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IoT Predictive Maintenance to Beat Machine Breaks

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Handing off product packaging to an automated system is a relief, but returning from a meeting to find a treadmill on the fritz and product sitting still -- all while customers call in, clamoring for their shipments -- is not. That's the kind of problem with which businesses are wrestling as they find ways to pass off their repetitive tasks or "chores" to machines, allowing the humans to focus instead on the more nuanced responsibilities. When implementing time-saving machines, what's a business to do to ensure equipment failure doesn't turn automation into only frustration? Intelligence of Things Tracker charts the latest news on how companies are increasingly turning to IoT to predict when and how their equipment is going to break -- and to let them swoop in to the rescue before that expensive oil drill or package sorting machine stutters to a halt, snarling operations and revenue in the blink of an eye. From smart homes and smart cars to intelligent industrial machines that can have their ailments remotely diagnosed, IoT is a rapidly growing field.


Cloudera helps Middle East brands unlock new frontiers with machine learning and analytics

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The high-powered knowledge event was held at Atlantis The Palm on 19 November 2017, and brought together the UAE's smartest data professionals to explore new applications for machine learning and artificial intelligence. The speaker roster included decision-makers from Cloudera, AXA Gulf, DU Telecom, Etihad Airways, Microsoft and Wipro. Machine learning is helping companies detect fraud, predict their customers' behaviour, analyse consumer preferences to suggest products, and offer proactive customer support. Combined with big data, machine learning algorithms are sifting through terabytes of data to predict market movements and help derive competitive advantage. "We are very pleased to be able to bring such a high-quality cohort of data professionals and people on the cutting edge of technology to the same platform with the Cloudera Sessions Dubai 2017.


Lyft wins permit to test self-driving cars in California

Daily Mail

U.S. ride-hailing firm Lyft has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, taking it one step further in the race with several other companies to bring self-driving cars to the masses. Lyft's permit, reflected on the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, comes two months after it announced plans to offer a self-driving car as a ride option in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lyft already has partnerships in place with autonomous car companies to advance its self-driving strategy. Ride-hailing firm Lyft Inc said on Monday it would launch its service in Toronto, marking the first international expansion for the U.S.-based rival of Uber Technologies Inc. Ford self-driving test vehicles will be connected to Lyft's network, but at first, customers will not be able to use them, according to Sherif Marakby, Ford's vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification.


Uber's 'disruption' is far from benign - but it's not too big to ban Abi Wilkinson

The Guardian

Uber is one of those companies that seems to take pride in upsetting the status quo. Its cheerleaders claim the minicab app is a shining example of "disruptive innovation" – where entrepreneurs change entire industries by thinking outside the box. Critics contend that Uber's business model is actually pretty traditional. The only major difference is scale, and the use of a high-tech booking system. And while the app booking system is certainly convenient, it's far from unique to Uber.


Uber paid hackers $100,000 to hide year-old breach of 57 million users

USATODAY

Your personal information might be at risk! In a public statement, Uber's CEO confirmed that information belonging to about 57 million customers and drivers was stolen by hackers. Transport for London (TFL), the governing body responsible for transport in London, announced on 22 September 2017 that they will not renew Uber's license as a private hire operator in the city. Transport for London has informed Uber London Limited that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September 2017. SAN FRANCISCO -- Personal information belonging to about 57 million Uber customers and drivers was stolen by hackers last October, a breach the company kept hidden for a year and for which its chief security officer was fired this week.


How machine learning is helping Virgin boost its frequent flyer business

ZDNet

Companies that are able to adapt to a world where innovation is increasingly driven by machine learning, or artificial intelligence more broadly, are the ones that will come out the other end of the tunnel and thrive, according to Oliver Rees, GM of Torque Data at Virgin Australia. Rees, whose data analytics consultancy firm Torque Data was acquired by Virgin Australia in 2015, told ZDNet that one of its tasks has been "reengineering [Virgin's] analytical capability", ensuring the airline is well-prepared to embrace the opportunities that are offered by machine learning. While not new to machine learning, Virgin Australia has been seeking better methods of developing, applying, and assessing machine learning algorithms, recently turning to Massachusetts-based company DataRobot, which operates on the belief that automated machine learning will not only increase productivity for data scientists, but also open up the world of data science. Rees told ZDNet that Torque, as the data analytics arm of Virgin, has been investigating ways to improve customer experience for members of Virgin's Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program. "We want people within our program to be able to redeem points for great experiences, and to do that, we want to be able to better predict when is the best time for particular people to redeem points and what should they be redeeming them against," Rees said.


Volvo looks to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

The Japan Times

STOCKHOLM/SAN, FRANCISCO – Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars. The nonbinding framework deal could offer San Francisco-based Uber a way to overcome setbacks at its autonomous driving division in Silicon Valley's race to perfect self-driving systems. Combining Volvo's cars with Uber's self-driving system builds on their nearly three-year relationship and comes as Uber's autonomous driving unit has been hit by a lawsuit over trade secrets and the departure of top talent. Automakers, ride-hailing firms and tech start-ups have been forging loose alliances in an effort to advance self-driving technology and claim a piece of what is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar business. Geely-owned Volvo said in a statement on Monday it would provide Uber with its flagship XC90 SUVs equipped with autonomous technology as part of a nonexclusive deal from 2019 to 2021.


Uber inks deal with Volvo for fleet of self-driving cars

ZDNet

Volvo has signed a deal with Uber to supply the ride-hailing company with tens of thousands of "autonomous driving compatible" vehicles between 2019 and 2021, the 90-year-old car company announced Monday. The financial terms of the non-exclusive agreement were not disclosed. However, the massive deal, reportedly worth more than $1 billion for 24,000 vehicles, keeps Uber up to speed in the crowded race to bring self-driving vehicles to consumers. "The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption," Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. "Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally.


Uber plans to buy 24,000 autonomous Volvo SUVs in self-driving push

The Guardian

Uber is planning to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, the company has announced, moving from its current model of ride-sharing using freelance drivers to owning a fleet of autonomous cars. Following the three-year self-driving partnership with Volvo, the non-binding framework could give Uber a boost in its ambitions to perfect self-driving systems to replace human drivers, following setbacks and lawsuits over trade secrets and talent. Volvo said Monday it would provide Uber with up to 24,000 of its flagship XC90 SUVs, which retail from around £50,000, equipped with autonomous technology as part of a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021. The Geely-owned car company will provide the vehicles, while Uber will provide the yet-to-be-built self-driving system, which is currently under development by Uber's Advanced Technologies Group. The announcement follows the news that Alphablet's Waymo will launch the world's first autonomous car service in the next few months in Arizona, where it is legal to operate self-driving cars without humans behind the wheel, unlike the majority of the rest of the US and the world, which requires the safety net of a human driver.


Volvo to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

Daily Mail

Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars. The non-binding framework deal could offer San Francisco-based Uber a way to overcome setbacks at its autonomous driving division in Silicon Valley's race to perfect self-driving systems. Combining Volvo's cars with Uber's self-driving system builds on their nearly three-year relationship and comes as Uber's autonomous driving unit has been hit by a lawsuit over trade secrets and the departure of top talent. Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars. Automakers, ride-hailing firms and tech startups have been forging loose alliances in an effort to advance self-driving technology and claim a piece of what is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar business.