Ex-Apple employee is charged with stealing driverless car secrets

A former Apple employee has been charged with stealing driverless car secrets from the company with the intent of bringing them to his new employer.

Xiaolang Zhang was stopped at San Jose International airport by federal agents. He reportedly had bought a “last second” ticket heading to China.

Zhang is said to have stolen sensitive documents regarding Apple’s work on driverless cars while he was on paternity leave. Today, he was charged with trade secrets theft in the U.S. District Court for...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

Leading firms pressure the EU to back connected car standard

Companies including the likes of BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, and Deutsche Telekom are pressuring the EU to back a connected car standard.

The companies want the European Commission to put its weight behind the C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) standard instead of the WiFi-based alternative ITS-G5.

By adopting C-V2X, the companies believe Europe will be in a better position to speed up the rollout of 5G networks.

In a letter addressed to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other commissioners, the...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

IoT Tech Expo: Exploring autonomy and getting the last mile in connected railways and waterways

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If the ultimate goal of connected transportation is an interoperable system and network between different operators and different transport modes, then we have a long way to go to secure it. But collaboration and openness is the key to success.

Case in point: the majority of the panellists - and more than half of the audience - at the IoT Tech Expo session on connected transportation in Amsterdam arrived at the venue by train. In many cases, it was more than...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, Smart Cities.

BlackBerry CEO believes it will be a decade before self-driving car prevalence

Speaking to shareholders on Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he believes it will be a decade before self-driving cars become mainstream.

A large part of this is not just the difficulty of developing the technology, but also how long it will take for governments to come up with the regulations to support them.

BlackBerry is highly involved in this process and trusted with its reputation for security. The company is working with the American and Canadian governments to determine safety standards.

This is in...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Toyota’s $1bn Grab investment is the largest ever in a ride-hailing company

Automotive giant Toyota’s $1 billion investment in Singapore-based company Grab represents the largest ever made in a ride-hailing firm.

Grab is foremost a ride-hailing firm similar to Uber. In fact, Grab acquired Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia.

Also similar to Uber is Grab having its own recently-unveiled food delivery service, GrabFood. The company is even launching an e-payment service, GrabPay.

Considering the wild success of Uber, it’s unsurprising investors are...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Study: Connected car owners will trade personal data for services

A study conducted by Edison Research has found a willingness from connected car owners to trade personal data for services.

The research, commissioned by automotive data services platform Otonomo, indicates high-profile privacy breaches have not shaken the majority of consumers’ willingness to share personal data — as long as it’s clear what services they’ll receive in return.

On average, around 80 percent of those surveyed who expressed interest in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

BlackBerry joins OmniAir Consortium to further focus on autonomous capabilities

BlackBerry has joined the OmniAir Consortium as an executive member to help advance the testing, certification, and deployment of technologies for connected vehicles and intelligent transportation systems.

The Canadian smartphone maker successfully exhibited its V2X certificates at the May 2018 OmniAir MotorCity PlugFest. Its security credential management system (SCMS), which secures communication of vehicles with each other and with roadside equipment, will be available in the market in 2018 fall. The SCMS...

By IoT News, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Australia prepares for autonomous vehicles with draft laws

Transport ministers in Australia have drafted vital legislation to prepare for autonomous vehicles to roam the land down under.

In the National Transport Commission (NTC) policy paper Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles, we get an early look at the legal framework enabling Automated Driving Systems (ADS) to replace human drivers.

NTC Chief Executive Paul Retter said:

“With automated vehicles,...

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

Investigators: Uber’s self-driving SUV saw pedestrian before fatality

Investigators examining the incident where a self-driving SUV by Uber caused a fatality have determined the vehicle saw the pedestrian long before she was hit.

Revealed in a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, federal investigators found the vehicle in Arizona spotted the woman around six seconds before the fatal incident.

We await the more thorough and final investigative report

Uber’s system determined that braking was required 1.3 seconds prior to impact based on its...

By Ryan Daws, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Microsoft and Kymeta build ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs

Microsoft has partnered with satellite connectivity firm Kymeta to create ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs for the likes of first responders and law enforcement.

The companies modified two Chevrolet SUVs for their demonstration; a Chevrolet Suburban Tactical Vehicle, and a Chevrolet Tahoe Advanced Patrol Vehicle.

