WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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Why we need High Definition maps for autonomous cars to become reality - and what @comma_Ai is doing to create an #openSource version for all to use #mapping #digitalTransformation

Why we need High Definition maps for autonomous cars to become reality - and what @comma_Ai is doing to create an #openSource version for all to use #mapping #digitalTransformation | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The future of navigation will be centralized around HD maps. While plenty of companies exist to provide this type of data, all are limited by paywalls and strict Terms-of-Service. It is time for this paradigm to change. Comma.ai is releasing US interstate HD maps from our 5,000,000+ miles of data.

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WHY IT MATTERS: to make digital transformation a reality we required to blend the digital and the real world. In particular it is essential to have high definition maps of the real world and this paper explains why this is important, and why they have made their model opensource for everyone to see and use.

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Obinna Odenigbo's curator insight, October 23, 2:58 AM
The future of autonomous cars relies on HD maps that accessible to everyone.
 
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Successful digital transformations require innovation and the best way to to partner with startups - @McKinsey suggests there are multiple ways to partner and they are right #digitalTransformation ...

Successful digital transformations require innovation and the best way to to partner with startups - @McKinsey suggests there are multiple ways to partner and they are right #digitalTransformation ... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Once prospective partners in the ecosystem have been identified, there are a variety of ways to work with them, ranging from collaborations that involve a limited financial commitment to outright acquisitions.

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WHY IT MATTERS: large organizations are not structured to deliver on the innovation that digital transformations required. Partnering with startups is thus the way to go.

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Digital Center of Competence must have 3 roles for successful digital transformations: align, build and network - according to @McKinsey

Digital Center of Competence must have 3 roles for successful digital transformations: align, build and network - according to @McKinsey | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The digital center of competence (DCoC) is responsible for setting direction and ensuring that learning is widely shared. In this structure, the competence center does not have P&L responsibilities, but it does have its own budget, and each business unit (BU) owns its own internal digital initiatives. The DCoC assumes three important functions to develop products and services, build skills across BUs, and create external networks.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: when you create a digital center of competence (which McKinsey suggests and I agree in most organizations), then you must equip it with a budget (seems obvious but rarely is) and give it a goal to DELIVER (not just strategize or think, which is often the case). This is the only way you can have the DCOC be owner of its future and the transformation that comes with it.

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WHY IT MATTERS: when you create a digital center of competence (which McKinsey suggests and I agree in most organizations), then you must equip it with a budget (seems obvious but rarely is) and give it a goal to DELIVER (not just strategize or think, which is often the case). This is the only way you can have the DCOC be owner of its future and the transformation that comes with it.

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3 governance models for successful digital transformations according to @McKinsey tracks with what others think as well #digitalTransformation

3 governance models for successful digital transformations according to @McKinsey tracks with what others think as well #digitalTransformation | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In our experience, businesses are most successful in pushing through a digital transformation by organizing around one of three primary archetypes.

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WHY IT MATTERS: digital transformation governance remains tricky enough to require a center of excellence in certain cases. This tracks with previous post from Bain here: http://fmcs.digital/blog/organizing-for-a-digital-world-bain-brief-bain-company/ 

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McKinsey defines 6 elements for successful digital transformations for automotive suppliers - are other industries so different? #dontThinkSo #digitalTransformation @McKinsey

McKinsey defines 6 elements for successful digital transformations for automotive suppliers - are other industries so different? #dontThinkSo #digitalTransformation @McKinsey | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In our experience working with automotive suppliers, we have learned that successful digital transformations should be well designed and soundly executed across six core areas (Exhibit 1). Central to the success of the transformation is being clear about the impact each of the six areas has on the others and understanding the key dependencies across all of them.

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WHY IT MATTERS: digital transformation success is not about technology. I agree.

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Market Map: 30+ Bike and Scooter Tech Startups Reshaping Mobility

Market Map: 30+ Bike and Scooter Tech Startups Reshaping Mobility | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Investors are pouring record-setting levels of capital into bike and scooter technology. We map out 30+ startups innovating in the bike and scooter space through shared networks, vehicle design, and charging infrastructure.

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WHY IT MATTERS: infusing bikes with technology may provide a solution to traffic, congestions - and the last mile of online ecommerce logistics. I recently saw a French startup (not in this list) that created a electric powered delivery trailer that you can effortlessly drag with a bike, making short-distance city delivery of packages a reality. Lots of potential. http://www.k-ryole.com/ 

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Digital should drive how companies define their product & service features - for ex. the colour of your next car may not be decided on looks alone "How paint jobs can make sensors and autonomous ca...

