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In-Store Mobile Apps Coming to a Retailer Near You - Website ...

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Mobile isn't going away any time soon, which poses a lot of questions for retailers looking to optimize their brand's mobile experience for consumers. While options such as geo-location apps or mobile compatible websites are ...
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Location is Everywhere, How is it Changing our Lives? It affects everything in our daily lives. How do we manage it to live, work and play smarter?
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Cars Are Not Driving Away Any Time Soon

Cars Are Not Driving Away Any Time Soon | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
I've been reading a book called 'Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do' by Tom Vanderbilt, which resonates very well with me. Now I'm no petrol head, but I still like driving my car and it is still m...
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It only takes a little pain to have people hop in their cars. A wet day, having to stand on a bus, or having to stand on the side of the road and watch the bus go by. Driving is part of our culture. We are how we move. Even in cities where driving is impractical, like Tokyo, I have friends who still own a car, almost a status symbol because of the costs of even parking your car. They go driving in the weekend and enjoy the countryside.

The most popular and profitable radio time, even today when so many people are connected to their smartphones for entertainment, is drive-time. Of course this is also when we get our critical traffic reports.

We don't even want to get out of our cars. An estimated 22% of ALL restaurant meals in America are ordered through the window of a car.

I really like the footer, that a pedestrian is someone who has just parked their car.

Just last night I was reading in the news that sales of new passenger cars in New Zealand have gone up in the first months of this year by 3.6% breaking a 26 year record. Sales of commercial vehicles for the first four months in this country are up 14% on the same period last year.

Still think more people are ditching their cars?

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Mountain View studying automated transit system

Mountain View studying automated transit system | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
City documents describe AGT as “a category of advanced transportation technology that is primarily characterized by being both fully automated and driverless. This technology is often found at airp…
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What happened to monorails? 30 years ago they were considered cool, modern and economical. Great for tourism and urban transport they were a solution that cities were proud of. Now it seems a lot of cities got rid of them. 

I wonder how much of their whole of life cost would actually be the drivers. Is automation worth it for the extra costs? Is it a good reason to reconsider them. I wonder if automation might actually be more expensive than drivers who could also keep an eye on passenger safety.....
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Samsung Advances Self-Driving Push With New $300M Fund | Androidheadlines.com

Samsung Advances Self-Driving Push With New $300M Fund | Androidheadlines.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Samsung has introduced a new fund through which the South Korean tech giant aims to focus on the automotive market, particularly the autonomous driving seg
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At first I thought Samsung was getting into new territory and imagining Samsung cars, but they are after something much bigger. In fact they are doing what Bill Gates was too early for. Remember his "The Road Ahead"? Probably not, but one of his ideas was a critical mass of cars full of Windows CE computers that would talk to computers outside of the car including your mobile phone. That was published 22 years ago. He knew what he wanted, but we took too long to get it. The loneliness of the long distance runner...

I thought of Gerd Leonhard the musician turned futurist who has steadfastly talked about data being the new currency that flows like water. 

Then I thought it sounded a lot like Siemens who have parts in so many of the world's cars and hey presto, Samsung owns Harman, a major competitor to Siemens. Combine Harman sensors, computers and other OEM products with Samsung's communication systems, not to mention Android phones and the IOT just went ballistic. 

They don't want to build cars, they want to be in every car, every house and building, roadside furniture and of course with the phone, watch and wearables, on every person 24/7.

That kind of makes South Korea kind of important on a global scale don't you think?
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UK engineers to develop autonomous electric street sweeper

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The autonomous vehicle arm of Midlands sports car manufacturer Westfield, has announced plans to develop the UK’s first fully autonomous road sweeper
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This is interesting. I get the value on an airport tarmac, a bit like a domestic robot vacuum cleaner which I wouldn't mind having just for novelty's sake, but the idea of using one in an urban street worries me a little.

