Royal Caribbean bringing IoT wearables to its cruises

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Cruise company Royal Caribbean is launching a purpose-built connected wearable to provide a range of functions for its passengers.

Being developed by Vancouver-based IoT platform company TraceSafe, the bracelet will provide Covid-19 contact tracing, serve as a room key, a wireless payment method, a locations analytics tool, and a communications device.

The bracelet will be deployed across Royal Caribbean’s 24-ship fleet, which includes four of the world’s largest...

GE Appliances signs multi-year smart home deal with Google Cloud

GE Appliances has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Google Cloud to build the next generation of smart home technologies.

The partners will combine their expertise – GE Appliances in hardware and Google Cloud in data, artificial intelligence, analytics, and machine learning – to deliver new smart home technologies and improved experiences.

Viren Shah, CDO of GE Appliances, said:

"As the fastest-growing appliance manufacturing company in the United...

DHL is building the first all-electric air cargo network

Logistics giant DHL has announced plans to build the world’s first all-electric air cargo network in partnership with Seattle-based Eviation.

World leaders are set to gather in Glasgow, UK in November for the UN Climate Change Conference where it’s hoped the international community can agree on national measures to help address the global crisis. However, individual businesses will also need to take action for any meaningful impact.

As of 2016, heavy transportation...

Robotaxi market heats up as Pony.ai unveils its next-gen sensing platform

Pony.ai has unveiled a next-gen sensing platform for the company’s autonomous vehicles that brings enhanced capabilities in a much-improved design.

The new system was designed in collaboration with Luminar Technologies and removes the need for the unsightly cone-shaped LiDAR found on the roofs of most driverless vehicles.

James Peng, CEO and Founder of Pony.ai, said:

“Partnering with Luminar is a critical enabling milestone for Pony.ai as we build our...

AutoX’s driverless taxis reach 100 consecutive days of operation

Alibaba-backed autonomous vehicle firm AutoX has now operated a driverless taxi service for 100 consecutive days.

The service has been operating without a safety driver on the roads of Shenzhen, the most population-dense city in China.

Professor Jianxiong Xiao, Founder and CEO of AutoX, said:

“The first 100 days have been a huge step forward for us and for the entire industry in China.

We have learned so much from the feedback from our passengers...

Toyota subsidiary to acquire Lyft’s autonomous vehicle division

Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet has announced that it’s acquiring Lyft’s autonomous vehicle division for $550 million.

The division, known as Level 5, has established itself among the leaders in the development of autonomous driving technologies.

Logan Green, Co-Founder and CEO of Lyft, said:

“Today’s announcement launches Lyft into the next phase of an incredible journey to bring our mission to life. Lyft has spent nine years building a transportation...

IoT technology will save eight times the energy it consumes by 2030, new report shows

A new report from Transforma Insights and 6GWorld has shown that IoT operations in 2030 will save more than eight times the energy they consume, amounting to net savings of 230 billion cubic meters of water and eliminating one gigaton of CO2 emissions. 

The report (pdf, email required) sponsored by InterDigital, looked at the incremental impact of new technologies by examining the resource impact of enterprise and commercial technologies on electricity, fuel usage,...

Honda partners with AutoX to test autonomous vehicles on public roads

Honda is collaborating with level-4 autonomous driving pioneer AutoX to test autonomous vehicles on public roads.

As part of the trials, Honda ACCORD and INSPIRE models will be fitted with AutoX’s technology and deployed on roads in some of China’s most populated cities.

The demanding real-world tests are intended to help Honda deepen its understanding of China’s traffic environment while boosting public confidence in the safety of autonomous...

Intel’s Mobileye will launch a fully autonomous delivery service in 2023

Intel subsidiary Mobileye is partnering with autonomous vehicle manufacturer Udelv to launch a fully autonomous delivery service in 2023.

“Our deal with Udelv is significant for its size, scope and rapid deployment timeline, demonstrating our ability to deliver Mobileye Drive for commercial use now and in volume,” said Prof. Amnon Shashua, Mobileye president and CEO.

“COVID-19 has accelerated demand for autonomous goods delivery, and we are delighted to partner...

Featured: IoT News’ list of innovative companies to watch in 2021

IoT technologies will be key to not just rebuilding our industries, economies, and societies from the pandemic—but making them better than ever before.

It’s well-known that disasters often lead to the biggest advancements. Innovations that would normally take years to receive the necessary funding and overcome legal hurdles can be deployed far more quickly during, and in the aftermath of, a crisis.

Governments and investors are looking for companies with technologies...