Digital should drive how companies define their product & service features - for ex. the colour of your next car may not be decided on looks alone "How paint jobs can make sensors and autonomous ca... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Customers could, Henry Ford once quipped, have a car in any colour they wanted so long as it was black. In the end consumer choice got the better of him; cars now come in all manner of complexions. Black, nevertheless, remains popular. Despite Ford’s equivocations, none of this has, until recently, presented carmakers with much of a problem. That is changing because, besides absorbing sunlight, dark shades also tend to absorb much of the signal transmitted from the increasing number of sensors being fitted to vehicles.

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WHY IT MATTERS: digital transformation is such a hot topic today because it impacts every business function, from design to production to customer service. This article presents a very good example of such impact: car paint has to adapt (transform) to support the needs of digital technology. Maybe a future automobile selling point will become: "Buy this extra 750$ car paint so that you can be safer on the road, maximize visibility from other drivers, robots and self-driving cars!" Who knows...

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Google has way more experience driving a car than I do: Waymo reaches 5 million self-driven miles

Google has way more experience driving a car than I do: Waymo reaches 5 million self-driven miles | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This experience combines footage and real-time data from a trip around Metro Phoenix, Arizona in one of our Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. It puts you at the very heart of the technology, letting you see through the “eyes” of our state-of-the-art sensors, including LiDAR, radar, and cameras. It brings to life how Waymo sees the world around it, recognizes objects like cars and pedestrians, predicts what those things will do, and then plans a safe path ahead.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I've been reporting on this since 2013 and thought useful to share that Google waymo is now actively self-driving cars in the Phoenix area. Today. Wow. Just follow the links to see what it feels like to ride a self-driving car in 360 degrees.

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The world’s first crewless cargo ship will launch next year #digitalTransformation #WhyItMatters

The world’s first crewless cargo ship will launch next year #digitalTransformation #WhyItMatters | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The world’s first crewless, automated cargo ship will launch in 2018, reports the Wall Street Journal, and is expected to be fully autonomous by 2020.

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WHY IT MATTERS: we think of autonomous vehicles as self-driving cars. But we are more likely to see business and professional applications such as this self-driving cargo ship appear first.

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On the way to self-driving cars: Phantom Auto Demonstrates First Remote-Controlled Car on Public Roads #CES2018

On the way to self-driving cars: Phantom Auto Demonstrates First Remote-Controlled Car on Public Roads #CES2018 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A remote pilot drives a Lincoln MKZ past Vegas casinos from his desk in Mountain View. Phantom currently has five control systems set up in Mountain View. At each system, one human could oversee perhaps five automated vehicles. Training on the system takes about a week, starting with simulated driving, then teleoperation on a closed course before the driver passes a test to drive a car on public roads.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: self-driving cars are possible but some time in the future. This is because they need to be completely autonomous in all situations, something very difficult with the current state of AI technology. However, cars equipped with sensors and cameras and telecommunication can allow remote operators to drive them - they do it for drones already and for heavy machinery in mines. This article explains how a new startup does it. Interesting to grasp just how complex the whole thing is. Moreover, self-driving vehicles appear to be doing the same to get their self-driving cars out of complex situations the AI cannot deal with. 

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Waymo’s #self-driving cars have 300 years of driving experience under their belt (4 million self-driven miles)

Waymo’s #self-driving cars have 300 years of driving experience under their belt (4 million self-driven miles) | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

When it comes to developing self-driving cars, experience is key to making the technology safe and ready for the road. That’s why we’ve been working to make Waymo the world’s most experienced driver…

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WHY IT MATTERS: teach one human to drive and you are safe. Teach one self-driving car to drive then all other cars benefits from the experience. I predict that soon - if not already - Google self driving cars will be safer than human drivers - just because they will have covered more roads and encountered more driving situations. And it will not stop there and will keep improving every day. This is true for cars but will also be true for all other areas in which AI will be applied: medecine, law, agriculture, etc.

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45 Billion Cameras by 2022 Fuel Business Opportunities for better and for worse #security #privacy #AI #robots

45 Billion Cameras by 2022 Fuel Business Opportunities for better and for worse #security #privacy #AI #robots | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Exclusive research by us at LDV Capital is the first publicly shared, in-depth analysis which estimates how many cameras will be in the world in 2022. Key Findings include:

  • Most of the pictures captured will never be seen by a human eye.
  • A paradigm shift will take place in the meaning and use of a camera.
  • Over the next five years there will be a proliferation of cameras integrated into products across industries and markets.
  • Where there is growth in cameras there will be tremendous business opportunities in the capture, analysis and interpretation of visual data.
  • Depth capture will double the number of cameras in handheld cameras.
  • By 2022, the number of cameras will be nearly 12X the 2012 figures.
  • Your smartphone will have between 4 and 10 cameras by 2022.
  • The Internet of Eyes will be larger than the Internet of Things.
  • In the next five years, robotics will have 20X more integrated cameras.
  • By 2022, all new vehicles will be equipped with more than 25 cameras and this does not include Lidar or Radar.
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WHY IT MATTERS: cameras will become ubiquitous and AI systems will analyze those images to provide business services but also track our every move. This reports presents trends in this area.