Imagine if there were homeless people, or people who had succumbed to alcohol or drugs after a night out partying. It seems to be more prevalent these days and I wonder how well a machine like this would differentiate between an empty cardboard box or someone sleeping inside one. 
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These Are Your Worst GPS-Fail Stories

These Are Your Worst GPS-Fail Stories | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Yes, I am fully aware that far too many of us are far too reliant on GPS systems when we travel. Most people probably don’t even carry maps in their cars anymore. I know my parents don’t (haha). That said, these systems aren’t completely fail-proof.
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A colleague frequently tells me "no one complains about Google Maps". I beg to differ and this article adds some evidence, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. These stories make some interesting reading. 

I've had my own experiences were Google told me I had arrived at a tourist destination in Louisiana when I was on a narrow country farm road in the middle of nowhere. I had to use another app to figure out where I was and finally got to my destination which was fortunately only about 30 miles away, but it was a bit scary as we had mapped our day around travel times and we certainly didn't end up where we planned to be that night. 

I had to laugh on one of the Google stories on this article (not the one in the picture) where a person driving a smart looking Renault Clio ended up on a goat track in Oman. 

Some of these problems are human related, for example issues using settings on dedicated GPS devices, like avoiding toll roads or taking the shortest route, which may take you on roads that are not suitable for street vehicles. A contributor to me is that many no longer add an instruction manual because they pride themselves on their devices being intuitive. Just plug it into the car power supply, enter your destination and drive.

Google is not a car navigation solution. It does routing and it has some nice features, but don't mistake it for a TomTom or a Navman and with those, remember they are computers and do as they are told. If you say avoid main roads, that's what it will do.

If you want a free navigation app for your smartphone, I recommend HERE https://wego.here.com which includes real time traffic, speed zones and downloadable maps for most of the world, all for free. If you have a car that comes with inbuilt navigation you are quite likely already using it. 

The bottom line is, your routing or navigation solution is an aid. You are the driver and what matters is what's outside your windscreen and what decisions you make based on what you see. 

A final recommendation if you are using a Portable Navigation Device (PND). Unless you feel like taking risks, set it to factory default, which will be fastest route with a preference for main roads.Then you won't be on my Twitter hashtag list of #TheGPSMadeMeDo It
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Autonomous technology may encourage a false sense of security

Autonomous technology may encourage a false sense of security | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
While many are hailing the potential benefits of fully- and semi-autonomous vehicle systems, Andrew Silver – co-founder and chief technology officer for Tango Networks, a mobile device management system developer – argues in the first of two guest columns that it might actually be creating more, not fewer, distracted driving issues. His second column will address potential solutions to such distraction.
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Humans are predictably irrational. Computers are not. Even when they go bad, like the brand new supermarket scanning system that randomised pricing charging people thousands of dollars for a handful of groceries, there is a logic. The problem was a chip that had probably suffered from static electricity that interfered permanently with it's firmware. identify and replace the chip and it was back to its normal boring, predictable, reliable task.

When you have a cool new toy, you want to show it off right? On Monday I was in my Corvette, in a dual lane motorway onramp and a guy in a Tesla wanted to show me that his car could accelerate faster than mine when the ramp signals turned green. He may well have been right but I wasn't going to play the game and was impressed as I idled away from the lights as he took off as though he was doing a time trial on a drag strip. I often get that in my car, but usually from boy racers, not mature adults in expensive new cars. I always ignore them as I have nothing to prove.

The Tesla is an awesome car and I'd definitely consider having one as a second car if I had the money, but I wonder about the sense of complacency that some drivers might have as owners of a Level Two semi-autonomous vehicle. 

It would certainly start  with showing off to other people how you can take your hands off the wheel and safely keep driving, showing the adaptive cruise control and lane management which is all very cool. Then comes the risk of complacency, using apps on the massive entertainment display (I believe the most popular use is reading newspapers) while driving.

Then there is the issue of the behaviour of cars around you. I see absolutely crazy behaviour on the road every day. Cars cutting off trucks is a common one, because professional drivers keep a safe gap in front of them, and car drivers decide that the gap is actually a pocket that they need to fill as quickly as possible. A truck can't evade them easily whether they have a light load or a heavy load and sometimes they are forced into fast evasive manoeuvres that result in accidents as they try to choose the path of least risk.

