Uber joins privacy coalition to curb city data collection

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Newly formed CARS says it wants to “set the record straight” about MDS programmes but LADOT called it “a disinformation campaign”. The Communities Against Rider Surveillance (CARS) group, whose members include Uber, the Business Travel Coalition and citizens’ rights advocacy groups, has formed to fight the Mobility Data Specification (MDS). The standard for exchanging data between mobility operators and cities was developed by LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) in 2018, to support city planning and management of micromobility. It is now used by more than 80 cities and public agencies…

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City of Fremont launches autonomous shuttle service for employees

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The service, provided by Pony.ai, is part of Fremont’s drive to decrease single-driver commuting and has the potential to expand beyond city employees in the future. Fremont, California, has partnered with autonomous driving start-up Pony.ai to introduce a pilot commuter programme offering rides for a group of city employees. Participating employees will ride in Pony.ai autonomous vehicles from Fremont’s Amtrak/Ace Station to City Hall and Fremont Development Services Centre as part of a shared, on-demand last-mile service. Complex road scenarios Each vehicle is equipped with the start-up’s autonomous driving technology…

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C-V2X testing ecosystem established in Metro Atlanta

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Testing will take place across a 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory in Alpharetta, north of Atlanta. Intelligent transportation infrastructure solutions provider Applied Information has begun deployment and testing of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connected vehicle technology in Metro Atlanta. The C-V2X testing ‘ecosystem’ will be established throughout an approximately 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) in Alpharetta, Georgia, north of Atlanta. Experimental licence The deployment and testing began after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an experimental licence for infrastructure and mobile C-V2X…

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Coast and DG Cities form autonomous collaboration

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The US self-driving technology company and UK urban innovation specialist will provide design and implementation services to help transform cities with connected and autonomous vehicles. California-based self-driving technology firm Coast Autonomous and DG Cities, a smart city specialist and subsidiary of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide consultancy services for the design and implementation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). It marks the second US-UK collaboration in the smart city space this week with Los Angeles and London committing to join…

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Waymo’s autonomous cars have driven 20 million miles on public roads

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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 involved in accidents, Waymo has managed to avoid – so far, at least – any fatalities like…

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Gothenburg boosts sustainable public transport push with e-bus roll-out

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More than 150 electric buses will be introduced in the region covering Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille, where 180 million trips are made by bus each year. A fleet of electric buses has begun operating in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and its region covering Mölndal and Partille. The 157 electric buses from Volvo represent the largest single order of its kind in Europe. Bus operator Transdev Sweden was awarded the contract to operate the service from public transport company Västtrafik, which expects to have electrified all city traffic in Västra…

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Enterprise, automotive IoT to grow 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020

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The enterprise and automotive Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow to 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020, a 21 per cent increase from 2019, according to a forecast by Gartner, a leading research and advisory company. By the end of 2019, 4.8 billion endpoints are expected to be in use, up 21.5 per cent from 2018, said a statement. Utilities will be the highest user of IoT endpoints, totalling 1.17 billion endpoints in 2019, and increasing 17 per cent in 2020 to reach 1.37 billion endpoints. Peter Middleton, senior research…

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Best Transportation claims to be the first to make use of an electric vehicle

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Best Transportation, headquartered in Port Newark, NJ, claimed to announce its first usage of a fully electric class A tractor. The company successfully picked up a container in Maher Terminal, also headquartered in the Port, and delivered the container to a Costco Wholesale location within New Jersey without incident. Best Transportation claims to be the first trucking company to move a container from the Port of New York & New Jersey using an electric vehicle. The use of this type of vehicle is the first step in Best Transportation’s plan…

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Berg Insight says 18mn North Americans used connected care solutions in 2018

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A new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight has found that around 18.0 million people in North America were using connected care solutions at the end of 2018.The figure refers to users of medical alert systems, connected medication management solutions and remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions in Canada and the US. RPM is the largest and most mature segment having a total of 16.1 million users at the end of 2018. The market for medical alert systems is considerably smaller with an estimated total of 3.1 million users,…

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World’s first full size autonomous electric bus

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Volvo Buses and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have demonstrated the world’s first 12-metre autonomous electric bus. The Volvo bus will soon begin trials on the NTU campus. The 85 passenger Volvo 7900 Electric bus is equipped with sensors and navigation controls that are managed by a comprehensive artificial intelligence (AI) system. Ensuring maximum safety and reliability, the AI system is also protected with cyber security measures to prevent unwanted intrusions. The Volvo bus has undergone preliminary rounds of rigorous testing at the Centre of Excellence for Testing and…

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Volvo and Baidu partner on autonomous taxi project

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Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo is teaming up with Chinese technology giant Baidu to build autonomous taxis. Together they are aiming to launch a level 4 driverless ride-hailing service in China by 2020. The news follows the announcement of another two-year Baidu project, with Ford, in which the pair will begin level 4 testing on the streets of Beijing before the end of the year. Industry forecasts predict China will represent the world’s largest market for autonomous vehicles in the coming decades. Around 14.5 million autonomous cars will be sold in…

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How DLT, IoT and AI are converging to reshape transportation

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The transportation and logistics industries are undergoing sweeping change. Electric vehicle and lithium battery costs are falling quickly, autonomy software is improving at a rapid pace, and ride-sharing platforms are leading customers to question the need to own their own car.  These three trends – electrification, autonomy, and access-over-ownership – are reshaping every part of the industry and moving the sector into a new era of integrated mobility. The resulting vision is one of a seamless transit experience incorporating multimodal, public and private transport.  As the transport value chain expands to become the mobility value ecosystem, the old way…

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Ericsson, Einride, Telia connecting self-driving trucks with 5G

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Networking provider Ericsson and Swedish telco Telia, in partnership with autonomous transportation company Einride, are demonstrating how driverless trucks can be enhanced with 5G technology at the DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The global relationship aims to create a more sustainable transport ecosystem by connecting electric, autonomous vehicles. Einride’s T-pod, a driverless, electric vehicle that the company claims can operate with the safety and reliability needed to bring autonomous trucks onto public roads, will host Ericsson’s 5G technology. The T-pod currently only operates at DB Schenker’s logistics facilities in…

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Lyft’s self-driving ambitions become reality, buys Blue Vision

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Ride-sharing platform Lyft is already competing with Uber in cities around the world to provide on-demand mobility. But this week, the San Francisco company took concrete steps toward competing in the driverless taxi space, too. In July 2017, Lyft announced the creation of its own autonomous transport division, Level 5. Fifteen months and 300 engineers and researchers later – many of whom were picked up from Waymo, Apple, Tesla, and Ford – the company has unveiled its first self-driving vehicle: an adapted Ford Fusion Hybrid. In an official blog post,…

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Volkswagen will build its connected car tech on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform

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Volkswagen has enlisted the help of Microsoft to allow its customers to utilise digital services in its connected cars. The joint solution – called the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud – operates on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, allowing customers to access key services and seamlessly switch between in-car and home services. The German car manufacturer enlisted the help of Microsoft’s Azure platform to offer extra-value services, such as the ability to continue streaming music from their home when getting into their car, or accessing a conference call while on their way to work.…

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