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A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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The race for a driverless taxi service is on

The race for a driverless taxi service is on | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Since the start of 2016, automakers, tech companies, and ride-hailing services have been racing to create a driverless taxi service. This service would mirror how an Uber works today, but there wouldn’t be a driver.

So far, the race has been brutal, as companies jockey for position by spending billions to acquire/invest in companies that will help make a driverless taxi service a reality. Uber recently took the pole position by announcing it would begin piloting its self-driving taxi service (with a driver still behind the wheel) in Pittsburgh later this month. But other companies, including almost every automaker, are quickly catching up as we reach the mid-way point in the driverless taxi race.

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Promotion for a BI report on the subject of self-driving taxis

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

I find the diagram useful as it categorizes component suppliers, mobility services and automakers, showing where apple, uber, google cross the lines. It gives a simple representation of where to look for innovation in this space. And I assume the report is also good ;-)

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There's one key reason Uber's self-driving cars need to master Pittsburgh

There's one key reason Uber's self-driving cars need to master Pittsburgh | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
If Uber can master Pittsburgh's terrain, infrastructure, and erratic drivers, its self-driving cars can handle anything.
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Uber is rolling out self driving car development programme in Pittsburgh because that city presents a number of key challenges: bridges, snow, etc.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Self driving cars represent the biggest opportunity for businesses to reduce their costs and improve their logistics in the coming years. Uber, Google and others are at the forefront of this innovation and it is essential to track how good or bad the technology is so you can add it to your roadmap at the appropriate time. 

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Mobileye says Tesla auto braking tech wasn’t designed for scenario behind fatal crash

Mobileye says Tesla auto braking tech wasn’t designed for scenario behind fatal crash | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Following yesterday’s news of the NHTSA’s investigation into a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S, Mobileye, the Israeli technology company helping..
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Fatal car crash of a Tesla on highway using automated driving mode. The post provides some information about the crash, which appears to be due to a condition that was never programmed into the system (side hit).

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Autonomous vehicles will become more and more popular in the future and this event reminds us of the complexities involved. We are very early in this field and much like aviation there should be formal investigations and corrective actions taken when such crash occur so that all manufacturers can learn from crashes. This calls for an international database of car crashes and there should be mandatory requirements for new self-driving systems to "pass" the exam ie. to ensure they all react correctly to previously seen car crashes and other incidents. 

 

This thus becomes an opportunity to learn from the global past experience of millions of drivers and billions of kilometers driven in all conditions, across all countries. I am not aware of such a central database but would expect it to become a reality if we want autonomous driving to be a transformation beyond what we have today: each driver learning for themselve.

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Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by 2020

Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by 2020 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Rolls-Royce isn't limiting its robotic transportation plans to luxury cars. The British transportation firm has outlined a strategy for deployin
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Article that describes the efforts that Rolls Royces is making to develop autonomous ships in the near future. This appears to be a serious innovation supported by white paper and business case, although no prototypes have yet been built.

http://www.rolls-royce.com/~/media/Files/R/Rolls-Royce/documents/customers/marine/ship-intel/aawa-whitepaper-210616.pdf 

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Although this remains an innovation project, it highlights how important digital transformation will be when applied to the real world, and not just email, websites and eCommerce. The bulk of our lives is spent in the real world and programmes such as this one and others will surely revolutionize transportation industry. And many others.

 

Companies that are serious about planning for the near term future (5 years out and +) should include these in their plans - which may require some leaders to think outside the box and look at areas they have considered outside the reach of computers and digital technology.

 

I wrote about Hyundai and Accenture working on connected smart ships in the past also : http://sco.lt/6xza9h

I also wrote about autonomous cars and trucks: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Automobile 

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State of the Internet 2016: web stalls, voice+image recognition & car revolution grow

State of the Internet 2016: web stalls, voice+image recognition & car revolution grow | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

At 213 pages, there's a ton of data, but here are our Top 3 takeaways.

1) The internet itself is seeing slowing growth. In the past two decades, the internet economy was affected by macroeconomic trends, but it was external issues like the housing crisis and the financial crisis that were driving the slowdown. Now it is global internet growth itself that is slowing down.

2) Typing text into a search bar is so last year. In five years, at least 50 percent of all searches are going to be either images or speech.