Driver behaviour often isn't sensible or logical, so makes me question the deep thinking programming and it's ability to reason irrational human behaviour in the vehicles around them as or after it has happened.

Some of the arterial roads on my commute are constantly pocked with potholes from the many massively laden trucks supporting a rapid building boom, some of the holes are quite deep, and have sharp edges and the roads were not constructed or strengthened to meet the current usage. Sometimes in traffic, those potholed  can be difficult to avoid and in bad weather difficult to even see. 

I wonder how well a Level 2 car would go in conditions where humans often struggle. There are no V2V or other technologies to share information about these risky spots and if the driver has their hands off the wheel when they drive through these dangerous road hazards I wonder how the computers respond.

Driven with due care, understanding that these are emerging technologies and far from the future Level 4 and 5 cars that will come in the future, these are very cool cars. I just hope that owners recognise the limitations, because I don't think Tesla is making statements like Volvo that they will fully indemnify the driver of their vehicles of any responsibility. 

Globally it has been recognised that distracted driving is a major cause of accidents. A car that by its very display and apps encourages people to take their eyes off the road, must result in complacency, especially because most of the time they are driving in fairly benign conditions. But as Dan Ariely says, humans are predictably irrational. 
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Court orders Labor Department to reconsider fired truck driver’s retaliation claim - Business Insurance

Court orders Labor Department to reconsider fired truck driver’s retaliation claim - Business Insurance | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Secretary of Labor to reconsider the department’s rejection of a case in which a truck driver claimed he was fired for taking rest breaks.
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There are many possible back stories here and I wouldn't want to preempt any decisions here. I once helped someone get legal assistance who subsequently won a case against an unfair dismissal. Subsequently I spoke to the person's boss and found out that their work record was very poor and while they had followed an illegal process and were therefore convicted of an unfair dismissal; if they had followed correct procedure he still would have lost his job and not been rewarded with several thousand dollars in compensation. 

Fatigue does kill people and not just or even necessarily the person behind the wheel. There is massive pressure on professional drivers to meet deadlines and I have spoken to a number of people who travel for their work who are no longer able to complete the same amount of work in a day, which means their productivity and profitability is in decline.

Whilst there are many things they could and should be doing to work smarter, the topic of my next book that I am just starting to outline, which will be a sequel to 'Unleashing the Road Warrior', any driver of a vehicle who is feeling over tired has the responsibility to take a break, have a rest, maybe a coffee and let their employer or colleague know. 
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Five Apps to Download Before Hurricane Irma Hits Florida

Five Apps to Download Before Hurricane Irma Hits Florida | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
If there's anything to be learned from Hurricane Harvey is that the right app could potentially save your life.
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We live in a world of apps and yet most people don't go beyond the regular ones they use on a daily basis. Wherever you live in the world, there are probably apps that can make a big difference to you in an emergency.

This article features some of those. For example Zello saved lives in Houston during Hurricane Harvey, allowing people to call for help. 

We've heard that many gas stations in Florida have run out of petrol. If you listen to the radio to find out who has gas, you are likely to end up in a line of hundreds of cars at the same gas station and could be the one who waits for hours only to find they have just run out, while people using GasBuddy would find more choices close to them, or in the direction they are trying to go in. 

Hurricane by the American Red Cross, not only tells you what the situation is, but also provides a channel to search for missing family and friends, something that was one of the more stressful experiences that friends and colleagues told me about during the Christchurch NZ earthquake. 

I'll leave you with a last question on that one. If your family is spread out geographically, do you have an agreed app to use should you want to regroup or make sure everyone is OK. Will it work if you can only use mobile data, but not make mobile calls? Do you have agreed meet up locations like you would if you went to a theme park or were exploring a new city?

Do you know where you would go if you had to evacuate your home? Do you know people, perhaps neighbors who have no transport or way of getting out? Buses and other means of public transport aren't as easy to manoeuvre around broken down and crashed vehicles and their drivers might already be in the cars on their way out of town anyway. Do you have an emergency evacuation kit?

