tado's first SaaS product speeds-up heating repairs while reducing carbon

Smart heating company tado is launching its first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product which helps to speed-up repairs while reducing carbon.

tado 360 is an offering for utilities and heating service companies which monitors the health of a customer's heating system.

When a breakdown occurs, engineers are supplied with more detailed information about the problem in order for a faster and more efficient repair.

Heating is essential, especially during the winter months when breakdowns occur most. For...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Investigators conclude self-driving Uber in fatal crash had multiple software issues

US safety investigators have concluded that a self-driving Uber involved in a fatal crash had a series of software issues.

Uber had been testing its self-driving software in a Volvo XC90 when it hit pedestrian Elaine Herzberg as she crossed a road in Tempe, Arizona.

Ms Herzberg was crossing a dimly-lit road with her bicycle when Uber’s vehicle hit and killed her in March 2018.

Investigators from the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) found Uber’s software failed to correctly identify the...

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

Virgin Media will use its broadband cabinets to charge electric vehicles

Virgin Media wants to use its broadband cabinets to solve one of the biggest hurdles preventing the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

Electric cars, especially with their ever-growing range of connected features, have a range problem. Research has shown that the biggest reason drivers are still opting for combustion vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure for EVs causing “range anxiety”.

While an increasing number of places are installing charging...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Sidewalk Labs reaches a deal to move forward with smart city, albeit scaled back

Google sister company Sidewalk Labs has reached a deal with Toronto Waterfront to move forward with its ambitious smart city plan, but it will be scaled back.

Sidewalk Labs first unveiled plans to build a smart city from the ground up on waterfront land in Toronto back in February. The plans included an underground delivery and waste disposal network, automatic cover over communal areas such as parks during bad weather, heated sidewalks, and various...

By Ryan Daws, 01 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT platform Particle raises $40m in Qualcomm-led funding round

Particle, a platform for IoT devices, has raised $40 million in Series-C funding led by Qualcomm Ventures and Energy Impact.

The latest round brings Particle's total funding so far to $81 million. Other participants included Spark Capital, Bonfire Ventures, Counterpart Ventures, Root Ventures, and Green D Ventures.

Particle is based in San Francisco and promises to be an end-to-end solution for IoT device deployments which includes both software and hardware. Existing customers are now gathering more than...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

JD launches China’s first 5G-powered IIoT logistics park

Chinese eCommerce giant JD has launched a 5G-powered smart logistics park in Beijing which aims to improve operating efficiency.

The new warehousing facility contains a new real-time monitoring system designed to detect problems as they occur to ensure a quicker solution.

Wenming Zhe, chief architect of logistics R&D, head of 5G-powered smart logistics park projects at JD Logistics, said:

“The launch of JD’s 5G-powered smart logistics park in Beijing – the first of...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT.

Elon Musk: Teslas may be fully self-driving before the year's end

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims some of the company's vehicles may be fully self-driving before we sing Auld Lang Syne to see in 2020.

Speaking during Tesla's quarterly earnings call, Musk said the automotive manufacturer may rollout a full self-driving mode in "early access" to select customers.

Adding that the timeline "might be tight," Musk said the feature is not guaranteed to launch this year but that it "appears to be on track."

Tesla is undoubtedly a pioneer in...

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

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.