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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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.

Audi: Youngsters see autonomous driving in more ‘positive light’

Audi recently conducted a study about driverless cars featuring 21,000 respondents across nine countries, namely the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, France, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Japan, and China.

The study, which was conducted through the Audi Urban Future Initiative, explored three categories: the emotional landscape, the human readiness index (HRI) and numerous user typology templates. Of these three points, HRI is the most important. 

The HRI covers age groups, gender,...

By IoT News, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Shanghai becomes the first Chinese city to license self-driving cars to carry passengers

Shanghai has become the first city in China to issue permits allowing passengers to be carried on the streets in self-driving cars.

Initial licenses have been granted to Chinese automaker SAIC motor group, Germany’s BMW, and ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing.

Under the terms of the permit, each company is allowed to deploy up to 50 vehicles. If there’s no incident after six months, there’s room for the firms to expand their fleets. A human driver must always be available to take control if...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Ericsson’s automated smart factory in China goes operational

Ericsson has achieved an important milestone in its smart manufacturing process in China, with its smart factory in Nanjing now becoming operational.

The Swedish telecommunications giant spent £41m to transform its existing factory in Nanjing, which is now claimed as the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the industry. This facility produces 4G and 5G radio technology products, of which most support...

By IoT News, 18 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Samsung and O2 are building connected 5G ambulances for the NHS

Korean tech giant Samsung has partnered with telecoms firm O2 to help build connected 5G ambulances for the NHS.

The partners will begin testing the next-generation ambulances later this month. Eight ambulances from the East of England Ambulance Trust will be equipped with new technologies including support for real-time video and field data collection.

Derek McManus, COO at O2 said: “It’s no secret there is increasing pressure on our health services. Healthcare is one of the areas set to benefit...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Healthcare, IoT, Smart Cities.

Paris to install Bluetooth-powered public furniture across city with Nodle partnership

Metro stations and parks in Paris will see installation of 3,000 Bluetooth-enabled smart benches and other urban amenities that will transmit real-time data to help city officials keep a track of possible migration of these public properties between parks and different locations.

The city would run and oversee the project in collaboration with US-based IoT and connectivity network provider, Nodle.io.

By IoT News, 12 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Aurora: Individual state rules are problematic for autonomous vehicles

Charity Allen, head of regulatory at self-driving car startup Aurora, has posted a blog highlighting the current problem facing autonomous vehicles of individual state rules.

While some American states are yet to even formulate laws regarding self-driving cars, others have developed their own individual regulations. 29 states so far have passed autonomous vehicle laws to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.