Besides hoping for the safety of the people of Florida and the islands which are currently taking the brunt, we have to ask ourselves, what are we learning from this situation? Or will be, to use Frank Zappa's famous words, saying "It can't happen here. It won't happen here."
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How free self-driving car rides could change everything

How free self-driving car rides could change everything | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Free self-driving car rides could mean big implications not only for businesses but for cities, public transportation systems and car owners.
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Think you've seen disrupters? Try this one. Free transport. What a great idea for a destination business! If a restaurant, movie theatre, concert, bungy jump or jet boat tour needs customers, driverless cars could mean that instead of location based marketing offering you deals as you drive near a location, how about a destination that contacts you and offers you a free ride to and from their service?

Chris Anderson, author of "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," suggests that there is a viable model which would be subsidised by the destination service, but also by selling data about how it is being used.

If you had a destination like an Escape Room and on average you returned $120-$150 an hour for the experience and it cost you $5 to drive local experience seekers to and from your vehicle, do you think you'd get more users? 

I do. In fact if they followed my distressed inventory model and you had a database of people who like experiences, you would increase your patronage and provide customers with a service that everyone would be raving about. It would mean less cars on the road, and more people enjoying the attractions of their city.

Watch this space, someone will do it as soon as the technology is viable. Remember you read it here. It would mean less cars on the road, but more people enjoying the attractions of their city. 
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iSOS: The tech that can help companies track office employees in real-time

iSOS: The tech that can help companies track office employees in real-time | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
iSOS - the integrated smart office solutions company – has many features to offer its clients; but the feature that allows management to track the movement of employees inside office premises is becoming increasingly popular.
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"You were in the kitchen 4 times and on the smoking deck 5 times and in the bathroom 4 times today and then you were back from lunch 5 minutes late. I think we need to have a talk."

Some years ago I was asked into a well known brand company as a consulting assignment They had a field sales force and wanted me to help them with a 'problem'. After a flowery way of describing the issue it came down to this. They wanted to spy on their staff, without them knowing, by installing vehicle tracking in their cars.

I talked all about route optimisation, driver safety, the ease of locating the nearest sales person to a sales inquiry and other benefits, but they pulled me back from my shotgun full of fly killing features and benefits and said, NO, all they wanted was a silver bullet. If staff had long lunches, went home or to the kids' school during the day, or were anywhere they weren't being paid to be, that's what they wanted to know.

I thanked them for their time and told them they could have the consult for that day for free, but would need to find someone else to help them with their problem. 

What I wanted to say is "If you don't trust your staff, you have a problem that technology will not solve". I was pretty shocked and saddened to find a loud and proud brand with an attitude like that in New Zealand. I won't say who they are, hopefully they have improved. But I haven't gone near them or their products since. 
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Lyft extends service throughout 32 states

Lyft extends service throughout 32 states
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So Lyft is chasing the rural market as well. I wonder what the impact will be on small town taxi companies. Last time I caught a 'taxi' in small town America it was a pretty old car. I wouldn't be surprised if they amalgamated in some places. 

Might be good for small towns to help reduce the number of people drinking and driving. It might also provide a little more 'employment' in small towns. 
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Samsung gets self-driving car permit in California - BBC News

The hi-tech firm will use the permit to test control systems for driverless cars.
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We've come a long way since VW came out with an iPhone 4 port in one of their cars. Android entertainment and dashboard systems are becoming more common in cars, which hopefully means they will be more open to new features and software upgrades. 

It's interesting to think about change and how brands can maintain interconnectivity without sacrificing a unique feature set. Samsung made a great move by partnering with Google.

It all seems a bit ironic as they buy Harman, previously known for both car navigation and in car entertainment, when Nokia, previously a mobile giant sold Navteq (now HERE) which is now forming powerful alliances as Nokia seems to be fading into irrelevance.

Where previously brands like Siemens VDO were major players in OEM equipment for cars and computers were totally proprietary, I think smart car brands are realising they need to be future proof and sufficiently open to support common data sets and IoT technologies. 

