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.

Ford will test connected cars on its own LTE/5G network

American automotive giant Ford is building its own LTE/5G network to test connected cars in a private environment.

Ford’s network will be set up at its campus in Dearborn, Michigan. The network will operate in the 3.5GHz CBRS band and use equipment from Ericsson, Juniper, and Dell.

The company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to build a test network in the spectrum band. 

Little information about Ford’s plans can be extracted from

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

The top 10 IoT startups of 2019 – according to IoT Analytics

  • IoT startups have received $3.6B in funding this year alone, according to IoT Analytics’ estimates
  • Manufacturing is attracting the highest percentage of vertically-focused IoT startups at 30%
  • 43% of all IoT startups are founded in North America, the leading region globally of startup activity
  • 7 of the top 10 IoT startups primarily focus on AI, analytics, and data science
  • 46% of all IoT startups tracked by IoT Analytics primarily focus on AI, analytics, and data science

These and many other fascinating insights are from IoT...

By Louis Columbus, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

IoT Community and CertNexus team up in attempt to close global industry skills gap

CertNexus, a global provider of certifications for IT, business, and security professionals, has partnered with the Internet of Things Community (IoT Community) in order to boost the rapidly expanding IoT skills gap.

Both companies have reached an agreement that provides the industry workshops and other training solutions to the Certified Internet of Things Practitioner (CIoTP), the only ANSI/ISO 17204-accredited IoT certification in...

By IoT News, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Toyota is pumping $600 million into Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi

Japanese automotive giant Toyota is pumping $600 million into Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing.

Didi Chuxing is based in Beijing and claims to be the world's leading mobile transportation platform. The company provides app-based transportation services, including taxi hailing, private car hailing, social ride-sharing ,and bike sharing.

Stephen Zhu, Senior Vice President of DiDi, said:

“DiDi is committed to helping our cities achieve new energy and smart transportation...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Balena raises $14.4m in series B funding to help bring the edge to developers

Washington-based software firm Balena has raised $14.4m (£11.52m) in its latest series B investment round led by OpenView, along with existing investors, such as Threshold Ventures, Aspect Ventures, and GE Ventures.

Balena, which was earlier known as resin.io, focuses on unlocking the potential of physical computing by removing friction for IoT fleet owners. The company’s full-stack platform provides a comprehensive, end-to-end solution that makes it easier for developers to build...

By IoT News, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Amazon in-car delivery expands to Honda and Acura vehicles

Amazon has expanded its unique in-car delivery service to newer vehicle models from Honda and Acura.

No-one likes missing parcel deliveries: they could be important to have that day, and often it means having to go on a jaunt to your local delivery office.

You could have a parcel left on your porch at risk of it being stolen, but Amazon has been looking at other possibilities. One of the potential solutions was a digital key allowing Amazon delivery drivers to let themselves in your home to put the parcel...

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

Global semiconductor revenue to decline by 9.6% year on year in 2019, says Gartner

Gartner’s latest report has predicted a global decline in semiconductor revenue this year.

According to the market researcher, the revenue will decrease $429b (£344b), which is a decline of 9.6% from $475b (£380b) in 2018. This is also a decline from previous quarter’s forecast of -3.4%.

Gartner says that a demand-driven oversupply in the DRAM market will be...

By IoT News, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Toyota Mobility seeks to analyse connected car data to inform road repairs

Toyota Mobility aims to analyse data from connected cars to inform road maintenance in Akaiwa City, Okayama.

Local governments in Japan currently identify road maintenance needs following observations from their regular patrols. These patrols help to ensure traffic accidents are prevented and potentially vital evacuation routes are kept clear.

Several natural disasters have struck Japan, including both an earthquake and floods in 2018 alone. The disasters have not only proved the need for good roads but also...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

BMW and Tencent to develop self-driving cars together

BMW and Tencent Holdings have joined hands to develop self-driving cars in their newly planned computing centre that is said to start operations by the end of 2019. 

This new computing centre will provide cars with data-crunching capabilities that will help them drive semi-autonomously and ultimately in autonomous mode. The centre, built in the eastern city of Tianjin, will support BMW’s autonomous driving development and innovation in China, said Jochen Goller, head of BMW’s China...

By IoT News, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Smart Roads: The UK will use AI to determine the condition of roads

The UK is planning to harness AI to help determine the condition of roads and where investment should be prioritised.

