For some time now we have been talking about the importance of improving our infrastructure in America. We’ve stressed the importance of why our crumbling roads and bridges need to be rebuilt and that deploying sensors can help keep track of a structure’s condition. We’ve even explored in great detail how IoT solutions need to be deployed to solve infrastructure issues such as traffic and congestion, parking in cities, smart cities, utilities, sustainability, and to open doors for the next generation of connected, autonomous vehicles.
Is tech ready to take the wheel? If you ask all the technology pundits most have been vehemently declaring that the roads are ready for autonomous vehicles. Or at the very least semi-autonomous cars. Many car makers and technology leaders who are proponents of this technology have been spouting driverless technology is ready for prime time.
UBI, otherwise known as usage-based insurance has been evolving very quickly as of late. And even bigger changes look to be the horizon. But what exactly does that mean for fleets and drivers, in general? Or more importantly, will UBI, still play a role as autonomous vehicles become more prevalent?
Let’s talk smart factories. We all know the first Industrial Revolution in the late 18th and early 19th centuries marked a major turning point in the world’s history. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, we relied on manual labor to manufacture things. But that changed with the invention of machine-driven production.
Global commercial telematics is really fascinating. And for those of you paying close attention then you know that the ELD or “electronic logging device” mandate here in the United States is set and the clocking is ticking.
We have all seen a lot of upheaval in the government in the past month, to say the least. In this column however, I would like to take a different approach and perhaps look to the future with perhaps a glimmer of optimism and talk about what the future might be with the new Secretary of Transportation at the helm.
Autonomous drones are really not what most people think. In fact, if you were at CES this year, you most certainly noticed how significant of a presence drones had at this annual event. There was a drone marketplace, a drone rodeo, and attendees couldn’t stop talking about them.
There is a growing need for standards and data interoperability in the construction space. While at Connected World we focus on many verticals, I personally have had my ear to the ground of the construction industry for past two decades since I serve as the editorial director of its sister publication Constructech magazine, www.constructech.com. And during that time, I have personally witnessed tremendous change.
Wearables have been on everyone’s radar for quite a while now. And I have to confess, wearables continue to be a particularly fascinating trend for me.
Is your city smart? There seems to be many ways to determine if a city is smart. However, as I see it, a smart city is truly compelling when citizens experience a sharp reduction in crime rates, a decline in energy consumption, a decrease in traffic congestion, and an overall improvement in water usage. In addition, the smartest cities understand how to tap into more ways to take advantage of eco-friendly building materials and leverage innovations all tied to data that perhaps ultimately generate revenue for local governments. With that being said, we’ve been talking about smart cities for years and I have yet to see us reach the pinnacle where smarter cities are “selling themselves.”