Regulation

  • Canada is set to introduce driverless trucks to its transportation fleet despite the imminent threat it poses to many jobs in the country. 2017 was a year in which the self-driving electric truck industry made huge advancement in autonomous technologies and has paved the way for the driverless trucks to be deployed on Canadian roads by 2019.

  • A UK-based financial services firm has claimed that China has stolen a march on other countries, and will lead the global autonomous vehicle market, which is expected to be worth around $1 trillion by 2040. IHS MARKIT has suggested that China will spearhead the self-driving revolution and said that the country had already embarked upon a number of initiatives aimed at establishing itself as the major player in the emerging industry.

  • The UAE PASS initiative, the platform which aims to bring all government services together and make them accessible via smartphone, has completed phase one of its programme.

  • The CEO of leading UK operator EE has called on the British government to revise and amend its policies in relation to 5G technology, and failure to do so will risk the prospect of the UK falling behind other countries in relation to the implementation of 5G. Marc Allera, has urged policymakers to remove barriers to mobile infrastructure deployments and said the government has to support the rollout of the new telecom infrastructure that will be revolutionary once deployed.

  • Portugal is set to introduce 'free zones' in an attempt to accelerate the development and deployment of self-driving cars and drones in the country. The 'free zones' will also have special regulations which will subsequently allow firms developing driverless technology to test the vehicles in a much more stringent way.

  • Uber has unveiled at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, a new prototype vehicle showing off its vision of the future of transportation; a "flying taxi" that aims to alleviate urban congestion. eVTOL, Uber's electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle concept is a cross between a helicopter and a drone.

  • Facebook is announcing two updates to further strengthen Instagram’s security and help protect people who use the platform.

  • Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai, has outlined the blueprint which he believes will help accelerate the development and subsequent deployment of 5G networks in the US.

  • The rise of emerging information-related technology and its ubiquity pose a very serious concern: how much privacy do we really have? There have been growing concerns about the pace at which governments and regulators are modernizing their legal systems and how they simply do not change fast enough to keep up with new inventions and innovations of the hyper-digital world we live in today.

  • At AI Everything in Dubai on Wednesday, industry experts spoke about how to train AI to make the world a better place by leveraging it to combat global humanitarian issues.

  • As we move towards a more digitalized future, concerns continue to grow about consumer privacy. Are legal systems adapting to the fast-paced age of emerging tech?

  • A study conducted by multinational corporation KPMG which has been described as the first of its kind, has claimed that the United States, Holland and Singapore are the countries that are best equipped for the forthcoming autonomous driving revolution.

  • Financial analysts are predicting that Switzerland is set to become the global epicenter for the forthcoming cryptocurrency and blockchain technology that it is built on. Reports have emerged that investors are flocking to the affluent Alpine nation in an effort to get in on the virtual action.

  • The top 10 cities for blockchain in the world were revealed according to a ranking by Boyd Cohen, co-founder of IoMob and the Blockchain Cities Alliance and dean of research at EADA Business School in Barcelona.

  • With the aim of regulating the use of fintech technology, the UAE's Minister of Economy has announced a regulatory framework for fintech companies adopting experimental licenses to conduct their operations. Similar frameworks were introduced by Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi Global Market over the last year.

  • The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has raised concerns about the cryptocurrency market and has warned the public of the threats involved with unregulated cryptocurrencies.

  • US whistleblower Chelsea Manning has called for a regulatory framework to be created with regards to the development of AI and machine learning. According to Manning who is a former US army intelligence analyst, mass surveillance by government agencies is increasing and getting worse.

  • A leading technology expert based in the African region believes the topic of 'smart cities' is not 'relevant' in Africa. Chad Baker, who is the VP of Sales in Africa for Japanese company NEC made the admission during a recent interview at MWC. According to Baker he feels that Africa should revisit and explore the 'smart cities' objective in five years - citing that infrastructural, regulatory and attitudinal hurdles currently prohibit the region from being in a position to implement and develop smart city initiatives in the continent.

  • The issue of regulating and legalizing ride-sharing services in Egypt was raised in the last couple of months when an Egyptian court ordered the suspension of such services in March after a group of taxi drivers claimed that they were illegally using private cars as taxis.