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.

IKEA doubles down on its smart home ambitions

IKEA is planning to make an even bigger bet on the smart home with a new dedicated business unit and increased investment.

“At IKEA we want to continue to offer products for a better life at home for the many people going forward. In order to do so we need to explore products and solutions beyond conventional home furnishing,” says Björn Block, Head of the new IKEA Home smart Business Unit at IKEA of Sweden. 

After launching smart home lighting in 2017, IKEA has been quickly expanding...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Samsung’s wearables rocket in adoption while WearOS lags

A report from Canalys suggests the adoption of wearables in North America is surging, especially of Samsung’s excellent devices.

Often the two leading smartwatches on tech reviewers’ lists are the Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch. Both are fantastic devices, and the smartwatch world is becoming the new battleground for the fight between Apple and Samsung which is cooling in the smartphone realm.

Canalys has the North American wearables...

By Ryan Daws, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Wearables.

Misty Robotics on the Misty II, AI, and the future of robots

IoT News caught up with Ian Bernstein, founder of Misty Robotics, during this year’s Twilio Signal in San Francisco to discuss the robotics industry and the upcoming Misty II robot.

Bernstein has been building robots since the age of 12 and continues his passion today. Many will know him from co-founding Sphero, but Misty could be about to become as iconic as the BB-8 Sphero that ended up on Christmas wishlists of all ages.

Misty Robotics was founded around the same time as work...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Evan Cummack: Why now is the perfect time to jump into the IoT 

Evan Cummack, Twilio’s head of IoT & Wireless, explains why now is the perfect time to jump into the Internet of Things.

Cummack led a session titled ‘The IoT opportunity right outside your door’ at this year’s Twilio Signal conference in San Francisco. That IoT opportunity, Cummack says, is creating “entrepreneurial whitespace” larger than PC, mobile, and even the web.

When just about every ‘thing’ can be connected to the internet in some way, it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Sensoneo and Twilio explain how the IoT can fix inefficient city systems

Sensoneo took the stage during Twilio’s day two keynote at Signal 2019 to share its experience of using the IoT to fix inefficient legacy city systems.

Anas Idriss, Business Development Manager at Sensoneo, was joined by Pallavi Vanacharla, Director of IoT Product Marketing at Twilio, for the presentation.

“Smart cities, for us, means cities built on the foundation of data and intelligence rather than guesswork and brute force,” says Pallavi. “Last year at Signal, we introduced the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Consumers are still not confident in self-driving and electric cars

While the automotive industry continues to accelerate its self-driving and electric car plans, consumers are still not showing confidence in them.

A survey by J.D. Power found consumers have a "low level of confidence" for autonomous vehicles and a "neutral level of confidence" for electric vehicles.

Leading concerns about connected vehicles include a high fear of failure (71%) and of the vehicle being compromised while on the road (57%).

Consumers leading fears are understandable given recent...

By Ryan Daws, 06 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Wayve joins Britain's most-funded driverless car startups

Cambridge-based firm Wayve is joining the ranks of Britain's most-funded driverless car startups.

Wayve was launched by Cambridge PhDs Amar Shah and Alex Kendall. The company's technology aims to enable driverless cars to navigate even on unknown roads.

The startup is now set to secure around $20 million in funding from investors which include Lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and Silicon Valley fund Eclipse.

Lior Susan, Founder of Eclipse, is leading the funding round according to Companies House...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.