Sidewalk Labs reaches a deal to move forward with smart city, albeit scaled back

Google sister company Sidewalk Labs has reached a deal with Toronto Waterfront to move forward with its ambitious smart city plan, but it will be scaled back.

Sidewalk Labs first unveiled plans to build a smart city from the ground up on waterfront land in Toronto back in February. The plans included an underground delivery and waste disposal network, automatic cover over communal areas such as parks during bad weather, heated sidewalks, and various...

By Ryan Daws, 01 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Sprint collaborating with Arizona State University to deliver 5G and IoT technologies

Sprint is working alongside the Arizona State University (ASU) with the promise of 5G and IoT technologies and promoting innovation across campus.

The announcement, made at the recent MWC Los Angeles, revealed that the university will benefit from Sprint’s True Mobile 5G and Curiosity IoT's advanced dedicated network and operating system.

The Kansas-based telecom operator,...

By IoT News, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Elon Musk: Teslas may be fully self-driving before the year's end

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims some of the company's vehicles may be fully self-driving before we sing Auld Lang Syne to see in 2020.

Speaking during Tesla's quarterly earnings call, Musk said the automotive manufacturer may rollout a full self-driving mode in "early access" to select customers.

Adding that the timeline "might be tight," Musk said the feature is not guaranteed to launch this year but that it "appears to be on track."

Tesla is undoubtedly a pioneer in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Lilium releases impressive airtaxi footage following manufacturing facility completion

Lilium has released new footage of its groundbreaking airtaxi following the completion of their first manufacturing facility.

The Lilium Jet is the world’s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet. Featuring five seats, the Lilium Jet offers a vision for the future of urban transport.

Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and CEO, said:

"It's been thrilling to watch the Lilium Jet progress so rapidly and to see our first flying taxi manufacturing facility. We are...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

New partnership looks to bring IoT technologies to rural America

Internet of Things America (IoT America) and Rural Telecommunications of America (RTA) have joined hands to offer IoT-powered wireless, data analytics, and visualisation technologies to customers living and working in rural areas of the country.

The first phase of their collaborative project will see IoT America providing soil monitoring, asset tracking, and tank level monitoring solutions to RTA customers, who live in traditionally...

By IoT News, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hyundai debuts self-learning autonomous driving technology

Hyundai has debuted the world’s first autonomous driving technology which self-learns from a driver’s individual style.

A built-in AI observes the driver’s patterns to mimic their style in as safe a manner as possible. The use of a self-learning AI means the autonomous features should more closely replicate that of if the driver was still in full control of the vehicle.

Hyundai is rolling out the feature for cruise control initially and calling it Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Smart Summon is a glitchy ‘science experiment’

Influential magazine Consumer Reports has made it abundantly clear it’s not a fan of Tesla’s Smart Summon feature.

Smart Summon is part of Tesla’s automated parking system. When within 200 feet of their vehicle, a user holds their finger on the Tesla app and it will slowly drive to the person. At least, that’s supposed to be the case.

Consumer Reports says the system is “glitchy” and only works intermittently.

The US magazine is not the only entity questioning Tesla’s...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Contractors targeted homeless with ‘dark skin’ to train Google’s facial recognition

Contractors working for Google reportedly targeted homeless people with “dark skin” to help train a facial recognition system.

As reported by our sister publication AI News, facial recognition algorithms have well-documented problems when it comes to identifying people of colour. Part of the reason for the disparity is that most data sets for training algorithms have little diversity.

Any responsible tech company will want to...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Smart Cities.

Consumers believe autonomous vehicles will drive better than humans within a decade

A report commissioned by ANSYS has revealed deep insights about consumer attitudes towards autonomous vehicles (AVs) and their future.

Previous research has indicated that people are concerned about the capability of current driverless cars when compared to humans. This report is no different, with just 29 percent of respondents believing autonomous cars drive better than humans today.

However, what's...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jeff Bezos wants Congress to let Amazon draft facial recognition laws

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is hoping Congress will allow his company to draft laws around facial recognition technology.

Bezos told reporters following Amazon’s hardware event this week that the company already has a public policy team “working on facial recognition regulations”.

The news will be alarming to many human rights activists who have expressed serious concerns about Amazon’s facial recognition technology in particular.

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By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.