Self-driving car trials to hit UK roads in 2019

A British self-driving car project aims to have a fleet of driverless vehicles on the road in two years, after receiving a $13 million grant from the UK government. The project is led by Oxbotica, an Oxford University robotics spin-out. Tests will take place alongside the startup’s driverless pod trial in London and at RACE, […]

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World Economic Forum opens “Industry 4.0” center in San Francisco’s Presidio

Can we call it “PresiDavos?” The World Economic Forum — best known for its annual who’s-who gathering of thinkers in Davos, Switzerland — opened its Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco this morning, a new space for accelerating technology and science associated with the current data-driven tech revolution. The center will be a meeting […]

San Francisco STIRs the startup pot for the third time

San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation has launched its third Startup in Residence (STIR) program, aimed at creating solutions to civil challenges. Over 16 weeks, startups and the government work together to build technology programs that address a range of challenges. This year, startups can apply for 20 challenges, which include safe and clean […]

U.S. feds hope cyberattacks will wither under new “strategic principles”

The Obama Administration is looking to make sure the type of cyberattack that took major websites — like Spotify, Netflix, and Twitter — offline last week does not happen again. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will develop a set of “strategic principles” for connected devices, to ensure they meet security standards and don’t fall […]

Local smart city planners want big government to butt out

With federal and regional governments jumping on the smart cities bandwagon, industry pundits want big government to butt out and let local players work their magic. Morning Consult reported on a recent panel discussion at the Information and Innovation Foundation. During the discussion, many industry experts brought up the topic of government involvement in smart cities. […]

IaaS drives up U.S. fed cloud spending by 25%

U.S. federal government spending on cloud computing jumped 25% in the past three years, driven by infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) investment. An article by Nextgov discusses the finding of a recent report by big data analysis firm Govini that shows strong cloud spending. This follows an earlier report that government spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) […]

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U.S. lawmakers want to make smart city projects less risky

Smart city projects have plenty of on-paper advantages, but city leaders are keen to remain in the good books of residents — and broken promises, lack of city funds, and failed projects don’t make a good resume. It’s part of the reason we aren’t seeing much smart city investment outside of hubs like San Francisco, […]

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U.S. federal self-driving guidelines coming soon…again

Federal guidelines for autonomous cars on public roads are in the works, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx provided some rough outlines on the focus points for rules and regulations. Speaking at the 2016 Automated Driving Symposium, Foxx told attendees that we need “to take the the safety aspects of this very seriously” and cautioned […]

As oil flags, Middle Eastern capital flowing to IoT, smart cities

Research firm Gartner says Middle Eastern governments are spending more on Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city investments, as the region tries to diversify away from oil. As reported by ZDNet, recent research by Gartner anticipated $11.5 billion in IT spending by governments across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region this year. […]

Most U.K. councils’ smart city projects just hot air

Despite lots of talk about smart city initiatives, a recent study found municipalities across the U.K. are not walking the walk. New Electronics reports the results of a survey of 187 councils from across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland by DJS Research. The survey found that many local governments across the U.K. lack the […]

Smart city traffic tech could save us 4.2B hours yearly

Smart city innovations relating to traffic and road improvements are projected to make a massive impact on the lives of urban dwellers in the coming five years. A study by Juniper Research found that smart parking and smart traffic management projects will save 4.2 billion man-hours each year by 2021, according to an article by […]

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Accenture sees nearly half of cars autonomous in 25 years

Global consulting firm Accenture has released a report looking at the potential benefits of autonomous vehicles in Australia and what connected industries may be affected by the advent of self-driving. Accenture predicts that by the year 2040, four out of every 10 cars will be autonomous. And it won’t just be consumer cars that use […]

Smart city talk is cheap, but who will pay the bill?

While seemingly every major metropolis is keen to cozy up to the smart city moniker, many are leery of investing the big bucks until tangible benefits become clearer. An article by FCW raises the question of who will pay for the smart infrastructure of the future. And more pressingly, who will make the case to […]

Why Apple Is Fighting Back

Why Apple Is Fighting Back

We knew this was going to happen. In 2014 Apple announced that its newest system – the iOS 8 – would not permit the company to access data in an iPhone. “Unlike our competitors,” reads Apple’s policy, “Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access [private] data.” It specifically claimed to not even be […]