3) The home screen has acted as the de facto portal on mobile devices since the arrival of the iPhone and even before. Messaging apps, with context and time, have a chance to rival the home screen as the go-to place for interaction.

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218 slides of jammed packed information. Soon I will be able to blog one slide of this Mary Meeker State of the Internet annual presentation per day for the whole year. Wow...

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

This is an annual event for digital experts: the state of the Internet. This year, it focusses on deep learning (think voice+image recognition) and cars. Because really the Internet growth is slowing down. So is mobile phone usage. The trend thus appears to be what we build on top of the Internet and not the Internet itself. Finally.

 

Every company executive and board member should listen to this talk. Even if you don't understand everything you should ask yourself: how is our company positioned to address those trends? In most cases I assume the answer will be: we are not. This should be cause for concern and action.

 

For previous year presentations, go to http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?q=meeker 

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The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage.

The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage. | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A few days before Thanksgiving, George Hotz, a 26-year-old hacker, invites me to his house in San Francisco to check out a project he’s been working on. He says it’s a self-driving car that he had built in about a month. The claim seems absurd. But when I turn up that morning, in his garage there’s a white 2016 Acura ILX outfitted with a laser-based radar (lidar) system on the roof and a camera mounted near the rearview mirror. A tangle of electronics is attached to a wooden board where the glove compartment used to be, a joystick protrudes where you’d usually find a gearshift, and a 21.5-inch screen is attached to the center of the dash. “Tesla only has a 17-inch screen,” Hotz says.
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The story of a very bright kid that unleashes the power of deep learning and machine intelligence to tech his car how to drive. And it seems to be working. Someone to look at very carefully.

 

But also a story about the power that these new tools have on our world and should be leveraged more aggressively by corporations.

 

Look at the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTrgRYa2wbI

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Numalis's curator insight, March 15, 3:32 AM
Technology is really accelerating. What an expert can do in one month could take years before. This is as exciting as it is uncontrollable. The only remaining question is to know if simple and fast prototyping could be a good canvas to build upon for safe and efficient designs.
Emeric Bailleul's curator insight, March 15, 5:05 AM

The story of a very bright kid that unleashes the power of deep learning and machine intelligence to tech his car how to drive. And it seems to be working. Someone to look at very carefully.

 

But also a story about the power that these new tools have on our world and should be leveraged more aggressively by corporations.

 

Look at the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTrgRYa2wbI

Murphy Ben International 's curator insight, March 16, 4:20 PM

The story of a very bright kid that unleashes the power of deep learning and machine intelligence to tech his car how to drive. And it seems to be working. Someone to look at very carefully.

 

But also a story about the power that these new tools have on our world and should be leveraged more aggressively by corporations.

 

Look at the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTrgRYa2wbI

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What's Next In Mobile Technology?

What's Next In Mobile Technology? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

In this post, I outline what I think are the 16 topics to think about
within the current generation, and then link to the things I’ve written
about them. In January, I’ll dig into some of the themes for the future -
VR, AR, drones and AI, but this is where we are today. 

1: Mobile is the new central ecosystem of tech
2: Mobile is the internet
3: Mobile isn’t about small screens and PCs aren’t about keyboards - mobile means an ecosystem and that ecosystem will swallow ‘PCs’
4: The future of productivity
5: Microsoft's capitulation
6: Apple & Google both won, but it’s complicated
7: Search and discovery
8: Apps and the web
9: Post Netscape, post PageRank, looking for the next run-time
10: Messaging as a platform, and a way to get customers. 
11: The unclear future of Android and the OEM world
12: Internet of Things
13: Cars
14: TV and the living room
15: Watches
16: Finally, we are not our users


Via Eric_Determined / Eric Silverstein
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No surprise but great list of reference reading for the new year.

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Colin Taylor TRG's curator insight, December 29, 2015 7:31 AM

Great post on future technology. Mobile first has become #mobile only- #custserv #custexp

Craig Broadbent's curator insight, December 30, 2015 11:54 PM

Interesting look at the future!

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 31, 2015 11:08 AM

This is a good article sharing the author's take on where we are today in mobile technology. Agree or disagree?