Scott Montgomery, Senior Industry Solution Manager at Microsoft, said:

“Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services can be locally replicated in a deployed environment such...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Drive.ai demonstrates its self-driving cars

The autonomous car startup released a video of its self-driving vehicles navigating around the city dodging other road users.

Drive.ai’s video shows their car driving on both public and private roads. The vehicle’s object recognition systems identifies other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, and routes around them safely.

Here are Drive.ai’s notable timestamps of the video:

  • 0:37 As the car proceeds to drive on public roads by crossing a 6-lane intersection, our system looks both ways for a long distance to understand what is happening and how to...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

RAC's black boxes prevent breakdowns or speeds up recovery

The RAC will use information from connected ‘black boxes’ to prevent breakdowns or speed up the recovery time of stranded vehicles.

Having a vehicle fitted with a black box has become popular in recent years to help reduce insurance premiums. Data collected from these boxes provide insights on whether an individual is a safe or reckless driver.

The RAC is extending the benefits of having a black box fitted to more quickly diagnose the reason for a vehicle breakdown. Anyone who’s found...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Volvo's trucks and cars will communicate to improve safety

Trucks and cars by automotive giant Volvo will soon communicate with each other to improve road safety.

Operating as two separate entities with the same owner, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will collaborate on the ‘Connected Safety’ solution. By implementing V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology, the companies hope sharing real-time data about road hazards may help to prevent accidents.

Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks, says:

"Expanded...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Michigan and the UK will collaborate on self-driving cars

Representatives from the state of Michigan and the UK have signed a collaboration agreement to share each other’s expertise in automobiles to advance self-driving cars and their infrastructure.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and UK Business Minister Richard Harrington.

Detroit, Michigan is the centre of the U.S. automobile industry with the ‘Big Three’ auto manufacturers General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler all having their headquarters in the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

China sets out guidelines for testing self-driving cars

China has set out its national guidelines for testing self-driving cars on its roads to ensure developments are safe but unhindered in a bid to ensure the country is a leader in the commercialisation of such vehicles.

The guidelines have been jointly issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Transport.

As part of the guidelines, local authorities have been granted permission to evaluate local conditions and take responsibility for...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Why for vehicle telematics, cellular IoT is the only option

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With the continued rollout of new LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, increasingly more vertical industries are recognizing and adopting cellular IoT as the most viable solution for IoT connectivity. This is especially true for the aftermarket telematics industry – including fleet management, cold chain logistics and “Buy Here Pay Here” companies.

The market has shown great interest in LTE Cat-M1 as the ideal, and perhaps only long-term solution. This has resulted in...

By Ilan Reingold, 06 April 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Smart cities market value to hit $2 trillion by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

The overall market value for smart cities will surpass $2 trillion by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan – with artificial intelligence (AI) at the heart of it.

The analyst firm believes AI, alongside personalised healthcare, robotics, advanced driver assistance systems and distributed energy generation will be among the cornerstone technologies of future smart cities.

With more than 80% of the population in developed countries expected to live in cities by 2050, now is the time to act. According to a

By James Bourne, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: There will be more than 125m connected vehicles by 2022

According to a new report, shipments of connected vehicles are expected to increase considerably over the next four years.

Counterpoint Research’s report forecasts a growth of 270 percent by 2022 to represent more than 125 million connected vehicles to be shipped from this year. As of 2017, the reporters found General Motors, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz are currently leading the market.

All vehicles sold in Europe from April 2018 must be fitted with ‘eCall’ technology which automatically...

By Ryan Daws, 03 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Jaguar Land Rover to use BlackBerry technology in next-generation connected cars

Jaguar Land Rover will use BlackBerry’s infotainment and security technologies in its next-generation connected vehicles under a multi-year deal signed by both the companies.

As part of the deal, the T&Cs of which remain undisclosed, the Canadian software firm will license its QNX and Certicom technology to the auto maker. In addition, a dedicated team of BlackBerry engineers will support the formulation of the new Electronic Control Unit (ECU) modules. The maiden ECU project focuses on the...

By IoT News, 26 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Self-driving Uber car strikes and kills Arizona woman, Uber halts tests

A self-driving Uber car has struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is believed to be the first known death of a pedestrian from an autonomous vehicle.

As reported by the New York Times, the Uber vehicle did have a human safety driver on board but was in autonomous mode when the collision occurred, according to a statement from Tempe police. The woman was taken to hospital but later died of her injuries.

The company will pause its...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.