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ZF partnership with Beep

ZF unveils its next generation shuttle for autonomous driving in urban environments and mixed traffic at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas/ Nevada, USA. It has announced a strategic partnership with U.S. mobility services provider Beep, Inc. The agreement aims to deliver several thousand shuttles to customers over the coming years.

HERE to provide indoor/outdoor device positioning services

HERE Technologies has announced its work with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver developers with improved performance for indoor/ outdoor positioning capabilities to track and manage any number of internet-ofthings (IoT) devices. Recently at re:Invent 2022, AWS introduced the new AWS IoT Core Device Location feature to make it possible to track and manage IoT devices without relying on GNSS/Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware. Historically, not all IoT devices can be equipped with GPS due to its high-power requirements, larger device footprint and higher integration costs.

World’s first autonomous bus service to start operating in Scotland

CAVForth is an autonomous bus service starting this Spring, initially on a 14-mile route from Edinburgh Park transport hub, across the Forth bridge, to Ferrytoll Park & Ride in Fife. The fleet of five Alexander Dennis Enviro200AV, full sized diesel buses, will negotiate mixed traffic, and travel at speeds of up to 50mph. The 43-seater buses will carry up to 10,000 fare-paying passengers per week.

CAVForth (CAV stands for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles) is a partnership between automated technology provider and project lead Fusion Processing Ltd, bus operator Stagecoach, bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, government agency Transport Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, and Bristol Robotics Lab.

Tackling decarbonisation and improving transport resilience

The UK government has announced that a new research hub is being launched to boost innovative measures to decarbonise and improve transport, as the country works towards its net zero goals. Applications are now open for organisations to host the new hub, with the government pledging £10 million in funding for the centre, which will establish a UK centre of excellence for transport innovation.

The hub will also develop and implement innovative ideas to ensure future transport is resilient and meets the challenges of climate adaption, such as changes to weather and water levels.

Nokia expands Lab-asa- Service solution

Nokia is expanding its Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS) solution to include the validation testing of industrial user equipment and third-party devices connecting people and machines over Nokia digital automation cloud (DAC) and modular private wireless (MPW) networks. This will allow enterprises to streamline the testing of equipment and Industry 4.0 use cases over private wireless to assess how they will help achieve their digital transformation goals. A dedicated device testing facility in Bangalore, India will allow more customers to accelerate Industry 4.0 service adoption.

Nokia LaaS will enable enterprise customers to assess how devices and equipment working over 4.9G/LTE and 5G private wireless networks, will support their implementation of Industry 4.0 use cases.

Orion180 integrates Nearmap

To continue improving on their underwriting process, property data and custom-score modeling, Orion180 needed a partner that could offer high quality imagery, frequently updated data, and AI derived analytics. After a selection process, they chose Nearmap as their new imagery data intelligence provider. The integration between the two partners will be delivered through a customized API.

Veteran Ventures invests with Asylon Robotics

Veteran Ventures Capital’s, Veteran Fund I announced an investment into Asylon Robotics, the fastest growing, fullservice, automated air and ground security robotics company in the United States. It’s advanced and automated robotics systems act as significant force multipliers for streamlining security operations. The team consists of world class experts in the UAS, security, and robotics space, to include experience at Lockheed Martin, L3 Communications, Boeing Aerospace etc.

Sunderland to Trial Selfdriving Shuttles and Lorries

The UK city of Sunderland has received £14m in funding to deploy self-driving shuttles and lorries. The grants, part of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Connected and Automated Mobility programme, aim to help British companies seize early opportunities to develop experimental projects into offerings ready for the market.

Advanced Vehicle Parking System in London

Tier Mobility has introduced a new parking system to address the issue of e-scooters being left in unsafe or obtrusive locations. E-scooter companies utilize GPS technology to locate their machines and determine designated parking zones using digital coordinates supplied by cities.

Tier Mobility has created an Advanced Vehicle Parking System (AVPS), incorporating Google’s Visual Positioning System (VPS) with an inhouse solution from Fantasmo. The goal of the AVPS is to accurately locate the e-scooters and validate parking spots, which have been established by many cities and councils.

USAF awards large aircraft automation study to Reliable Robotics

Reliable Robotics announced a United States Air Force contract to explore the automation of large, multi-engine jets. This study will include a feasibility assessment of full and limited aircraft automation features for cargo operations.

Remotely piloted aircraft will enable the Air Force to increase mission tempo worldwide and leverage a certifiable commercial solution for defense industry needs at fractional costs and extend aircraft capabilities.

Kigen and Skylo collaboration

Kigen and Skylo are collaborating on satellite connectivity integration frictionless for device makers, allowing for seamless transitions between cellular and satellite connectivity via Skylo’s SIM profile. This combination is particularly attractive for devices used in challenging environments, where relying on terrestrial cellular networks alone can be problematic.

TEOCO expands 5G Geolocation Analytics and Optimization

TEOCO released a new version of its Mentor Suite. This latest release, v2022.2, includes enhancements to Mentor’s Server, Client and CogniSense products to expand the breadth of analytics use cases with a particular focus on 5G geo-analytics and optimization using advanced machine learning algorithms.

Notable new features of the release include extending the range of geomaps and analysis with new 5G uplink (UL) and downlink (DL) interference maps, additional 5G device capabilities analysis to support 5G network extensions activities and mobility health assurance, using 5G neighbor lists auditing.

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