Industrial Internet

Alibaba has teamed up with BMW to develop a range of “digitalised experiences for the car and home” for all new BMW models sold in China from the first half of 2018. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter With the collaboration, Alibaba will help the automaker integrate smart speakers

Autonomous driving and driverless car concept and safety system symbol as a cast shadow of an auto with human hands and arms waving up as a metaphor for hands free autopilot computer technology in A 3D illustration style.

It is the forgotten revolution of the internet era, and yet the industrial sector has made major strides by embracing the transformative impact of digital technologies. Asset-heavy industries use internet-connected sensors to remotely monitor and manage assets, predictive analytics is recasting the economics of machine maintenance, and the mining industry

Partnership, merger and acquisitions, deal

US software giant Oracle is buying Melbourne-based Aconex, which provides cloud-based software for construction projects, in a deal worth $1.6 billion. Oracle is offering to buy 100 per cent of the shares in Aconex by way of a scheme of arrangement for A$7.80 in cash per share. Sign up for

Chip manufacturer Nvidia has moved into the construction industry, signing a deal with Japanese mining and construction multinational, Komatsu. The partnership will focus on Komatsu using Nvidia GPUs to visualise and analyse entire construction sites. The Nvidia Jetson AI platform will serve as the brain of heavy machinery deployed on

Alibaba and Ford will work together in the areas of connectivity, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobility services and digital marketing. They will jointly identify new opportunities to redefine consumer retail experiences and explore solutions for sustainable mobility. The parties revealed last week that they have signed a letter of intent.

Blackberry and Chinese internet giant Baidu are in active negotiations to collaborate on the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for automotive OEMs and suppliers worldwide, Which-50 can reveal. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter Yesterday we received a press release Which-50 believed was a standard company announcement

Monash university smart farm

Monash University and Bosch will establish an ag tech facility in Melbourne’s southeast to explore smart farming techniques such as automated harvesting, sensing networks and driverless vehicles. The facility and accompanying development centre will occupy one hectare at Bosch’s headquarters in Clayton. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter It

The rise of autonomous vehicles is tipped to spell the end of car ownership, but for now car sales are still growing. 2016 was a record year for car sales in Australia with 1.17 million vehicles sold, an increase of 2 per cent on the 2015 calendar year record. Research

Car maker Volvo has agreed to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles to Uber between 2019 and 2021. The two companies signed a non-exclusive framework agreement, building on existing partnership announced in August 2016. The non-binding framework deal also marks a new chapter in the convergence

industrial internet

It is the forgotten revolution of the internet era, and yet the industrial sector has made major strides by embracing the transformative impact of digital technologies. Digital oil fields now allow companies to remotely monitor and manage assets, predictive analytics is recasting the economics of machine maintenance, and, the mining