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This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country

This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Nine days, 15 states, and 3,400 miles after leaving San Francisco, Delphi's autonomous car arrived in New York City.
Farid Mheir's insight:

11 years ago the DARPA challenge for an autonomous car to drive across 150 miles in the desert resulted in no car being able to cross the finish line. Today, cars can drive 99% of the way across North America in autonomous mode, and Google self-driving cars has many million miles of driving experience behind its autonomous wheel. Where will we be 10 years from now (hey, I'll only be 60 then!)?


As Elon Musk recently said, in 20 years owning a car will be like owning a horse - http://bit.ly/1SCn0PF.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

As I wrote about previously (http://bit.ly/1SCna9O), self-driving cars and other autonomous driving will be a revolution for commercial deliveries (autonomous semi-trailer truck now testing in Nevada http://bit.ly/1SCocm2) and other mundane tasks like commuting to work. The economies this may bring to forward thinking companies are enormous.

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How to hack a Tesla model S? DEFCON Hacking Conference

How to hack a Tesla model S? DEFCON Hacking Conference | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The Tesla Model S is the most connected car in the world. It might surprise you to hear that it is also one of the most secure. In this talk we will walk you through the architecture of a Tesla Model S noting things that Tesla got right as well as identifying those that they got wrong. From this talk you will get an intimate understanding of how the many interconnected systems in a Tesla model S work and most importantly how they can be hacked. You will also get a good understanding of the data that this connected car collects and what Tesla does with this telemetry. We will also be releasing a tool that will enable Tesla Model S owners to view and analyse that telemetry in real time. Finally we will also be releasing several 0day vulnerabilities that will allow you to hack a Tesla Model S yourself - both locally and remotely. Note - only one of the 6 vulnerabilities we will discuss and release has been fixed. Disclaimer: With great access comes great responsibility - In other words we are not responsible for any Tesla Model S bricked by over enthusiastic attendees of this talk :)

Farid Mheir's insight:

I love August because it is the month where hacking conferences are held. And they always have their share of flamboyant hacks like this one. Looking forward to see what this year's crop will bring...


Also read the short piece in the WSJ about the hack and what it does.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/08/06/hackers-take-control-of-a-tesla-sort-of/ 

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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
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A team of engineers remotely gain control over a Jeep and demonstrate vulnerabilities in its computer systems.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

I wrote about this before as a reminder that digital transformation enables great new opportunities as well as new security and privacy issues.


More about this here http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=carJacking 

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Hackers Remotely

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Google Self-Driving Car Project now issues monthly reports on its website

Google Self-Driving Car Project now issues monthly reports on its website | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

We’ve made a lot of progress with our self-driving technology over the past 6 years, and we’re still learning. Every day we head out onto public streets so we can keep challenging and refining our software. Here’s a roundup of our latest activity.

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Google has released its first monthly report for the self-driving car project as it starts to drives its new vehicles in the streets.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The reports contains stats of course but also a list of all the accidents that the cars were involved in during the years (1.8M miles). Given the excellent track record to date, I would start to look into licensing the technology if I was relying heavily on cars and trucks for my business: transportation of goods to remote areas, deliveries, closed-campus passenger travels, etc.

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Green lights for our self-driving vehicle prototypes

Green lights for our self-driving vehicle prototypes | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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One more small step towards the day when I can reclaim all the time I loose in my car as I shuffle between client offices...

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Pinkid Singh's curator insight, May 16, 2015 2:35 AM

good one

Farid Mheir's comment, May 23, 2015 10:12 AM
Thank you @THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*, @Vladyslav Malyshev, @Pinkid Singh, @NetwaxLab, @pgoeltz for the rescoops. Please also recommend my topic if you can!
THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s comment, May 23, 2015 11:21 AM
Always with pleasure Farid!
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Elon Musk: cars you can drive will eventually be outlawed

SELF-DRIVING CARS WOULD TAKE 20 YEARS TO REPLACE REGULAR CARS
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I post so you can watch the video of the self-driving tesla S.


Reminds me of a saying they taught us in enterprise architecture class: when given a chance, always bet on technology because it matures much faster than anything else. 

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Lewis J. Perelman's curator insight, March 27, 2015 3:39 PM

The headline assumes most people would be willing to have driving outlawed. That seems very unlikely.

