Inside IoT - February 19th, 2020

Inside IoT (Feb 19th, 2020)

Connected car shuts down / Panasonic’s IoT platform / Jaguar’s AV shuttle

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Hello all, 

One of the top stories today is about an app-connected car that left its driver and passenger stranded in a remote area because of a needed software update. The driver tweeted about the experience, and although things were resolved, it’s a situation I certainly never considered. Has something like this ever happened to you? When has your IoT device really left you in a rough situation? Hit reply to let me know!

Onto the news: 

1. A rented Toyota Prius from GIG Car Share lost its cell signal in rural Northern California, leaving journalist Kari Paul stranded. Paul’s cellphone still had service, so she was able to contact customer service and get assistance, although it took six hours, two tow trucks, and 20 calls to GIG. Once help arrived, Paul tweeted that it was actually a software issue, and the vehicle needed to be rebooted to drive it. GIG Car Share is local to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and has a fleet of hybrid Priuses and electric Chevrolet Bolts for rent. — @KARI_PAUL / TWITTER

2. Panasonic debuted its India Miraie IoT platform, which connects with its line of air conditioners, washing machines, cameras, doorbells, and more. The platform is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, and has an accompanying app. Miraie brings smart home technology to India at an affordable price and offers built-in intelligent diagnostics to detect issues in advance. The first available products from the line will be smart sockets, switches, and sensors. — CEPRO

3. Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a concept for an electrical and “autonomy prepared” shuttle called Ventor Vector, for shared use in cities. The carmaker is hoping to have a model of the shuttle on the road for testing as early as 2021. Many of the shuttle’s specs aren’t being revealed, but its motor and battery would be built right into the floor, and the interior could be adjusted for personal or shared use. In 2018, Jaguar Land Rover partnered with Waymo to create a self-driving Jaguar I-Pace vehicle, which started testing on public roads last summer. — TECH ZIMO

4. Pharovision — a company based outside of Houston, Texas — has an infrared detection system that scans the sky for drones. Currently, the system is being used around the world by US Special Forces, Border Patrol, Air Force, and the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Not only does this system detect drones from miles away, but it identifies the pilot, the drone’s home base, and where the pilot is stationed. Pharovision’s system can also hack the drone to control it, or the system could send attack drones to knock another out of the sky. — KHOU

5. Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego developed an ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio. The radio has a chip smaller than a grain of rice and uses 5,000 times less power than current Wi-Fi radios while still being able to stream music. The radio stays in low-power sleep mode until it needs to communicate with other devices to save battery power. — TECH XPLORE

6. Kohler’s newest product is the Moxie Showerhead, which has a smart speaker in the center of it. This means users can play music or podcasts while showering, but also place orders from Amazon or book appointments. The speaker is detachable, has a five-hour battery life, and charges wirelessly on a dock. — TORONTO STOREYS

7. Boeing is sponsoring a GoFly contest, which puts passenger-carrying drone prototypes in competition with each other. The contest started with 850 teams and is now down to five finalists from around the world. The final Fly Off will be Feb. 29, and the winning team will be awarded $1 million. — DIGITAL TRENDS

8. The Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics team is planning to test their level four autonomous vehicles — able to operate without a driver — in more areas of the US. The team started testing its autonomous trucks in Virginia last year using safety drivers for every trial. They haven’t stated where they will test next, but are looking for diverse routes to help train their driverless trucks. — FREIGHT WAVES

9. Ferrari has released its Scudena XX Ultraveloce Smartwatch, which has fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking. The watch runs on HP’s operating system, which can connect to Android and iOS via accompanying apps. The watch has a five-day battery life and retails for $85. — AUTO EVOLUTION

10. Check out this style board for smart home inspiration featuring a bed with a built-in sleep tracker. There’s also a sleek, connected ceiling fan and a vanity mirror with wireless Bluetooth speakers. My favorite pieces are the outdoor LED lanterns that have smart speakers inside them for nighttime patio use. — FURNITURE LIGHTING & DECOR

Holly A. Phillips has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog Thebitterlemon.com or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

This newsletter was edited by Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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