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Viodi View – 06/13/19

Abandoned Buildings on Route 66 - Cropped
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The sign in Winslow, Arizona indicated that 1979 was the year I-40 bypassed the old Route 66. Thanks to the Eagles and some dedicated citizens, Winslow has been able to reinvent its downtown into a tourist destination helping to save it from the ghost town status of so many of the communities along this legendary path. The abandoned buildings and pockets of growth along the old Route 66 are a visible metaphor for the creative destruction of new infrastructure and technology replacing the old.

It’s hard to imagine how budding infrastructures and technologies, such as autonomous vehicle control, electrification and ubiquitous broadband, will change the rural and urban landscape of this slice of Americana. Fortunately, people like Alain Kornhauser and the group he brought together at the 2019 SmartDrivingCar Summit are thinking about these things.

Tesla – the Dark Horse MaaS Provider?

Could Tesla use its skateboard platform to create shared autonomous vehicles?
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Could the robotaxi model that Tesla’s Elon Musk has been touting be a successful approach for a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) model? After some recent first-hand experience with the Tesla driving experience, MaaS champion, Princeton’s Dr. Alain Kornhauser states why he believes Musk be on the right path. In the above video, Kornhauser provides an overview of some of the innovative human-machine research initiated at the 2019 SmartDrivingCar Summit, the importance of community acceptance of autonomous vehicles and, at approximately 03:55, the discussion of Tesla as a MaaS provider.

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Journey Mapping to a New Way of Design

The Design workshop at the 2019 SmartDrivingCars Summit.
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What does studying baboons have to do with designing the human interface for the autonomous mobility of the future? Find out by watching an interview with three scientist/designers from the acclaimed UC San Diego Design Lab. The interview provides a glimpse of the multi-disciplinary and people-centric design approach of the UC San Diego Design Lab. It is no wonder that the SmartDrivingCar Summit organizer, Dr. Alain Kornhauser, was so excited for their session.

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The Augmented Fabric at #AWE2019

Fabric as a way of transmitting augmented information to the surrounding world.
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Could fabrics be the next technology disruptor? The short answer is yes if the predictions and objectives of the AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America) are realized. Speaking at the AWE USA 2019, AFFOA CEO, Yoel Fink, paints a picture where fibers act as the sensors and transmitters turning clothing and other fabrics from fashion statements to an integral part of an Internet of Everything world.

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Agile Training Leads to Progression Opportunities #Summit26

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“If you look at the Millennial and Generation Z generations is that investment [in employee training & development] and being able to see a progression opportunity as it keys in with employees and builds loyalty to organizations,” says Stacey Slaughter, President & CEO of NCTI. Speaking at the ACA Connects Summit 26, Slaughter points out that employee development becomes a must-have for a company to stay competitive, both in terms of providing great customer service as well as retaining and attracting staff.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

The Korner – Creating a Culture of Integrity #Summit26

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“It’s living your life the right way, so that others follow,” is how Patricia Boyers, president and CEO of Boycom Cablevision describes how one creates a culture of integrity. Although her comments are made in the context of creating a business that serves its customers and community, she is quick to point out that this philosophy is about personal and family relationships as well.

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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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