British drivers are well-accustomed to poor road conditions, especially potholes and the long delays in getting them fixed (one ingenious man has even come up with an innovative way of getting the council to fix them faster...)

To be fair to councils, keeping all the roads in top condition is expensive. Factors like...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

IoT for agriculture use cases: Oizom monitors soil irrigation for healthier crops

Ahmedabad-based Oizom – a provider of environmental IoT solutions – is leveraging Semtech Corporation’s LoRa devices and Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN-based networking infrastructure for its new Agribot smart agriculture solution, which is designed to offer farmers real-time insight into the health of their crops by monitoring soil conditions, including humidity and pH levels.

The LoRa-based sensors in...

By IoT News, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

IBM X-Force: Mirai is increasingly targeting enterprise IoT devices

Researchers from IBM X-Force have found variants of the infamous IoT botnet Mirai are increasingly targeting enterprise devices.

Mirai caused havoc in 2016 when it was used to flood DNS provider Dyn with unprecedented amounts of traffic. Dyn’s downtime impacted some of the world’s most popular services including Twitter, Spotify, PlayStation Network, GitHub, Netflix, and Soundcloud.

There are more than 60 known variants of Mirai. Typically, these variants have sought to infect easily hackable...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security.

IDC: Asia Pacific will spend almost $400bn on Internet of Things by 2023

The latest note from analyst firm IDC has predicted that the Asia Pacific (APAC) region will be the global leader for IoT spending in 2019 – confirming the company’s previous forecast.

The most recent Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, predicts that APAC will account for more than a third (35.7%) of global spend, followed by the US and Western Europe with 27.3% and 21.2% of the spend,...

By IoT News, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

5G Americas explores how the IoT and 5G will ‘create our connected future’

A whitepaper released by industry trade organisation 5G Americas delves into how the IoT and 5G will ‘create our connected future’.

The whitepaper explains how standards body 3GPP has been helping to future-proof the cellular technology which is expected to underpin massive IoT deployments (defined as at least one million devices per kilometre).

No organisation wants to be responsible for having to replace the batteries of such large deployments on a frequent basis, so the 5G networks are expected...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Deutsche Telekom and Software AG team up to expand ‘Cloud of Things’

Deutsche Telekom has announced a strategic partnership with Software AG in order to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) services on a global scale. The operator’s enterprise customer unit, T-Systems, will expand its ‘Cloud of Things’ offering, using Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform.

The partnership, announced by Software AG CEO Sanjay Brahmawar and T-Systems chief executive Adel Al-Saleh (above) allows...

By IoT News, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Standards.

ABI Research predicts 24 million satellite-linked IoT connections by 2024

A new study argues there will be 24 million IoT connections made via satellite by 2024 – leading to ‘seamless’ global connectivity.

The report from ABI Research, titled ‘Satellite in IoT: New Satellite Networks for New Wave of IoT Investment’, forecasts that segments expected to see significant growth include agriculture, asset tracking, maritime tracking, and aviation tracking.

By IoT News, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Qualcomm is working on a much-needed new WearOS chipset

Qualcomm is reportedly working on a WearOS chipset that should finally deliver some tangible performance and battery life improvements.

Qualcomm’s most recent WearOS chipset, the Snapdragon 3100, was widely regarded as a disappointment; offering minimal improvements over its predecessor.

The 3100’s main processor was left relatively unchanged with the key change being the addition of the QC1110 co-processor.

Based on a 7nm process, the QC1110 promised to handle things such as the always-on display...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Wearables.

Whoop whoop: Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition

Juggalo makeup, worn by fans of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), has been found to be a particularly effective way of blocking facial recognition.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation invested in a military-grade facial recognition company last year. Concertgoers who are concerned about such technology may want to consider becoming a Juggalo/Juggalette.

Twitter user (@tahkion) describes himself as a ‘Prominent Security Juggalo’ and found the black-on-white facepaint tricks...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

Europe votes against EU’s plan to use WiFi over 5G for connected cars

European nations voted against the EU’s executive proposal for a WiFi-based connected car standard in favour of 5G technology.

The EU wants to use the WiFi-based Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) standard, which is also backed by Volkswagen. Most of the rest of the industry disagreed with this perspective.

Naturally, the mobile industry lobbied the most in favour of a 5G-based alternative known as Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X). A consortium of mobile industry bodies –...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.