This week - Jaguar AI, Pizza, Siemens autonomous software, Mercedes ride share and Maas White Paper

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ITSnow.org News Roundup looks at Jaguars new AI assistant, Ford delivering Dominos pizzas in self driving cars, Siemens acquisition of self-driving software company, the Mercedes ride share in London and the new white paper from the MaaS Alliance.


Jaguar Unveil Sayer

Jaguar Unveil Sayer

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled an Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant in the shape of a steering wheel. The AI assistant is called Sayer, named after the famous designer Malcolm Sayer, who worked for Jaguar between 1951 and 1970. In addition to carrying out a wide range of tasks via voice activation, it is planned to act as a portal to intelligent mobility options from JLR. Sayer will be revealed at the inaugural Tech Fest at Central St Martins in London on 7th September.

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Pizza To Go!

Pizza To Go!

Dominos Pizza have teamed up with Ford to test the public's reaction to the use of self-driving vehicles to deliver pizza. The test will use a Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle, but it will be manually driven by a Ford engineer and staffed with researchers, who will examine customers reactions to having to collect the food from the vehicle. Customers who take part in the trial in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be able to track the delivery using an app. "As we increase our understanding of the business opportunity for self-driving vehicles to support the movement of people and goods, we're pleased to have Domino's join us in this important part of the development process" said Sherif Marakby, Ford vice president, Autonomous and Electric Vehicles, "As a company focused on the customer experience, Domino's shares our vision for a future enabled by smart vehicles in a smart environment that enhance people's lives".

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Siemens Acquire Autonomous Software

Siemens Acquire Autonomous Software

Siemens is acquiring the Dutch software company TASS International, who produce a range of software products centred around autonomous driving. The acquisition will provide Siemens access to the burgeoning self-driving automotive market. "The automotive industry is a core focus for Siemens, and our acquisition of TASS International is another example of our commitment to offer a complete digital enterprise solutions portfolio, enabling automotive companies to realise their digital transformation and fully benefit from all opportunities of digitalisation" said Dr Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens digital factory division.

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Mercedes Ride Share In London

Mercedes Ride Share In London

Mercedes parent company Daimler AG will be partnering with the app based ride share company Via Transportation Inc. to start ride-sharing shuttles in London later this year. The service is due to also be rolled out to further European cities, and will use Mercedes mini buses based on Vito vans to provide users with shared shuttles, where users travelling in the same direction share journeys. "On-demand ride-sharing offers many new ways of making city traffic efficient, needs-based and sustainable" said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans "Via is one of the most successful providers in the growing ride-sharing sector while Mercedes-Benz Vans has the perfect vehicles".

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MaaS White Paper

MaaS White Paper

The MaaS Alliance has produced a white paper providing guidelines and recommendations to "help in the creation of a thriving MaaS EcoSystem". Established at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux in 2015, following the launch of the MaaS concept at the ITS European Congress in Helsinki in 2014, the MaaS Alliance is a public-private partnership working to establish foundations for a common approach to MaaS, and to unlock the economies of scale needed for successful implementation and uptake of MaaS in Europe and beyond. "While designing and establishing the MaaS ecosystem, the principles of openness and inclusivity should be fully respected, meaning that the ecosystem should be open to all service providers and inclusive for all different kind of users, including persons with reduced mobility or disabilities. In order to build attractiveness and public acceptance for MaaS services, the whole value chain should be carefully and inclusively designed to meet the high expectations related to ecological and financial sustainability".

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