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 Cars, 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 Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Elon Musk: Teslas may be fully self-driving before the year's end

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims some of the company's vehicles may be fully self-driving before we sing Auld Lang Syne to see in 2020.

Speaking during Tesla's quarterly earnings call, Musk said the automotive manufacturer may rollout a full self-driving mode in "early access" to select customers.

Adding that the timeline "might be tight," Musk said the feature is not guaranteed to launch this year but that it "appears to be on track."

Tesla is undoubtedly a pioneer in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hyundai debuts self-learning autonomous driving technology

Hyundai has debuted the world’s first autonomous driving technology which self-learns from a driver’s individual style.

A built-in AI observes the driver’s patterns to mimic their style in as safe a manner as possible. The use of a self-learning AI means the autonomous features should more closely replicate that of if the driver was still in full control of the vehicle.

Hyundai is rolling out the feature for cruise control initially and calling it Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning...

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

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Smart Summon is a glitchy ‘science experiment’

Influential magazine Consumer Reports has made it abundantly clear it’s not a fan of Tesla’s Smart Summon feature.

Smart Summon is part of Tesla’s automated parking system. When within 200 feet of their vehicle, a user holds their finger on the Tesla app and it will slowly drive to the person. At least, that’s supposed to be the case.

Consumer Reports says the system is “glitchy” and only works intermittently.

The US magazine is not the only entity questioning Tesla’s...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Honda acquires app developer Drivemode to beef up connected mobility arm

Honda has acquired Drivemode, a provider of applications which encourage safe driving across the connected car landscape.

The two companies have been collaborators since 2015, with Drivemode conducting joint development activities with Honda’s research and development team. The initiatives were part of Honda Xcelerator, a program designed for innovators across all funding stages.

By James Bourne, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics.

Tesla will allow users to customise their vehicle’s horn and motor sounds

Tesla will soon allow users to customise the horn and low-speed movement sounds of their vehicles.

Electric cars are so quiet that in many countries they are required by law to artificially create a movement sound for the safety of pedestrians. Until now, these movement sounds have typically represented something akin to a normal engine.

Tesla founder Elon Musk is now teasing a range of movement sound options. My personal favourite suggestion is the coconut horse clops from Monty Python and the Holy...

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

Consumers believe autonomous vehicles will drive better than humans within a decade

A report commissioned by ANSYS has revealed deep insights about consumer attitudes towards autonomous vehicles (AVs) and their future.

Previous research has indicated that people are concerned about the capability of current driverless cars when compared to humans. This report is no different, with just 29 percent of respondents believing autonomous cars drive better than humans today.

However, what's...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Audi: Youngsters see autonomous driving in more ‘positive light’

Audi recently conducted a study about driverless cars featuring 21,000 respondents across nine countries, namely the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, France, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Japan, and China.

The study, which was conducted through the Audi Urban Future Initiative, explored three categories: the emotional landscape, the human readiness index (HRI) and numerous user typology templates. Of these three points, HRI is the most important. 

The HRI covers age groups, gender,...

By IoT News, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

British autonomous vehicles are used in a joint exercise with the US military 

Advanced units from the UK and US militaries have teamed up as part of a joint experiment using British-designed autonomous systems.

The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Centre, hosted the Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) experiment at the Camp Grayling Joint Manoeuvre Training Centre in Michigan.

Brigadier Darrell Amison, the British Army’s Head of Capability Combat Service...

By Ryan Daws, 20 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Shanghai becomes the first Chinese city to license self-driving cars to carry passengers

Shanghai has become the first city in China to issue permits allowing passengers to be carried on the streets in self-driving cars.

Initial licenses have been granted to Chinese automaker SAIC motor group, Germany’s BMW, and ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing.

Under the terms of the permit, each company is allowed to deploy up to 50 vehicles. If there’s no incident after six months, there’s room for the firms to expand their fleets. A human driver must always be available to take control if...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Samsung and O2 are building connected 5G ambulances for the NHS

Korean tech giant Samsung has partnered with telecoms firm O2 to help build connected 5G ambulances for the NHS.