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Uber Fleet of Driverless Cars Will Bring us to Level 3 in Autonomy

Uber Fleet of Driverless Cars Will Bring us to Level 3 in Autonomy | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The autonomous cars, launching this summer, are custom Volvo XC90s, supervised by humans in the driver’s seat.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Detailed description of UBER self driving car project. Includes a great "maturity level" chart from the US NHTSA.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We are entering Level 3 of 4 is the self driving car innovation.

 

More news on this topic here:

http://www.wired.com/tag/autonomous-vehicles/ 

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Marie Cécile Rochet's curator insight, August 26, 12:38 PM

Detailed description of UBER self driving car project. Includes a great "maturity level" chart from the US NHTSA.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We are entering Level 3 of 4 is the self driving car innovation.

 

More news on this topic here:

http://www.wired.com/tag/autonomous-vehicles/ 

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BlackBerry's future: Making the Autonomous Cars More Secure?

BlackBerry's future: Making the Autonomous Cars More Secure? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
In February 2010 a car dealership in Austin, Texas, was inundated by phone calls from over 100 irate customers. For some inexplicable reason, their cars wouldn’t start. To make matters worse, their car horns started to honk non-stop.
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A description of BlackBerry's QNX technology and how it can be leveraged to make cars more secure.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

This article raises a number of concerns regarding car security and the need to consider that security from the design and not as an after thought. It also opens a new area for BlackBerry, moving away from phones and into another consumer market. This ay prove the beginning of a new era for them. Who knows...

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The Internet of Everything: a review of trends, stats and forecast on #IoT

The Internet of Everything: a review of trends, stats and forecast on #IoT | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

BI Intelligence analyses how the growth of internet-connected devices, particularly the Internet of Things, will revolutionize our lives. 

The Internet of Everything

By 2020, more than 34 billion internet-connected devices will be installed globally — that's more than 4 devices for every human on earth.

BI Intelligence has developed a slide deck analyzing the growth of internet-connected devices — particularly the Internet of Things (IoT).

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A 60 slide powerpoint presentation on Internet of Things, its current and future usage and penetration, possible uses, etc.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

IoT is a major trend which should impact all businesses in the near future. This is a well researched document that provides very useful charts for anyone putting together strategic plans and roadmaps. It covers a wide variety of industries and applications, which shows how wide and deep the IoT revolution could be. Must read.

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CARS OF THE FUTURE: TECH AND APPS WILL MAKE YOU RIDE NOT DRIVE

CARS OF THE FUTURE: TECH AND APPS WILL MAKE YOU RIDE NOT DRIVE | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Ride-hailing apps such as Lyft and Ola are not only challenging taxi drivers around the world, they are also disrupting the car industry as a whole as people prefer to hail a ride than buy their own set of wheels.

 

Part of "The Disrupters" - a series about industries undergoing transformation.

Farid Mheir's insight:

A short video about the transformation that UBER, Lyft and other ride sharing and autonomous car driving companies are having on work, travel, car ownership, car design, etc.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Like the cellphone before it, ride sharing has the potential to impact companies in fields such as distribution and logistics. I expect this may be the most profound impact that "uber" model may have yet all the attention these days seems to be on end user benefits - taxis replacement - when the use of uber to deliver groceries at walmart may actually be the most important impact on our daily lives. No?

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#video of the 26-Year-Old Hacker Who Built a Self-Driving Car... in His Garage

George Hotz, the first person to hack the iPhone, says he built a self-driving car in a month. How did he do it? Bloomberg's Ashlee Vance went to Hotz'
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Companion post to my previous one here: http://sco.lt/7c2fS5

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The Autonomous Winter Is Coming

The Autonomous Winter Is Coming | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Winter is coming for car manufacturers. An Autonomous Winter, without end. If you’ve seen what Tesla is doing with Autopilot, and all they plan to do with it, you’ve already seen the future. Now it’s up to automakers to figure out what they want to be in this new world as quickly as possible.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Very good article on the transformation coming to the automobile industry due to driverless cars. I found the topic interesting because of the driverless technologies involved and the opportunity for transformation in companies both large and small. But in fact there seems to be something more profound about to happen: 2 new business models are emerging.


The author splits the world of car makers between those that will be in the mobility space and those that will be in the driving space. All car manufacturers were both until now.