I've been involved over the years with several brands that created self fulfilling prophecies, that didn't happen and closed their eyes to future opportunities. Proprietary doesn't make sense any more, collaboration is the new order of the day and like many industries, as car brands try to hold on to their USP's, disrupters are appealing more to savvy customers. 

If you were buying an autonomous car, would you want one that could only talk to other models of the same brand, or one that could talk to most other cars in a mesh or similar cooperative network? 

There is a new game in town. 
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Distracted driving fines mean insurance increases of 20%

Distracted driving fines mean insurance increases of 20% | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Octo Telematics reveal that distracted drivng fines mean increases of 20%
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A telematics company is suggesting that insurance companies will increase premiums on customers who are fined for distracted driving. I assume that means any fine, that they wouldn't have to have been involved in a crash. 

This raises a few interesting questions. 
1. How do they prove that someone was texting or on the phone illegally while driving?
2. When someone is caught distracted driving and fined for texting or illegally using their phone, how would the insurance companies find out? 
3. What would be the impact on commercial drivers?

Given the fact that distracted driving is one of the top causes of crashes, it must be costing insurance companies billions of dollars around the world. 
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Saturday Thumbs

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There is an interesting opinion piece in this article about how Washington State is struggling to generate the revenue they need from petrol tax in order to maintain their roads, highways and bridges out of the 49.4 cents per gallon they take at the pump.

Therefore they are going to try a Pay as you Go mileage tax in a trial with 2,000 drivers. Charging them based on their mileage, they are hoping to generate more tax dollars.

They intend to try a variety of methods such as using odometer readings, a dedicated GPS tracker or software on the driver's smartphone. The article points out issues with each option. For example:

-Some drivers will dial back their odometers in order to reduce their mileage.

-There are privacy concerns about the Government being able to access individuals' location movements and that this could be an invasion of their privacy. The same applies to the use of the GPS in your smartphone. 

-With the smartphone if course, it doesn't know if you are driving, a passenger or even or on a bus

On top of that there is the risk that people will drive less which means less tax and even worse, it penalises people who pay the extra cost to drive electric or hybrid cars which we of course want them to buy, because they are better for the environment.

There is also an irony that at the moment the State is offering incentives for people to buy electric cars, but if this was brought in as a permanent mitigation, those people who were incented to buy the more expensive eco-friendly vehicles would ultimately have higher total cost of ownership for their 'sustainable' transport. 

Pay as you Go isn't going away. It will come for car insurance as well as congestion and excise tax. Many of these issues will need to be worked through in a way that is fair and doesn't impact on our right to live without fear of invasion of our personal privacy. If not, there could well be a backlash.
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Ofo: what fun it is to ride - Worcester Mag

Ofo: what fun it is to ride - Worcester Mag | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
As any intrepid reporter would do on a Friday afternoon, I decided to take one of the new ofo bikes around and tweet about it. Overall, the experience was
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I love the idea, although I don't see how any business could make money at $1 an hour, or a council break even. I wonder if people would value them and treat them better if the price was more like $5 an hour especially if it goes by the time you are using bikes, not individual rides. 

As a customer would I use one at that price in the city. Without a moment's hesitation. Only thing I didn't see was somewhere to put a bag. Also without gearing it is best suited for a flat city with cycle lanes. 
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A group of MPs want to ban Uber in London

A group of MPs want to ban Uber in London | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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So let's at least be fair about this. They tell a statistic about allegations of a sexual assault or rape every 11 days, out of 40,000 drivers. However they omit stories like this one: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1198856/more-than-1000-cabbies-have-been-charged-with-violent-and-sex-attacks-in-just-five-years-across-uk-sun-probe-finds-2/ which says that a similar number of Black Cab drivers being charged. 

I think this is more about pressure from a regulated industry who have made significant investments for their business being challenged by a disruptive model. 

