Consumers are still not confident in self-driving and electric cars

While the automotive industry continues to accelerate its self-driving and electric car plans, consumers are still not showing confidence in them.

A survey by J.D. Power found consumers have a "low level of confidence" for autonomous vehicles and a "neutral level of confidence" for electric vehicles.

Leading concerns about connected vehicles include a high fear of failure (71%) and of the vehicle being compromised while on the road (57%).

Consumers leading fears are understandable given recent...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Consumer Watchdog: Mass cyberattack could result in control of connected cars

A report from Consumer Watchdog features 20 anonymous whistleblowers from the connected car industry voicing their concerns about cyberattacks.

Automotive giants are racing to pack their vehicles with connected technology which improves the driving experience and helps their cars stand out. As in any such race, safety considerations often aren’t given the priority required.

Connected technologies such as remote engine starts, adjusting the climate via smartphone, and increasingly automated driving and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Ford will test connected cars on its own LTE/5G network

American automotive giant Ford is building its own LTE/5G network to test connected cars in a private environment.

Ford’s network will be set up at its campus in Dearborn, Michigan. The network will operate in the 3.5GHz CBRS band and use equipment from Ericsson, Juniper, and Dell.

The company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to build a test network in the spectrum band. 

Little information about Ford’s plans can be extracted from

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Toyota is pumping $600 million into Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi

Japanese automotive giant Toyota is pumping $600 million into Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing.

Didi Chuxing is based in Beijing and claims to be the world's leading mobile transportation platform. The company provides app-based transportation services, including taxi hailing, private car hailing, social ride-sharing ,and bike sharing.

Stephen Zhu, Senior Vice President of DiDi, said:

“DiDi is committed to helping our cities achieve new energy and smart transportation...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Smart Cities.

Amazon in-car delivery expands to Honda and Acura vehicles

Amazon has expanded its unique in-car delivery service to newer vehicle models from Honda and Acura.

No-one likes missing parcel deliveries: they could be important to have that day, and often it means having to go on a jaunt to your local delivery office.

You could have a parcel left on your porch at risk of it being stolen, but Amazon has been looking at other possibilities. One of the potential solutions was a digital key allowing Amazon delivery drivers to let themselves in your home to put the parcel...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Toyota Mobility seeks to analyse connected car data to inform road repairs

Toyota Mobility aims to analyse data from connected cars to inform road maintenance in Akaiwa City, Okayama.

Local governments in Japan currently identify road maintenance needs following observations from their regular patrols. These patrols help to ensure traffic accidents are prevented and potentially vital evacuation routes are kept clear.

Several natural disasters have struck Japan, including both an earthquake and floods in 2018 alone. The disasters have not only proved the need for good roads but also...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Smart Cities.

Smart Roads: The UK will use AI to determine the condition of roads

The UK is planning to harness AI to help determine the condition of roads and where investment should be prioritised.

British drivers are well-accustomed to poor road conditions, especially potholes and the long delays in getting them fixed (one ingenious man has even come up with an innovative way of getting the council to fix them faster...)

To be fair to councils, keeping all the roads in top condition is expensive. Factors like...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

5G Americas explores how the IoT and 5G will ‘create our connected future’

A whitepaper released by industry trade organisation 5G Americas delves into how the IoT and 5G will ‘create our connected future’.

The whitepaper explains how standards body 3GPP has been helping to future-proof the cellular technology which is expected to underpin massive IoT deployments (defined as at least one million devices per kilometre).

No organisation wants to be responsible for having to replace the batteries of such large deployments on a frequent basis, so the 5G networks are expected...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Whoop whoop: Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition

Juggalo makeup, worn by fans of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), has been found to be a particularly effective way of blocking facial recognition.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation invested in a military-grade facial recognition company last year. Concertgoers who are concerned about such technology may want to consider becoming a Juggalo/Juggalette.

Twitter user (@tahkion) describes himself as a ‘Prominent Security Juggalo’ and found the black-on-white facepaint tricks...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

Europe votes against EU’s plan to use WiFi over 5G for connected cars

European nations voted against the EU’s executive proposal for a WiFi-based connected car standard in favour of 5G technology.

The EU wants to use the WiFi-based Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) standard, which is also backed by Volkswagen. Most of the rest of the industry disagreed with this perspective.

Naturally, the mobile industry lobbied the most in favour of a 5G-based alternative known as Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X). A consortium of mobile industry bodies –...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.