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September 2017 fundings, acquisitions and IPOs

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LeddarTech, the Canadian developer of sensors and LiDAR distancing systems for ADAS and other mobile systems, raised $101 million in a Series C funding led by Osram with participation by Delphi, Magneti Marelli, Integrated Device Technology, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, BDC Capital and GO Capital. Roobo, the Chinese startup and manufacturer of the Domgy consumer robot, raised $53 million in a Series B round led by Seven Seas Partners and IFlyTek, a Chinese developer of self-driving technologies, speech recognition for human-machine and human-human communication and related software and chips. Cambridge Medical Robotics, a UK startup developing a next-generation robotic surgical system closed a Series A funding round of $26 million from Watrium and existing investors Cambridge Innovation Capital, LGT Global Invest, Escala Capital and ABB Technology Ventures. LeddarTech, the Canadian developer of sensors and LiDAR distancing systems for ADAS and other mobile systems, raised $101 million in a Series C funding led by Osram with participation by Delphi, Magneti Marelli, Integrated Device Technology, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, BDC Capital and GO Capital.


Ryobi Systems to Exhibit at @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #DX #Analytics

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With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo @ThingsExpo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-4, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation. Join Cloud Expo @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040), October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, for three days of intense Enterprise Cloud and'Digital Transformation' discussion and focus, including Big Data's indispensable role in IoT, Smart Grids and (IIoT) Industrial Internet of Things, Wearables and Consumer IoT, as well as (new) Digital Transformation in Vertical Markets. The upcoming 21st International @CloudExpo @ThingsExpo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY announces that its Call For Papers for speaking opportunities is open.


Samsung's New $300 Million Fund Bets on Automotive Innovation

Wall Street Journal

SEOUL-- Samsung Electronics Co. has created a $300 million fund targeting new investments for automotive software and technology, the latest sign of the world's largest smartphone maker's desire to diversify beyond traditional electronics. Like many of its Silicon Valley peers, Samsung doesn't plan to manufacture its own vehicles but sees vast potential to create autonomous-driving software it could one day sell to traditional car makers. The $300 million investment, called the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund, will target bets on smart sensors, machine vision and artificial intelligence that get used by connected cars, the company said. Three days after Mr. Lee's conviction, Samsung announced a fresh $2.3 billion investment in semiconductors.


Exclusive: Goodyear debuts 'Fitbit' for tires

USATODAY

Goodyear is teaming up with car service Tesloop to test a new breed of sensors that monitor a tire's condition. While many vehicles today are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems that tell you how low on air your tire might be, this system represents a step toward a more sophisticated approach that will be critical once fleets of self-driving cars hit the roads. Goodyear is testing a new tire condition sensor with Tesloop, a car service that offers rides in Tesla Model S cars. Initially, he adds, Goodyear smart tires are likely to roll out as part of a new car from a major automaker.


Auto Suppliers Join Funding for Self-Driving Laser Sensor Firms

U.S. News

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two makers of laser-based sensor technology announced new funding rounds on Thursday, with top automotive suppliers Delphi Automotive, Magna International and Magneti Marelli investing in the competitive technology considered key to self-driving cars.


The spectacular growth of Data Science, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, IoT, and AI

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Over the past several years there has been a lot of buzz about blockchain. Many of the major technology-focused research organizations and their analysts have penned articles about what blockchain may or not become.


Toyota allies with Intel to develop self-driving car ecosystem

Engadget

Toyota is teaming up with Intel, and an assortment of tech and automotive firms, to develop an ecosystem for connected cars. By sharing self-driving vehicle data, the companies aim to develop maps and improved driver assistance systems based on cloud computing. Rounding out the alliance (dubbed the "Automotive Edge Computing Consortium") will be Ericsson, Japanese auto parts-maker Denso Corp, and telecoms firm NTT DoCoMo. All those connected car tests are already racking up big data, which will ramp up exponentially over time.


Honeywell's connected thermostats now work with Google Home

Engadget

Google welcomed Honeywell into the Home family as a partner back in January, but now it's finally including both of the company's connected thermostat families, the Lyric and Total Connected Comfort. Users can control them using either Home's voice controls or through Google Assistant on an Android device. That adds to the thermostats' existing integrations with connected platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings and user-customized IFTTT functionality.


Microsoft is putting Cortana in charge of your thermostat

Mashable

The company teamed up with popular thermostat maker Johnson Controls to create GLAS, a sleek new touchscreen wall thermostat that promises to do much more than just turn up the heat. GLAS will run on the Windows 10 IoT Core OS, which is made specifically for smart devices. The thermostat offers Cortana voice services, so you'll be able to interact with the AI directly on the wall. GLAS will likely look to stake its place as a high-end competitor to other smart thermostats like Google's Nest and Ecobee, that latter of which also offers voice control through Amazon's Alexa.


3 Steps To Jumpstart A Machine Learning Strategy

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Similar to any IT or business project, IT and OT should start with defining a significant business problem that analyzing large data sets can answer. Machine learning requires learning from experience, and in the case of certain equipment, you may have limited failure data to analyze. For example, changes in tire pressure would be a key indicator in the mining use case – Machine Learning techniques help here too. This type of analytics differs wildly from the batch data processing and weekly business intelligence dashboards that many companies use today.