World-leading autonomous car development hub nears completion

A world-leading development hub for autonomous cars is nearing completion in Nuneaton, UK.

Built by automotive engineering giant HORIBA MIRA, the facility aims to offer a complete environment for autonomous vehicles from concept to on-road testing.

The facility is known as ASSURED CAV and promises to be “globally-unique” in providing support for all stages of development. 

ASSURED CAV has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry,...

Vodafone and Ericsson are creating safe flight paths for drones

Vodafone and Ericsson are creating “sky corridors” which enable drones to travel safely and quickly.

Today’s drones are predominately used for photography, videography, and just recreational purposes. However, drones will increasingly be used for critical applications such as delivering vital medical supplies and organs.

Erik Ekudden, Senior Vice President, CTO and Head of Group Function Technology at Ericsson, said:

“Drones are immensely powerful tools...

LAPD ban facial recognition following alleged unauthorised use

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has banned the use of facial recognition after officers allegedly used it without authorisation.

Facial recognition systems have faced increased scrutiny in recent years due to repeated studies showing they have serious biases.

Wherever facial recognition systems are deployed, the public needs to have faith they’re being used fairly—something which no deployment so far has been able to do.

Public trust in facial...

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...

Q&A: Michelle James, CTIA: On best practice for smart cities and the impact of Covid-19

If you take a look at any news site whose coverage focuses on smart cities - of which IoT News' is a very good example - then you will see many different areas under the microscope, from transportation and driverless cars, to smart buildings, to robotics. Central to making this work, therefore, is a viable plan - and the wireless communications trade association CTIA feels as though it has one.

The association has a smart cities playbook (pdf), which in its own words helps bring...

Proposition 22 was the big vote this week for Uber and Lyft

All eyes are on the presidential election, but the big vote for Uber and Lyft this week was on Proposition 22 in California.

Proposition 22 exempts gig companies from AB5, a labour law passed in 2019 which extended employee protections to gig workers like Uber and Lyft drivers.

Voters in California passed the law with around 58% of ballots in favour after intense campaign efforts from not just the ridesharing giants but also companies like Instacart and DoorDash which...

Vodafone builds a 5G network for HORIBA MIRA to test connected cars

Vodafone has built a private 5G network for the automotive experts at HORIBA MIRA to test connected cars.

The high speeds and low latency of 5G networks are unlocking new possibilities for connected vehicles. HORIBA MIRA partnered with Vodafone to deploy a 5G network at its Midlands headquarters so it can explore and develop some of these opportunities.

HORIBA MIRA has over 70 years of experience in developing iconic vehicles. The company’s facilities in Nuneaton are...

Uber and Lyft lose appeal to avoid classifying drivers as employees

Uber and Lyft have been ordered to classify their drivers as employees by a Californian court after losing an appeal.

The ride-hailing giants classify their drivers as contractors which means they can avoid giving many of the usual rights and benefits afforded to employees. Uber and Lyft argue most drivers prefer the flexibility of so-called gig economy work.

Most groups representing drivers for the companies appear to be in favour of them being classed as employees....

First multi-network 5G vehicle router improves emergency response

Sierra Wireless has launched a 5G router for vehicles which significantly improves emergency response.

The AirLink MG90 is not just the first multi-network 5G router for vehicles from the IoT solutions provider—it’s a world first.

Emergency services can fit the router to their vehicles for the reliable and secure connectivity that first responders need.

Ashley Burrows, ESN Project Manager, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, said:

“Derbyshire...

Network Rail puts its vast web of lifts and escalators online

Network Rail is making information about close to 1,500 lifts and 300 escalators available online in real-time.

The company, which owns and manages the majority of the UK’s railway network, is hoping the open data will help to improve the experience for passengers.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s technical and engineering director, said:

“Putting passengers first is at the heart of everything we do and with our greater use of technology and remote...