News Roundup - August
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Recent reports suggest that the UK police are facing a “skills gap” as connected vehicles and telematics become more commonplace on our roads. With connected vehicles on the increase, huge chunks of data are now available for use in police investigations and as court evidence. However, the police don’t have the resources, expertise or staff to sift through the telematics data and package it into a format that can be used in court.
Worrying news from the United States is that a team of university researchers have been able to take over the controls of a Chevrolet Corvette via a dongle that’s used to monitor the speed and location of the vehicle for insurance purposes. The team sent text messages to the dongle that was fitted to the car’s dashboard and issued commands to the car’s internal network to turn the windscreen wipers on and engage and disable the car’s brakes!
An Aberdeen based recycling business has reported a reduction in vehicle damage and improved efficiency since implementing telematics solutions in its fleet of 27 vehicles. What’s more, the technology has already saved the company the cost of a £60,000 repair bill following an incident on a dual carriageway in which one of the fleet vehicles collided with a lorry that was being driven erratically. The mobile digital recorder (MDR) footage proved that the other lorry driver was at fault despite the fact that he claimed it was not his fault.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has teamed up with lone worker specialists in order to offer personal safety training at workshops around the UK. The Personal Safety at Work events will be held in England and Scotland and will cover issues such as travelling safely, making plans and devising a “walk-away” strategy. With more than 6.8 million lone workers in the UK it’s vital that employees who work alone are safe at all times.
New research reveals that retailers who plan to capitalise on the growing trend for the Internet of Things (IoT) will spend up to $2.5 billion in installation and hardware costs next year – a fourfold increase over this year’s spend of $670 million. The research discovered that leading retailers using the IoT to generate an “ecosystem” gain market advantage and offer an enhanced customer experience.