It’s been fascinating to watch how the autonomous vehicle narrative has changed over the past year or so. Not so long ago a legion experts, many of whom were not entirely coincidentally connected to the VC-Startup complex, were predicting that 2020 was set to be the year in which self-driving cars and trucks finally arrived. Now, according to predictions by those who think they know best, it will take at least another decade before the true age of autonomy explodes.
Given that there already well over a billion vehicles on the road and the political complexity of pushing through new legislation and regulation, it is more likely that the transition to autonomy will take much longer than a single decade. It’s also probable that there will be multiple bursts in different categories rather than a single big bang. Continue reading Notes from the field: the ever-changing autonomous vehicle narrative
Glorious fall weather in Taipei to mark the double tenth holiday! It was absolutely beautiful when I took a leisurely hike along the trails skirting Tiger Mountain.
Along the way, I came across a hillside temple readying itself for what looks set to be a huge celebration. Tables inside the main structure and courtyard were festooned with offerings of bottles of booze, packages of food, and even toy cars to make the ancestors more comfortable. Continue reading Notes from the field: the more things change the more they stay the same
No signs of 5G at Embedded World. Not a single poster heralding the impending arrival of the next big connectivity revolution. Not even a single dodgy benchmark showing amazing performance speeds.
This comes as no big surprise given that the technology will be rolled out in consumer smart phones first. But I’m sure it will make an appearance at next year’s event as the main applications for 5G will be found in large-scale industrial and smart city deployments in which the embedded industry’s experience and expertise in implementing complex, large-scale projects requiring the integration of diverse communications and computing technologies will come into play. Continue reading Embedded World 2019: making final preparations