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Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

July 24, 2017 The Associated Press

DETROIT – Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it

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North America world’s most advanced smart home market: Berg Insight

July 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

North America is the world’s most advanced smart home market, with an installed base of 21.8 million smart homes at the end of 2016 – a 47% year-on-year growth, according to machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) analyst firm

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FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

April 25, 2017 Dee-Ann Durbin - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build

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Older drivers like active safety features, resist autonomous vehicles: Munich Re survey

March 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A new survey out of the United States exploring the sentiments of older drivers 65 and over shows about half of the respondents would not be comfortable riding in an autonomous vehicle, but they see great value in active safety

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Ford investing US$1 billion over five years in AI company to develop virtual driver system

February 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ford Motor Company has announced it is investing US$1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company, to develop a virtual driver system for the automaker’s autonomous vehicle coming in 2021 – and for potential

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Soft and hard disruptors will vastly transform Canadian collision industry in next 10 years: CCIF speaker

January 27, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The Canadian collision industry will be “ripped apart beyond belief” in a decade by several disruptors, including connected autonomous vehicles and ridesharing, a speaker suggested Friday at the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) meeting in Vaughan, Ont. Andrew King, managing

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IoT botnets present unmanageable cyber security risk: Juniper Research

January 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The scale of embedded connectivity could lead to an unmanageable cyber security risk created by botnets, Juniper Research Limited cautioned Monday in releasing data indicating the consumer Internet of Things (IoT) installed base will reach 15 billion-plus units by 2021.

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Two out of three U.S. homeowners insurance customers would switch carriers to get discounts for using smart home devices, study finds

January 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Two out of three homeowners insurance customers in the United States would be willing to change insurance companies to get policy discounts for using smart home devices, according to new research findings released on Tuesday by NTT DATA. “Our study

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Worldwide IT spending forecast to grow 2.7% in 2017: Gartner

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Worldwide spending on information technology is projected to total US$3.5 trillion in 2017, a 2.7% increase from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner, a Stamford, Conn.-based IT research and advisory company, noted in a statement on Thursday that the growth

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Seven of 10 global consumers would welcome robo-advice for banking, insurance and retirement services: Accenture

January 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Seven in 10 consumers around the world would welcome robo-advisory services – computer-generated advice and services that are independent of a human advisor – for their insurance, banking and retirement planning, according to a new report by Accenture. The 2017

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Tesla equipping cars to drive completely on their own

October 20, 2016 Michael Liedtke - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – Tesla Motors is starting to build its electric cars with all the sensors, cameras and other gear needed to drive completely on their own when regulations allow the technology to take over that responsibility. The announcement made

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Uber gives riders a preview of the driverless future

September 14, 2016 Dake Kang - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PITTSBURGH – Uber riders in Pittsburgh can get a glimpse of the future by summoning a car capable of handling most of the tasks of driving on its own. Starting Wednesday morning, a fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions will pick