Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Opinion: The road to truly intelligent connected cars

Building the smart car of the future requires putting technology in the driver’s seat. The most fundamental feature of a connected car is network connectivity, and this usually involves a wireless local area network (LAN). This allows the car to share internet access and data with other devices, both inside and outside the vehicle.

According to McKinsey and Cisco, researchers estimate that nearly...

By Diby Malakar, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jeff Bezos is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told employees he is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry, a possible hint at the tech giant’s next big play.

It’s hard to imagine that Amazon started off as a small Seattle bookstore. Now it’s considered not just an e-commerce giant, but also a leader in areas such as cloud computing, AI, and the IoT.

One area where Bezos’ firm is yet to make any inroads is the automotive industry.

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By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: Driverless cars improve traffic flow by at least 35 percent

A study by University of Cambridge researchers indicates the advent of driverless cars will improve traffic flows by at least 35 percent.

Using a fleet of miniature robotic cars, the researchers set up realistic traffic conditions including the stoppage of a vehicle on a two-lane road.

When the cars weren't programmed to work together, vehicles approaching the stopped car from behind had to slow down or stop and wait until the other lane was clear.

The result was a tailback just...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Bosch gets bullish on blockchain as ‘key technology for the economy of things’

Manufacturing giant Bosch has found its voice getting increasingly louder when it comes to digitisation and the Internet of Things (IoT) – and now the company is advocating distributed ledger technologies as key to restoring trust online.

Bosch spent two days last week hosting its ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, and in the aftermath the company touted it was at the ‘next milestone’ on the road to becoming a...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Chinese retailer JD is pumping $55m into connected vehicles

Chinese retail giant JD is pumping $55 million into connected vehicle fleets to further boost its leadership in logistics automation.

JD is the world's leading company in high-tech and AI delivery through drones, autonomous technology, and robots. The firm possesses the largest drone delivery system, infrastructure, and capability in the world.

According to a filing posted by Jiangsu Xinning Modern Logistics, JD has agreed to invest 376 million yuan...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Android Auto is getting a safer, more intelligent makeover

Google has announced details of a makeover Android Auto will receive this summer to make it safer and more intelligent.

The new design enables more information to be displayed without overwhelming users or requiring them to fiddle with the screen while driving.

A key example is driving while listening to audio and using a navigation app. Today, a user is required to switch between their chosen music and navigation apps. The new design features a bar at the bottom which expands with controls to interact with...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Land Rover: Driverless cars need 1000x more code than Apollo 11

Jaguar Land Rover has said driverless cars will require close to a billion lines of code, almost 1000x as much as what put man on the moon.

Apollo 11’s computer featured around 145,000 lines of code to land on the moon. Much like how it's often said that most of us now carry more processing power in our pockets than that computer, it puts into perspective the complex calculations a driverless car needs to make.

The British car manufacturer estimated the figure to emphasise the need for more people...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Microsoft and BMW launch open platform to support smart factory development

Microsoft and the BMW Group have announced a new initiative at Hannover Messe aimed at enabling faster and more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector.

In manufacturing, complex, proprietary systems, that create data silos and slow productivity, can delay production and profitability. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to break down these barriers with the creation of an open technology framework...

By IoT News, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

Lyft to invest $50m for City Works transportation initiative – with LA first on the list

California-based transportation network firm Lyft has said it will invest $50 million (£38.4m), or 1% of the company’s profits, into locally-driven transportation services and other initiatives via its City Works programme.

Los Angeles would be the first beneficiary of the initiative, the company added, as the city reflects three key priorities of the programme: providing transportation, developing transportation...

By IoT News, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hyundai, Tesla and Apple come up trumps in most trusted connected car brands, say drivers

In the race to deliver driverless cars, it has long since been a war of attrition between the tech vendors and the automotive manufacturers. According to a new study, UK drivers see the benefits of both – yet it’s bad news for taxi companies.

The research, which surveyed 1,000 people across the UK, saw Hyundai, polled by 46.7% of respondents, take arguably a surprising win when it came to the must trusted brand...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Pwn2Own: Hackers made off with a Tesla Model 3 and $35,000

Hackers managed to crack the security of a Tesla Model 3 and made off with a shiny new car and $35k for their efforts.

