Volvo's trucks and cars will communicate to improve safety

Trucks and cars by automotive giant Volvo will soon communicate with each other to improve road safety.

Operating as two separate entities with the same owner, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will collaborate on the ‘Connected Safety’ solution. By implementing V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology, the companies hope sharing real-time data about road hazards may help to prevent accidents.

Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks, says:

"Expanded...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Google Assistant has tripled device support in four months

Google has been hard at work increasing the number of devices supported by its Assistant as it fights to control the smart home.

Competing for the smart home is clearly near the top of Google’s priorities as those interactions move away from smartphones. Once a consumer is invested in an ecosystem, it’s difficult to get them to switch.

Google’s main competitor is Amazon with their Alexa ecosystem. Amazon, quite likely as a result of its retail presence, has sold a lot more of its Echo line...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

Eight countries rank ahead of the US in automation readiness

According to the latest Automation Readiness Index, the US is behind eight other countries when it comes to being prepared for advancements such as AI and the IoT.

The study, published last week, ranked 25 of the world’s advanced economies in how well they’re preparing their workforce for automation.

Here are the top 10 rankings:

  • South Korea

  • Germany

  • Singapore

  • Japan

  • Canada

  • Estonia

  • France

  • UK

  • US

  • Australia

The US is often seen as a leader in areas such as AI, so it may be a surprise to see it ranked below many other countries. While it may be ahead in terms of innovation, the study highlights more needs to be done to prepare the workforce.

The researchers broke the study down into three main categories to assess the countries’ overall ranks. They were: Innovation Environment,...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Fitbit leverages Google Cloud to accelerate healthcare innovation

Fitbit has announced plans to leverage Google Cloud in a bid to accelerate digital healthcare innovation and claw back Apple’s growing market share.

According to data last month from IDC, Apple surged past Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim the top spot in wearables. Fitbit acquired smartwatch manufacturer Pebble for $23 million last year which resulted in a marked improvement in the design and support for apps on their wearables, but now it seems Fitbit is going back to its health...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

European Commission sets out its €20bn plan for ethical AI

In a bid to prevent falling behind China and the US, the European Commission has outlined its plan to invest €20 billion in ethical artificial intelligence.

The cash will be used to boost artificial intelligence research in the private and public domains, prepare for the socio-economic changes advancements will bring about, and ensure frameworks are in place for its legal and ethical development.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said:

“Just as the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Michigan and the UK will collaborate on self-driving cars

Representatives from the state of Michigan and the UK have signed a collaboration agreement to share each other’s expertise in automobiles to advance self-driving cars and their infrastructure.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and UK Business Minister Richard Harrington.

Detroit, Michigan is the centre of the U.S. automobile industry with the ‘Big Three’ auto manufacturers General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler all having their headquarters in the...

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

IoT Tech Expo: SoftwareAG on how to avoid becoming another statistic

The majority of IoT projects fail, but SoftwareAG’s SVP of IoT took the stage at this year’s IoT Tech Expo in London to share his insights on how to avoid becoming another statistic.

Bernd Gross believes the IoT industry has reached a turning point where the focus is now shifting to deployment. It's hard to argue with, around the world there's notably less talk and some impressive use of IoT technologies to solve real problems.

“After many...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Microsoft wants IoT devs on this Sphere to use its Linux distro

Microsoft is looking for Earthling developers to use its secure new Linux distro Sphere for their IoT solutions.

The company is putting security at the fore of their effort which aims to provide an end-to-end solution for controlling IoT products from Azure. With the Mirai botnet remaining a talking point two years after the unprecedented attack, it’s an opportune moment to launch such a security-first product.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

China sets out guidelines for testing self-driving cars

China has set out its national guidelines for testing self-driving cars on its roads to ensure developments are safe but unhindered in a bid to ensure the country is a leader in the commercialisation of such vehicles.

The guidelines have been jointly issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Transport.