Can a London cabbie be rated by their customers and can they rate their customers. I do like the idea of someone who knows where they are going, but with Uber (and I have hardly ever used them) and having a set agreed fee for the price. That gives the driver the incentive to take the quickest route because that way they make more money, instead of making more money by going the long way. 
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Ford conducted a weird experiment with a fake driverless car to see how people would respond — here's what they discovered

Ford conducted a weird experiment with a fake driverless car to see how people would respond — here's what they discovered | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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What a great idea! I've seen it before but not in practice and it got me thinking about my daily driving experience. On a typical short commute I have many interactions with other drivers and people.

There are at least 20 pedestrian crossings on my route and more and more people are looking for confidence that I am going to stop, although some just run onto the crossing, cycle across or perhaps use a skateboard. I communicate with them to let them know I have seen them, with a nod of the head or maybe a thumbs up.

Often some will respond, initially checking that I truly did see them and secondly with a wave or gesture of thanks for stopping.

There is a spot on my commute that always has rat-runners. You know, people who go up empty side streets to avoid a congested part of the road, where they often have unwittingly caused the congestion they are trying to avoid by pushing back in. If traffic is very slow, I will always let one car through with a hand wave or signal.

I often approach buses on a busy road as I want people who commute to have a good experience, so I wave or flash my lights and let them back onto the road. They often flash their hazards as a thank you.

I pass 2 schools where parents drop their children off in a priority T2 lane, but then have to get into my lane. They likewise get a wave of acknowledgement that I have seen them and will let them in and I get one in return. 

There is a merge before I get to work, again there is a conducting symphony of hand waves, letting people in or thanking them for it.

Even entering my carpark, there is usually a 'dance' of cars coming from both directions and for some reason the road rules no longer seem to exist on the busy private property. Frequently cars will stop to let me in. Rather than debate road rules off-road, I'll accept that offer with a wave of thanks, because if I don't chances are there will be confusion and both of us will end up trying to enter at the same time.

One of the reasons heavily congested traffic is still able to flow, is the communication of motorists with each other. I operate on the premise that if I let people in, the people around me will see the behaviour and do the same and the evidence is often that people close to my car emulate my behaviour.

So an environment with driverless cars will for a period create a confused state for pedestrians, cyclists, other drivers and the idea of lane splitting motorcycles on motorways where they coexist with driverless cars doesn't bear thinking about. 

I like Ford's concept of a means of using lights to communicate with people as per the attached video, but if each brand of vehicle has a different 'language' that could become even more confusing, Nevertheless the concept is great.


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An artificially intelligent baby could unlock the secrets of human nature

An artificially intelligent baby could unlock the secrets of human nature | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
"Researchers have built lots of computational models of cognition and pieces ... but no one has stuck them together."
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I wonder if Philip K Dick would be turning in his grave? Several of his books pondered the question as to whether one day AI's would be fighting for equal rights with humans. 

The concept of a computer that is rewarded with digital endorphins is pretty out there. I can't help but wonder what behaviour would be rewarded and how intense it could get.

Fortunately this is a long way off, but when I think back to the fiction of the 70's and 80's of everything from surrogate children to the adult entertainment industry, or the military, all paint very interesting potentials. Not just then of course, I'm currently reading the monster cyberpunk Code Breaker series by Colin F Barnes which also explores a similar scenario. 

I know someone who would love to have a puppy that would stay a puppy for ever, although I suspect the novelty would wear off eventually. 

As to unlocking the secrets of human nature, I' not sure if that is possible, but the days of human call centres could be numbered.
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New AI software can detect when people text and drive

New AI software can detect when people text and drive | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The system uses cameras to detect hand movements that deviate from normal driving behaviour and grades them in terms of possible threats.
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First reaction, unless an employer/parent invested in this system and demanded that staff/children use it as a condition of their employment/use of the car, who would use software in their car that could potentially incriminate them? 

Great concept, but lots of people do everything that can to disable vehicle tracking when their employers install it, doing things like wrapping aluminum foil around the antenna, this will feel much more intrusive.  

It's also going to have to be very slick to identify the difference between other distracting but legal things like putting on sunglasses, eating a banana, drinking a coffee. 

