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,...

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...

Kaji malware targets IoT devices using SSH brute-force attacks

Security researchers have discovered a new malware called Kaji which is targeting IoT devices using SSH brute-force attacks.

Malware is increasingly targeting IoT devices, and it's little surprise why. Statista estimates there are around 20 billion IoT devices installed today, while IDC predicts 41.6 billion devices generating 79.4 zettabytes of data by 2025.

Kaji was uncovered last week by security researcher MalwareMustDie and the experts at Intezer Labs.

The...

Geespace’s IoT satellites enter final testing ahead of OmniCloud launch

Geespace, a subsidiary of the Chinese automotive giant behind Lotus and Volvo, says its first IoT satellites are entering final testing.

Many are looking to space to help power next-generation IoT services like self-driving vehicles. On the 50th anniversary of China’s first satellite launch, Geespace announced that its initial two satellites are entering final validation testing before they head to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for launch into low-orbit.

“With our...

FCC permits Ligado to use L-Band for IoT and 5G despite DoD criticism

Ligado Networks has been granted use of the L-Band for IoT and 5G purposes despite criticism from the Defense Department and others.

The company aims to use L-Band spectrum at 16GHz for a low-power terrestrial network supporting IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and 5G services.

Doug Smith, President & CEO of Ligardo Networks, says:

“Ligado thanks the Commissioners for moving promptly to approve the order regarding our applications. We greatly...

CMA provisionally clears Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo to prevent ‘imminent exit’

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally cleared an investment from Amazon in connected food delivery service Deliveroo.

Like many businesses, Deliveroo is struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it's grasping some unique opportunities, such as delivering essential groceries from local supermarkets, the overall business has suffered from a large number of key restaurants closing their doors.

In a press release, the CMA...

Bitdefender: New botnet is targeting millions of IoT devices

Security researchers from Bitdefender have uncovered a new botnet which is targeting millions of IoT devices.

The so-called dark_nexus botnet seeks to infect common IoT devices like smart cameras, routers, and more. Bitdefender gave dark_nexus its name after featuring in its user agent string when carrying out exploits over HTTP: “dark_NeXus_Qbot/4.0”.

Qbot is another IoT malware which dark_nexus takes inspiration from. Bitdefender found some code from Qbot, and the...

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...

Sigfox pens letter calling for IoT projects to fight COVID-19, waives connectivity fees

IoT connectivity provider Sigfox has penned a letter calling for the industry to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a technology company, we strongly believe IoT can do a lot to help. Today, we are reaching out to all the members of the IoT ecosystem to ask them to join forces to design and implement solutions that can help save lives,” the company stated.

Some of the examples provided by Sigfox of how the IoT is already helping to fight the pandemic includes...

Frank Stoecker, CEO, EMnify: On how IoT will prove mission-critical during – and after – Covid-19

As the repercussions of Covid-19 continue to be felt, many networks and services need to cope with the extra strain being put upon them. For cloud services, some are already feeling the heat - recent outages with Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and others point to that.

With regard to other companies, however, the effects are less stark. EMnify, a Berlin-headquartered provider of IoT and M2M connectivity, sees relatively stable activity on its network. Why? For the use cases that...