UK connected car project aims to halt motorway pileups for good

A new project funded by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) aims to halt motorway pileups.

The project is called Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA) and is being led by a consortium including Applus Idiada, Cranfield University, Westfield Sports Cars, Cosworth, SBD Automotive, and Connected Places Catapult.

Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Transport, said: 

Dimitra Simeonidou, Smart Internet Lab: Building smarter cities

IoT News caught up with Professor Dimitra Simeonidou to gather her thoughts on building smarter cities.

When we previously met Simeonidou, she was the CTO of Bristol is Open – a pioneering smart city project combining a fibre and mesh network with sensors and open data to provide a playground for anyone wanting to test applications in a real-world environment.

“Last time we spoke, it was just the beginning of doing city–regional experimentation,” says...

Why awareness, rather than affordability, is the biggest barrier to IoT adoption in manufacturing

In previous years, perceptions of IoT might have been that not only is it a complex venture, but also an expensive one.

Arguably, this viewpoint is somewhat outdated. The cost of computing, according to The Economist, is roughly a one hundred-millionth of what it was in the 1970s. The cost of sensors used for IoT, according to Goldman Sachs, have dropped from $1.30 to $0.60 between 2004 and 2014. And, of...

SparkLabs launches Connex IoT and smart city accelerator

SparkLabs Group has announced the launch of Connex, a latest startup accelerator focusing on IoT, smart cities and proptech.

According to the company, the accelerator is based on SparkLabs’ proven model and will leverage its presence in key innovation ecosystems, including Silicon Valley, Seoul, Shenzhen, Taipei and Singapore.

The new accelerator will...

German enterprises getting to grips with IoT data analytics – with many using AWS to power it

According to a new report published by ISG, German enterprises are looking for service providers to help them use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for data analytics and IoT applications, and increasingly to run SAP products.

The report noted an increasing demand for AWS data analytics solutions among many German enterprises due to a rising demand for public cloud transformation.

Japan approves bill to accelerate drone and 5G developments

Lawmakers in Japan have approved a bill designed to accelerate the development of drones and 5G networks in the country.

When most people think of Japan, particularly Tokyo, cutting-edge technology will be one of the first things which come to mind. On Tuesday, Japan’s cabinet approved a bill which aims to keep the country at the forefront of innovations.

Companies working on groundbreaking technologies will be able to access low-interest loans from government-approved...

Worldwide spending on smart cities initiatives will total $124bn in 2020, says IDC

Global spending on smart city initiatives will total $124 billion (£95bn) in 2020 at an increase of 18.9% year over year, according to new research from IDC.

As per the research firm in its latest Worldwide Smart Cities Spending Guide, the top 100 cities that invested in smart initiatives in 2019 represented nearly 29% of global spending. While growth will be sustained among the top spenders...

ABI Research: AI-powered utility metering and video surveillance to dominate smart city market

The latest smart cities market data report by ABI Research has predicted that smart utility metering and video surveillance would hold a significant portion of the smart city segment, with the number of connections representing 87% of the total number of smart city connections by 2026.

According to the report, though surveillance cameras with embedded AI computing capabilities from vendors like NVIDIA...

Lime scoots away from a dozen cities in a bid to achieve profitability

Urban mobility firm Lime is packing up its scooters in a dozen cities as it aims to achieve profitability in 2020.

Electric scooters were seeming to appear on every corner in most major cities for a while, so much so that South Park parodied it. Lime itself operates in around 120 locations.

As people seek to reduce their carbon emissions, and seek easier ways to move around cities, there’s a clear demand for new transportation options such as electric scooters. However,...

Waymos autonomous cars have driven 20 million miles on public roads

Autonomous cars developed by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have now driven over 20 million miles on public roads.

The milestone was announced during this year's CES in Las Vegas and shows how Waymo's driverless technology is almost ready for widespread deployment.

Speaking at a dinner hosted by Fortune, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said: "You need to have a lot of real world experience, there's no way to avoid it."

While autonomous vehicles have been...