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Viodi View – 05/24/18

Frustration with technology can make one pull out his hair!
GDPR-Induced Frustration

Yikes, the deadline for EU General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) is less than 24 hours from now and Viodi, LLC is not ready. At a superficial level, it would seem like these rules should not affect a U.S.-based newsletter which has mostly a U.S and Canadian audience, but the Viodi View does have readers in Europe, so it appears that these rules are applicable. Based on this article from The Verge, Viodi isn’t alone in its confusion as many businesses are scrambling to comply with the rules.

One thing that is clear is that obtaining permission is essential to compliance. With that in mind, if you no longer wish to receive the Viodi View please click the unsubscribe link (of course that only applies if you are receiving this newsletter in email form – more on privacy, later).

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.


An Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem Crash Course at Princeton

Dr. Kornhauser's prediction of Waymo's growth. The Moore's Law for autonomous vehicles?
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A kind of college experience compressed into 2+ days is how the SmartDrivingCars Summit could be described. Led by the affable, gracious and entertaining host Professor Alain Kornhauser on the historic and beautiful grounds of Princeton University, this two-day event was a deep dive into all things dealing with autonomous transportation, as well as adjacent topics, such as land-use in a world where the need and the role for parking will change. The SmartDrivingCars Summit drew a diverse group from academia, industry and government to discuss the challenges of transitioning to autonomous vehicles.

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The Open Source Solution to Autonomous Safety

Ken Pyle and Oliver Cameron talking open source autonomous vehicle testing.
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Safety and, as importantly, the perception of safety could be the pin that pricks the expectations surrounding the autonomous vehicle future. Recognizing the importance of safety to the success of this still nascent industry, autonomous taxi start-up, Voyage, recently placed their testing and reporting procedures in an open source framework. Viodi’s contribution to this cause, as well as the aforementioned SmartDrivingCars Summit was an interview with the co-founders of Voyage, where they explained this important industry initiative.

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Next Generation Shared Transport in Las Vegas and Beyond

Keolis and Navya demonstrated an autonomous shuttle at CES2018.
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Will shared rides be part of the future of autonomous vehicles? Navya believes the answer is yes, as autonomous, connected, electric and shared was the premise behind their demonstrations at International CES2018. Since late 2017, Navya has been supplying the vehicles for the AAA-sponsored, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and Keolis North America (Keolis)-operated trial (learn more about the operations aspect at this link). Navya’s Chief Business Development Officer, Henri Coron, discusses that trial and the associated shuttle which serves a 0.6 mile loop in downtown Las Vegas.

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Microsoft requests FCC to use TV White Spaces… by Alan Weissberger

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Microsoft recently asked the FCC for Special Temporary Authority to use TV white spaces (TVWS) to restore communications in areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. (See Backgrounder below for more information). The desktop software and cloud computing giant filed an amendment to add the U.S. Virgin Islands as an additional area of operation for its TVWS deployment.

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The Korner – Teachers Village; More Than Cool Buildings, A Community

Teachers Village in Newark, New Jersey.
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204 units, 350 residents, 4 schools, 1,000 students and 69,000 square feet of retail space on approximately 3 acres; those are some of the numbers behind the Teachers Village in Newark, New Jersey. The Teachers Village is more than numbers. It is a community with management that consciously brings its residents and members together through various learning and fun activities. In short, it is a learning community.

Perhaps the most impressive thing is that the walls that so often separate different government or institutional agencies seem to have been bridged in this development that is catalyzing growth in an area that has long been stagnant. The lessons learned there probably apply across rural, suburban and urban areas. For Viodi View readers who reside in what was formerly known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight, you can hear directly from the developer of that project, along with other innovators, at a forum this Tuesday, 5/29/18, where ideas will be discussed to help alleviate Silicon Valley’s housing crisis.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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