Jaguar Land Rover’s V2X tech prevents cars stuck at lights

A demonstration by Jaguar Land Rover shows how Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) technology could prevent cars from getting stuck at lights.

Since the world’s first traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London 150 years ago, very little has changed. The Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system could be the modernisation drivers have been waiting for.

Getting stuck at lights is no fun. Most of us have been there, it’s 2am on the way home and you’ve been...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Waymo blames human for its self-driving car accident

Waymo has detailed how its self-driving vehicle in Mountain View came to hit a motorbike, and it’s all to do with a meddling human.

Driverless cars are expected to improve road safety as they’re not prone to human ailments which often cause accidents such as distractions, intoxication, general lack of ability, or medical problems at the wheel such as a heart attack.

Of course, it’s going to take some time before driverless car AIs are robust enough for public use. Until then, on road tests...

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Bentley launches in-car Wi-Fi system for uninterrupted mobile network

Bentley has claimed the launch of the world’s first super-fast, reliable and secure in-car Wi-Fi system with the launch of its Advanced Connectivity.

The British car manufacturer’s customers can now benefit from uninterrupted mobile network coverage while travelling, providing a fully functioning and fully connected executive office on the move.

When using the Bentley...

By IoT News, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Ford and Volkswagen explore autonomous vehicle collaboration

Automotive giants Ford and Volkswagen have signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) to explore a self-driving car partnership.

While he’s been going through a somewhat turbulent period, Elon Musk and his Tesla crew undeniably shook up the automotive industry. The company introduced various semi-autonomous features with their attractive, high-performance electric vehicles.

Traditional carmakers have struggled to match...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Why autonomous vehicles on farms might impact consumers’ lives more than on the road

Consumers are rightfully excited about the eventual introduction of autonomous vehicles, as they promise to deliver vast improvements in road safety, travel efficiency, and riding enjoyment.  But current use of self-driving technologies in industrial applications, such as farms and mines, suggests that true, fully autonomous vehicles might arrive first in places other than our roads.  While many of us might not realise it, the benefits of such use on farms would be equally – if not more...

By Brad Lukac, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

Blue Vision Labs becomes Lyft’s UK hub for driverless cars

Lyft has acquired London-based Blue Vision Labs to become the company’s UK hub for its ‘Level-5’ self-driving car division.

Blue Vision Labs was co-founded in 2016 by Peter Ondruska, Lukas Platinsky, Hugo Grimmet, Andrej Pancik, and Bryan Baum – all graduates from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.

The company is now a 40-person team featuring some of the world’s brightest minds in computer vision and robotics. Blue Vision Labs combines this expertise to create...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Flourish driverless car project releases latest findings

Driverless car project Flourish has published its latest research findings into making autonomous vehicles user-friendly.

Autonomous vehicles are set to radically change the landscape of transport. University of Bristol's Professor Robert Piechocki even calls it “the biggest revolution on our roads since the advent of the internal combustion engine.”

Flourish attempts to provide an early glimpse into how this revolution will look and ensure autonomous vehicles are designed with the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

EU puts weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G for connected cars

As the industry decides what connectivity should be used for connected cars, the EU appears to be putting its weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G.

The EU hopes the approval of technical specifications for one technology over the other will help bring the industry together.

Once there’s more certainty about what standard will be used, the industry can move forward with confidence. Manufacturers and consumers will both know their new products will be supported and not quickly defunct.

Draft proposals from the EU...

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

Why the next ‘uncarrier’ needs to be the automotive industry

As mobile operators speed towards 5G, automotive companies are in a race of their own. Autonomous and connected vehicle initiatives have become priorities for established and emerging players alike - Uber, Waymo, Volvo, Tesla, GM, Ford, BMW - the list goes on.

Successful connected and autonomous-vehicle strategies will require bulletproof wireless connectivity. Stakeholders in this expanding industry have stars (and dollar signs) in their eyes when they dream about where 5G and edge computing can take...

By John Reister, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Standards.

UK Autodrive conclude world’s first multi-driverless car trial

A consortium of UK automotive players called Autodrive has concluded the world’s first driverless car trial involving multiple vehicles.

