Self-driving vehicles to become legal in the UK this year

Self-driving vehicles will become legal on the UK’s roads later this year, albeit with some initial restrictions.

The Department for Transport (DfT) will allow the use of autonomous driving modes which stick to a single lane with a 37mph (60km/h) speed limit.

Drivers won’t have to keep their hands on the wheel but will have to remain alert to retake control if required. Unfortunately, that means you can’t binge-watch the latest series or play your favourite game on...

Robotics4EU wants input to guide Europe’s robot future

A three-year EU project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme called Robotics4EU wants input from the community to guide Europe’s robot future.

Robotics4EU aims to boost the adoption of robotics in Europe across a continent that is becoming increasingly sceptical of autonomous systems.

The initiative has released two surveys aimed at different stakeholders:

Robotics development community: https://www.research.net/r/3VQ6VXLPolicy and decision-makers:...

BICS partners with French telco SFR to expand NB-IoT network

Telecoms solutions provider BICS has expanded its NB-IoT network to France in partnership with local carrier SFR.

BICS operates one of the largest NB-IoT/LTE-M networks in the world, with coverage in 30 countries.

IoT devices embedded with an eSIM can also access 2G, 3G, and 4G connectivity through partnerships with over 700 mobile operators around the world.

Mikaël Schachne, VP of Mobility & IoT at BICS, said:

“We are leveraging our leading...

The EU is set to approve Google’s acquisition of Fitbit this week

While most eyes are on the close-to-collapse Brexit negotiations, another notable European decision is finally expected this week.

Google’s proposed $2.1 billion takeover of Fitbit naturally caught the attention of the European Union—which continues to tighten its screws on “big tech” over privacy concerns.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the EU will grant conditional approval for Google’s historic takeover this week.

We don’t know what...

How Switzerland is continuing its innovation heritage in the field of IoT

The most recent Global Innovation Index (GII), released in September, was a report which in the main urged caution. As Covid-19 continues to cause disruption around the globe, Francis Gurry, CEO of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the report arbiter, noted the coronavirus 'requires fresh thinking to ensure a shared victory.'

While some aspects of the report were new, others remained the same. Switzerland's place at the top of the list should not come as a...

Ericsson and Orange use the IoT to help keep seniors connected

Ericsson and Orange are using their IoT expertise to help keep seniors connected with family, friends, and caregivers in what could be a very lonely time.

The COVID-19 pandemic is cruel in so many ways. Beyond the physical health impacts – including the long-term effects we're only just beginning to understand – it is also causing financial burdens, mental health issues, and feelings of isolation.

Many youngsters are tech-savvy and already use means such as online...

Uber hit with lawsuit to reveal how its algorithm works

Uber has been hit with a lawsuit by two British drivers in a bid to reveal how the company’s algorithm works.

The headquarters for Uber in Europe is in Amsterdam, so the drivers have taken their case to a Dutch court.

Uber’s drivers want to know what data is being collected about them – and how it’s being used. The drivers are concerned that Uber’s algorithm isn’t entirely neutral in how it decides who to allocate rides to.

"They want to prove that...

The EU launches ‘sector inquiry’ into the Internet of Things

The European Union loves antitrust inquiries and so it’s launching one into the entire consumer Internet of Things (IoT) sector.

EU lawmakers are concerned about the huge amounts of data being collected about consumers through IoT devices.

Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, said:

“Voice assistants and smart devices can collect a vast amount of data about our habits. And there's a risk that big companies could misuse the data collected...