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.

Samsung outlines vision for connected living through AI, IoT and 5G at IFA

At IFA in Berlin, Samsung held a press conference wherein it announced its aim to shape the future of connected living via developing innovative products and services. The South Korean electronics giant showcased how breakthrough technologies, which are powered by AI and IoT, are able to bring comfort and convenience to people’s lives.

Samsung is already at the forefront of unravelling the power of AI and 5G for...

By IoT News, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Toyota pumps $500 million into Uber’s self-driving initiative

Automotive giant Toyota is pumping $500 million into Uber’s self-driving car initiative to help ensure both companies emerge as leaders in the space.

Competition is heating up in the autonomous driving business. Analysts from Research and Markets predict the industry will be worth $126.8 billion by 2027, so it’s little wonder so many firms are looking for their slice of the pie.

Toyota and Uber are both seen as lagging behind the competition...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

C3 IoT partners with Google Cloud to boost AI and IoT application development

C3 IoT has announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud aiming to boost artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) development for enterprise digital transformation.

Under this partnership, C3 IoT and Google Cloud have developed an integrated solution that looks to smoothly delivers the C3 IoT Platform, a comprehensive platform as a service (PaaS) for rapidly developing and operating big data, predictive...

By IoT News, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT.

Single point of control: Pervasive entertainment through smart displays

The era of truly pervasive media, where consumption – and control – flow around the home with its inhabitants, thanks to smart home technologies and AI is just around the corner, and the opportunity to create and deliver new services to support this is considerable.

Pervasive entertainment, or entertainment untethered and unencumbered by time, location and reality, has been gestating for some time. But new technology and innovation is on the cusp of delivering on not only the...

By Thomas Rockmann, 14 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

Ford spins its self-driving business into a $4bn separate company

Automotive giant Ford has decided its self-driving efforts are important enough to warrant a separate company with $4 billion of investment.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC will be based in Detroit, Michigan and will be tasked with developing the company’s self-driving technology.

Jim Hackett, President and CEO of Ford, explained the decision:

“Ford has made tremendous progress across the self-driving value chain – from technology development to business model innovation to user experience.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Three primary urban problems which can be solved by IoT and AI

Having visited more than 40 countries, 200 cities and lived in six countries in the last 10 years as well as working in the disruptive Internet of Things (IoT) space, the subject of how to make cities smarter and more citizen friendly is of particular interest to me for both professional and personal reasons.

More than half of the world’s population now live in cities - and the figure will rise to more than two thirds by 2050, according to a United Nations forecast. Growing numbers of city residents put...

By Dimitrios Spiliopoulos, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Bosch and Daimler teaming up for connected car and AI initiatives

A Californian metropolis will soon become pilot city for fully-automated and driverless driving -- thanks to Bosch and Daimler who are speeding up the SAE Level 4/5 tech in the city.

The chosen city will see a fleet of autonomous shuttle service on selected routes in the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, which will be operated by Daimler Mobility Services. The pilot project will demonstrate how mobility services, such as car sharing (car2go), ride-hailing (mytaxi) and multi-modal platforms (moovel), can...

By IoT News, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

IBM showcases Watson momentum in Europe as well as cloud success

IBM is certainly making progress in Europe if recent releases are anything to go by – both in cloud and with its AI-enabled assistant Watson.

Many of the company’s new European clients are using Watson, according to a momentum release, including Spanish electricity grid operator Red Eléctrica de España, Italian elderly care provider Cooperativa Sole, Dutch telecommunications operator Tele2 and Israeli manufacturer of smart air conditioning Electra Group.

Bret Greenstein, global vice...

By IoT News, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Close to the edge: How to realise the benefits of edge computing for IIoT

You may well have heard of the ‘intelligent edge’, as Microsoft puts it – the future of computing, on multiple devices, the blurring of the physical and virtual worlds, driven by huge amounts of data, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning. But how can organisations make the most of this opportunity?

A new whitepaper from the Industrial Internet Consortium aims to shed some light on this process and how to architect an edge computing implementation.

It is important to note...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

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.

Sense and sensor ability: How AI and connectivity will help each other grow

Connected devices are getting smaller, cheaper, and more specialised. While connected systems as a whole are getting more intelligent, the actual processing power of these devices is not expanding at the same rate - opening up a host of issues for enterprises wanting to enter the IoT, or expand their current IoT fleet.

The development of new network technologies will require a new way of processing data from a huge range of sources, and communication between multiple systems (even in one enterprise) will soon...

By Charles Towers-Clark, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

LG CNS announces CityHub platform for smart city management

LG subsidiary CNS has announced its CityHub platform designed to provide centralised management and data analysis of citywide IoT devices.

CityHub, the platform’s tentative name, is able to collect data from IoT sensors across the deployed smart city. This could be sensors installed on things such as vehicles and buildings, or infrastructure like street lights and traffic cameras.

LG CNS is the first private company to be certified by the Korean government

The platform supports the international oneM2M...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Facebook’s latest acquisition shows interest in UK AI industry

Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly acquiring London-based Bloomsbury AI, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) startup.

The company is expected to be paying between $23 - $30 million for its Bloomsbury acquisition, which is also said to involve stock changing hands.

In an official statement, Facebook said:

"The Bloomsbury team has built a leading expertise in machine reading and understanding unstructured documents in natural language in order to answer any...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI.

Johan Krebbers, Shell: On why poor quality data won’t cut it in delaying your IoT initiatives

The links between the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are irresistible. As a Wired article put it, IoT ‘will produce a treasure trove of big data’ and that ‘the only way to keep up with [it] and gain the hidden insight it holds is with machine learning.’

For Johan Krebbers, IT CTO at Shell, it’s non-negotiable. “IoT on its own is useless,” he explains. “It...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

CEBIT 2018: Huawei debuts its latest IoT and AI products

During CEBIT 2018, Huawei unveiled several of its latest IoT and AI products designed to help enterprises create ‘intelligent’ transformation.

Huawei’s President of Global Marketing, Qiu Heng, delivered a keynote speech in which he spoke of how the IoT and AI are enabling businesses to connect the physical and digital world.

The company’s OceanConnect IoT platform has been upgraded to support connected cars systems.

Huawei highlights four key elements of its IoV (Internet of Vehicles)...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT.

Nvidia powers Isaac smart robot platform with Jetson Xavier

Nvidia has announced the launch of its Isaac platform for intelligent robots powered by its new Jetson Xavier computer.

Isaac includes new hardware, software, and a virtual-world robot simulator. The platform was launched at Computex 2018 by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang.

There are three main components to Nvidia’s Isaac platform:

  • Isaac SDK – a collection of APIs and tools to develop robotics algorithm software and runtime framework with fully accelerated libraries.

  • Isaac IMX – Isaac Intelligent Machine Acceleration...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Pymetrics’ open source tool can detect bias in AI algorithms

New York-based AI startup Pymetrics has announced it has open-sourced its much-needed tool for detecting bias in algorithms.

Earlier this month, I posted an editorial titled ‘Stopping AI’s discrimination will be difficult, but vital’ on our sister site AI News. I stand by the necessity of it, but Pymetrics is making it much easier to prevent unintentional discrimination.

Now available

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.