Lilium releases impressive airtaxi footage following manufacturing facility completion

Lilium has released new footage of its groundbreaking airtaxi following the completion of their first manufacturing facility.

The Lilium Jet is the world’s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet. Featuring five seats, the Lilium Jet offers a vision for the future of urban transport.

Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and CEO, said:

"It's been thrilling to watch the Lilium Jet progress so rapidly and to see our first flying taxi manufacturing facility. We are...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 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 Cars, 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 Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

F-Secure’s chief research officer likens IoT devices to ‘IT asbestos’

The chief research officer of cybersecurity giant F-Secure has warned that IoT devices could be the “asbestos of the future”.

Mikko Hyppönen made the warning during an interview on Verdict. The insecure nature of IoT devices is not surprising to many, especially following their role in devastating botnets like Mirai. However, Hyppönen warns the situation is only set to get worse.

The root of Hyppönen’s concern is the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

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 Cars, IoT.

Contractors targeted homeless with ‘dark skin’ to train Google’s facial recognition

Contractors working for Google reportedly targeted homeless people with “dark skin” to help train a facial recognition system.

As reported by our sister publication AI News, facial recognition algorithms have well-documented problems when it comes to identifying people of colour. Part of the reason for the disparity is that most data sets for training algorithms have little diversity.

Any responsible tech company will want to...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Smart Cities.

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 Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jeff Bezos wants Congress to let Amazon draft facial recognition laws

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is hoping Congress will allow his company to draft laws around facial recognition technology.

Bezos told reporters following Amazon’s hardware event this week that the company already has a public policy team “working on facial recognition regulations”.

The news will be alarming to many human rights activists who have expressed serious concerns about Amazon’s facial recognition technology in particular.

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By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, 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 Cars, 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 Cars, 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 Cars, Healthcare, IoT, Smart Cities.

Ring discusses the smart home, choosing IoT standards, and its mission to reduce crime

IoT News caught up with Ring at IFA Berlin to discuss the smart home, how it chooses what standards to use, and its mission to reduce crime.

A vast number of Ring customers likely picked up a video doorbell primarily for uses such as avoiding missed packages. The ability to be almost anywhere in the world and be able to speak to a delivery driver at your door still feels futuristic even several years later.

While a large number of people consider video doorbells a convenience, Ring wants to make clear...

By Ryan Daws, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

IoT devices show resilience against consumer market slowdown, but global uncertainties threaten growth and innovation

IoT devices are showing resilience against a consumer market slowdown, but global uncertainties such as the US-China trade war pose a threat to growth and innovation.

During this year’s IFA keynote, we received an update on the consumer market from several industry figures. As you’d expect, IoT devices were mentioned specifically throughout the keynote.

First on-stage was Hans-Joachim Kamp, chairman of the supervisory board at gfu consumer & home electronics.

gfu updates the media and public...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Police team up with Avast to make an 850,000 device botnet self-destruct

The French National Gendarmerie teamed up with security researchers Avast to make a botnet with close to one million devices self-destruct.

Avast has been tracking the malware called Retadup for some time. The malware affects Windows machines and has spread at a rapid pace across the world, including the US, Russia, and Central and South America.

Retadup was designed to make money through mining cryptocurrency, an increasingly popular type of attack. However, it’s noted the malware could have been used...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Aurora: Individual state rules are problematic for autonomous vehicles

Charity Allen, head of regulatory at self-driving car startup Aurora, has posted a blog highlighting the current problem facing autonomous vehicles of individual state rules.

While some American states are yet to even formulate laws regarding self-driving cars, others have developed their own individual regulations. 29 states so far have passed autonomous vehicle laws to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Smart doorbell firm Ring gives 400 police forces access to footage

Smart doorbell company Ring has forged a relationship with over 400 police forces to provide them with video clips from users' devices.

Ring is calling its provision of footage to police America's "new neighbourhood watch". When a crime has been committed in an area, police can access footage from Ring doorbells in the area which could assist with catching the culprit/s.

Users will first receive a notification that the police wish to access recordings from the device on the date and time of...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

The BBC plans to launch its own virtual assistant next year

The BBC has announced plans to launch its own virtual assistant next year in a surprising move that will see it go head-to-head against established giants.

You’d be forgiven for double-checking it’s not April 1st today, but the British broadcaster’s plans are very much real. Although it’s a working title, the wake-word “Beeb” is currently being considered to activate the assistant.

The BBC believes having full control over its own assistant will allow it to experiment...

By Ryan Daws, 27 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Senators call for connected car kill switches following Consumer Watchdog report

US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey have penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asking whether vehicle manufacturers have disclosed vulnerabilities with their cars.

The letter is being sent in the wake of a damning Consumer Watchdog report earlier this month that warned a mass cyberattack could result in the remote control of connected cars.

Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog released a

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

Ayro accelerates into the future with Ford’s Autonomic connected car platform

Autonomic, a subsidiary of Ford, has partnered with electric vehicle manufacturer Ayro to develop a range of services for mobility applications.

Ayro develops emissions-free, electric light-duty vehicles for commercial and consumer markets. Autonomic is a cloud platform designed specifically for the advancement of connected cars.

Gavin Sherry, Co-Founder and CEO of Autonomic, said:

“At Autonomic, we designed our platform to accelerate the progress of connected vehicles and it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

Australia will deploy AI drones to spot crocodiles near swimmers

A fleet of AI-powered drones will be deployed in Australia to help spot crocodiles getting dangerously close to swimmers.

Australian rivers have the highest density of saltwater crocodiles in the world. The number of deadly attacks has risen in recent years, which is believed to be due to an increase in the crocodile population.

The croc-spotting drones were developed as part of a collaboration between Little Ripper Group and the...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.