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London’s transport regulator looks to startups to help fix urban mobility

London’s transport regulator, TfL has announced a partnership with Bosch for its forthcoming co-working space in Shoreditch.

The civic tech project is intended to run for 18 months as a pilot — though Bosch’s ‘Connectory’ co-working facility won’t open until the end of January. A company spokeswoman confirmed the partnership is nonetheless up and running now.

The aim of the collaborative project is to share data and expertise, including by tapping into London’s startup ecosystem, to land on new ideas for tackling urban mobility issues — from traffic jams to awful air quality.

Transport issues are especially pressing for the city as London’s population is forecast to reach a staggering 10.8 million by 2041 — which would mean around six million additional trips being generated per day.

Specific issues TfL is looking for help with include developing more efficient, greener and safer vehicles; reducing congestion; and encouraging more people to walk, cycle and take public transport across London, it said today.

TfL will be providing technical knowledge and “a wide range” of datasets throughout the pilot to allow participating companies to test ideas and “understand patterns in more detail than has previously been possible”, it added.

The data will be based on its existing Unified API and open data platform, which it notes is already underpinning nearly 700 apps used by approaching half (42 per cent) of Londoners.

Startups selected for the collaboration will be provided with dedicated space within Bosch’s Connectory, alongside TfL staff who will also be based there during the pilot.

Commenting in a statement, Arun Srinivasan, executive VP and head of mobility solutions at Bosch UK said: “We believe that the collaboration between Bosch and TfL will enable us to accelerate the development of technologies, products and services that have a positive impact on city life.”

Startups will be selected by Bosch, according to a TfL spokesman. We’ve asked for more details on selection criteria.

“This new ‘urban mobility’ lab is the first of its kind with a primary focus on urban mobility, and will provide the forum for private sector partners, academia and public sector to work together to tackle a range of problems facing Londoners in years to come,” the pair said in a press release today.

“By facilitating closer collaboration, TfL and Bosch hope to support start-ups to develop a range of smart products and help them identify ways to bring them to market more quickly through open procurement,” they added.

Bosch’s co-working facility will not be solely focused on urban mobility — so they are also flagging wider opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing for participating startups.

The company’s network of Connectory co-innovation spaces also links out to cities internationally, including Chicago and Stuttgart, further expanding potential knowledge-sharing opportunities.

Commenting in a statement, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This initiative will foster closer working between London’s tech sector and other leading tech cities. If we are to use data and smart technology to help solve the biggest problems our city faces, it’s crucial we take a more collaborative approach. I see London’s future as a global ‘test-bed city’ for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed, amplified and scaled.”

Depending on the outcome of the pilot, TfL said the Greater London Authority may seek similar collaborative approaches to support other aspects of its work — including housing, environment and policing, aligning with the mayor of London’s strategic priorities.

“I’ve been clear I want London to become the world’s smartest city and this is a further step towards realising that ambition,” Khan added.

It’s not just Waymo: Mercedes says it’s launching a self-driving car service

Self-driving car companies have been testing their vehicles for years, but now regular riders are starting to catch rides in the robot cars. 

Instead of merely watching a vehicle loaded with cameras, sensors, and other equipment drive by, some lucky folks (and not just company employees) are now able to experience the autonomy in person.

Waymo is sticking to its end-of-2018 timeline for a self-driving taxi service in Arizona. GM’s Cruise says 2019 is the year for a car service to drive San Franciscans around. And, in Dubai, a self-driving taxi service has already hit the streets.

Now, Daimler, the company that owns Mercedes-Benz, says it’s working with German auto parts company Bosch, to offer a self-driving car service for “select” riders in the San Jose area in the second half of 2019. 

Autonomous Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars will drive passengers between west San Jose and downtown. Notably, San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco.

The Daimler-Bosch service will still have a safety driver present to monitor the trip, which riders can hail from an app. The car will then drive to the passenger, and take them to their chosen destination. 

Details about who can use the service and how much it will cost weren’t immediately clear, but it’s considered a trial program as the companies gear up for a wider roll-out.

Both Daimler and Bosch have self-driving testing permits in California and have been testing in the state since its self-driving program opened up. In the latest disengagement report, Bosch reported testing through July 2017. Neither company has reported a crash involving an autonomous vehicle. The California DMV says as of this week, 113 collision reports have come into the department.

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The best UK deals for Tuesday: Desire Deluxe slippers, Amazon devices, Crock-Pot slow cookers, and more

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Keeping you cosy this autumn.
Keeping you cosy this autumn.

