Fully autonomous cars will not be on public roads for at least 10 years despite claims from some manufacturers they will be available sooner, BlackBerry’s chief executive has said. John Chen said the technology was not yet in place to handle fully driverless vehicles and building such infrastructure would be costly. The Canadian firm’s chief executive was speaking during CES in Las Vegas, the annual technology convention where thousands of new gadgets are unveiled.
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Over-the-air health checks coming to a cockpit near you Qualcomm lived up to its pledge to deliver the unexpected at CES 2020 with a series of automotive announcements, including an autonomous driving platform and cloud services platform on wheels. The American chipmaker’s new autonomous driving system, Snapdragon Ride, is an end-to-end solution for vehicles that... Read More
Taiwan-based blockchain firm International Trust Machines Corp. (ITM) has touted a new blockchain SDK for Azure IoT chipsets that it claims improves the security and viability of edge-based blockchain applications.
ITM, which claimed 1st runner-up honours at the recent Qualcomm Innovate in Taiwan Challenge 2019 (QITC 2019), claims it "co-developed" the solution with the American chipmaker and Microsoft.
The Taiwan blockchain specialist's bitesize edge agent is certified for use in Microsoft Azure Sphere, Microsoft's "secure environment" for IoT devices spanning OS, hardware and cloud services.
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Bosch is set to become the first company to offer a long-range lidar system for the mass-market that it says makes autonomous driving a ‘viable possibility’.
The system is designed to work in conjunction with cameras and radar detection to offer maximum safety for self-driving vehicles.
It has been designed for car manufacturers to integrate into their own systems on a wide variety of vehicle types.
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The CAV Roadmap for Scotland, newly released by the government, aims to make Scotland a leader in driverless technology with a plan that combines the efforts of government, industry, academics and key stakeholders to drive adoption of connected and automated vehicles.
Anticipated benefits of the new plan include reducing air pollution and congestion, reliability, and improved access to public transport for elderly, disabled, and underserved populations.
Driverless technology could also significantly impact the economy in the UK, with one report from Frost & Sullivan estimating that early adoption could result in the creation of 420,000 new jobs by 2030. Another report noted that by improving access, automated vehicles could provide an additional 1 million UK citizens with better access to higher education.
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A new computer module created by Bosch can turn any pair of glasses into smartglasses, the company has claimed.
The new Bosch Smartglasses Light Drive will enable users to see notifications and use apps through their glasses rather than on a mobile phone or smartwatch.
The company said the size of the turnkey module used for the system has 30 percent less depth than any other comparable smartglasses system, and weighs less than 10 grams.
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The voice of Amazon, Alexa, is leaving the confines of bedrooms and kitchens around the globe to give the world’s ever-expanding fleet of IoT devices the gift of speech.
Alexa Voice Service, announced ahead of December’s AWS re:Invent event in Las Vegas, makes Alexa available on IoT devices with limited local processing power and storage.
Previously, devices required at least 100MB of RAM and an ARM Cortex A-class processor to support the voice assistant. Now, manufacturers will be able to integrate Alexa into devices with low-powered chips and just 1MB of RAM.
Ericsson expects 5G to catch on far quicker than 4G Networking and telecommunications giant Ericsson has released the much-anticipated update to its longstanding Mobility Report, revealing its latest forecasts for 5G adoption and availability. Since Ericsson released the 2018 edition of the report, many of Europe’s main network operators have launched their 5G networks, including... Read More
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Scientists in the US have developed a prototype device which aims to put this third sense within VR’s reach, using a flexible material fitted with tiny vibrating components that can be attached to skin. But researchers from Northwestern University believe the system, known as epidermal VR, could be useful in other cases as well, from a child touching a display relaying the gesture to a family member located elsewhere, to helping people with amputations renew their sense of touch.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) may still be in its relative infancy, but it’s gradually building apace – as more enterprises begin to uncover the power it possesses when looking to harness data.
From manufacturing to healthcare, or logistics to financial services, more industries are becoming aware of its critical capability to process and convert information into rich, meaningful real-time analytics, in order to do everything from flagging potential issues with infrastructure to tracking demand for services and understanding consumer behaviour.
IoT adoption shows no signs of slowing down either, as its implementation has proved to have helped many firms stay ahead of the curve and have the correct operational efficiencies in place – all of which can be adapted, and evolved, to successfully provide useful knowledge to operate more efficiently in a challenging economic climate.
