Mayo Clinic begins using driverless vehicles to deliver COVID-19 tests

Mayo Clinic has begun using driverless vehicles to deliver essential COVID-19 tests to a processing lab.

The initiative in Jacksonville, Florida is a collaboration between the local transport authority, Navya, and Beep.

Four autonomous vehicles are initially being used and will transport COVID-19 tests from a drive-through testing facility to a processing lab on Mayo Clinic's campus. The shuttles have been running the route every day since March...

Anthony Levandowski files to arbitrate Uber in bid to cover $179m lawsuit

Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski has filed a motion to arbitrate Uber in a bid to cover the $179m lawsuit against him.

Last month, Levandowski admitted to stealing trade secrets relating to Google’s self-driving car work. Levandowski went on to start an ambitious self-driving truck startup called Otto, which was subsequently acquired by Uber.

Google took Uber to court over the theft and it was eventually settled for $245 million.

The...

UK connected car project aims to halt motorway pileups for good

A new project funded by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) aims to halt motorway pileups.

The project is called Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA) and is being led by a consortium including Applus Idiada, Cranfield University, Westfield Sports Cars, Cosworth, SBD Automotive, and Connected Places Catapult.

Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Transport, said: 

Helm.ai raises $13 million in seed funding to boost driverless car AI

Helm.ai, a California-based scalable AI for autonomous vehicles, has raised $13 million in a recently held seed funding round led by A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel, including others.

The company will be using the raised funds to further advance its engineering and R&D capabilities, hiring more employees, and making new deals with customers. Unlike other organisations, which focuses on developing hardware for...

Anthony Levandowski admits stealing Googles self-driving car secrets

A former Google engineer has admitted stealing trade secrets relating to the company's self-driving car work.

Anthony Levandowski was accused of downloading thousands of proprietary files from Google in 2015 prior to leaving the company.

One of the files downloaded by Levandowski to his personal laptop was called 'Chauffeur TL weekly updates – Q4 2015,' and featured details about Google's self-driving program.

"I downloaded this file with...

Dimitra Simeonidou, Smart Internet Lab: Building smarter cities

IoT News caught up with Professor Dimitra Simeonidou to gather her thoughts on building smarter cities.

When we previously met Simeonidou, she was the CTO of Bristol is Open – a pioneering smart city project combining a fibre and mesh network with sensors and open data to provide a playground for anyone wanting to test applications in a real-world environment.

“Last time we spoke, it was just the beginning of doing city–regional experimentation,” says...

Waymo secures $2.25 billion in first external investment

Waymo has announced that it has raised $2.25 billion (£1.75bn) in a fundraising round led by Silver Lake, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Mubadala Investment Company. It is Waymo’s first external investment that also included Magna, Andreessen Horowitz and AutoNation, as well as parent firm Alphabet.

Waymo CEO John Krafcik wrote in a company blog: “With this injection of...

Toyota invests $400m in Pony.ai with latest driverless tech bet

Self-driving vehicle technology provider Pony.ai has secured $400 million (£308.35m) from Toyota, pushing the company’s valuation to more than £2.31bn.

The company is focusing on deepening and expanding its collaboration with Toyota in mobility services. They will further boost their joint efforts in self-driving technology development and mobility service deployment. The latest...

Semios secures $75 million in funding to expand IoT network for agriculture

Semios, a Canada-based precision farming platform for permanent crops announced that it has raised $75 million (£57.65m) in private equity funding to boost the development of its data-driven crop management solution.

To date, the company has secured a total of £88.4m in external capital. The funding was led by Morningside Group, a Boston-based private equity and venture capital firm. Semios...

At the front of the grid: How Formula 1 leads sporting franchises in data and analytics

It goes without saying that in business, the customer is always right. Except, of course, when they’re not.

Take the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a sporting example. When the idea for the shortened Twenty20 (T20) format was first proposed in 2003, not everyone was on board: of the 18 first-class counties, only 11 supported the new competition. Today, with established domestic...