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.

UK Autodrive conclude world’s first multi-driverless car trial

A consortium of UK automotive players called Autodrive has concluded the world’s first driverless car trial involving multiple vehicles.

Autodrive is a £20 million project consisting of automakers, councils, legal experts, and researchers. The aim of the consortium is to prepare society for driverless cars and establish the UK as a leader.

Over the past few years, Autodrive has undertaken increasingly complex trials designed to push the limits of driverless technology.

A...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Honda demonstrates ‘smart intersection’ technology

Automotive giant Honda has demonstrated ‘smart intersection’ technology which should increase safety, especially in the age of driverless cars.

Roads can be wildly unpredictable things, and intersections account for around 40 percent of collisions. Pedestrians or animals could run into the street, emergency vehicles may need to be let by promptly, or another driver could make a risky manoeuvre like running a red light.

Honda’s V2I (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) technology passes data from...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

SK Telecom launches rental car service on its IoT network

South Korea is getting a car rental service which uses the IoT network of the nation’s largest operator, SK Telecom.

SK Telecom’s affiliate, SK Networks, is launching the car rental service. The former will be providing its LTE Cat M1 network for checking the status of cars in real-time.

Being a Cat M1 network, data transfer speeds are low but also require little power. With a rate of 300kbps, it’s just enough to monitor...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Arrow and Colorado Smart Cities Alliance team up for innovation lab

Arrow Electronics has teamed up with the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance to launch the Colorado Open Lab, which will be located within the company’s global headquarters in the city of Centennial in Colorado.

The Colorado Open Lab, which is an IoT engineering workspace for customer development showcase and innovation collaboration to expedite development of OEM IoT appliances and AI-enhanced applications, is supported by...

By IoT News, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

UK: Driverless car makers face jail if they cause harm

UK government spokesperson Baroness Buscombe confirmed driverless car makers will face jail if their vehicles cause harm.

Buscombe was responding to a parliamentary question on the subject. She asserted that existing health and safety law "applies to artificial intelligence and machine learning software".

The response helps to settle a debate between academics and legal circles about responsibility when it comes to AI. Some believe the fear of prosecution may drive people away from developing...

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