This is Future Tech where we look at the latest innovations and gadgets, and discuss all things technology related. This week we talk driverless vehicles. Companies such as Uber and Google are never far from the headlines in the race to market the technology. Recently California approved the road testing of self-driving cars but according to the House of Lord's Science and Technology Committee, who this week published their report into autonomous vehicles, it’s still a long road before they appear on British roads. Share Radio’s Tom Hill brings this report.
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Each year PwC and the entrepreneur support group - Startupbootcamp - produce a report that looks at what's happening in the world of fintech. With plenty of new developments but uncertainty over the post-Brexit economy what might the future hold for the sector? To find out Share Radio's Joe Aldrigde spoke to Steve Davies, EMEA Fintech Leader at PwC.
It's time to check-in with our friends over at Money Saving Expert. This week Georgie was joined by personal finance writer Sam Mc Faul. With the Easter holidays coming up they look at how to make sure booking your holiday runs smoothly as well as what to do if you've been affected by Virgin Money's recent glitch. Plus all the latest deals the team have come across this week.
It's predicted cyber criminals are going to shift towards hacking into our internet-connected gadgets like phones, smart TVs, and even fitness trackers, and disabling access unless we pay up. Government-backed security researchers are warning about the rise of so-called "ransomware" - which is used to lock users out of devices. To find out more about the latest threats Georgie Frost heard from Ben Russell, head of strategy and partnerships at the National Cyber Crime Unit and Chris Dye, VP of marketing at Glasswall.
This week is British Science Week with a range of events up and down the country aimed at getting the public more engaged with science and technology. With growing interest in areas such as health tracking gadgets and volunteer science projects though it seems a lot demand is already there. To find out more about some of the events on offer Georgie Frost was joined by Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive of the British Science Association.
The Geneva Motor Show opens to the public today with some of the world's biggest manufacturers showcasing their latest models and developments. One of the biggest events of the automotive calendar this year will showcase some particularly topical technologies such as driverless and zero emission vehicles and even concepts including a flying car. To get some of the highlights Georgie Frost was joined by editor of The Car Expert Stuart Masson who has just returned from the show.
Amongst the spending pledges made by the Chancellor in this year's Budget we've heard millions will be set aside for research into futuristic technologies such as biotech, driverless cars and robotics. Money will also be put into a 5G network and supporting education in the STEM industries- science, technology, engineering and mathematics- with funding for 1,000 new PhD and fellowship positions. To discuss the investment Georgie Frost was joined by Dr Cian O'Donovan, research fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit.
From fitness trackers to smart watches wearable tech has become increasingly prevalent in recent years however there are signs of a market slowdown. Market leader Fitbit has reported lower sales this quarter whilst a recent US study concluded the devices did not aid weight loss. For a closer look at the industry and products available Sarah Lowther was joined by analyst at CCS Insight Ben wood.
Carrying out financial transactions on your desktop and other such traditional methods are more susceptible to cybercrime than using your mobile. That’s according to research by security technology company Threatmetrix, which shows one million cyberattacks targeted online lending transactions in 2016. Cyber fraud expert from Threatmetrix, Dr. Stephen Moody, spoke to Share Radio’s Anviksha Patel to discuss the research further.
You may think driverless cars are a terrible idea, but you may also think they’re an ingenious idea. Whichever way you think, car manufacturers are heading in this direction, and the most well-known tech giants want a piece of the action too. But who would you rather trust to make your driverless car? A tech company or your favourite car manufacturer? Auto Trader's Operations Director, Nathan Coe, joined Nigel Cassidy on Share Radio Breakfast to discuss the future of the industry. Nathan also offered comment on the big news of the day – the agreed deal between PSA Group and General Motors.