New Tesla cars will all have self driving capabilities


Tesla has announced that its Model 3 and all further cars produced by the brand will have fully self driving capabilities. 

New Model S and Model X cars with updated hardware are in production and can be bought as soon as today, it added in a blog post

The self driving hardware will reportedly have eight surround cameras, giving the car a 360 degree visibility of up to a 250 metre range. 

New cars...

By Rachael Power, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Lynk & Co 'most connected car to date' set to launch

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Geely is preparing to launch what they claim to be “the most connected car to date” this week, teasing the public with a blog post revealing some detail.

The company, which has owned Volvo since 2010, will apparently launch a car built on an open digital platform, which collaborates with several ‘world-leading’ tech...

By , 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Collaboration needed to make connected cars a success, Economist report says


Connected cars are causing something of a stir in various countries around the world. It's becoming clear that eventually, completely autonomous may be the route we go down - but how, what it will look like and whether it will be 'accepted' is something that researchers are currently delving into.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has just produced a report that examines the ongoing development of connected cars and how research is going down so far. 


By Rachael Power, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

How connected cars will eventually defend against hackers


Connected cars are on their way, and one of the main concerns is how to keep them secured so that hackers cannot gain access and control. It is estimated that within five to 10 years, a quarter of a billion cars worldwide will be connected cars.

Put simply, a connected automobile is one which contains the equipment for internet access and a wireless local area network. This creates an area in the car and directly...

By Rick Delgado, 19 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Ecosystems, Security.

Over half of UK drivers uncomfortable with driving in or alongside self-driving cars, research says


Over half of UK drivers said they would be uncomfortable driving alongside or using a self-driving car, according to new research.

A report carried out by Goodyear and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) show that only 25% of UK drivers who responded said they would feel comfortable with using a driverless car.

They are a technology that is gradually emerging into an...

By Rachael Power, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Germany asks Tesla not to use 'Autopilot' in advertising


The German transport minister has asked Tesla to stop using the word Autopilot in the advertising for its cars, according to Reuters

A spokeswoman from Alexander Dobrindt's ministry, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) confirmed that they had written to Tesla to make this request, following a report in the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

The idea behind asking Tesla to stop using the word Autopilot was reportedly as...

By Rachael Power, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Self-driving cars were trialled in UK public space for the first time

The UK has had its first public trial of self driving vehicles last week, with the Transport Systems Catapult in Milton Keynes demoing a UK-developed autonomous driving system.

This marked the end of the LUTZ Pathfinder Project, which has been developing the technology for the past 18 months.

As part of this project, the team have been running exercises to prep for the...

By Rachael Power, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

A couple of updates in the telematics space: New solutions launched


Florida-based Pegasus TransTech has introduced its new next-generation fleet management and electronic logging software, Transflo Telematics, which has been developed in collaboration with Geotab, a GPS vehicle tracking devices and fleet management software developer.

The solution includes data and telematics software for fleet managers, an advanced electronic logging device (ELD) that can be installed in a vehicle and a mobile application which allows drivers to manage electronic logs...

By Connected CarTech, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Telematics .

BMW announces semi-driverless 2017 5 Series Sedan, including Apple CarPlay


BMW has announced its new 5 Series Sedan this week, including a raft of new connected car features.

BMW is also apparently the first car maker to feature wireless Apple CarPlay, which connects a supported iPhone and allows a user to get directions, make calls, etc, in a safer manner.

But that’s certainly not the most impressive connected feature of the 5 Series Sedan, which will arrive on the market in February 2017.


By Rachael Power, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity.

Latest research brings more pessimism from users on driverless cars


Here’s a research statistic which proves consumers’ trust in driverless vehicles: 57% of more than 1500 people surveyed by consumer finance provider Varooma say they would prefer to take control of a flying car than be controlled by a driverless car.

The survey findings naturally need to be taken with a pinch of salt, although there are some interesting statistics in the research. Almost three quarters (73%) said they would not give up driving for driverless cars, while 38% of...

By Connected CarTech, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

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.

Digitech announces investment in connected car firm CarForce

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CarForce, a Houston-based connected car company, has received funding from Digitech Venture Capital Fund, alongside technology incubator Seed Sumo and early Uber investor Jason Calacanis.

CarForce allows its vehicle dealership customers to seamlessly share their maintenance and safety data on its cloud-based platform. The company has developed a cloud-based SaaS solution that allows connected car telematics to provide dealerships with real-time updates on the health of their...

By Connected CarTech, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud.

Autonomous cars expected to hit 24 million units by 2030, says Berg Insight


A new research report from Berg Insight says the first autonomous cars will debut in 2020, and predicts that the total number of new registrations of autonomous cars will grow at a CAGR of 62% from 0.2 million units in 2020 to reach 24 million units in 2030.

As the analyst firm explains, cars are among the costliest as well as one of the most inefficiently used assets today, but when operated around the clock on a service based business model can results in a tremendous potential...

By Connected CarTech, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

Bentley and Filld collaborate for US online petrol-ordering service

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Filld, an on-demand petrol startup which currently delivers anywhere between San Francisco and San Jose, has partnered with Bentley Motors to offer high-quality petrol via professionally-trained commercially-licensed drivers in DOT-certified safe trucks.

Now, Bentley customers will get gas delivered directly to their vehicles with the help of their mobile phones. All they will have to do is, place an order through a mobile app available on Android and iOS.

A background of this...

By Connected CarTech, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Contextual data.

Analysing Uber’s market moves – and how it intends to disrupt transport markets


Opinion I am pretty sure that Uber’s announcements over the past couple of years around building a centre of expertise in driverless vehicles did not come as a surprise to anybody interested in these technologies.

Though Uber hasn’t clearly mentioned why it would hire a few hundred engineers or buy a startup to support its driverless capability development, as it has done since then, the reason is quite straightforward: replacing more than one million freelance taxi drivers and...

By Serge Van Themsche, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Data & Analytics, Driverless.

Bright Box using gaming and neural networks for its self-driving car platform

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Bright Box, a Switzerland-based connected vehicle applications provider, has announced the launch of a self-driving car product with a neural network which learns driving through gaming.

The product, Remoto Pilot, is a self-driving car retrofit kit with a neural network trained through computer games as well as real-life examples featuring safe, reliable road/lane following as well as real-time detection and avoidance of various obstacles such as cars and pedestrians.

By using...

By Connected CarTech, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Data & Analytics.

Gartner predicts connected car production to break 60 million by 2020


Connected car production will grow from 12.4 million shipments at the end of this year to almost 61 million by 2020, according to the latest research note from analyst house Gartner.

The end of 2015 saw 6.8 million units globally, with 4.68m of those tethered – to a mobile device – and 2.17m embedded. 2017 will however see the turning point where embedded systems will dominate, with 11.1m compared to 9.97m tethered. By 2020, the numbers for embedded and tethered are predicted...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual data, Devices, Ecosystems.

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.

Volkswagen moves to Iceland data centre


German automaker Volkswagen has shifted more than one megawatt of its high performance computing (HPC) applications to the Verne Global data centre campus in Iceland, which features a hybrid data approach.

With this move, Volkswagen aims to capitalise on the data centre's flexible density, variable resiliency, and reliable and scalable infrastructure to support its computing-intensive HPC applications in order to develop new automotive technology and cars.

The automaker is focused...

By Connected CarTech, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Ecosystems.