Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time.

The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences....

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

Microsoft and SK Telecom join forces on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies

Microsoft and SK Telecom have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to collaborate on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies.

Under the MoU, the companies will share knowledge to further each other’s ambitions in areas which make use of such technologies like the IoT.

Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of Azure at Microsoft, said:

“Through the strategic partnership with SK Telecom, we will play a key role in shaping the future and accelerating the digital transformation of...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hello Tractor: How the ‘Uber for Farming’ is revolutionising agriculture

IoT News sat down with Hello Tractor CEO Jehiel Oliver to discuss how the company is revolutionising agriculture, particularly in emerging markets.

Hello Tractor is a fascinating company that has already had a tangible impact on improving lives. The firm connects tractor owners with farmers who typically undertake slow, manual work in hot and laborious conditions with less yield than counterparts in more developed markets with access to proper machinery.

“We use IoT to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Land Rover: Driverless cars need 1000x more code than Apollo 11

Jaguar Land Rover has said driverless cars will require close to a billion lines of code, almost 1000x as much as what put man on the moon.

Apollo 11’s computer featured around 145,000 lines of code to land on the moon. Much like how it's often said that most of us now carry more processing power in our pockets than that computer, it puts into perspective the complex calculations a driverless car needs to make.

The British car manufacturer estimated the figure to emphasise the need for more people...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT Day 2019: Where the industry stands today with challenges and opportunities ahead

In the seminal Building the Internet of Things, Cisco VP Maciej Kranz outlined in the book’s opening page the opportunity for consumers and businesses of all sizes with the next wave of the Internet.

“Like it or not, the Internet of Things will change your organisation unlike anything before,” Kranz wrote. “It will change your organisation more than business process reengineering, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, agile...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Microsoft and BMW launch open platform to support smart factory development

Microsoft and the BMW Group have announced a new initiative at Hannover Messe aimed at enabling faster and more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector.

In manufacturing, complex, proprietary systems, that create data silos and slow productivity, can delay production and profitability. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to break down these barriers with the creation of an open technology framework...

By IoT News, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

UK launches ‘centre of excellence’ for IoT cybersecurity

A dedicated ‘centre of excellence’ for developing and promoting IoT cybersecurity standards has been launched in the UK.

The so-called PETRAS (privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security) National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity aims to establish the UK as a leader in the field.

Professor Jeremy Watson CBE FREng, PETRAS Director & Professor of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP, said:

“The centre’s ultimate aim is, by...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Standards.

LG Uplus and Hanyang Uni test 5G self-driving car in Seoul

LG Uplus and Hanyang University are testing a 5G self-driving car trial in Seoul to demonstrate how it could solve traffic problems.

South Korean telecoms company LG Uplus used its 5G network for the trial which saw a driverless vehicle dubbed the ‘A1’ drive eight kilometres in heavy traffic for 25 minutes.

The car was seen changing lanes and reacting to vehicles around it. Hanyang University’s ACE Lab said the A1 was close to performing at ‘Level 4’ driverless autonomy.

Level 4...

By Ryan Daws, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT, AI and more: Getting technology and business to better communicate and collaborate

"I work in operations, not in IT or innovation - so it's not my role to know and get involved with emerging technologies." If you work in any industry which is set to be impacted by the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) or augmented reality (AR), you might have overheard this in your office. Or how about this? "Technology subjects are relevant to my colleagues in the innovation team or to my friends who work in tech companies. I'm not a techie - I am a...

By Dimitrios Spiliopoulos, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Ericsson IoT chief on AI, 5G, and connecting 'things' instead of ‘a thing’

We spoke to Ericsson IoT Head Jeff Travers during MWC 2019 about where the industry is heading and how emerging technologies are opening new possibilities.

A running theme of this year’s event was how technologies such as the IoT, 5G, AI, and blockchain are converging in powerful ways. Last year was a lot of talk about their potential, this year we’re seeing more actual deployments.

Transportation is one area where the IoT is having a major impact. The morning of our interview, Ericsson announced...

