This was a fun story for me to do. At first, I thought 3D printing of concrete was a technology in search of a use. But New Charity has an interesting funding model that allows it to explore pricey, leading-edge technologies for social good. And they are doing great work.
Everyone knows that cybersecurity for connected and autonomous cars is a work that’s barely in progress. This article details some of the newest thinking and potential strategies for securing V2V and V2X communications.
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.
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.
AdWords and self-service advertising transformed the ad landscape. So far, television ads are the last holdout against automation. But programmatic TV is coming.
Phoenix Commons is a cool loft project in Oakland’s Jingletown–for folks 55 and older. I’d live there! The residents are on a mission to change the way we look at aging.
Seems like virtual reality is about to blow up. Mozilla and Google plan to implement browser APIs that will let VR developers make their virtual worlds accessible via the browser. Users still will need headsets, however.
I didn’t choose the title; Detroit is much cooler than Oakland.
The photo is by Jesse Welter, who leads photo expeditions all over the city.
I’m experimenting with Contently, a new service for freelance writers. It’s slightly painful to curate and organize clips, but it’s an interesting way to create a profile. (Also, please check it out if you’re interested in hiring me.)
Here’s my profile:
Insurance telematics is a great idea: A driver installs a device in the car that tells the insurer how she drives. Selling this to consumers is the first battle. This podcast with Frederic Bruneteau, managing director of Ptolemus Group, has intensively studied various products — and failures — in Europe and North America.
The industry calls this technology “usage-based insurance” or UBI.
In this podcast, we discussed the few success stories and the danger that insurers without a telematics offering might end up with the worst drivers as customers.
Telematics and Market-Specific UBI Solutions with Frederic Bruneteau