To be clear, it was all sanctioned by Tesla and not a theft. The automotive manufacturer willingly subjected their vehicle to hackers as part of the Pwn2Own competition.

Pwn2Own provides incentives to put the skills of hackers to good use in ensuring vulnerabilities are patched before they cause harm. Hacks of connected vehicles have the potential to cost lives.

The 2019 edition of...

By Ryan Daws, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Study: A hack affecting 20 percent of driverless cars would halt Manhattan

Researchers have modelled a scenario where 20 percent of driverless cars in Manhattan are hacked, and it's not good news.

The study is titled ‘Cyber-physical risks of hacked Internet-connected vehicles’ and envisions a scenario where just a small number of vehicles in a city are compromised.

Many of us know what can happen to journey times when there are one or two traffic incidents along our route.

If just 20 percent of vehicles are stopped remotely, the researchers’ model predicts a...

By Ryan Daws, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

LG Uplus and Hanyang Uni test 5G self-driving car in Seoul

LG Uplus and Hanyang University are testing a 5G self-driving car trial in Seoul to demonstrate how it could solve traffic problems.

South Korean telecoms company LG Uplus used its 5G network for the trial which saw a driverless vehicle dubbed the ‘A1’ drive eight kilometres in heavy traffic for 25 minutes.

The car was seen changing lanes and reacting to vehicles around it. Hanyang University’s ACE Lab said the A1 was close to performing at ‘Level 4’ driverless autonomy.

Level 4...

By Ryan Daws, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Seleta Reynolds, LADOT: On making Los Angeles smarter through collaboration in transportation

MWC19 “Whatever the problem is that you’re trying to solve in Los Angeles, you can probably solve it in a lot of cities,” explains Seleta Reynolds, general manager at the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT). At least in the United States, anyway.

“[US cities] are all very car-dependent, they have spotty public transit networks, they have relatively low densities compared to a lot of...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Ericsson IoT chief on AI, 5G, and connecting 'things' instead of ‘a thing’

We spoke to Ericsson IoT Head Jeff Travers during MWC 2019 about where the industry is heading and how emerging technologies are opening new possibilities.

A running theme of this year’s event was how technologies such as the IoT, 5G, AI, and blockchain are converging in powerful ways. Last year was a lot of talk about their potential, this year we’re seeing more actual deployments.

Transportation is one area where the IoT is having a major impact. The morning of our interview, Ericsson announced...

Audi GLOSA helps drivers breeze past green traffic lights

Audi’s latest feature wants to help drivers ensure they’re not stuck at red traffic lights by connecting to city infrastructure.

The feature is called Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and will advise the driver of what speed to go at in order to catch the “green wave” and breeze past traffic lights safely.

Hopefully, it will lead to more of the wonderful moments depicted by James Corden in this Confused.com advert:

 

Audi’s system works by monitoring the...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT startup GoFar raises $1.3m to improve drivers’ skills

When driving I’ve often wished fellow road users would improve their skills, but IoT startup GoFar has raised over $1m to help achieve just that.

GoFar builds connected car tech. The Sydney-based startup raised more than $200,000 on Kickstarter back in June 2015 and has since expanded to 14 personnel serving thousands of customers across 53 countries.

In a funding round led by Right Click Capital, GoFar has now secured $1.3 million to continue its journey.

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Driverless vehicles do not understand Dutch cyclists

The Dutch government is running into problems with its autonomous vehicle plans; namely, the automobiles can’t understand cyclists.

According to ‘I Amsterdam’, there are 881,000 bikes in Amsterdam alone. 58 percent of Amsterdammers older than 12 cycles daily. That’s a big problem if driverless cars are unable to understand and react to cyclists.

Under the Dutch government’s plans, 100...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed goes live

The UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed has gone live in Millbrook as part of the AutoAir consortium.

Based at the Millbrook Proving Grounds test track, the Airspan-led consortium has deployed a small cell network of 89 base stations operating in the in the 2.3 and 3.4-3.8 GHz mid-band spectrum. The network also includes a 22 sector high-speed mobility 57-71 GHz mmWave highway system.

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.