Nissan to demonstrate ‘brain-to-car’ tech at CES Asia 2019

Automotive giant Nissan is set to demonstrate futuristic 'brain-to-car' technology at CES Asia 2019 in Shanghai this week.

Said to be the first of its kind, the brain-to-car technology analyses brain signals to improve the driving experience.

By having some idea of a driver's intention, the vehicle could assist with manoeuvres. Similarly, any discomfort experienced by the driver – such as the climate being too cold or hot – could result in the vehicle automatically adjusting...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon plans drone-based deliveries ‘within months’

During this year’s Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Amazon said it will deliver packages to customers using drones “within months”.

The world’s largest retailer has been experimenting with drones for several years.

In December 2016, Amazon ran a successful trial in Cambridge using a drone to deliver a package within 13 minutes. In 2017, IoT News reported Amazon was adding 400 staff...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Sony's debut IoT chip features a 60-mile range using Eltres

Sony is debuting an IoT chip that can work in fast-moving vehicles with an impressive 60-mile range, perfect for the industry of which Jeff Bezos is so excited.

The chip will use Sony’s Eltres LPWA (Low-Power Wide Area) network announced last week. Launching in Japan this year, Eltres uses microchips in tandem with antennas to relay a signal to a base station which can be over 60 miles (100 km) away.

In an example provided by...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

School’s IoT network teaches students about climate change

A secondary school in Sheffield has created an IoT network to educate students about both the emerging technology and climate change.

Smart cities have the potential to help monitor things such as pollution and improve residents’ quality of life. It’s hoped the experience will help students in using IoT technologies in later life while instilling the need to reduce our environmental impact as a species.

The school’s IoT network was set up by the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation, a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

India’s new government plans IoT and AI workforce reskilling

India’s new government plans workforce reskilling in areas like the IoT and AI to become a world leader in emerging technologies.

The government plans to expand its ‘Skill India’ initiative with dedicated policies which ensure the nation’s youth can grasp important new technologies.

“Reskilling and upskilling is big on the incoming government's agenda,” a senior government official

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

IoT attacks could put a £1bn hole in the UK economy

Research from Irdeto suggests IoT attacks may cost the UK economy over £1 billion per year due to lax security measures.

UK organisations in critical industries such as healthcare, transport, and manufacturing were polled by the Dutch security vendor. Irdeto found attacks on IoT equipment caused £244,000 in losses on average.

Steeve Huin, VP at Irdeto, said:

“Insecure IoT devices and companion apps are essentially low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals, who are increasingly...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jeff Bezos is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told employees he is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry, a possible hint at the tech giant’s next big play.

It’s hard to imagine that Amazon started off as a small Seattle bookstore. Now it’s considered not just an e-commerce giant, but also a leader in areas such as cloud computing, AI, and the IoT.

One area where Bezos’ firm is yet to make any inroads is the automotive industry.

IHS Markit

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

Report: Driverless cars improve traffic flow by at least 35 percent

A study by University of Cambridge researchers indicates the advent of driverless cars will improve traffic flows by at least 35 percent.

Using a fleet of miniature robotic cars, the researchers set up realistic traffic conditions including the stoppage of a vehicle on a two-lane road.

When the cars weren't programmed to work together, vehicles approaching the stopped car from behind had to slow down or stop and wait until the other lane was clear.

The result was a tailback just...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time.

The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences....

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

‘Hank’ aspires to be the world’s most dexterous robot

A robot developed by Cambridge Consultants called Hank aims to be the world’s most dexterous robot with humanlike mobility.

Hank features pneumatic fingers that are flexible and contain a ‘pioneering’ sensor to provide a sense of touch and grip. Using the sensor, Hank is able to hold and grip even the most delicate objects.

The inability to emulate the human touch has been a key reason behind the lack of robot adoption in areas like manufacturing line picking and agriculture.

Bruce Ackman,...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Chinese retailer JD is pumping $55m into connected vehicles

Chinese retail giant JD is pumping $55 million into connected vehicle fleets to further boost its leadership in logistics automation.

JD is the world's leading company in high-tech and AI delivery through drones, autonomous technology, and robots. The firm possesses the largest drone delivery system, infrastructure, and capability in the world.

According to a filing posted by Jiangsu Xinning Modern Logistics, JD has agreed to invest 376 million yuan...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Microsoft and SK Telecom join forces on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies

Microsoft and SK Telecom have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to collaborate on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies.

Under the MoU, the companies will share knowledge to further each other’s ambitions in areas which make use of such technologies like the IoT.

Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of Azure at Microsoft, said:

“Through the strategic partnership with SK Telecom, we will play a key role in shaping the future and accelerating the digital transformation of...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hello Tractor: How the ‘Uber for Farming’ is revolutionising agriculture

IoT News sat down with Hello Tractor CEO Jehiel Oliver to discuss how the company is revolutionising agriculture, particularly in emerging markets.

Hello Tractor is a fascinating company that has already had a tangible impact on improving lives. The firm connects tractor owners with farmers who typically undertake slow, manual work in hot and laborious conditions with less yield than counterparts in more developed markets with access to proper machinery.

“We use IoT to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Android Auto is getting a safer, more intelligent makeover

Google has announced details of a makeover Android Auto will receive this summer to make it safer and more intelligent.

The new design enables more information to be displayed without overwhelming users or requiring them to fiddle with the screen while driving.

A key example is driving while listening to audio and using a navigation app. Today, a user is required to switch between their chosen music and navigation apps. The new design features a bar at the bottom which expands with controls to interact with...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

UK gov announce laws to protect IoT devices from cyberattacks

The UK government has announced plans for new laws which aim to protect IoT devices from cyberattacks.

Digital Minister Margot James unveiled the measures today in a bid to slow the huge growth in attacks targeting connected devices.

In a press release, James wrote:

“Many consumer products that are connected to the internet are often found to be insecure, putting consumers privacy and security at risk. Our...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Honeywell on how the IoT is elevating the digital worker

Honeywell Connected Plant GM Vincent Higgins used a session at this year’s IoT Tech Expo in London to discuss how the IoT is elevating the workforce.

The session, titled ‘People at the core of the Internet of Things’, provided a first-hand account of how modern technologies are improving the lives and efficiency of workers.

Regular training is required to retain information and learn new advancements. Few people enjoy it, especially when it requires travelling to...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Wearables.

The IoT is being hindered by full-time cybersecurity talent shortage

A report from Experis claims that IoT development is being hindered by companies failing to hire full-time cybersecurity talent.

In the latest Industry Insiders report, Experis highlights the growth in cybersecurity vacancies posted in Q4 2018. 13,214 related jobs were advertised in the quarter – representing a 10 percent year-on-year increase, and 16.6 percent over the previous quarter.

Despite this increasing demand, the average salary has for...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Land Rover: Driverless cars need 1000x more code than Apollo 11

Jaguar Land Rover has said driverless cars will require close to a billion lines of code, almost 1000x as much as what put man on the moon.

Apollo 11’s computer featured around 145,000 lines of code to land on the moon. Much like how it's often said that most of us now carry more processing power in our pockets than that computer, it puts into perspective the complex calculations a driverless car needs to make.

The British car manufacturer estimated the figure to emphasise the need for more people...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.