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Connected mobility: Smart parking, smart routing, mobile OS integration

February 19, 2015 | By | No Comments

At Bosch Connected World (#BCW15), Bosch’s annual IoT gathering in Berlin, there was a track dedicated to connected mobility.

The three big themes or clusters as far as I could see them, which pretty much reflect the discussion across the industry: smart parking, smart routing and mobile OS integration.

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Is Apple building a car?

February 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

Full disclosure up front:

  • I have worked with automotive companies and suppliers, and with Google, in some minor roles.
  • I hold no stock of Apple or any automotive companies or suppliers.
  • I have no inside information that’s going to go into this bit of analysis, it’s all publicly available (and linked).

Now, let’s dive right in.

The tech news have been full of buzz about rumors of Apple building a car. The thinking isn’t silly, of course: A tech company sitting on a giant pile of cash, lots of movement in the connected car space, where parties as diverse as car manufacturers, web giants (Apple, Google, Nokia/HERE), mapping companies (TomTom, Nokia/HERE, Google), big data and connectivity companies, even a new car manufacturer (Tesla), and many more are shuffling for a seat at the table. It’s a backdrop for epic drama, disruption and intrigue. It’s even code-named “Project Titan”, and how ambitious and gigantic does that sound, eh?

So is Apple going to compete with Tesla and working on their own car?

I don’t believe so. And here’s why.

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Is there a smart city dashboard at Disney World City Hall?

February 17, 2015 | By | No Comments

I’ve been getting back up to speed on what’s going on around the notion of so-called smart cities, ie. connected urban environments, and their impact on technology, citizens, governance and responsiveness to citizens’ needs.

There are many ways to look at the smart city concept. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll stipulate that they fall into broadly two categories, which I’m going to overstate to make a point (so they’re cranked up to 11 here):

  • Technology vendors: Smart city technology (sensors networks, big data, smart grid) leads to higher efficiency, energy and cost savings, and better informed local governments, and strengthen the local economy.
  • Citizens rights/governance activists: Smart cities are a dystopian control and surveillance structure, unless technology and data are owned by the citizens, decentralized, and accountability and transparency are guaranteed.

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Key theme for 2015: How does connectivity change ________?

February 9, 2015 | By |

2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year indeed. Based just on the projects already confirmed, I will be digging into a pretty wide range of areas – most of which are defined as vertical + connectivity, or what happens if you connect _________?_ Or framed differently still, How does connectivity change products & manufacturing, cities & governance, cars, interaction design, agriculture?

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