How MIPI is aiming to change the future of the connected car


The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in September 2016 announced a new Federal Automated Vehicles Policy “…to help facilitate the responsible introduction of automated vehicles to make transportation safer, cleaner, more accessible, and more efficient.” 

In a report dated September 29, 2016, Gartner shared “The production of new...

By Hezi Saar, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Driverless.

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.

How driverless cars may change pedestrian behaviour


While fully-autonomous cars becoming a mainstream feature in our towns and cities may still be a decade or so away, researchers and governments are already looking at their potential impact in a number of areas.

So far studies have looked at people’s perception of driverless cars, as well as their impact on safety, insurance and the environment.

But one paper that’s just been published has examined autonomous vehicles from a perspective...

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

Charge reveals new electric, autonomous-ready truck for 2017

Trucks with self driving capabilities are coming to UK roads as soon as next year, according to Oxford-based auto tech company Charge.

The company builds easy-to-assemble, energy efficient and autonomous-ready smart trucks and are developing some for sale in the UK market in 2017.

It's also opening its first factory next year in Oxford, which it says is "the first of many". 

Charge's trucks range from 3.5 to 26 tonnes and are built using ultra-lightweight composite materials that reduce the...

By Rachael Power, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Half a million electric cars on European roads by 2017, report says


There will be over half a million electric vehicles on the roads of Europe by the end of the year, according to a new report.

Incentives such as the extension of the UK's plug-in-van grant scheme and Germany's electromobility scheme means there's been an uptake in the number of these types of vehicelss. 

However, sales of electric vans are at a fraction of that of cars,...

By Rachael Power, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Standards.

Ford expanding driver-assist technologies with next-gen features


Ford has announced it is expanding its driver assist technology, with a range of next-generation features to make avoiding crashes, parking and detecting objects in the road easier.

New features it is developing at its research and development centre in Aachen, Germany, include a cross-traffic alert system, with braking technology designed to detect people and objects about to pass behind the car,...

By Rachael Power, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

IBM Watson partners with General Motors' OnStar platform


Connected cars from General Motors (GM) are about to get a whole lot more personalised, with a partnership involving IBM's machine learnign algorithm platform Watson. 

GM's in-car tech subsidiary OnStar and IBM Watson will come together to create OnStar Go, a cognitive mobility platform that'll be rolled out to millions of cars early next year.

This is good news for advertisers and marketers, as Watson will learn the driver's preferences - with...

By Rachael Power, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence.

Former Cisco connected car execs join RideCell

Fleet automation software company RideCell has hired two former Cisco connected car executives. 

Mark Thomas joins the San Francisco based company as vice president of marketing, and Paul Drysch joins as vice president of business development, as well as general manager of APAC.

RideCell's automation platform can integrate ride-sharing, car-sharing, and fixed route services. The company powers new mobility businesses from end to end, from consumer apps to day-to-day fleet management, demand and supply...

By Rachael Power, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Connected car startup Otonomo raises $12m

A tech startup that helps connected car makers to monetise their data has raised $12m in Series A funding. 

Otonomo, based in Israel, has added to its previous $3m funding round to develop its cloud-based SaaS platform, which worls to "disrupt the connected and autonomous car arenas" and monitor customer experience.

The company integrates servies, analytics and a new software layer based on open APIs and real time information into cars. The platform can work with any car manufacturer or third-party app...

By Rachael Power, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Volvo's first self-driving cars in UK will be 'unmarked'


It’s no big secret that UK drivers are wary of self-driving cars, with recent studies and research proving a general skepticism for the tech.

Over half would prefer to drive a flying car than a driverless one on the ground (who wouldn’t?) and a similar amount said they’d be uncomfortable

By Rachael Power, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps.

Ford partners with BlackBerry to roll out connected car tech


Ford has taken another step toward its wish to have fleets of fully autonomous cars on the road within five years, as it expands the use of BlackBerry software in some of its cars. 

The announcement about the extended partnership was made this week, and builds on the existing use of BlackBerry's software, QNX Neutrino, in Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system. 

A BlackBerry team of engineers will now work solely on expanding QNX Neutrono operating system, its Certicom security technology,...

By Rachael Power, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infotainment.

Safety first: Why you should change your view on autonomous cars


They’re the cars of the future, but many people are still concerned about the safety of autonomous cars. Can a car that drives itself really be safe and trusted on the road? Set your fears aside, because self-driving cars are actually incredibly safe and could lead to a much safer driving environment for everyone.

New technology

The core of a safe autonomous car is its operating system. Because they don’t rely on a human driver for control, autonomous vehicles have a...

By Rick Delgado, 31 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Security.

General Motors and IBM come together for OnStar Go utilising Watson


Millions of General Motors (GM) car owners will be able to connect and interact with their favourite brands with the help of OnStar Go. The OnStar Go is auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform developed by GM and IBM amalgamating their respective technological platforms – Onstar and Watson.

OnStar is GM’s subsidiary that provides subscription-based communications, in-vehicle security, hands-free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, and remote diagnostics...

By Connected CarTech, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Infotainment.

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.

Cities need to start getting ready for driverless cars now, Atkins says


It's no longer an 'if' but a 'when' driverless and connected cars are on the roads, according to Atkins' technical director Neil Thomas. 

The company, which works with the University of the West of England's VENTURER, is trying out driverless vehicles to examined their feasability in the UK.

It has launched a whitepaper series this week, which will look at the urgent need to understand the full impact of these vehicles on cities around the world and invest in adapted infrastrucure from now...

By Rachael Power, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

LYNK & CO launches, announcing a new connected car

Chinese car manufacturer Geely has launched a new car brand, LYNK & CO, last week, announcing more details of its highly connected car. 

The marketing around the launch centres on how Geely - who also owns Volvo - became tired with the "sluggish evolution" of the auto indsustry and has so decided to do something about it. 

But as they say, the proof will be in the pudding, and whether the car can stand up to...

By Rachael Power, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Jaguar Land Rover working with Ford and Tata on autonomous vehicle technologies


Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is creating a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles to develop and test a wide range of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies over the next four years.

The company is working in collaboration with Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre to allow cars to talk to each other as well as the roadside infrastructure in the future.

Some of the technologies that are being tested are the Advanced Highway Assist, Electronic Emergency Brake...

By Connected CarTech, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

What are the challenges facing driverless' cars future?

A new House of Lords select committee inquiry - closing on 26 October - is looking at how the smart technology around driverless cars and drones can evolve into a smart, autonomous transport system for the UK.The economic benefits from a world-leading industry around autonomous vehicles (AVs) have already been mapped out: a potential £51 billion for  the UK economy each...

By Professor Tsourdos, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.