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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.
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.
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.
Microsoft requests FCC to use TV White Spaces… by Alan Weissberger
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.
- The latest report about the Arizona Uber crash indicates that the headlines have it wrong and that the real problem is something that is a much bigger societal issue than autonomous vehicles. More later, as this topic is bigger than a headline or a Tweet.
- Could Remote Towers be a broadband anchor tenant? That’s an implication from this Reason article.
- An economic analysis should be done on this idea from Jessica Rosenworel, as it seems like there could be much greater utilization and resulting value generated from spectrum with her targeted approach, as opposed to the traditional approaches. #CommonGround (or would it be #CommonAir) 🙂
- Shared mobility intersects with independent broadband providers, as @Aureon was founded a few decades ago to stitch @IACommAlliance members & others into a network. Incredible how it has grown to include call center services that help facilitate mobility in urban areas & more!
- Do you remember when you joined Twitter? I do! My first Tweet, “Fame is fleeting, but the Internet is forever.” from the TV show @REALphineasferb. Maybe that won’t always be true for Europeans thanks to article 17 of the
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.