Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone conduct V2X trials for connected cars

Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone have teamed up to conduct V2X (vehicle-to-everything) trials in Munich ahead of connected cars hitting the road.

We’ve heard plenty about V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) trials, but real-world rollouts of connected cars will require both. V2I technology enables connected cars to communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and online services.

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Telefónica prepares for smart cities with 5G trials in two Spanish locations

Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica has begun 5G trials in the cities of Segovia and Talavera de la Reina, in partnership with Nokia and Ericsson.

The cities will be converted into ’5G living laboratories’ over the next three years for testing services, business models, and technologies relating to the upcoming mobile standard.

In Segovia, Nokia was chosen as the partner of choice for its ‘unique’ end-to-end product portfolio. In Talvera de la Reina, Ericsson was...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Bosch opens its Berlin IoT campus

Bosch has opened a new hub in Berlin where it will advance its push into the Internet of Things.

The company will use its hub in Berlin to work alongside the many players working on related solutions in the area which includes software and hardware providers, technology partners, and startups.

Speaking alongside Berlin’s mayor, Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner said:

“With our new...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: NB-IoT and LTE-M will produce almost $33bn for operators

A report from Dell’Oro Group predicts that IoT applications using Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M will produce nearly $33 billion in sales for service providers by 2022

According to the prediction, cellular technologies will account for 98 percent of the revenues. Overall, the revenue generated by wide area IoT applications is expected to grow around 2.5x over 2017 levels.

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By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Hyundai is pumping $21bn into connected cars

Hyundai has announced a plan to invest about Won23tn ($21.56bn) into the latest connected car technology.

The funds will cover the next five years of research and development into electric cars, autonomous vehicles, and related connected car technology. With the increasing appetite for the emerging technology, the South Korean automaker wants to ensure it’s not left behind.

Hyundai is currently facing...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

Australia sets regulations for driverless vehicle systems

Road traffic authorities in Australia have received the regulations they must comply with to roll out intelligent transport systems (ITS)

ITS support driverless vehicles by enabling vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-person, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Today’s regulations mark a key milestone towards mass rollout of driverless vehicles in Australia.

"ITS are expected to make roads...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Google Assistant learns to drive (properly) in expansion to more screens

Google Assistant’s expansion into the car and devices with dedicated screens will soon allow consumers to interact with the AI in more ways than ever.

While the Google Assistant was technically available in Android Auto prior to today’s announcement, it was limited to its older ‘Google Now’ form. The full rollout will feature more powerful features such as home control and deeper access to third-party services.

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

The UK ranked top of ‘Government AI Readiness Index’

The UK has placed top of an index ranking the readiness of international governments for artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence requires government support to reach its potential. Oxford Insights conducted the research to determine which governments are more prepared to nurture AI’s potential.

“The UK is first in our rankings, reflecting its world-leading centres for AI research and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Qualcomm and BlackBerry extend connected car partnership

BlackBerry has announced the extension of its strategic partnership with Qualcomm to deliver ‘cutting-edge’ platforms for connected cars.

Patrick Little, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Automotive at Qualcomm, comments: "As innovation in the automotive industry accelerates it becomes necessary for industry leaders to work together to deliver leading-edge technology platforms that help...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

BlackBerry release guidelines to accelerate connected car security

BlackBerry is aiming to address connected car security concerns with a framework intended to harden them against cyber attacks.

Connected cars herald an era where you no longer just have to protect them from being physically broken into, but also hacked into. Compromised vehicles could pose a threat to safety through remote control, or be used to access sensitive data such as location.

I’ve covered hacks of connected cars on...

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Security.

Microsoft: The UK can lead in AI, but the ‘window of opportunity’ is closing

Chris Bishop, Lab Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, has voiced his excitement and concern about the AI industry in the UK.

The UK has a long heritage in artificial intelligence and that history is helping establish it as a leader. A new AI startup is founded every week and Silicon Valley giants like Google are paying out large amounts of cash for the likes of DeepMind (acquired for £400m).

Microsoft...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Apple launches Heart Study to detect problems earlier

Apple and Stanford have teamed up to launch a dedicated app called Heart Study which aims to research and detect potential issues.

The study was first announced back in September but is being rolled out to interested participants today. Using the Apple Watch for heart rate data, all irregularities will be noted and users will be notified of potential issues.

Using this data, the researchers can improve their detection of...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

Botnet Wars: Return of the Mirai

Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 Netlab have discovered a new variant of the Mirai botnet which caused havoc last year.

The original Mirai botnet was so destructive that it made national headlines last year in many countries around the world. Internet users found many of their favourite services were inaccessible after hackers used the botnet to DDoS companies such as Dyn, a company that controls much of the internet’s DNS infrastructure.

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Deutsche Telekom and Fraunhofer’s open lab has a ‘special focus’ on NB-IoT

Deutsche Telekom has co-founded a new development lab with research organisation Fraunhofer which it says will have a ‘special focus’ on NB-IoT technology.

The first ‘Open IoT Lab’ intends to make advancements in the manufacturing, logistics and aviation sectors. Other firms are welcome to collaborate with the founding companies to develop application-specific IoT prototypes.

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

UK-based IoT device manufacturer Pycom aims to kickstart the New Zealand market

Pycom, a UK-based IoT module manufacturer, will launch its FiPy device worldwide at the end of November and will be presenting a seminar and hackathon in New Zealand.

FiPy claims to be the first to support five different radio communications technologies: WiFi, Bluetooth, LoRa, Sigfox and dual LTE-M (CAT M1 and NB-IoT) and to “contain all the core capability for developing the sensing devices needed by IoT...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

BlueBorne put billions of IoT devices at risk – including Echo and Google Home

A serious vulnerability affecting billions of IoT devices also put Amazon Echo and Google Home users at risk.

The vulnerability, known as BlueBorne, was discovered by IoT security company Armis and found to put more than five billion devices at risk of attack. Researchers have now confirmed the attack surface included as many as 20 million Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.

If compromised by...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Ring Video Doorbell 2: An evolution of a revolution

Every now and then, a product comes along which shakes up and revolutionises an established category. In our review of the original Ring Video Doorbell, we alluded to it being such a product. We’ve finally got our hands on its successor, and while it’s not as revolutionary as the original, it takes some major steps forward.

If you looked at the spec sheet alone, it would appear little has changed with the second generation...

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Cyanogen switches gear from Android to self-driving cars

Cyanogen, once famous for Android ROMs, has switched gear and will now focus on the next big thing — self-driving cars.

If you’re tech-savvy (and you’re a reader of ours, so you obviously are…) then you’ve likely heard of Cyanogen. The company started its journey building custom Android ROMs for the many tinkerers on the Android platform.

A year ago, Cyanogen changed its name to Cyngn and discontinued building Android ROMs to focus on a “modular” OS which is easier...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Panasonic defends connected cars from cyber attacks

Panasonic has launched an automotive intrusion detection and prevention system designed to defend connected cars.

Cyber attacks on vehicles could result in death or injury. Most of these vehicles will be connected over mobile networks and, as our sister publication Telecoms wrote earlier today, these are inherently vulnerable. With this in mind, a system which is able to detect attacks is...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.