IoT News Roundup

Uber steering toward autonomous cars; Intel expanding smart-home reach through Lantiq acquisition; Gartner survey shows plenty of excitement around IoT, but little leadership; ABI Research predicts sharp growth for smart glasses; Mobiquity, Relevant Solutions partner on mobile banking marketing.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Feb 06, 2015

Uber, Carnegie Mellon University Collaborating on Mapping, Autonomous Transport
Uber, a transportation service that enables consumers to hail a driver via a smartphone app, announced this week that it has forged a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to create the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, near the CMU campus. According to an Uber announcement, work at the center will focus on mapping, vehicle safety and autonomous transportation, and some projects will involve experts from the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), an operating unit within CMU's Robotics Institute (RI). Uber will also fund the work of faculty and graduate fellowships conducted at the center.

Many urban and transportation planners say autonomous vehicles, which rely on sensor networks for way-finding and safety, could significantly alter how people move around cities in the coming decade or two, and could lead to a significant reduction in car ownership. Some predict that taxi services, or taxi alternatives such as Uber or Lyft, could be displaced by fleets of autonomous cars.

Intel Grows Home Networking Business With Lantiq Acquisition
With its purchase of Lantiq, a German manufacturer of gateway devices, routers and residential broadband networking equipment, Intel is expanding the universe of Internet-connected devices and smart-home products that will use its chips. Through the acquisition, Intel will offer a wider selection of connectivity solutions and cloud-based technologies to original equipment manufacturers, service providers and "companies innovating new applications for the home," according to a press release from Intel.

In a prepared statement, Lantiq's CEO, Dan Artusi, said: "Intel and Lantiq share a common vision about the evolution of the connected home and the intelligent network. Together we can drive the transformation of the broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) as it becomes a smart gateway that connects an increasingly diverse roster of devices and services in the home."

Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with approximately $12 billion of capital under management, which purchased Lantiq in 2009 from Infineon Technologies' wireline communication division, is Lantiq's principal investor.

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