Today we’re going to have a part history lesson, part future-forecasting session. In this blog, I want to discuss one of my favorite topics, manufacturing. Before we discuss where manufacturing is headed, I would be very remiss if I didn’t at least take a step back to highlight how far we’ve come.
We’ve focused on the United States and this country’s efforts to make our cities smarter.
It’s smart city and infrastructure month on The Peggy Smedley Show this month, and I’ve been excited to talk about an important program that’s setting the stage for innovation and progress in both of these areas—smart city and infrastructure.
Last year, you may remember I covered a campaign called, “My Car Does What?”—a national campaign spearheaded by the NSC (National Safety Council) www.nsc.org, and the University of Iowa. Since its debut a year ago, the program has really matured in its campaign to help educate drivers on all the new vehicle safety technologies that are making connected cars increasingly safe—and even more autonomous—by helping prevent crashes.
When we talk about the IoT (Internet of Things), a smart-cities discussion is sure to come up. So it’s no wonder a lot of big-name companies want to be at the forefront of all these engagements. And AT&T is positioning itself in the smart-city space in a big way, having announced it is building a framework that leverages the IoT to connect cities. Through IoT innovations and alliances with technology leaders and industry organizations, AT&T’s smart-city framework aims to create impactful solutions for cities and citizens.
The entire month of February The Peggy Smedley Show focused on connected cars and even usage-based insurance. So when the NSC (National Safety Council), www.nsc.org, unveiled its new road safety report, it certainly turned a lot of heads and garnered a lot of attention. It certainly caught mine. But in case you missed the ruckus, let me enlighten you.
So often nowadays when we talk about the connected car, we talk about safety solutions. That’s because OEMs (original-equipment manufacturers) are realizing that consumers are past the point of simply wanting to be connected to their apps while they’re in the car. They expect it.
Have you ever really given much thought to Uber? Maybe what I really should be asking is what do you really know about Uber? The company’s most recent announcements include a pilot program that will leverage smartphone technology to verify customer feedback about how safe or unsafe a driver is during the customer’s trip. As you’d imagine, feedback is integral to the Uber system, which is why the company asks passengers and drivers to review each other after each trip.
Augmented reality, otherwise known as AR technology, is pretty impressive stuff when you consider what it can, or more importantly, what it is doing in the area of maintenance, repair, and service. It goes way beyond what is being offered in retail outlets. Today AR has made some serious leaps and bounds and manufacturers are going to be the serious beneficiaries in the IoT (Internet of Things) world.