The partners will begin testing the next-generation ambulances later this month. Eight ambulances from the East of England Ambulance Trust will be equipped with new technologies including support for real-time video and field data collection.

Derek McManus, COO at O2 said: “It’s no secret there is increasing pressure on our health services. Healthcare is one of the areas set to benefit...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Healthcare, IoT, Smart Cities.

Gartner forecasts explosion in enterprise and automotive IoT endpoint usage

Gartner has predicted that the enterprise and automotive IoT market will grow to 4.8 billion endpoints by the end of 2019 – and 5.8bn endpoints in 2020. The current year forecast is 21.5% rise on a year-on-year basis, whereas the next year projection is a 21% year-on-year increase, compared to the present year.

The utility sector will be the highest user of IoT endpoints, as it will total to 1.17bn endpoints in 2019 and...

By IoT News, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT.

Aurora: Individual state rules are problematic for autonomous vehicles

Charity Allen, head of regulatory at self-driving car startup Aurora, has posted a blog highlighting the current problem facing autonomous vehicles of individual state rules.

While some American states are yet to even formulate laws regarding self-driving cars, others have developed their own individual regulations. 29 states so far have passed autonomous vehicle laws to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Senators call for connected car kill switches following Consumer Watchdog report

US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey have penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asking whether vehicle manufacturers have disclosed vulnerabilities with their cars.

The letter is being sent in the wake of a damning Consumer Watchdog report earlier this month that warned a mass cyberattack could result in the remote control of connected cars.

Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog released a

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

Ayro accelerates into the future with Ford’s Autonomic connected car platform

Autonomic, a subsidiary of Ford, has partnered with electric vehicle manufacturer Ayro to develop a range of services for mobility applications.

Ayro develops emissions-free, electric light-duty vehicles for commercial and consumer markets. Autonomic is a cloud platform designed specifically for the advancement of connected cars.

Gavin Sherry, Co-Founder and CEO of Autonomic, said:

“At Autonomic, we designed our platform to accelerate the progress of connected vehicles and it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

Artificial intelligence and driverless cars: Does it lead to an ethical trade-off?

Opinion Who lives? Who dies? Who decides?

The ethics surrounding driverless cars and autonomous decision making are hotly debated subjects.

In a situation of certain fatality, should the driverless car hit A and B to save C, or swerve to hit C to save A and B? The moral conundrum is hopelessly difficult to resolve. The scenario echoes the renowned...

By Frank Ryan, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

Consumers are still not confident in self-driving and electric cars

While the automotive industry continues to accelerate its self-driving and electric car plans, consumers are still not showing confidence in them.

A survey by J.D. Power found consumers have a "low level of confidence" for autonomous vehicles and a "neutral level of confidence" for electric vehicles.

Leading concerns about connected vehicles include a high fear of failure (71%) and of the vehicle being compromised while on the road (57%).

Consumers leading fears are understandable given recent...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Wayve joins Britain's most-funded driverless car startups

Cambridge-based firm Wayve is joining the ranks of Britain's most-funded driverless car startups.

Wayve was launched by Cambridge PhDs Amar Shah and Alex Kendall. The company's technology aims to enable driverless cars to navigate even on unknown roads.

The startup is now set to secure around $20 million in funding from investors which include Lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and Silicon Valley fund Eclipse.

Lior Susan, Founder of Eclipse, is leading the funding round according to Companies House...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Consumer Watchdog: Mass cyberattack could result in control of connected cars

A report from Consumer Watchdog features 20 anonymous whistleblowers from the connected car industry voicing their concerns about cyberattacks.

Automotive giants are racing to pack their vehicles with connected technology which improves the driving experience and helps their cars stand out. As in any such race, safety considerations often aren’t given the priority required.

Connected technologies such as remote engine starts, adjusting the climate via smartphone, and increasingly automated driving and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.