But more important the author notes that autonomous cars will mean fewer cars on the road and way less cars sold: up to 70% less cars sold in fact. This will be a huge earthquake in the auto industry, basically meaning that the market will be cut down by two thirds. Wow.


I assume car owners will also have to make the choice between acquiring a car for mobility or driving purpose. Very interesting questions.

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Jean-Simon Venne's curator insight, December 29, 2015 12:08 PM

The auto industry is about to migrate to a new world, thanks Farid for this very good scoop.

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19 Security Hacks That Target physical devices

19 Security Hacks That Target physical devices | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
With Blackhat USA behind us and Defcon in its full throes, there seems to be a trend away from purely digital hacks and toward physical devices. In that spirit, here are nineteen amazing hacks that cross the physical divide.
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A review of 19 security hacks on physical devices Compromise Cars, Pacemakers, Mobile Phones, and ATMs.


WHY THIS  IS IMPORTANT

As more devices become digital, more hacks become possible. Get used to it!

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Auto insurers are using the Internet of Things to monitor drivers and cut costs

Auto insurers are using the Internet of Things to monitor drivers and cut costs | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Auto and health insurers are the leading adopters of the Internet of Things among insurance companies. The savings could be immense.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Watch out, the report is behind a paywall but I thought the topic and the chart were worth distributing.

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Luigi Cappel's comment, October 27, 2015 1:52 PM
PAYD is not an easy model for insurance companies. Traditionally the people who drive really well subsidize those who don't. PAYD means that people who don't drive much and don't get into accidents, could expect to see significant reductions in their premiums, which comes straight off the bottom line of insurance companies profits.
Farid Mheir's comment, October 27, 2015 3:05 PM
@Luigi Cappel you are right about the constraints this digital transformation places on the business model of insurers. Good catch!
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Nvidia develops products for #selfdriving car vision processing and display

Nvidia develops products for #selfdriving car vision processing and display | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Right after the company announced the new Tegra X1 mobile SoC at a press conference in Las Vegas, Nvidia's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, went on to announce the company's plans in the automotive space.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Having powerful vision processing is essential to allow self driving cars autonomy. 


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Very powerful but cheap vision processing are coming. They are targeted at self driving cars because of the high volume potential but any other industry will be able to leverage this power for artificial vision.

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How a driverless car sees the road

How a driverless car sees the road | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Video that shows how Google self driving cars see the world. Starting at around 7min30s


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Something that we often take for granted is in fact extremely complex because of the large number of use cases you have to support to have a truly reliable system. What is fascinating is how all the data gathered during all the trips (3M miles) is used daily to "train" the system and verify that changes and improvement actually learn from all these years and situations. This is a good reason why Google is building a system that will become the most reliable possible. Can we do this in other situations, to better train or validate software solutions?


I wrote about this many times before, see http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses?q=self-driving for additional reading.

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@ClaimSEO yes please do. You can re-scoop or use this link to the story http://sco.lt/8ZGdhB
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Ten ways #autonomousDriving could redefine the automotive world via @McKinsey

Ten ways #autonomousDriving could redefine the automotive world via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The widespread use of AVs could profoundly affect a variety of industry sectors. To explore these implications in depth, we focused on three time horizons of AV diffusion: before such vehicles are commercially available to individual buyers, when they are in the early stage of adoption, and when they become the primary means of transport (exhibit).

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McKinsey proposes 10 ways self driving cars will impact our lives in 3 eras. The first one is the next 5 years (until 2020).


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Companies should should include the impact of self driving cars in their 5 to 10 year strategic plans. 


Most discard self-driving cars because they only see them replacing individual cars, which won't happen until 2030 at least. However, self driving cars will first impact niche applications and I assume this will impact the supply chain: procurement, distribution, etc.Companies should thus include self-driving as part of their strategies for : distribution logistics, warehouse automation, campus deliveries (closed circuit), farming, mining, etc.

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Crash-Testing #Driverless Cars in a Robot City

Crash-Testing #Driverless Cars in a Robot City | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Automakers are eager to test their robot cars in the $6.5 million driverless city being built by the University of Michigan.
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driverless cars will soon be very popular and require completely news ways to tests the systems before they are deemed road worthy. Nice chart that shows the projected number of fully and partially autonomous cars we should expect to see on roads. Let's come back to it in a few years to see if reality will line up to this chart or blow past it...

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