Autonomous Vehicles: What Transportation CIO’s Should Consider

In 2004, DARPA’s (www.darpa.mil) Grand Challenge offered $1Million to the team able to navigate 150 miles using “driverless” technology.  All teams failed. In 2019, autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies now appear to be the next horseless carriage revolution. Headlines read….   “Automobile manufactures are offering connected and autonomous vehicles. “ “Autonomous ride sharing services are available in Singapore.” “Autonomous vessels are navigating the fjords of Norway. “  “Expect 5G wireless networks and cloud infrastructures to facilitate higher speed network connections for AVs.” The headlines are accurate to some extent. AVs in certain scenarios are capable of self-driving.  Depending upon AI, cameras, LiDAR (radar), Machine Leaning, 3D mapping, sensors and…

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Decathlon’s Gambit: Mobility Is Key Just Ask The Pew

This week CIO magazine reports. The France-based sporting goods company Decathlon (www.decathlon.com) for its U.S. debut. Will offer mobile e-commerce payment options. Using only iPhones, Apple Pay and RFID tags. (https://www.cio.com/feature). Recently, I posted about Amazon’s mobile retail (mobile commerce) initiatives. That debuted in a few small stores. See, Scan-Pay-and-Walk-Mobile-Commerce-Is-No-Longer-Science-Fiction.  Over time, Amazon, due to customer demand, added a traditional cash payment option. Now Decathlon’s initial effort is with a full size store. Based on a third party’s omni-channel mobile retail platform. Allowing customers to interact with iPhone-equipped employees. To pay for items as they walk around. (www.newstore.com). Will it succeed?   In 2010, a pastor asked his…

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