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...

ServCity: Nissan, Hitachi, and others lead the UK’s latest autonomous mobility project

Nissan, Hitachi, and other industry leaders have partnered up on the UK's latest autonomous mobility project—ServCity.

ServCity launched this month with the aim of helping cities determine how autonomous vehicle technologies can be harnessed and successfully deployed into complex urban environments.

Over the course of 30 months, five partners – Nissan, Hitachi, the Connected Places Catapult, TRL, and the University of Nottingham – will set out to develop a plan for...

IBM X-Force discovers Mozi botnet accounts for 90% of IoT traffic

Security experts from IBM X-Force have discovered that the Mozi botnet now accounts for 90 percent of traffic from IoT devices.

Mozi evolved from the source codes of infamous malware families such as Mirai, IoT Reaper, and Gafgyt. The botnet is capable of DDoS attacks, data exfiltration, and command or payload execution.

IoT devices with weak security, predominately unpatched routers and DVRs, are sought by Mozi to add to its ranks. Mozi has compromised popular routers...

UK e-scooters struggle after rulebreakers halt yet another trial

Yet another e-scooter trial has been put on hold after riders have been caught driving them recklessly.

E-scooters should help to alleviate inner-city congestion and reduce pollution, at least in theory. Fewer people requiring the use of their cars can only be a good thing.

Trevor Reed, a transportation analyst at INRIX, said last year:

“With an environmental crisis on our hands, governments and local authorities must act now to provide efficient and...

Baidu’s robotaxi service Apollo Go hits the streets of Beijing

Chinese tech giant Baidu’s robotaxi service, Apollo Go, has launched in Beijing following successful trials in other cities.

Apollo Go previously launched in the cities of Changsha and Cangzhou back in August. The expansion to Beijing marks the first driverless car services operating in the capital.

Zhenyu Li, Corporate Vice President of Baidu and General Manager of the Intelligent Driving Group (IDG), says:

"Baidu Apollo will continue pushing for the...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...

Liberty wins first case banning police use of facial recognition

Human rights group Liberty has won the first international case banning the use of facial recognition technology for policing.

In a judgment today, the Court of Appeal ruled that South Wales Police’s use of facial recognition technology breaches privacy rights, data protection laws, and equality laws.

Liberty launched the case on behalf of Cardiff resident Ed Bridges who was scanned by the technology first on a busy Cardiff high street in December 2017, and again when...

Uber expands UK presence from 40 locations to 170 with Autocab acquisition

Ride-hailing giant Uber is accelerating its operations in the UK with the acquisition of British software firm Autocab.

Uber's story in the UK so far has been a mixed one. Britain was among the first countries which Uber expanded to outside of the US, but it's not been smooth sailing.

In 2017, Uber lost its license to operate in London – one of Uber's top five markets globally. Uber has said 24 percent of its sales come from just five cities, including London. The...