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...

Uber partners with Arrival to create a purpose-built electric ride-hailing vehicle

Uber is partnering with UK-based zero-emissions mobility solutions provider Arrival to create a purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing.

The “affordable” Arrival Car will be designed in collaboration with Uber drivers to ensure that it meets their needs. It is expected to enter production in Q3 2023.

Tom Elvidge, SVP of Arrival Mobility UK, said:

“We are confident that electrifying ride-hailing vehicles will have an outsized impact on cities, and...

Opinion: Making the smart city vision a reality

The smart city vision is a fully connected city. One that uses technology to optimise key functions from transport, to saving electricity. And this idea is gaining traction. Indeed, despite the pandemic, global spending on smart city initiatives is predicted to reach a whopping $135 billion in 2021 – a 22% increase on the year before. 

In today’s digital world, most people increasingly expect to have connections to friends, family, and other parts of the world at their...

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...

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...

Opinion: The key ingredients for smart city success

Smart cities are the future of inner-city living. Attracting new citizens and investment won’t just come down to good schools, affordable property and excellent facilities. In the future, the digital experience and the innovative services a municipality can offer will be just as crucial. By using a cutting-edge network of sensors, a smart city can harvest a huge amount of data. This data can form insight to enhance the delivery of existing services to citizens. Moreover, this insight can...

Smart buildings: Shaping how we live and work in 2021

More than half of organisations plan to increase their investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart building technology in 2021. This is according to Johnson Controls’ annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey. Interestingly enough, these business plans are comparable with investment trends that came after the 2010 recession; now likely a result of preparation for the post-pandemic world.

As people begin returning to shared spaces once herd immunity has...

Fujitsu launches ‘Digital Twin Collector’ platform to drive mobility innovation

Fujitsu is launching a new platform called Digital Twin Collector which aims to drive innovation in the mobility sector.

The platform is designed to be a virtual space where users can integrate and manage real-time information from digital twins, in this case of connected vehicles.

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Fujitsu will launch its digital twin platform for the automotive sector – including vehicle manufacturers and insurance companies – on April 22nd, 2021. Availability...

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...

Honda and Verizon explore how 5G and MEC can improve vehicle safety

Honda has partnered with US telecoms giant Verizon to explore how 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) can improve the safety of connected vehicles.

The partnership was established through both companies’ participation in the University of Michigan’s Mcity testbed for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Ehsan Moradi Pari, PhD, Research Group Lead at Honda’s Advanced Technology Research Division, said:

“Honda’s research collaboration with Verizon is an...