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.

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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, Enterprise, IoT.