UK connected car project aims to halt motorway pileups for good

A new project funded by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) aims to halt motorway pileups.

The project is called Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA) and is being led by a consortium including Applus Idiada, Cranfield University, Westfield Sports Cars, Cosworth, SBD Automotive, and Connected Places Catapult.

Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Transport, said: 

“The potential of self-driving vehicle...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, Smart Cities.

Helm.ai raises $13 million in seed funding to boost driverless car AI

Helm.ai, a California-based scalable AI for autonomous vehicles, has raised $13 million in a recently held seed funding round led by A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel, including others.

The company will be using the raised funds to further advance its engineering and R&D capabilities, hiring more employees, and making new deals with customers. Unlike other organisations, which focuses on developing hardware for autonomous vehicles,...

By IoT News, 27 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, Data & Analytics.

Anthony Levandowski admits stealing Google's self-driving car secrets

A former Google engineer has admitted stealing trade secrets relating to the company's self-driving car work.

Anthony Levandowski was accused of downloading thousands of proprietary files from Google in 2015 prior to leaving the company.

One of the files downloaded by Levandowski to his personal laptop was called 'Chauffeur TL weekly updates – Q4 2015,' and featured details about Google's self-driving program.

"I downloaded this file with the intent to use it for the benefit of someone other than...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles.

Dimitra Simeonidou, Smart Internet Lab: Building smarter cities

IoT News caught up with Professor Dimitra Simeonidou to gather her thoughts on building smarter cities.

When we previously met Simeonidou, she was the CTO of Bristol is Open – a pioneering smart city project combining a fibre and mesh network with sensors and open data to provide a playground for anyone wanting to test applications in a real-world environment.

“Last time we spoke, it was just the beginning of doing city–regional experimentation,” says Simeonidou. “We evolved our...

By Ryan Daws, 11 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Waymo secures $2.25 billion in first external investment

Waymo has announced that it has raised $2.25 billion (£1.75bn) in a fundraising round led by Silver Lake, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Mubadala Investment Company. It is Waymo’s first external investment that also included Magna, Andreessen Horowitz and AutoNation, as well as parent firm Alphabet.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik wrote in a company blog: “With this injection of capital and business acumen,...

By IoT News, 03 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT.

Toyota invests $400m in Pony.ai with latest driverless tech bet

Self-driving vehicle technology provider Pony.ai has secured $400 million (£308.35m) from Toyota, pushing the company’s valuation to more than £2.31bn.

The company is focusing on deepening and expanding its collaboration with Toyota in mobility services. They will further boost their joint efforts in self-driving technology development and mobility service deployment. The latest strengthened partnership...

By IoT News, 26 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT.

Semios secures $75 million in funding to expand IoT network for agriculture

Semios, a Canada-based precision farming platform for permanent crops announced that it has raised $75 million (£57.65m) in private equity funding to boost the development of its data-driven crop management solution.

To date, the company has secured a total of £88.4m in external capital. The funding was led by Morningside Group, a Boston-based private equity and venture capital firm. Semios CEO and founder, Dr....

By IoT News, 19 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, Healthcare.

At the front of the grid: How Formula 1 leads sporting franchises in data and analytics

It goes without saying that in business, the customer is always right. Except, of course, when they’re not.

Take the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a sporting example. When the idea for the shortened Twenty20 (T20) format was first proposed in 2003, not everyone was on board: of the 18 first-class counties, only 11 supported the new competition. Today, with established domestic competitions globally and a recognised...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Nokia and SoftBank team up to complete world’s first 5G connected car test

Nokia has become the first telecommunications firm to successfully complete a trial demoing the use of non-standalone 5G technology for commercial operations of connected cars.

The testing was conducted by SoftBank at Japan’s Honda research and development site in Hokkaido.

SoftBank, a buyer of Nokia’s end-to-end 5G portfolio, installed non-standalone 5G networks that are...

By IoT News, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Development, IoT.

Nuro gets testing approval for autonomous delivery vans without human controls

California-based robotics firm Nuro has been given permission to test its self-driving vehicles in Houston, Texas – which are built without human controls.

Dubbed as R2, Nuro’s self-driving delivery vans are the company’s second-generation vehicles which do not have any basic controls like a steering wheel, pedal or side view mirrors, as reported by the BBC.

By IoT News, 07 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Development, IoT.