Autodrive is a £20 million project consisting of automakers, councils, legal experts, and researchers. The aim of the consortium is to prepare society for driverless cars and establish the UK as a leader.

Over the past few years, Autodrive has undertaken increasingly complex trials designed to push the limits of driverless technology.

A...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Honda demonstrates ‘smart intersection’ technology

Automotive giant Honda has demonstrated ‘smart intersection’ technology which should increase safety, especially in the age of driverless cars.

Roads can be wildly unpredictable things, and intersections account for around 40 percent of collisions. Pedestrians or animals could run into the street, emergency vehicles may need to be let by promptly, or another driver could make a risky manoeuvre like running a red light.

Honda’s V2I (Vehicle-to-Infrastructure) technology passes data from...

By Ryan Daws, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

SK Telecom launches rental car service on its IoT network

South Korea is getting a car rental service which uses the IoT network of the nation’s largest operator, SK Telecom.

SK Telecom’s affiliate, SK Networks, is launching the car rental service. The former will be providing its LTE Cat M1 network for checking the status of cars in real-time.

Being a Cat M1 network, data transfer speeds are low but also require little power. With a rate of 300kbps, it’s just enough to monitor...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Connected car M&A on track to hit 100 deals in 2018, says Hampleton

Connected car innovation continues apace - and according to the latest note from technology M&A analysts Hampleton Partners, the market is set to hit 100 transactions at the end of 2018.

The finding appears in the company's latest Automotive M&A Market Report, which notes that deal values were up 54% in the first half of 2018 compared with the same time last year. The official figure for total transactions is $2.9 billion, although this does not include undisclosed figures. Hampleton argues the...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Volkswagen teams up with Microsoft to create an automotive cloud

Volkswagen wants to transform itself into a digital services-driven company – with the help of Microsoft.

The German automaker has joined hands with the Redmond giant to develop the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, which will aim to combine popular third-party applications to provide a seamless experience for drivers.

The Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will be powered by...

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

Porsche investing €150 million in startups – focusing on AI and blockchain technologies

Porsche has announced it is increasing its total investment in venture capital activities by €150 million for the next five years.

By making this move, the German automobile manufacturer intends to gain access to new technologies, trends and business models. Porsche Ventures, being a strategic investor, is aiming to invest in business models that involve mobility, digital lifestyle and customer experience, along with...

By IoT News, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

UK: Driverless car makers face jail if they cause harm

UK government spokesperson Baroness Buscombe confirmed driverless car makers will face jail if their vehicles cause harm.

Buscombe was responding to a parliamentary question on the subject. She asserted that existing health and safety law "applies to artificial intelligence and machine learning software".

The response helps to settle a debate between academics and legal circles about responsibility when it comes to AI. Some believe the fear of prosecution may drive people away from developing...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Bosch and Daimler launch automated valet parking in China

Bosch and car manufacturing group Daimler have successfully launched the pilot of an automated valet parking service in China.

The pilot, launched in Beijing, uses automated technology to steer a vehicle to a designated space. Whenever the user wants to leave, a tap on their smartphone can return the vehicle to its owner ready for the onwards journey.

Professor Hans Georg Engel, Head of Mercedes-Benz R&D China, said:

“Automated Valet Parking is an important milestone on the...

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

George Hotz ousts himself as CEO of driverless startup Comma.ai

George Hotz, CEO of driverless car startup Comma, has ousted himself and will announce his “very talented” replacement on Friday.

Hotz gained notoriety after the impressive feat of hacking the PS3 and iPhone as a teenager under the ‘Geohot’ alias. Sony even went as far as to sue Hotz for hacking their console.

While the so-called jailbreaking scene on iOS is dwindling as a result of more features being included as part of Apple’s OS itself, many appreciated Hotz’s...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Dyson invests £200m into a UK driverless vehicle campus

Appliance giant Dyson is looking to venture outside the household by investing £200m into building a UK driverless vehicle campus.

The company will be redeveloping a Wiltshire airfield for its research purposes, offering plenty of space for testing driverless vehicles.

Several old World War Two-era air hangars will now be used for engineering work, housing up to 2,000 new employees at a site where Mosquitoes, Spitfires, and Lancaster bombers were once housed.

Jim Rowan, Dyson Chief Executive, comments:

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