You’ve heard it over and over again, our infrastructure is failing. In fact, there are a number of very important topics related to infrastructure and/or construction. President Donald Trump has made it very clear that he intends to focus much of his presidency on improving U.S. infrastructure. Infrastructure is without a doubt one of the most important discussions we could be having right now. And perhaps the bigger question is how do we address America’s crumbling infrastructure? As I see it, the IoT (Internet of Things) is going to be part of the answer.
Every word I have written or spoken about distracted driving this month has stirred a lot of emotion in those that care about this very issue. There is no question the distracted-driving debate is a powerful one. Thus, before we put this year’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month behind us, I thought it might be prudent to take a closer look autonomous vehicles.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month continues all month long and so too does our discussion of getting us all to be more aware of what we are doing when we are behind the wheel. The last column I discussed how this epidemic is killing more than 40,000 people annually. I delved into the latest research and statistics in order to define the problem.
Distracted driving: what does this topic have to do with the IoT (Internet of Things)? This topic comes up a lot. So for this column, it’s important to explain why distracted-driving discussions need to be explored.
Distracted driving. This month you will be hearing and reading a lot about driver distraction and for good reason. The NSC (National Safety Council) actually observes April as distracted driving awareness month. The purpose of the NSC’s annual awareness campaign is to draw greater attention to this problem in our society and to empower individuals and employers to put safety first.
Have you ever given much thought about where we need to begin our IoT (Internet of Things) infrastructure innovation? Perhaps the real answer to this question is that we need to innovate with the brightest early on and that means going to school. College campuses have probably changed significantly since most of us attended university, and one of the ways some college campuses have changed is their adoption of the IoT. Today, college campuses are a brilliant breeding ground of innovation, but only if we take the time to tap into it.
Smart-street lights. This is typically not something that most of us pay much attention to, let alone give much thought on a daily basis. Candidly, street lights are one of those things in life that many of us take for granted.
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?