As part of the guidelines, local authorities have been granted permission to evaluate local conditions and take responsibility for...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform adds smarts to its new IoT chipsets

Chip manufacturing giant Qualcomm has launched its Vision Intelligence Platform alongside its first two dedicated chipsets for IoT devices.

The new 10nm chipsets, QCS605 and QCS603, can be used for devices such as drones, robotic vacuum cleaners, 360-cameras, and more. Both contain Qualcomm’s latest development in camera and artificial intelligence.

Driving the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Microsoft plans to invest $5 billion into the IoT

Microsoft has announced it will be investing $5 billion into the IoT over the span of the next four years.

The goal of the investment, according to the firm, is “to give every customer the ability to transform their businesses, and the world at large, with connected solutions.”

If you’re reading this, you’ll know the IoT will have a huge impact on almost every facet of our lives — much like computers have. Microsoft’s goal for the IoT even harks some resemblance to company...

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Report: There will be more than 125m connected vehicles by 2022

According to a new report, shipments of connected vehicles are expected to increase considerably over the next four years.

Counterpoint Research’s report forecasts a growth of 270 percent by 2022 to represent more than 125 million connected vehicles to be shipped from this year. As of 2017, the reporters found General Motors, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz are currently leading the market.

All vehicles sold in Europe from April 2018 must be fitted with ‘eCall’ technology which automatically...

By Ryan Daws, 03 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Boeing is a fan of IoT satellites

The venture capital arm of Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, has invested in Australian satellite firm Myriota.

Myriota is currently developing low cost, low power transmitters which aim to connect millions of IoT devices to satellites in orbit.

The company started its journey as a $12 million project out of the University of South Australia back in 2011. At the time, it was known as the Australian Space Research Program.

After the need for IoT connectivity was identified, the project...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Google Assistant rolls out ‘routines’ and plans deeper integration with hardware — and even telcos

Google Assistant is rolling out its ‘routines’ feature and plans to embed itself deeper into devices — even integrating directly with telcos.

First announced back in October, the routines feature allows several commands to be linked together from a single phrase. For example, saying “Hey Google, I’m home” may switch on your lights, play some music, set a comfortable temperature, and get the kettle boiling.

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Research: Connected car owners would not buy a driverless

New research conducted by Solace indicates a lack of interest in driverless cars even from those currently enjoying connected technologies in their vehicle.

Drivers of connected cars are often seen to be early adopters, but it seems automotive manufacturers will have a hard time selling self-driving vehicles even to those at the cutting edge of technology.

More than half (57%) of the respondents in Solace’s research said they would...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

Google assimilates Nest once more

Saying goodbye must have been too hard for Google as the company is bringing Nest back under its roof.

Nest was co-founded by former Apple engineers in 2010. Google bought the young startup, whose innovative thermostat became one of the first successful smart home devices, for $3.2 billion (£2.3bn) back in 2014.

Following a major restructuring — when...

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

Mozilla updates its Project Things open source IoT gateway

Mozilla has issued an update to its Project Things open source decentralised IoT gateway first announced back in July.

The main part of Project Things is the Linux-based ‘Things Gateway’ software which enables a Raspberry Pi to be set up as a home automation gateway. In the latest version (0.3) of the software — a new rules engine, improved voice support, and a tutorial has been added to help newbies get started.

Other major new features include:

  • Microphone support for issuing voice...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Researchers use AI to fly drones at city-level autonomously

A team of researchers used AI to enable drones to fly safely and autonomously within urban environments.

Drones are often tested high up in the air to ensure a strong GPS signal and prevent collisions with people, vehicles, and other things which occupy a typical urban environment.

However, the airspace presents its own challenges. Many countries have already introduced laws to restrict how high drones can fly to prevent...

By Ryan Daws, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Editorial: Alibaba CEO believes AI could trigger WWIII

While many technology leaders are bullish about the positive aspects of AI, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has warned it could trigger World War 3.

Ma points towards previous technological revolutions triggering some of the darkest periods in history.

“The first technology revolution caused the First World War, and the second technology revolution caused the Second World War,” said Ma, according to

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.