PreAct raises $1.6M from Sony, others to help prevent car accidents with crash-sensing tech

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Car accidents kill about 1.35 million people worldwide each year. Despite more advanced collision warning systems now built into cars, crashes in the U.S. have risen more than 12% since 2011.

Now a Portland startup wants to curb those numbers with new crash-sensing technology.

PreAct raised $1.6 million in a round led by Alpha Bridge that included participation from elev8.vc and Sony’s venture capital arm, Sony Innovation Fund.

Founded in 2018 after spinning out of a defense contractor company called Artis, PreAct’s software uses near-field sensors to help sense a vehicle’s surroundings. The technology was originally developed to protect military vehicles from missiles. It allows cars to adjust suspension and seating positions to better prepare for impact. This video shows the software in action.

The 9-person company sells to automotive safety suppliers; auto manufacturers; auto insurance companies; and more. It also works with self-driving firms. PreAct’s tech will

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Alibaba-backed autonomous car firm AutoX starts driverless testing

FILE PHOTO: A sign of Alibaba-backed autonomous driving startup AutoX is seen on a modified Chrysler Pacifica minivan in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Yilei Sun

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese autonomous vehicle startup AutoX, backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said on Thursday it has started fully driverless vehicle testing in China with Pacifica minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA).

AutoX, which is also backed by Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd and SAIC Motor Corp Ltd, will have a fleet of 25 driverless vehicles in Shenzhen and five in other cities to test the technology. Automakers and technology firms are investing billions of dollars in autonomous driving, aiming to take an early lead in what many consider the future of mobility. Shenzhen-based AutoX has modified a number of vehicles from various manufacturers and tested them in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Wuhu.

To attract deep-pocketed partners, startups

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Global Car Networking Market 2020 Scope of Current and Future Industry, SWOT Analysis and Investment Feasibility 2025

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BlackBerry and Amazon Web Services partner on IVY tech for your car

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It’s tough to get around the fact that Big Data has its claws in just about everything, up to and including your personal vehicle. That’s about to become even truer thanks to the Tuesday announcement of a partnership between Amazon Web Services and BlackBerry.

The partnership involves BlackBerry’s in-car data integration and monitoring platform, IVY. What does this mean for you, the consumer? On a surface level, nothing. But for automakers, it’s a different story. IVY will let them collect sensor data and offer up insights based on that data.

Those insights could be used to improve safety tech in cars, speed up self-driving car development or possibly even warn drivers about hazards on their route. IVY will also allow vehicle developers to more

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BlackBerry Stock Jumps 50% on Deal With Amazon Web Services for Connected Car Software

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BlackBerry shares were surging 53.5%, at $9.01, in recent trading.


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shares have spiked more than 50% on Tuesday amid surging investor optimism about the company’s automobile sensor software platform, known as Ivy.

Having long ago moved on from its once-iconic mobile phones, BlackBerry (ticker: BB) Tuesday morning announced a deal with

Amazon.com’s

(AMZN) Amazon Web Services to jointly develop and market Ivy, which BlackBerry describes as “a scalable, cloud-connected software platform that will allow automakers to provide a consistent and secure way to read vehicle sensor data, normalize it, and create actionable insights from that data both locally in the vehicle and in the cloud.” The company said auto makers can use Ivy “to create responsive in-vehicle services that enhance driver and passenger experiences.”

The companies didn’t provide any financial details of the arrangement, but the announcement has had the effect of turning

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Gasoline Car Bans Show Why Market Forces Aren’t Always Enough

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It’s been a strange year, so you’d be forgiven for missing an odd thing that happened in the U.K. last month. When Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leader of the Conservative Party, banned sales of new internal combustion engine cars from 2030, the decision was supported by the likes of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the Confederation of British Industry, a powerful business group. 

How did these champions of market-driven policies and fewer regulations become promoters of such a heavy-handed intervention?

Perhaps the ban is simply something any competent government, regardless of its political bent, should be doing. The U.K. has a legally mandated goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. That means quickly cutting emissions from all sectors, including transport. Last year, the government’s independent advisor, the Climate Change Committee, recommended the 2030 ban as a way of meeting the U.K.’s climate targets. Maybe

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Roadside Attractions – A Startup’s Plan To Support Britain’s Green Car Revolution

Petrol driven cars are set to disappear from Britain’s roads rather sooner than expected. Under the government’s updated “Green Industrial Revolution” plan, every new car sold from 2030 onwards must be either electric or an approved hybrid. This replaces a previous deadline of 2040.   

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All except the most hardened climate change skeptics will see this as a good thing, but a rapid transition to battery-powered mobility does pose certain short-term problems, not least in terms of providing a workable and user-friendly charging infrastructure.  

As things stand, even a rapid charging point will take around thirty minutes to pump up a battery from empty to full. Arguably that’s not too bad, but it compares unfavorably with the two or three minutes required to fill a petrol tank. Yes, you’re helping to save the planet but a half-hour wait is less than convenient.  

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Global Online Car Rental Software Market 2020 Key Trends, Sales Growth, Market Value-Chain and Forecast to 2026

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The connected car will be the new gaming console

Some 2.5 billion people around the world play video games, with tens of millions more joining their ranks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gaming’s growing popularity isn’t only affecting how people spend their time cooped up at home. Indeed, its impact is even poised to extend to driving.

Struggling to see the nexus between the automotive and gaming industries? Take that up with Elon Musk, whose Tesla has already rolled out the Tesla Arcade — an in-car gaming console platform — in four models, with plans to expand hiring and potentially develop games exclusively for Tesla drivers. For its part, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a gaming console-equipped CLA Coupé last year.

Other manufacturers are all but certain to follow in the two luxury automakers’ paths. Indeed, among drivers younger than 30, 77% are interested in owning vehicles equipped with VR technology, which can allow in-car gaming, a recent Accenture survey found.

Amid an

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Google keeps growing in Seattle area, agrees to buy nearly 10 acres at a car dealership site in Kirkland

A Google building in South Lake Union, Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / James Thorne)

Google’s footprint in Seattle just keeps on growing.

The Alphabet-owned tech giant signed an agreement to purchase land at a car dealership site in Kirkland, Wash., a spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

Business Insider and Bloomberg reported the news last week. King County records obtained by GeekWire show a sale of nearly 10 acres of land at 11845 NE 85th St., home of Lee Johnson car dealerships. There is no purchase price available yet.

Google did not provide more details. “The site is intended to support Google’s future growth in the area,” a spokesperson said.

It’s the latest expansion for Google this year, even amid the ongoing pandemic that has forced some companies to pull back on physical office space with a shift to remote work.

Death of the HQ? Pandemic hits commercial real estate, but long-term trends

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