What will drivers in self-driving trucks do?

… and other questions. Such as, who will clean the trash left in an autonomous taxi and how do you know whether a self-driving vehicle is performing correctly? In an autonomous world, some connected services will disappear, while there’s a need for new ones. What are the opportunities?

To find out, read Connected Services for Fleets in Autopilot Mode.

Profiling a Public Safety Agency’s Communications

This case study I wrote for Motorola Solutions profiles the Prince George’s County’s 9-1-1 operations, showing not only how the products operate but telling the story of how state-of-the-art communications help first responders do their jobs better and help keep the public safer.

Prince George’s County 9-1-1

Is Autonomy Luxury or Table Stakes?

With automakers firmly committed to producing autonomous vehicles, will self-driving features be seen as luxurious? How soon will they become expected, the way automatic transmissions and power steering are? This article explores how and whether car makers will handle messaging about self-driving features.

The Role of Premium Services in a Connected-Car World

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The Power of Science Fiction Writing Prompts

This tarot card was my first writing prompt.
A tarot card showing the Wands was my first writing prompt.

Two things incited Chimera Catalyst: a dream and writing  prompt. I dreamed that I had a dog that was also part parrot. She had fluffy white hair and a lovely streak of turquoise on her back. She was small and unruly. I had to drag her out of mischief, but I loved her spunk

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Are Cities Falling Behind the Smart-Car Revolution?

To really get the benefits from smart, connected and autonomous vehicles, cities will need to make big changes. But they face big barriers to this evolution.

I spoke to experts from the Smart Cities Council, Smart City Works, and the oneTransport initiative to find out whether cities are up to the challenge.

Smart Cities Are All About Community

Local Disasters and Donor Fatigue

My assignment: find out whether Northern California’s fires, which followed Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, were attracting donations that usually went to local charities. The answer: mostly no, or at least not yet.

Here’s how local orgs keep their donors inspired.

The State of Local Giving

 

 

Consumers and Autonomy: State of the Industry

I just returned from covering the Consumer Telematics Conference in Las Vegas. This conference brings together automakers, suppliers, tech startups and investors. The annual meeting is a good way to take stock of how things have changed.

My biggest takeaway is that connected-car data–rather than autonomous driving–was the most important topic. With self-driving pilots underway and most automakers firm in their autonomous development cycles, the energy is now directed toward making the immense amounts of data generated by connected cars usable.

Winning the Race for Consumer Confidence and Data