The New South Wales government kicked off its driverless cars trial this week, with automated vehicles expected to cruise Sydney streets until October. Working with motorway operator Transurban and car manufacturers to develop the automated technology, the vehicles will run on the Sydney orbital network including the Lane Cove Tunnel, The Hills M2 Motorway, Westlink M7, the M5, and the Eastern Distributor. The vehicles will also be taking to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the harbour tunnel. Transportation is about to get a technology-driven reboot. The details are still taking shape, but future transport systems will certainly be connected, data-driven and highly automated.
Naver Labs and Foursquare, the US-based search-and-discovery social networking service, will cooperate to develop a POI search engine, the companies announced. The two will also work together to find new business models that use the developed engine. Naver Labs will use Foursquare's various search data to develop the engine, which will read consumer needs. The US social networking firm services include Foursquare City Guide, a suggest and review guide for global cities, and Foursquare Swarm, which allows users to share their experiences of locations they visited. It also operates API, SDK, as well as advertisement solutions.
Who really owns your Internet of Things data? In a world where more and more objects are coming online and vendors are getting involved in the supply chain, how can you keep track of what's yours and what's not? Data management and data rights sharing are critical aspects of the IoT ecosystem debate. For businesses, Industry 4.0 is a new way to think about data across processes. It is also about real-time process integration with digital technology, "intelligence anywhere," and distributed intelligence.
Customer service calls can be ... infuriating. Part of the reason is that humans generally aren't great at reading subtle emotional cues, especially if we only have voice to go by. At the same time, we often inadvertently broadcast unintended emotional signals, easily leading to miscommunication and discomfort over the phone. But an MIT spinoff called Cogito is using voice analytics to help customer service reps better understand how customers are feeling. The technology behind Cogito's enterprise product, which can predict a customer's emotional state by analyzing tone and voice patterns, has also been used to identify signs of PTSD and depression in veterans.
IBM is turning its cognitive computing platform Watson into a new voice assistant for enterprises. The Watson Assistant combines two Watson services -- Watson Conversation and Watson Virtual Agent -- to offer businesses a more advanced conversational experience that can be pre-trained on a range of intents. IBM said the aim was to make Watson Assistant an out-of-the-box, white-label type service that's easier for organizations to embed into their consumer-facing offerings than the Watson API. "Everyone was trying to build an assistant using the API, but building a conversational intelligent assistant from the API alone was really hard," said Bret Greenstein, IBM's global vice president for IoT products. "We realized we needed to build a hosted offering for the types of brands that engage with consumers."
FogHorn Systems and Google Cloud have announced a partnership to develop solutions for Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications. On Tuesday, industrial edge computing solutions provider FogHorn said that the collaboration with Google Cloud IoT Core is aimed at "simplifying the deployment and maximizing the business impact of IIoT applications." FogHorn's Lighting Edge Intelligence platform, an analytics and machine learning system, will be integrated with Google's Cloud IoT Core with industrial IoT and the IIoT market specifically in mind. Google's Cloud IoT Core, which has recently been made generally available, is an IoT sensor service for managing IoT devices, connecting them, and ingesting IoT-based information. "Cloud IoT Core simply and securely brings the power of Google Cloud's world-class data infrastructure capabilities to the IIoT market," said Antony Passemard, Head of IoT Product Management at Google Cloud.
Video: How to set up your Raspberry Pi 3 Model B . The Raspberry Pi Foundation just released the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B with a zippier CPU and faster network connections, but what the hugely popular $35 board hasn't yet gained is a neural processing unit (NPU). NPUs are helping manufacturers of lesser-known boards speed up computer-vision applications, such as image and object recognition, and offer enterprise and manufacturers a more powerful platform for building everything from smart building applications to autonomous vehicles. The new boards have dedicated NPUs from Huawei and Rockchip. The Rock960 meanwhile comes with Rockchip's souped-up RK 3399Pro, a processor that target's Google's TensorFlow Lite framework for building AI services on iOS and Android devices.
Apple and IBM are rolling out new set of integrations that expand on their existing pact to bring enterprise apps to iOS devices. First, the companies are linking up their respective AI and machine learning technologies to make enterprise iOS apps smarter. The companies are also offering a new developer console that lets Swift developers use the IBM Cloud to build apps that are easier to code. On the AI front, IBM's Watson AI system will couple with Apple's Core ML to create a new product called IBM Watson Services for Core ML. The framework aims to help developers create enterprise apps that learn from user activity and become smarter with each interaction.
Gatwick claims it will be the first airport to operate self-driving cars "airside", using a system from Oxford University spin-off Oxbotica. The vehicles will move staff around the airport, but at this stage, they will not be used by airline passengers. If the six-month trial is successful, the airport says it may use autonomous vehicles for other purposes, such as "aircraft push back tugs, passenger load bridges, baggage tugs and transportation buses". There are about 40 potential airport applications. Gatwick says it has 300 airside vehicles and that they are stationary 90 percent of the time.
Google is beginning to push podcast subscription and management features in its Google app for Android, and it could pave the way for petter podcast support on Google Assistant devices. A new option in the Google app to "Subscribe" below the name and icon banner when searching for a podcast has been added, Android Police found. Further, the title bar adds a new podcast icon and search icon. It's not clear where subscribed podcasts in the Google app go, or if users can only access them through a search. Google has offered podcast support in Google Play Music since 2016, allowing users to search for podcasts and play them from the web or app.