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This paper explains how #self-driving cars can identify cars, humans and other obstacles #AI

This paper explains how #self-driving cars can identify cars, humans and other obstacles #AI | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The latest paper shows that two Apple scientists have devised a new technology called VoxelNet for detecting small obstacles using LiDAR.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: the paper referenced in this blog post explains in great details how neural networks are used to detect moving objects. Fascinating. Also very technical, weak heart should abstain... ;-)

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Alan Bradshaw's curator insight, November 26, 2017 8:15 AM

WHY IT MATTERS: the paper referenced in this blog post explains in great details how neural networks are used to detect moving objects. Fascinating. Also very technical, weak heart should abstain... ;-)

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The Robots are Here: a 30min video on the state of #robots & #robotics in 2017 @su_globalsummit

The robots are indeed already here. I work at a university where my job is teaching students and doing research and robotics and so I really what I want to convey to you today is the trends that I see robotics research going that will ultimately turn into actual products and directions that you might be able to take advantage of in the future.

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WHY IT MATTERS : the video provides a great review of the state of technology when it comes to robots and robotics today from one of the leading researcher in the field. The talk is peppered with short videos of actual robots so you get a good sense of what's possible today. But remember that we live in an exponential growth era, so things improve very fast.

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Future is here: no driver in the car. Zero. None. Nada. Google Waymo’s fully #self-driving vehicles in Phoenix

Future is here: no driver in the car. Zero. None. Nada. Google Waymo’s fully #self-driving vehicles in Phoenix | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

After more than eight years of development, we’re taking the next step toward unlocking the potential of fully self-driving technology. Starting now, Waymo’s fully self-driving vehicles — our safestmost advanced vehicles on the road today — are test-driving on public roads, without anyone in the driver’s seat.

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WHY IT MATTERS: we expected it to happen in the future, a few years from now. Not today, not so soon. Especially not in the USA, the country of frivolous lawsuits. This goes to prove how confident Google must be about its self-driving technology. Anyone planning for digital transformation in its business must consider self-driving cars as something to "trial" in the coming years - not as something to "watch for" anymore. WOW.

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Get on board with electric vehicles #EV & #Autonomous #Trucks as they will Disrupt Rail & Transform Logistics

Get on board with electric vehicles #EV & #Autonomous #Trucks as they will Disrupt Rail & Transform Logistics | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
ARK expects autonomous trucks to reduce the cost of trucking from 12 cents per ton-mile to 3 cents during the next five to ten years.
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WHY IT MATTERS: if you do not include self-driving trucks and electrification into your strategic digital plan for distribution then you will have competitors that are 4x cheaper than you are competing for your clients in the coming years. Start planning what it means to your people, processes, and internal technologies. Put together prototypes and proof-of-concepts with startups in the area today. This is what digital transformation will mean in the 2020s: we are way past having a nice a website and eCommerce!

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Under the Hood of a Self-Driving Taxi @Voyage

Under the Hood of a Self-Driving Taxi @Voyage | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

To give a car the ability to Sense, Plan & Act (SPA) requires a complex system of hardware and software, all of which works together in (hopeful) harmony to form a self-driving car.

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WHY IT MATTERS: a glimpse behind the hardware that is required to power a self-driving car. Of course it comes from the folks that initially worked for an online school (Udemy) that was started by Google self-driving genius Thurun.

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Where Driverless Cars Brake for Golf Carts: watch for #selfDrivingCars in gated communities

Where Driverless Cars Brake for Golf Carts: watch for #selfDrivingCars in gated communities | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The start-up Voyage is testing its self-driving taxi service in a gated community of about 4,000 residents where the average age is 76. There's another benefit to testing in a retirement community: It's private property. That means Voyage doesn't have to share ride information with state regulators, freeing it from some bureaucracy. But testing in the community meant different obstacles, like insurers requiring Voyage to have double California's $5 million in coverage funds and to hand over all driving data. To reassure the retirement community, Voyage gave them as much equity as they give to a new hire. That aside, retirees have a lot to gain from self-driving cars. Losing the ability to drive often cuts folks off from the outside world, so it's interesting to see Voyage explore where other self-driving leaders haven't been yet.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: it makes perfect sense when you think about it: deploy self-driving cars on private property instead of on the open road. Here, the use case is a retirement community. Next I assume it may be on a vacation resort (think self-driving golf carts) or a remote wilderness fishing property (more self driving all-terrain trucks). And why are businesses with large properties not deploying self-driving vehicles? Oops not true they are: Codelco has 4 fully autonomous copper mines in Chile!. Take a few minutes to watch he Voyage experiment video: https://news.voyage.auto/voyages-first-self-driving-car-deployment-29c7688c6a1 or more on mining automation http://sco.lt/4qCRLV 

