Why autonomous vehicles are the key to safer roads


It’s a sobering fact that even in this technological age, we still see 1.2 million deaths on our roads each year. Furthermore, studies show that nearly 95% of road accidents are actually the fault of a human driver.

Autonomous technology has the potential to deliver persistent situational awareness, i.e. it can be aware of aware of everything that is happening around it at all times, it never gets distracted or inebriated and it always obeys the rules of the road.

But the level of...

By Stan Boland, 12 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Standards.

What role do telecoms providers play in the development of the connected car?


The future of the connected car is going to have many services that rely on the quality of the connection within the vehicle. Telecoms providers therefore need to make connectivity simple, reliable and most importantly, available.

JC&C Bowers, Pangea’s strategic partner and service provider in the automotive space, knows all too well of the opportunity and importance of telecoms providers to the connected car.

As JC&C’s CEO, John Bowers, explains: “It’s...

By Dan Cunliffe, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual data, Data & Analytics, Regulation, Standards.

Australian government sets out driverless car initiatives

Australia’s transport body has said it will remove regulatory barriers to automated vehicles, according to a newly published paper.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) reported that Australian ministers had agreed to a series of reform initiatives over the next two years.

These will bring about more testing and trialling of automated vehicles, as well as increased confidence in the safety of driverless...

By Rachael Power, 11 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation.

House of Lords will meet this week to discuss driverless cars


The UK’s House of Lords science and technology committee will continue its investigation into driverless cars tomorrow, with a session discussing what progress has been made in testing the tech.

There are several driverless car research projects happening in the UK at the moment, including the University of the West of England’s Venturer programme in Bristol, and the

By Rachael Power, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation.

Tech to help drivers miss red lights being trialled by Ford and UK Autodrive


Technology that will enable drivers to give red lights a miss is being trialled in the UK with Ford and the UK Autodrive project.

Two Mondeo Hybrids are trying out the tech, which feeds information to cars about traffic and traffic light change timings. The car will display the optimal speed at which to drive for those behind the wheel to hit only green lights.

The thinking behind this is that it will ease traffic congestion and have benefits for fuel consumption and carbon monoxide...

By Rachael Power, 26 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation.

BMW and Hyundai top J.D. Power car technology rankings


BMW and Hyundai are the highest ranked car brands with regard to experience with vehicle technology, according to an inaugural report from J.D. Power.

The Tech Experience Index (TXI) measured car models and manufacturers on collision protection, comfort and convenience, driving assistance, entertainment and connectivity, navigation, and smartphone mirroring. The study found that two BMW cars – the 2 Series for small premium and 4 Series for compact premium – and two Hyundai...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Insurance, Regulation, Standards.

Telcos and automotive players unite for 5G automotive association


A new association comprising a group of automakers and network providers will be dealing with issues related to connected mobility and road safety needs through 5G mobile networks with applications such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.

The newly formed 5G Automotive Association is a team comprising Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm, which will address key...

By Connected CarTech, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Ecosystems, Regulation, Standards.

US government releases driverless cars policy


The US government has released its official verdict on autonomous cars, claimed to be rooted in the US Department of Transportation’s view that such ventures bring “enormous potential benefits” for safety and mobility.

Key to the policy is a 15-point safety assessment for manufacturers on how to achieve a ‘robust’ design for highly automated vehicles (HAVs). Different approaches are allowed so long as the main criteria are met.

Among the more interesting...

By James Bourne, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Regulation.