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Autonomous car startup FiveAI receives public and private funding

UK autonomous car startup FiveAI has received nearly £27 million in funding, from both government and private investors. The Cambridge based, research-intensive firm, says it is “well on its way” to creating tech that will allow vehicles to autonomously deal with busy roads, including pedestrians and cyclists. FiveAI CEO Stan Boland identified the company’s aim… Read More

Mercedes leads $250m funding for ride sharing startup Via

Ride sharing startup Via has raised a large funding round in an attempt to expand outside of the U.S. The exact total amount of funding has not been disclosed, but it has been reported to be around $250 million (approx. £192.8 million). $50 million of this has come from German automotive group Daimler, which owns… Read More

Mayor of London plans to get rid of poor mobile connectivity

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is planning to fight connectivity problem areas and bring mobile coverage to the London Underground. In an announcement, Khan introduced his ‘Not-Spot’ team initiative which will look for blind spots in the city and develop solutions to improve coverage in the capital. Transport for London will also be working… Read More

IBM Cloud selected for BMW connected car

BMW and IBM have announced a partnership to work together on a platform for the connected car. BMW’s CarData platform was created to run on the IBM Bluemix cloud, giving the new platform access to IBM Watson IoT capabilities. The BMW CarData platform helps drivers access third-party providers of diagnostic and repair services or vehicle insurance. CarData collects… Read More

TSA trials new biometrics tech to eliminate boarding passes

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is trialling new biometrics technology in place of ID and boarding passes at airports in a bid to speed up the check-in process and increase security. The proof-of-concept fingerprint-based system is being tested over the course of a month at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Denver International Airport. Those… Read More