This Week in Internet of Things News

  • Driverless taxis to hit Munich streets in 2022
  • One robot helps customers find the right computer
  • IoT helps manage security in large venues
  • AT&T 5G closer to powering “massive” enterprise IoT
  • Wi-Fi 7 could be here sooner than you think

Mobileye and SIXT Plan New Robotaxi Service

At IAA Mobility 2021 last week, Mobileye and SIXT announced a collaboration to begin offering a driverless robotaxi service in Munich starting next year. Riders will be able to hail one of the SIXT-operated robotaxis using either the Moovit app or the integrated SIXT app for ride hailing, vehicle rental, car sharing, and car subscriptions.

Intel-Powered Robot Helps Retail Customers Find the Right Computer

Finding the right computer can be tough, even without in-store pandemic restrictions. Intel Mexico has introduced a robotic store assistant—powered by Intel® NUC Mini PCs, an Intel® RealSense™ camera, and the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit—to wander the aisles of Mexico City’s El Palacio de Hierro and help customers find the perfect Intel-powered PC for their specific needs.

IoT Hits High Notes With Security Management for Large Venues

With all large venues, getting attendees through the door typically results in long lines. Add heightened security concerns and COVID-19 precautions, and things slow down even more. Australia’s Sydney Coliseum Theatre has deployed NEC’s Intel-powered NeoFace facial recognition solution to create a safer, automated entry process and reduce wait times.

AT&T 5G Steps Toward Powering “Massive” Enterprise IoT

Catering to customers of AT&T’s cloud IoT management platform—which allows enterprises full visibility of all IoT devices on their network—AT&T and Cisco have opened up access to the sub-6GHz 5G frequency. As AT&T’s William Stovall puts it, “This is an important first step toward the IoT massive connectivity that will eventually create opportunities for enterprises to realize the full potential of IoT.”

Wi-Fi 7 Is Coming, and It's Going to Be Great

Dr. Carlos Cordeiro, CTO of Wireless Connectivity at Intel, has been busy spreading the word about Wi-Fi 7, the next generation of wireless connectivity. And for good reason: Wi-Fi 7 will be 5x faster than Wi-Fi 6 and offer multi-link operation, allowing devices to run on multiple channels simultaneously. But the best news? Wi-Fi 7 could be just three years away, well ahead of the six-pattern for new generations of Wi-Fi.