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The making of Google self-driving cars & the high stakes that come along with it #longRead

The making of Google self-driving cars & the high stakes that come along with it #longRead | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Levandowski has done perhaps more than anyone else to propel transportation toward its own Singularity, a time when automated cars, trucks and aircraft either free us from the danger and drudgery of human operation—or decimate mass transit, encourage urban sprawl, and enable deadly bugs and hacks.

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Self driving vehicles may mark the next revolution in transportation and recent legal battles between Google and Uber show just how nasty competition can get when high rewards are achievable.

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What is Generative Design?

What is Generative Design? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

If you’re a designer or engineer in the building, infrastructure, or manufacturing industries, you have probably heard about generative design, and maybe you’re excited—or skeptical. Or maybe you’re wondering, what is generative design? Will it pave the road for a new future of making things? Or will artificial intelligence usurp entire governments to become the overlords of 

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WHY IT MATTERS

Very simple explanation of generative design with lots of practical examples of its use.

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Neodriven is a rearview mirror replacement that can make your car semi-autonomous

Neodriven is a rearview mirror replacement that can make your car semi-autonomous | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A small company called Neodriven, led by former Tesla employee Matt Schulwitz, is announcing a product of the same name that goes on sale today for $1,495. It’s a modified version of the Comma Neo plans that Hotz open sourced, but if Schulwitz has his way, it will be an early player in that revolution.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

You can now buy hardware to turn your car into a self driving car. Makes me think of the Homebrew project where Jobs and Wozniak created the first Apple computer and started a revolution. Guys at comma.ai and neodriven.com are doing the same and it seems that the technology is there to enable this revolution: 3G/LTE, GPS, mobile phone, universal car interface, AI and image recognition. Interesting years ahead.

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Waymo Built a Secret World for Self-Driving Cars #longRead @TheAtlantic

Waymo Built a Secret World for Self-Driving Cars #longRead @TheAtlantic | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
An exclusive look at how Alphabet understands its most ambitious artificial intelligence project
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An in depth article about the Castle, Google self-driving car testing facility in a remote area of California. Full of interesting information about what it takes to get a car to drive with confidence on world scenarios.

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Machine teaching machine: Google #selfDriving car simulation turns 1 intersection in 1000s hrs of experience

Machine teaching machine: Google #selfDriving car simulation turns 1 intersection in 1000s hrs of experience | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

With simulation, we can turn a single real-world encounter — such as a flashing yellow left turn — into thousands of opportunities to practice and master a skill. Here’s how it works.

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Google self driving cars rely on human drivers to drive millions of miles and learn the basic driving skills. This story explains how Google has built a self-driving car simulation software called Carcraft to go one step further and use real-world roads into millions of different driving scenarios. 

What is important here is the fact that a machine - here the simulator - can learn from mistakes and improbable driving scenarios and then *instantly* share that knowledge with *all* of the self driving cars in Google's fleet. Humans cannot do that. And this means computers will learn skills - driving, medecine, accounting, law, etc. - extremely fast in the coming years. Be ready to see self driving cars on the road much sooner than you expect.

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The Human Army Using Phones to Teach AI to Drive #amazing #video via @wired

The Human Army Using Phones to Teach AI to Drive #amazing #video via @wired | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Relying on an army of amateurs might seem odd, but it remains the most efficient way of training AI. “It’s pretty much the only way,” says Premkumar Natarajan, who specializes in computer vision at the USC Information Sciences Institute.
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

AI has huge potential but it appears that for now humans must teach machines. This article and the attached video both show what it takes to crowdsource that learning from thousand of individuals and their computer. Basically using the most basic human functions - vision and object recognition - to tell computers what they should see on an image.

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Know Your Industries: 70+ Market Maps Covering Fintech, CPG, Auto Tech, Healthcare, And More

Know Your Industries: 70+ Market Maps Covering Fintech, CPG, Auto Tech, Healthcare, And More | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Here's a collection of all 71 CB Insights market maps and unbundling/disrupting graphics.
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Digital transformation often comes from startup innovations. So maps like those are very good to know where opportunities to improve lie.

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