The top 25 IoT startups to watch in 2019: A guide

  • 26,792 startups are relying on IoT as one of their main technologies to launch new products and services and support platform-based business models according to Crunchbase.
  • 78.4% of IoT startups Crunchbase tracks have had two funding rounds or less with seed, angel and early-stage rounds being the most common.
  • IoT startup funding reached $16.7bn in Q4, 2018, with last years’ funding levels 94% over 2017 according to Venture Scanner.
  • By 2020, 50% of IoT spending will be driven by discrete manufacturing, transportation and...

By Louis Columbus, 21 February 2019, 1 comment. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.

Driverless vehicles do not understand Dutch cyclists

The Dutch government is running into problems with its autonomous vehicle plans; namely, the automobiles can’t understand cyclists.

According to ‘I Amsterdam’, there are 881,000 bikes in Amsterdam alone. 58 percent of Amsterdammers older than 12 cycles daily. That’s a big problem if driverless cars are unable to understand and react to cyclists.

Under the Dutch government’s plans, 100...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

The three biggest challenges in preparing IoT data: Getting past the complexity barriers

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already entrenched in our everyday lives - from wearables and smart watches through to connected TVs and smart home appliances. Businesses, too, are utilising the technology; in a B2B context, connected devices refer to machines and sensors that are used to track everything from machine performance to maintenance requirements. For instance, sensor devices might be found on a production line to track the readiness of the machines and automate

By Sean Kandel, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Sprint pairs Curiosity IoT with 5G for a smart city and driverless car lab

Sprint has announced it will pair its Curiosity IoT platform with 5G connectivity to deliver both a smart city and driverless car lab.

Announced during CES, Sprint’s first large-scale city deployment of its platform will be in Greenville, South Carolina.

Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (Massive MIMO) technology will be deployed in addition to a dedicated, distributed, and virtualised IoT core network capable of supporting AI, robotics, edge computing, autonomous vehicles, and other IoT systems...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Intel looks to CES for smart city data and AI partnerships

Intel-owned Mobileye and UK government mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS) have joined hands to bring high-precision location data to British agencies and businesses.

A new, accurate, and customisable location information service will be offered by combining Mobileye’s automotive camera-based mapping capabilities together with OS’ geospatial and technology expertise. This service will benefit survey customers across...

By IoT News, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

NVIDIA debuts world's first commercial ‘Level 2+’ self-driving platform

NVIDIA has announced DRIVE AutoPilot, the world’s first commercially-available ‘Level 2+’ self-driving platform.

Debuted at this year’s CES, NVIDIA claims its groundbreaking platform integrates multiple AI technologies. The company believes the first self-driving vehicles to use it will go into production next year.

‘Level 2+’ means the car has automated driving features but requires constant supervision. The...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

The best of IoT News in 2018 – and what the experts think will happen for IoT in 2019

2018 has been another important year in the development of the Internet of Things – and if there’s one thing you can be sure of, 2019 will be even bigger. According to IDC’s most recent spending tracker, global IoT spending will hit almost $750 billion in the coming year, led by the manufacturing industry.

Here, IoT...

By James Bourne, 04 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

JD.com introduces AI-equipped rolling robot for delivery of goods

JD, China’s second-largest e-commerce company, introduced an artificial intelligence-equipped rolling robot in November 2018 that can deliver goods up to 5km from its base.

The autonomous home-delivery vehicle, which can be unlocked using face authentication, is helping JD cope with rising labour shortages and the rapid increase of wages in China's logistics industry.  

JD’s logistics base in Changsha, Hunan Province, released an initial fleet of 20 robots at the end of November. In...

By IoT News, 17 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

Chinese facial recognition flags bus ad woman for jaywalking

A woman has been flagged for jaywalking by facial recognition tech in a Chinese city, only she wasn’t even there.

The woman in question was Dong Mingzhu, Chairwoman of China’s biggest maker of air conditioners, Gree Electric Appliances.

Mingzhu’s face was presented on a huge display in the city of Ningbo which shames people for jaywalking. However, Mingzhu’s only presence in the city was in an advert on the side of a moving bus.

Ningbo’s traffic police identified the mistake and...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.