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?
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.”
Happy New Year! It’s another year, and of course, that means it’s CES week. For all of us attending we will be seeing and talking about the hundreds, if not thousands, of new tech innovations on display. Thousands of people are strolling the aisles of CES. For those of you not in attendance it’s just a sight to behold as individuals are bursting with enthusiasm to view all the new gadgets, gizmos, and solutions that will change the way we all work and play. But the real question is which innovations will stick for 2017? What are the solutions that will change the way we conduct business forever?