If it communicates with the car, who else will it communicate with. Great concept for safety and to discourage driver distraction, but I'd hate to be the one to sell it to an unwilling customer.
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Fitbit & Dexcom to Develop CGM Experience for People Living with Diabetes

Fitbit & Dexcom to Develop CGM Experience for People Living with Diabetes | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The first planned initiative is to bring Dexcom CGM data to Fitbit’s new smartwatch, Fitbit Ionic.
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I've been predicting solutions like this for years. It may be that there is a leapfrog effect and two divergent tracks. Here's what I'd like to see:
1. A solution that warns the patient that they need insulin.
2. A solution that monitors the health of the patient and sends a message to emergency services or a caregiver/family member saying that the patient urgently needs their insulin or is about to slip into a diabetic coma. It would provide their GPS location and ring their phone or device so that someone can communicate with them and either get them to take their medication or let them know help is on the way.
3. A solution that provides the correct dosage as and when required based on real time testing.
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Meet the boy genius changing the way driverless cars see

Meet the boy genius changing the way driverless cars see | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Austin Russell, the founder and CEO of Luminar Technologies, aims to improve the safety of autonomous cars with a single laser
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This is impressive, having up to 7 seconds to react to information makes a huge difference. This guy's record is amazing. Building a supercomputer at 12, studying photonics and optics at 13 and then being bankrolled by no less than Peter Thiel at 18 so he could drop out of Stanford. 

Yet another person potentially to become a famous dropout. If you ever thought you wished you had invested in Microsoft way back when Bill Gates dropped out, maybe you should follow Austin Russell and Luminar. Don't mistake the brand name for the nightclub owner in the UK. They have nothing to do with each other, so the penny dreadful may be just that.
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Solarplicity set to install solar PV on 800,000 low-income homes

Solarplicity set to install solar PV on 800,000 low-income homes | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Energy company reveals details of major new solar installation scheme that promises to deliver £192m in energy savings for poorest households in England and Wales
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National elections are coming up in clean greenish New Zealand and every election time I wish that a party would come up with a smart, sustainable and affordable power network with decent feed-in tariffs. 

Whilst we have some of the most sustainable (barring natural disasters) forms of electricity, we also have plenty of solar energy available through the ozone hole in our sky.. 

However electricity companies have no interest in buying excess power generated by private homes at a rate that recognises the investment that citizens make in generating power. Yet, if they were smart and controlled a solar grid it wouldn't be a threat to them. Of course they could bury their heads in the sand like the many business models that are being eroded by newcomers.

Wouldn't we be more resilient if a large percentage of homes were self powered? The consequence of the status quo is that it takes about 8 years to get a return on investment on solar panels and by then they are probably up for replacement. Many people (including myself) will not live in their home for 8 years and are unlikely to get their money back as it doesn't yet typically add value to a home.

Now look at low income housing and what they have done in the UK. Just like here, low income housing tends to feature damp rooms, mould and people who can't afford to heat up and dry their homes. What happens from that? 800,000 homes are getting solar panels on their roofs and it will deliver massive energy savings but more importantly massive health savings.

People get sick from toxic mould, they are more susceptible to colds and flus and other viral infections. Right now our hospitals are full of those people to the point that they are turning them away. Schools and businesses have many staff off sick, which reduces our GDP and disrupts children's education and development.

So the wonderful project in this article is a shining example of good social investment. It will mean a reduction in power requirements from dirty fuel sources, but more importantly more healthy people, children who can focus on their studies to build a better future for themselves. It could save the health industry more money than the power savings. If the average household is say 4 people, that's 3.2 million people. What if there were a third less of them requiring less health care? 

Sorry about the digression from my normal blogs but I feel strongly that we should have a second form of energy for the masses. Either a mesh network or feed-in tariffs. We become more sustainable, we have a more resilient system, it would be mostly funded by citizens and not  power giants without having to tax them for it. 

