Check out BMW’s smart motorcycle concept of the future

Written on Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:38
BMW is just as famous for its motorcycles as it is for its premium cars. According to the German automaker, in the future, motorcycle riders will no longer need to wear helmets or padded clothing. Riders also won’t need to put their feet on the ground when they stop, because BMW’s smart motorcycle of the future will balance itself and help its driver to avoid crashes. The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 was revealed in California recently, offering a glimpse…
Tata Communications and Skylab, a Singapore-based technology solutions provider, recently announced a partnership to help more enterprises adopt the Internet of Things (IoT). Skylab provides advanced data harvesting, processing and delivery solutions to its customers over a scalable platform called Data Logistics Cloud (DLC). Skylab has chosen Tata Communications as its cloud partner to ensure high levels of flexibility and reliability for customers through Tata Communications’ IZO Cloud Enablement Platform and leading global network and partnerships. “The digital disruption of…
The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide. The companies will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure, one of the company’s intelligent cloud offerings. These new services will improve customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates. “A car is becoming increasingly connected, intelligent…
German police said an electric Tesla vehicle crashed into a tourist bus on a motorway on September 28, with the driver claiming he had activated the car’s autopilot mode. It follows an incident in May this year when a Tesla vehicle’s sensor system reportedly failed to distinguish a large white 18-wheel truck and trailer crossing the highway before it in Florida, resulting in a devastating crash. The driver of the Tesla car in Germany was slightly injured, while the 29…

China aims for VR leadership with new VR industry alliance

Written on Monday, 03 October 2016 05:38
Almost 200 Chinese and non-Chinese organizations have bandied together under the auspices of the Electronic Information Division of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to form the Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA.com), billed as “The only official, government-endorsed VR organization in China.” They IVRA’s stated aim is to “enhance the development of the VR ecosystem in China by promoting technology innovation and the formulation of industrial standards, bridging hardware, software, content, platforms and industrial applications.” In a press…
Nokia has expanded its Cloud Packet Core offering with a solution tailored specifically for global enterprises, the public sector and smaller operators. Nokia Cloud Packet Core, based upon cloud native technology, will help accelerate the move to Smart Cities, improve the safety and efficiency of employees, and expand mobile applications across a variety of industries. The introduction of LTE and the move to 5G and cloud technologies provide a new and viable mechanism to more effectively support mobile broadband, IoT…

Amsterdam to pilot world's first self-drive boats

Written on Sunday, 25 September 2016 07:31
Amsterdam's iconic canals may soon see the world's first driverless boats, doing everything from moving people and goods to providing pop-up bridges and cleaning up thousands of dumped bicycles, the project's scientists said. The first prototypes of the so-called "Roboat" will launch next year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) said. MIT has donated 20 million euros ($22.3 million) to the research. "While the first prototypes of self-driving cars are taking…

McLaren denies rumors of Apple acquisition talks

Written on Sunday, 25 September 2016 07:15
A recent Financial Times report said that Apple was in talks to purchase McLaren, the British automotive manufacturer of luxury sports cars. But the report was soon denied by a McLaren spokesperson who said, “We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in any respect of any potential investment.” The Financial Times originally reported that Apple was looking to pay up to 1.5 billion pounds to purchase McLaren, or invest in a substantial amount of the business.…

NTT & SAP Team to track buses, and drivers

Written on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 05:40
SAP and NTT say they are expanding their established partnership to develop IoT systems for the transport industry. Their initial project will combine vehicle-monitoring systems from SAP with driver monitoring technology from NTT. The two companies have developed a solution that combines SAP’s Connected Transportation Safety (CTS) system, which collects and analyzes vehicle related data, with NTT’s hitoe sensing fabric — jointly developed with Toray Industries — and an NTT IoT analytics platform. This provides driver’s biological data including heart…
Uber officially deployed its first fleet of driverless vehicles last week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company was beaten to the race to be the first company to deploy autonomous taxis when nuTonomy rolled them out in Singapore in late August. Only customers considered to be ‘loyal’ are able to try out the new driverless vehicles in Pittsburgh. The deployment of driverless vehicles in Pittsburgh came earlier than was initially expected – only two years after Uber announced its intentions of…
Japanese telco Softbank has announced plans to launch a LoRaWAN low powered wide area radio network for IoT in the current 2016 fiscal year and offer end-to-end IoT solutions, ranging from device and application support to consulting. Softbank says that, by using its comprehensive network lineup that includes 3G/LTE, WiFi and fixed-line, it will be able to offer IoT solutions that meet differing customer preferences. In anticipation of the coming full-fledged IoT era, SoftBank says it will aim to deploy…

Chinese manufacturers tipped to spend $127b annually on IoT

Written on Monday, 05 September 2016 08:45
IDC says it expects spending on IoT by Chinese manufacturing enterprises to reach $US127.5 billion by 2020, a compound average growth rate of 14.7 percent from 2016 to 2020. IDC says software and services between them will account for 60 percent of expenditure. It notes that IoT has been enshrined in China’s 13th Five-Year Development Plan and has become a strategic emerging industry in the country. “Made in China 2025 is the first 10-year action plan for the Chinese government…
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