Report: Public transport ITS market in Europe and North America to reach £3.14bn by 2023

According to the latest forecast from Berg Insight, the public transport market for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in Europe and North America will reach €3.7 billion (£3.14bn) by 2023.

In 2018, the market value for ITS deployed in public transport operations in Europe was £1.32bn. By 2023, it is expected to reach £1.83bm, growing at a CAGR of 6.8%. Similarly, the North American market for...

By IoT News, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Waymo's autonomous cars have driven 20 million miles on public roads

Autonomous cars developed by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have now driven over 20 million miles on public roads.

The milestone was announced during this year's CES in Las Vegas and shows how Waymo's driverless technology is almost ready for widespread deployment.

Speaking at a dinner hosted by Fortune, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said: "You need to have a lot of real world experience, there's no way to avoid it."

While autonomous vehicles have been involved in accidents, Waymo has managed to...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, Smart Cities.

Teraki and Machfu raise series A funds of $11m and $3.75m to speed up automotive and IIoT markets

A new year does not by any means signal a slowdown in funding across the Internet of Things (IoT) space, with Teraki and Machfu each securing series A funding over the past month for the automotive and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) spaces respectively.

Teraki raised $11 million (£9m) that the company says will be used for improving the current explosion in demand of data in electronics components...

By IoT News, 02 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IIoT, IoT.

ENGINE: Trust and data privacy remain consumers' biggest fears about connected cars

According to a recent survey conducted by ENGINE Insights, 65% of recent and intending car buyers have one or more connected car features in their current car. However, 54% are concerned about data security and how their data might be used and 19% of respondents said that data management concerns could compel them from not buying a connected car in future.

The ‘Connected Car’ survey from ENGINE reported that data security fears are universal, spanning across generations – 54% of Millennials,...

By IoT News, 18 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Security, Smart Cities.

Yandex is building LIDAR sensors as self-driving car market accelerates

Yandex, a Russian internet service firm, announced that it has begun testing its own Light Identification Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) laser technology and cameras. The new devices will be used for the company’s recently revealed delivery robot, the Yandex.Rover.

According to the company, its software can tune the LIDAR’s scanning patterns while driving, with changeable parameters that enable them to adapt to various driving conditions like dense city streets, freeways, and severe weather. The...

By IoT News, 16 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles.

European Union Cybersecurity Agency focuses on connected cars in latest research

A new report from the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) has highlighted the importance of cybersecurity for connected cars.

The ENISA’s ‘Good Practices For Security of Smart Cars’ report mainly aims to identify the relevant assets, the rising concerns that targets smart cars ecosystem of tomorrow, and also the potential security measures and good practices to mitigate them.

By IoT News, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Security.

KT to run 5G-based autonomous shuttle bus to prove commercial potential

South Korea-based operator KT will be running a 5G-powered self-driving shuttle service in the central city of Sejong, in a pilot project to demonstrate the commercialisation of autonomous buses.

KT – the carrier formerly known as Korea Telecom – alongside Seoul-based self-driving vehicle tech provider Unmanned Solutions, had previously announced a partnership in April in order to develop a 5G-based virtual control tower for...

By IoT News, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

FCC proposes splitting 5.9GHz spectrum for vehicle comms and WiFi

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is backing a proposal that would see precious spectrum allocated for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications split and also used for WiFi.

The 5.9GHz spectrum was allocated for Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) way back in 1999 but it's been mostly ignored by automakers.

"DSRC ... was intended to enable ubiquitous transportation and vehicle-related communications, but results haven't matched that intent," Pai said during an event in Washington.

"Here we...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Investigators conclude self-driving Uber in fatal crash had multiple software issues

US safety investigators have concluded that a self-driving Uber involved in a fatal crash had a series of software issues.

Uber had been testing its self-driving software in a Volvo XC90 when it hit pedestrian Elaine Herzberg as she crossed a road in Tempe, Arizona.

Ms Herzberg was crossing a dimly-lit road with her bicycle when Uber’s vehicle hit and killed her in March 2018.

Investigators from the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) found Uber’s software failed to correctly identify the...

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

Virgin Media will use its broadband cabinets to charge electric vehicles

Virgin Media wants to use its broadband cabinets to solve one of the biggest hurdles preventing the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

Electric cars, especially with their ever-growing range of connected features, have a range problem. Research has shown that the biggest reason drivers are still opting for combustion vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure for EVs causing “range anxiety”.

While an increasing number of places are installing charging...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.