Maybe we should just get another bucket of coal and stoke up the fireplace. Oh you don't do that any more? Not healthy? So how do you generate your electricity? 
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Police use GPS dart to track high-speed vehicle around Hamilton

Police use GPS dart to track high-speed vehicle around Hamilton | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The OPP used a new technology that attaches GPS darts to vehicles to track a high-speed car through Brantford, Hamilton and Burlington Thursday night.
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I'd like to see more of this technology being used, I know it is still being fine tuned, but it is so much safer than risky car chases. 
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Why smart cities are crucial for autonomous cars

Why smart cities are crucial for autonomous cars | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
As smart cities come to dominate both our national and global landscapes, ridesharing and business operations will evolve with transportation trends.
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I marvel at the optimism of car manufacturers about the speed of uptake of driverless vehicles. I was reading the stats for New Zealand yesterday on electric cars and the total number of electric cars registered here today is less than 4,000. 

When CNN and others interviewed people who were buying new cars, the common denominator stopping people buying them wasn't range, it was the cost of the vehicle. Even when they loved the concept.

The cost of autonomous vehicles will be significantly higher in proportion again. They have to be because of the cost of the technology required to run them. I know of wealthy people who will buy them so they can show them off, but the average person won't.

Perhaps a MaaS model will solve that problem, but it still requires investment that supports reasonably rapid cost recovery and profit in order to scale. I'm totally convinced it will happen, but I think we are still a long way from the trough of disillusionment let alone mass adoption.
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No Tip Needed: Ford And Domino's To Test Driverless Pizza Delivery

No Tip Needed: Ford And Domino's To Test Driverless Pizza Delivery | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Now you'll be able to afford that extra topping since there will be no driver to tip.
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This seems like a case of 'only in America'. Your pizza will be cheaper because you don't have to tip the driver. 

Now I don't like the idea of drone delivery, mostly because I don't want my house having drones buzzing like mosquitos flying over my home every day. But the idea of a car being used to deliver $5 pizzas doesn't sound that economical. The cars that deliver pizza to my home occasionally are not new cars, they probably average more than 10 years old. You're saving money on tips by going from a $10,000 vehicle to a $50,000 vehicle? That's a lot of tips!

If you wanted to be innovative and safe, why not have something like an autonomous Segway or a small 4 wheeler motorcycle like a lot of posties now use? It would cost a fraction of the price, be electric and silent. 
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Turning the smartphone into a smart car key

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When the Frankfurt International auto show opens its doors to the public on September 14, leading automotive equipment and tech provider Bosch will be demonstrating a new digital feature called Perfectly Keyless, that can turn any driver's smartphone into
Luigi Cappel's insight:
One of the common causes for roadside service call outs is when people have locked their keys in the car. The challenge has been that solutions that would enable remote unlocking are still expensive to install and no one really wants to pay for them.

Perhaps if the solution is made sexy, like a mobile app, there will be great interest. One of the cool features of this Bosch product is that you can not only use the app to allow other people to access the car as well as being your own remote, you can also 'geofence' their access.

That means you can limit where the car can go, so when junior says she's just going to the Mall, you can set up boundaries so she can't go boy racing or visiting other locations on the sly.

I really like the Jaguar Land Rover's Activity Key, which allows you to keep your smartphone and keys inside the car and simply wear a rubber bracelet. When I used to ocean kayak, I had to take my car remote in a plastic bag in one of the waterproof bulkheads. I was always worried that if I canned out, or even through condensation, that the remote would get damaged; and they're not cheap to replace. The same when I used to race landyachts and get soaked in water, sea slime and wet sand. This wristband is connected to your car, fully waterproof and is then the only thing you need to carry.

Bosch is certainly onto something here where they have an OEM solution for new cars and an aftermarket solution for existing cars.

Of course Fleet Management companies could provide the same solution both for company vehicles and for consumer vehicles. It might even help reduce car and truck jacking crimes. Most FM companies also have mobile apps and are already connected to car computers through the ODB2 port. Of course most of them are not focused on the consumer market, which is ironic, because it is the perfect market given the commercial market is already overcrowded and close to saturation in some countries. 

Perhaps the app could also be used either to automatically pay for the use of toll roads and parking services. 
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