up a gear in the automotive world earlier this month, as 02 became the first mobile operator to offer a car insurance service with the launch of 02 Drive, a service that uses IoT technology to encourage safe driving. By installing a telematics device called Box on Board, the driver’s behaviour is monitored to build up a log of data. This will indicate how safe they are on the roads – which may...

By Karen Wheeler, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

San Diego gives green light to sustainability initiative with ‘machine network’

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More and more cities are getting to grips with the Internet of Things (IoT) – and the latest cab off the rank is San Diego, California, who is pushing ahead with a ‘machine network’ dedicated to clean energy and sustainability.

The network is being powered by Ingenu, a company which provides IoT machine connectivity through its random phase multiple access (RPMA) technology. The network will cover the whole city, which amounts to 800 square miles and more than 2.6...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Auto Compensation: UK wants victims of self-driving car accidents to be quickly compensated

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The UK is planning ahead of how insurance will be handled in the self-driving era with a framework that ensures accident victims are quickly compensated.

Among the biggest questions surrounding the roll-out of self-driving cars is that of insurance and how it will function when there’s no-one in control of the vehicle. This has gained extra attention over the past year as more self-driving tests were conducted,...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

The road as a ‘social space’: Analysing the challenges of autonomous vehicle integration

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The future of mobility has become a major topic of discussion in the automotive world. Introductions including the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, ride sharing and new synergies between car manufacturers and technology players are all changing the transportation ecosystem as we know it.  

One thing in particular I think we can all agree on is that autonomous vehicles (AVs) are coming.

Every day new pilot schemes bring AVs closer to the road and into the public mind-set, and

By Kate Rock, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, Smart Cities.

Uber poaches a NASA aircraft engineer to fulfil our flying car dreams

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2020 was portrayed in sci-fi flicks as being a futuristic year of hoverboards and flying cars, but as it approaches, it’s becoming evident the most realistic expectation we can hope for is driverless cars. 

Ride-sharing giant Uber isn’t ready to give up on the dream of flying cars, however, and has just announced the company’s recruitment of NASA Engineer Mark Moore to become the director of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

New research shows smart cities come in all shapes and sizes

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The US Conference of Mayors (USCM) has released a new survey at the recently held 85th Winter Meeting which shows cities of all sizes are developing and implementing smart city projects.

The survey, jointly developed and conducted with IHS Markit, is a project of the USCM’s Council on Metro Economies and the New American City. From the 54 cities who responded to the survey, 335 smart city projects are currently being implemented and 459 are being planned through 2017. Among the 335...

By IoT News, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Verizon IoT evangelist David Vasquez on unlocking potential of intelligent track and trace

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Verizon’s plans for the Internet of Things (IoT) are certainly on the ambitious side. The telco has partnerships all over the shop, from Cypress Semiconductor, to Qualcomm and LG U+ in the past month alone, as well as fingers in many pies, from smart cities, to agriculture, to automotive.

At the forefront of broadcasting this message is David Vasquez, who now works for Verizon in an IoT ‘evangelist’ role having spent the vast majority of his career at the firm in various guises....

By James Bourne, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

It’s time to talk about the smart cities we’ll soon be living in

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When people think about smart cities, they tend to view them as futuristic, but they're going to start becoming more of a day-to-day reality rather than a vision for the future. It will happen because the cities and the technologies together have evolved to the point where we can actually deploy at a larger scale than we could before.

One big trend this year will be the movement from smaller pilots to larger deployments of smart city tech within cities. The number of requests for...

By Mrinalini Ingram, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.