There is no doubt 5G has the potential to revolutionise the way we interact with the physical and virtual world. Yet, guesstimates of how much of a generational shift in technology it will become range from “super-fast internet at some point” to “minority report-like daily lives.” But for gaming technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), it’s clear that 5G rollout will be a catalyst in mainstream adoption.
Starting with what is usually hyped, we can look at the speeds of 5G. We can probably expect somewhere around 300-1000 Mb/s in the beginning, but there have been tests showcasing speeds towards 25Gb/s in specific environments. For example, in Mitsubishi Electric and NTT DOCOMO’s 5G Outdoor Trials. In these conditions, it would be about 250 times faster than the average speed of 4G. If we equate this to Usain Bolt’s top sprinting speed (about 44km/h), it means 5G would make a person run at 11,180 km/h, or as fast as the fastest unmanned plane in the world, the Hypersonic aircraft X-43A.
Since bursting into the lives of UK shoppers in 2014, Black Friday has fast become the busiest week in the retail calendar. Cyber Monday is the online sister of Black Friday, and that too has ballooned in recent years. In fact, last year, a record-breaking $7.8 billion worth of sales were made on Cyber Monday.
With all this demand, comes greater responsibility. Luckily for those retailers looking to capitalise on this record-busting sales event, there are plenty of cutting edge technology solutions to help them get it right.
Techerati spoke with nine technology experts to get their thoughts and advice for retailer best practice this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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The latest extinction rebellion highlighted an increasingly urgent appetite from the public to tackle climate change and ensure greater sustainability.
Brands are no exception to the story. Environmentally-aware consumers don’t just want to make the world a better place; a recent survey from Futerra found the majority (96 percent) feel their behaviour and purchasing choices can fuel real change. These consumers recognise they have a social responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and this is dictating their purchasing decisions.
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Today, IT within the healthcare industry is undergoing profound changes. This has been driven, in part, by the development of advanced new treatments, including robotics, analytical imaging and robust data networks, which enable the lessons learned from pioneering medical practitioners to be distributed to peers around the world, more rapidly than ever before.
For healthcare providers, ensuring a quality environment of patient care is paramount. New technologies—from digital imaging to security-enhancing baby finders to “always-on” wearable technology—are helping to reduce errors, improve care, and decrease costs simultaneously.
In the 2019 Global Health Care Outlook Report Deloitte states that, “there is an exponential increase in the pace and scale with which digital healthcare innovations are emerging. Digital technologies are supporting health systems’ efforts to transition to new models of patient-centered care and helping them develop ‘smart health’ approaches to increase access and affordability, improve quality, and lower costs.”
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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are a mix of computation, networking and physical processes, in which the embedded computational algorithms and networks have the power to monitor and control the physical components.
By using a combination of machines, sensory devices, embedded computational intelligence and various communication mechanisms, CPS monitor physical elements with computer-based algorithms tied to the internet. This means they are capable of autonomously functioning based on their physical surroundings.
In light of advancements in analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and communications, there is increased demand for intelligent machines that can interact with the environment around them, such as driverless cars which monitor and communicate with their surroundings, and smart appliances that optimise energy consumption. CPS are stimulating significant changes in quality of life and forming the basis of smart infrastructure, products, and services.
As this kind of technology continues to become more integrated into our everyday lives, here are four areas of CPS we can expect to come to the fore.
5G is set to have a huge impact on the way we live, work and play. Whilst 4G gave a major boost to the mobile internet capabilities of 3G, 5G is set to revolutionise communications in a much more significant way. Much more than just a small step-up in capabilities from 4G, 5G will bring faster speeds, higher data capacity and incredibly low latency.
There are lots of myths about 5G, but the reality is that it will be an absolute game changer. An essential element for the evolution of products and services in the increasingly data-driven world, 5G is will bring huge benefits for both consumers and businesses, generating a massive $10 trillion of revenue by 2035, according to ABI Research, as well as bringing huge benefits for consumers.
It’s Rugby World Cup time in Japan, with the first round of rugby union’s most elite competition kicking off over the weekend. During the next few weeks, thousands of fans will travel far and wide across the country to soak up the action. In addition to bringing bundles of optimism about their teams’ prospects, die-hard supporters will arrive armed with a legion of connected devices.
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