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Fully autonomous cars at least 10 years away, claims BlackBerry boss

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.


Qualcomm shifts gear with Car-to-Cloud platform

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 ITM reveals blockchain IoT collab with Microsoft and Qualcomm

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.


Bosch unveils first production-ready lidar system in driverless landmark

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.


Scotland announces plan to pioneer driverless technology

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.


Bosch 10 gram turnkey module turns any spectacles into smartglasses

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.


AWS ups IoT game by bringing Alexa to the edge

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.


Two-thirds of world’s population to have 5G coverage by 2025

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


Scientists are aiming to apply the finishing touch to VR

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.


You could soon be simulating F1 from the front seat of your autonomous car

With autonomous vehicles becoming ever smarter, autonomous and prevalent on the world’s roads, drivers who previously had to have both hands on the wheel can now lounge in leisure from the comfort of their driver’s seats.

What will road users of the not-so-distant future do with all their newfound car freedom? Experts expect us to catch up on emails, conduct meetings, tune into Netflix and so on, essentially extending our work and leisure lives into the cabin.

But UK researchers have been working on a slightly different project that will be music to the ears of the world’s autonomous car-owning gamers, but lead to a few raised eyebrows in road safety circles: turning windscreens into displays for VR multiplayer in-car gaming.


VR has the potential to ease chronic pain, study suggests

Virtual reality (VR) can help to ease someone’s sensitivity to pain, new research suggests. Scientists at Imperial College London found that people immersed in VR scenes of the Arctic reported reduced pain sensations compared with those not using the technology.


Nvidia unveils AI supercomputer the size of a credit card

Nvidia has unveiled an AI supercomputer the size of a credit card for edge computing devices.

Dubbed Xavier NX, the diminutive device delivers performance of up to 21 TOPs and can consume as little as 10 watts of power when running modern AI workloads. 

Nvidia claimed the micro module is the “world’s smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer” for devices at the edge.

The supercomputer will serve high-performance applications constrained by size and weight, such as small commercial robots drones, or high-resolution industrial IoT sensors.



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