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Viodi View – 07/02/20

some highways may not be as crowded as normal this summer

Despite the ongoing shutdown, the roads will not be empty this summer, as AAA forecasts only a 3.3% drop in automobile trips compared to July-September 2019. Interestingly, for many rural states such as Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, AAA suggests that drivers are “More likely than not to run into ‘normal’ traffic congestion while traveling.”

Meanwhile, AAA is predicting a whopping 85.5% decline in cruise and rail trips, while people will take 73.9% fewer trips by airplane. It may not seem like it now, but eventually, air travel will return, perhaps in different forms. This issue of the Viodi View highlights a few unusual ways that people may someday “fly” in personal vehicles for both serious business and summertime fun.

A Flying Vehicle for First Responders and More

A collage of images from the GoFly event at Moffett Field and from the ZEVA tent at that event.
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Could the George Jetson future of personal flying start with first responders, cargo delivery, and security applications? Although Stephen Tibbits, CEO & co-founder of ZEVA, envisions a day when his flying wings will provide mobility for the masses, the ZERO’s vertical take-off and landing capability, 50-mile range, and 160 mph cruising speed could be a boon for specific use-cases in the interim.

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Improving Driving Today, While Building an Autonomous-Driving Future

Chen-Ping Yu Founder/CEO of Phiar describes their AR/AI mapping system.
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Using only the camera and processing power of an iPhone, Phiar overlays directions on a live video shown on a driver’s smartphone display. As more people adopt their free app, which is currently in beta, their machine learning back-end will effectively learn how to drive. Phiar’s CEO, Chen-Pin Yu, sees a future where their technology integrates directly into vehicles, heads up displays, and smart glasses.

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Surprising Findings from the American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey by Alan Weissberger

And the prize for the highest ranking in the American Customer Satisfaction Index Telecommunications Report goes to video streaming services. With a rating of 76 out of 100, video streaming easily trounces subscription TV, ISPs, VOD, and fixed-line telephone, which have ratings of 64, 65, 68, and 70, respectively. To compare this to other ASCI measured industries, these four are at the bottom (breweries being number 1 with an 84 rating). Unfortunately, this survey doesn’t break out providers beyond the top 10 (there is a category called “All Others”). The survey also doesn’t seem to assess satisfaction with the overall value of a given service. Still, it is worth the read as it provides good insight and benchmarking data.

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Respecting & Protecting Copyright in the Wild Wild Web

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In a world where zoom has a new meaning and everyone is a content producer, what are the rules for respecting and protecting copyright? Noted author, educator, and entertainment & IP attorney Thomas A. Crowell and Donald R. Simon, JD/MA, Director, Member & Staff Education at National Cable Television Cooperative, discusses this and other questions related to content licensing, fair-use, joint authorship, and more in last week’s ViodiTV Real-Time Conversation. This is a must-watch for anyone who shares images, video, or audio on the Internet for the world to see.

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The 5G Power Challenge

The 5G Power Challenge - energy harvesting, storage and more.
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Is power an Achille’s heel of 5G? PowerRox’s Brian Zahnstecher, the co-chair of the IEEE, International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) Energy Efficiency Working Group, provides an update to an earlier ViodiTV interview regarding the work of the IEEE 5G Energy Efficiency Working Group. Joining him is Marty Snyder of CICUSA, a system integrator that has built over 30,000 wireless towers since 1999 and is currently working with major carriers to roll out 5G cell sites. These experts discuss the challenge of power from the device to the cell site to the core network and the opportunities around energy harvesting and distributed energy storage to improve the resiliency and efficiency of the power grid.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

The NEVS Sango is an autonomous shred vehicle.
The NEVS Sango is an autonomous shared vehicle.

The Korner – Flying in Water

A collage of images showing the Manta5 that appeared in our CES2020 interview.
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New Zealand’s Manta5 may have the cure for the summertime blues with its hydrofoil bike. This electric-assist water vehicle allows one to glide above the water at speeds of up to 12 mph and with an electric boost of up to an hour. Just in time for summer 2020, the first shipments are set to arrive in America this month. Manta5 gave Viodi a sneak peek at CES2020 of this fun water toy.

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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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