How automakers are transforming their operations through predictive analytics

Imagine driving a new car down the highway. You’re enjoying the open road when a notification appears on the dashboard informing you that you should deviate from your usual route because there is a major backup. You select the alternate route suggested by the car and continue on your merry way, having saved at least an hour of travel time.

Several minutes later you receive another notification letting you know that if your brake pads are not changed within the next week, your brake rotors will begin...

By Rick Delgado, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

YoBike chooses Bristol for its ‘Uber-like’ bike-sharing launch

YoBike, a new app-based bike-sharing service, has chosen Bristol as its European launch city in the startup’s bid to make local transport more sustainable and convenient.

While bike-sharing schemes have seen rollouts not just in the UK but around the world; most require users to pick up and deposit bikes at set locations around the city. YoBike takes a smarter and more convenient approach with bikes able to be locked up (and picked up by other users) in any legal and safe location.

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By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon sees AI, machine learning, and drones as prime opportunity for UK expansion

In a further commitment to its long-term UK investment, Amazon plans to add 400 staff to its R&D centre in Cambridge to focus on AI, machine learning, and drones.

Engineers hired to work at the centre will include “machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modelers, speech scientists, and software engineers.” The new employees will be working on the future of Amazon’s products and services – including the Echo and Kindle lines, and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

ABI Research finds China, Japan, and South Korea leading smart city initiatives in Asia

Governments in China, Japan and South Korea are leading the deployment of citizen-centric smart city initiatives in Asia, according to ABI Research.

The analyst firm predicts that smart meter installations in China will grow at a CAGR of 21% to reach 349 million units by 2020, through vendors like Echelon, Huawei, Holley Metering, Itron, Landis+Gyr, and Sensus. China is also planning to put five million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2020, while Japan and South Korea are targeting one million and...

By IoT News, 28 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Uber decides on Dallas and Dubai for its flying car trials

Forget driverless cars, the next big thing is flying cars (finally!)

Anyone who’s into sci-fi will have dreamed of flying cars and probably thinks we’re overdue. Just last week, we reported Lilium successfully completed maiden flights of its VTOL taxis on a German airfield. This week, we’re hearing Uber has decided on Dallas and Dubai as its pilot cities for their flying vehicles.

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

DRIVEN consortium will undertake ‘groundbreaking’ driverless car trial

A consortium of vehicle companies known as DRIVEN has announced plans to undertake a ‘groundbreaking’ driverless car trial between Oxford and London on UK roads and motorways.

Most current UK driverless car trials have focused on areas with slow-moving traffic or not on public roads. Using V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology, the cars will communicate with each other to warn of potential hazards. While the cars will drive autonomously, a human will be on board in the vehicle to help...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Air-based taxis step closer to reality as Lilium tests VTOL jet

Uber’s specialist Elevate team may have received the most coverage for pursuing on-demand air-based taxis, but Lilium appears closest to reaching our skies after completing initial tests of its electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jet.

The current tests are unmanned and conducted remotely in a two-seater prototype, but the next goal for Lilium is to produce a bigger...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

MediaTek partners with HERE to enable advanced positioning services for IoT devices

MediaTek has announced a partnership with HERE to use the company’s advancing positioning solutions for IoT devices.

The company powers an increasing number of IoT devices with their processors and today’s announcement will improve the capabilities of future devices using select MediaTek chipsets such as the MT2503 product family.

"We are pleased to work with HERE to connect the next billion to the devices and technologies they want," said YuChuan Yang, Deputy General Manager...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Smart city shipments to top one billion by 2026, new research argues

Smart city device shipments will increase from 202 million units in 2017 to 1.4 billion units in 2026, according to a research note from IHS Markit.

The company argues that the smart city market is fragmented at present in the type of smart city projects developed, in the technology, in the ecosystem and in the solutions. Players in this market range from small startups to international giants and span a variety of backgrounds, from telecom operators and network vendors to software companies, device...

By IoT News, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is training driverless cars – but you shouldn’t be worried

Researchers are using the vibrancy of Grand Theft Auto 5’s world to help train driverless cars in dealing with unpredictable scenarios quickly and safely.

The use of virtual worlds helps developers to optimise their AIs within a safe environment before rolling out the technology into the real world. Players of GTA 5 will be aware the game offers various densities of traffic and pedestrians which help to simulate real world scenarios. In cities, the volume of traffic on the roads and footfall...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.