If connected vehicle technology becomes mandatory in American cars, as the Department of Transportation recently suggested it might, the most obvious benefit would be safety. Cars that can tell other cars their speed and position are far less likely to crash. But as David Zax pointed out at Cities earlier this week, that’s just the beginning. Combine connected vehicle technology with intelligent infrastructure and driverless cars and you get a commute that’s both quicker and hands-free. You could even rely on autonomous taxis to chauffeur you from home to work.
In that sense, a world without car crashes may just be the first step to a world without car-ownership.
The collection of IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Data Analytics trends are enabling a whole new era of intelligent solutions for businesses of all sizes. IDC calls this the Third Platform and Gartner calls it the Nexus of Forces. Whatever you want to call it, we are experiencing a historical transformation in the computing platform for businesses. These new solutions are enabling the vision of the Smarter Planet.
For an example of a Solution Provider leveraging this new computing platform, have a look at SteadyServ Technologies. SteadyServ has just launched the iKeg™, a mobile SaaS-based (software as a service) inventory management solution, for the beer industry that leverages sensor and RFID technology.
The Optimod’Lyon project in Lyon, east-central France, comprises of 450 sensors spread all over the city to measure the density of traffic. The data they transmit allows the city to predict traffic for the next hour with a reliability rate of over 90%. The idea is that in the future traffic light management and information for public transport users can be adapted accordingly.