IIHS: Self-driving cars would only prevent one-third of human crashes

Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that self-driving cars may not reduce crashes as much as hoped.

One of the touted benefits of autonomous vehicles is they do not suffer from the same issues as us humans. Tiredness, inebriation, or even a medical condition while at the wheel can often result in injury or fatalities for us mere mortals.

According to automotive safety experts, around 94 percent of crashes are caused by...

Waymo will resume self-driving van trials in the Bay Area on June 18th

Waymo has said it will resume trials of self-driving vans in the Bay Area on June 18th.

The company was forced to suspend its autonomous vehicle trials in mid-March following a “shelter-in-place” order issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Back in March, we decided to suspend our driving operations in response to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of everyone involved in our services and local communities,” a Waymo spokesperson said in a...

Self-driving cars in the UK will soon be tested on a 200-mile public route

Self-driving cars will soon be seen cruising around a 200-mile public route in the UK as the country prepares for larger deployments.

The Midlands Future Mobility consortium is leading the project which will see the cars driving on roads around central Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, and the University of Warwick.

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A variety of road types have been included in the route to put the vehicles to the test – including urban,...

Study: Americans believe driverless cars are ‘not ready for primetime’

A new study has found that Americans still distrust self-driving cars and believe they are “not ready for primetime”.

The research comes from Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), a coalition of self-driving car industry players and nonprofits which aim to boost the public’s sentiment towards autonomous vehicles.

Cars provide us with freedom and we often hold a sentimental attachment to them. Combine that with the general tendency of humans to resist...

Uber is laying off 14% of staff due to COVID-19, Lyft says its biz is down 70%

COVID-19 is having an obvious negative impact on the ride-hailing industry, with Uber and Lyft reporting huge losses.

Uber has announced it's being forced to cut 3,700 employees amid the crisis, accounting for around 14 percent of its workforce. The redundancies will predominantly hit Uber's recruiting and CommOps teams. 

“With people taking fewer trips, the unfortunate reality is that there isn’t enough work for many of our front-line customer support...

How EarthSense believes in IoT technologies to improve air quality amid Covid-19 ‘intervention’

As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are becoming apparent, one area which has seen an understandable benefit in the global shutdown is air quality.  

Delhi, widely cited as one of the world's most polluted cities, has seen something of a transformation. So have other major hubs; Beijing, Bogota, Sao Paulo. The vista has changed from gloomy grey to beautiful blue. Delhi's air quality index (AQI) levels have dropped to below 20 - anything over 25 being...

Cradlepoint: Why base hits, rather than home runs, showcase smart cities’ potential for now

"We believe that if the world can go wireless, it will," explains Ken Hosac, vice president of IoT strategy and business development at Cradlepoint. Yet it is by no means a seamless passage into a new wireless world.

Cradlepoint, with headquarters in Boise, Idaho, looks at some of the tougher connectivity challenges in the company's quest - enabling enterprises to use cellular through a mix of cloud-delivered services and on-premise platforms.

"We're finding that our...

Mayo Clinic begins using driverless vehicles to deliver COVID-19 tests

Mayo Clinic has begun using driverless vehicles to deliver essential COVID-19 tests to a processing lab.

The initiative in Jacksonville, Florida is a collaboration between the local transport authority, Navya, and Beep.

Four autonomous vehicles are initially being used and will transport COVID-19 tests from a drive-through testing facility to a processing lab on Mayo Clinic's campus. The shuttles have been running the route every day since March...

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...