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The first emoji was created in 1999 in Japan, and since then their popularity has steadily increased to the point where they’re now indispensable. 

Why send a wordy response when you could send that face with the tears of joy? You know the one, that was named Word of the Year by the Oxford Dictionary in 2015

So profound has been the impact that emoji have had on popular culture that they are on literally everything from bags to cushions to slippers 

You can make savings on such products in today’s daily deals round up. You can save on a poo emoticon pillow, an emojis shoulder book bag, an emoti puppy cushion, and more.

Elsewhere in today’s list, you can find deals on technology for the home and the garden, alongside products for the kitchen.

These are the best UK deals for Oct. 16.

Deals for fans of the emoji

Thee Desire Deluxe emojis shoulder book bag is down to £7.63.

Thee Desire Deluxe emojis shoulder book bag is down to £7.63.

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Technology for the garden

The Lay-Z-Spa Monaco hot tub is on sale.

The Lay-Z-Spa Monaco hot tub is on sale.

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Technology for the home

A Certified refurbished Fire HD 10 tablet is down to £99.99.

A Certified refurbished Fire HD 10 tablet is down to £99.99.

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Homeware and kitchenware

The Crock-Pot multi-cooker is available for under £80.

The Crock-Pot multi-cooker is available for under £80.

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The best UK deals for Monday: PetSafe accessories, Bosch dishwashers, Sonos speakers, and more

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What better way to start your week?
What better way to start your week?

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Pets are a gift that we don’t deserve. It doesn’t matter how bad your day has been, they have the ability to turn it all around with a little affection.

Stepping through the door and meeting your pet, that loves you more than anything, is a great feeling. In return, we owe it to them to shower them with gifts and accessories. 

We have put together a selection of the best deals on products for your fluffy friends. You can save on a PetSafe microchip cat flap, Solvit PetSafe telescopic dog ramp, and Purina ONE bifensis adult dry cat food with our round-up of the best deals for Sept. 10.

Elsewhere in our daily deals list, we have collected some great offers on technology for the home, products for the kitchen, and some fun gadgets for the family. Enjoy!

Products for your pets

The PetSafe microchip cat flap is available at £54.99.

The PetSafe microchip cat flap is available at £54.99.

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Homeware and kitchenware

Sistema KLIP IT food storage containers are down to £10.99.

Sistema KLIP IT food storage containers are down to £10.99.

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Technology for the home

The Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa is on sale for under £60.

The Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa is on sale for under £60.

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Products for the family

The Omron M2 basic upper arm blood pressure monitor is at almost half price.

The Omron M2 basic upper arm blood pressure monitor is at almost half price.

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Volkswagen forms alliance to deal with flood of data from self-driving cars

So much data comes through self-driving cars, so the NAV Alliance wants to make sure it's safe and secure.
So much data comes through self-driving cars, so the NAV Alliance wants to make sure it’s safe and secure.

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Self-driving cars eventually won’t need a human operator — but what the vehicles will need is a network powerful enough to handle the massive amount of data generated by their autonomous tech.

In order to ensure that network is as powerful as it needs to be, the Volkswagen Group of America — joined by four autonomous tech suppliers — formed the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance on Tuesday. 

The newly formed group of autonomous tech industry leaders aims to develop products for self-driving cars that support multi-gig ethernet connectivity, allowing those vehicles to better handle the data overload from all the sensors, cameras, RADAR, LIDAR, ultrasound, and other equipment that allow them to operate on the road without human drivers.  

For a self-driving car, a faster network like the one proposed by the NAV Alliance can take in all the inputs from the road and make a faster, better decision if the vehicle should need to brake, switch lanes, or slow down. 

In a release about the new alliance, the NAV Alliance laid out its plans to develop this automotive network, set up testing procedures for network security, create standardization within the autonomous industry, and educate users and would-be buyers about autonomous vehicle networks.

“The NAV alliance will catalyze the development of a reliable next generation of networking platform for self-driving cars,”James Hodgson, a senior analyst at ABI Research, said in a statement about the alliance.

Now it’s a matter of convincing more companies to put competition aside and join the NAV Alliance in the hopes of optimizing data networks industry-wide.

The announcement of the NAV Alliance’s formation comes one week after carmakers, logistics companies, and other self-driving companies announced the formation of the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity. This group is focused on the transition to autonomous cars and how that will impact the driving workforce. 

Waymo, Uber, Lyft, Ford, Toyota, and FedEx are some of the founding members of that group. 

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