JD.com introduces AI-equipped rolling robot for delivery of goods

JD, China’s second-largest e-commerce company, introduced an artificial intelligence-equipped rolling robot in November 2018 that can deliver goods up to 5km from its base.

The autonomous home-delivery vehicle, which can be unlocked using face authentication, is helping JD cope with rising labour shortages and the rapid increase of wages in China's logistics industry.  

JD’s logistics base in Changsha, Hunan Province, released an initial fleet of 20 robots at the end of November. In...

By IoT News, 17 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

BlackBerry’s new security management system aims to give greater trust to smart cities

BlackBerry is committing to help the private and public sectors come together to boost the development of smart cities and intelligent transportation systems with a Security Credential Management System (SCMS) service.

To address this need, BlackBerry will be making available a SCMS service that provides the mechanism for vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, to exchange information in a trustworthy and private...

By IoT News, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Scientists fit bees with sensors to create ‘living IoT platform’

A research team from the University of Washington are turning bees into tiny drones to create a living IoT platform.

An experiment with three various species of bees found they’re able to fly and hover while carrying up to around 105 milligrams. With this information, the researchers ensured their chip weighed just 102 milligrams.

While traditional drones are used for gathering data, battery limitations mean they can only last around 30 minutes per charge. The researchers said they wanted to leverage...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

To no surprise, China is surveilling connected car owners

In perhaps the least shocking revelation of the year, the Chinese government are using connected cars to keep tabs on citizens.

A report from the Associated Press found more than 200 automakers – including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Mitsubishi – are providing live data to Chinese authorities.

The automakers claim it’s to comply with national laws. Chinese officials do not deny the data collection, but say...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Chinese facial recognition flags bus ad woman for jaywalking

A woman has been flagged for jaywalking by facial recognition tech in a Chinese city, only she wasn’t even there.

The woman in question was Dong Mingzhu, Chairwoman of China’s biggest maker of air conditioners, Gree Electric Appliances.

Mingzhu’s face was presented on a huge display in the city of Ningbo which shames people for jaywalking. However, Mingzhu’s only presence in the city was in an advert on the side of a moving bus.

Ningbo’s traffic police identified the mistake and...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Study highlights impact of self-driving cars on urban tourism

A study to be published in the January 2019 edition of ‘Annals of Tourism Research’ has revealed the impacts of self-driving cars on urban tourism.

Self-driving cars will have a huge impact on societies around the world. This study is among the first to explore what to expect.

One potential impact recently caused headlines about ‘mobile brothels’ whereby autonomous vehicles are used for sex work.

On the subject, the report states:

“While shared autonomous...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jaguar Land Rover’s V2X tech prevents cars stuck at lights

A demonstration by Jaguar Land Rover shows how Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) technology could prevent cars from getting stuck at lights.

Since the world’s first traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London 150 years ago, very little has changed. The Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system could be the modernisation drivers have been waiting for.

Getting stuck at lights is no fun. Most of us have been there, it’s 2am on the way home and you’ve been...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Amazon will continue selling facial recognition to law enforcement

Despite protests and claims it has bias problems, the CEO of AWS reportedly told employees it will continue selling facial recognition to law enforcement.

According to a Verge source, AWS CEO Andrew Jassy told employees in a meeting:

“We feel really great and really strongly about the value that Amazon Rekognition is providing our customers of all sizes and all...

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

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.