5:00am at the Days Inn in Fremont, California. I always get terrible jetlag flying this way over the Pacific no matter how late I stay up on the evening I arrive. At least I’ll only be here a couple of days before flying back to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year holiday.
A couple of intense days, that is, as we finalize our plans for the US market this year. Transitioning to the vehicle safety market promises to be a huge (but fun) challenge. Having the right technologies and products in place is just the first step in a long process of learning about the needs and culture of this new market. Continue reading Notes from the field: transitioning to the vehicle safety market→
Last week VIA returned to New York for one of the most important events on our calendar – International Security Conference East (ISC East). As a showcase for the latest advances in security technology, ISC East is the place to be for the latest trends in video monitoring and access control, smart home, smart city, and other security solutions. It was a great opportunity for us to share our own latest cutting-edge security solutions and have conversations with our customers other leading industry players.
The highlight of the VIA booth was our live VIA Smart Access Control AI System demo, which gave visitors the opportunity to see our facial recognition algorithms hard at work, add themselves to the whitelist or blacklist, and watch our solution easily differentiate new friends from foes. Managing security checkpoints and tracking visitors can be a challenge for any team, and our demo showed just how easy this can be when you let the technology handle the mundane work. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA at ISC East 2019→
One of the biggest changes that will occur during the transition to autonomous vehicles is that there will be a dramatic shift in the mobility consumption model. Rather than owning cars, people will purchase mobility as a service in much the same way as they buy airline tickets today.
Already we are seeing a major move in this direction in metropolitan areas with the growing popularity of ridesharing services offered by companies like Uber and Lyft. Many young people living in cities no longer bother going to the trouble of obtaining a driver’s license, much less purchasing a car, because they can get around much more cheaply and conveniently using these and other micromobility services such as bikes and scooters together with public transport. Continue reading Notes from the field: the great mobility consumption model shift→
At the STS Forum in Kyoto in October, one of the most interesting topics discussed was the huge challenge Japan faces dealing with its rapidly growing elderly population. The situation is particularly acute in rural areas, because most young people have left them to find work in the big cities and public transportation services are so limited that the elderly fight to hang on to their cars way past the time they are able to drive safely. As one speaker pointed out, this is leading to a growing number fatalities among young people caused by elderly drivers who, for example, press the accelerator rather than brake pedal.
Even though the UK and other developed economies don’t have quite the same proportion of elderly people in their populations, they too will face the same issues over the next two or three decades. A big danger is that many old people will end up spending the latter part of their lives virtually marooned in their homes because they are physically incapable of making it to the bus stop – much less getting to the clinic or hospital for a medical appointment or even the café or shop for a natter with friends. Continue reading Notes from the field: improving rural mobility for the elderly→
It’s good to be back in Taipei after a bracing couple of weeks breathing in the sharp, fresh air of the south Lincolnshire fens.
I would like to claim that I was thinking Deep Thoughts during my daily walks along the surrounding country lanes and pathways, but I would say that my trip was more of a digital detox tour than an exploration of new intellectual frontiers. We get so much information thrust into our heads these days that it’s necessary find time to switch off. Continue reading Notes from the field: Deep Thoughts?→
Unable to find a taxi or bus to my hotel from the Confucius Museum in Qufu, I had just about reconciled myself to a long walk back when an old guy driving a small red contraption beeped his horn from behind and asked me if I wanted a ride.
It was only when I got inside the cramped rear of it that I realized I was sitting in a so-called LSEV (Low Speed Electric Vehicle). These small battery-powered vehicles are mainly manufactured in Shandong province, of which Qufu is the capital, and are touted by some observers such as David Li and Clayton Christenson for their disruptive potential because of their low cost (below $5,000), ease of design and manufacturing, and multiple potential last-mile mobility applications. It is estimated that 1.75 million LSEVs were sold in China in 2017. Continue reading Notes from the field: checking out the potential of LSEVs→
VIA recently returned to Shanghai for the China International Industry Fair 2019 (CIIF 2019), where we showcased our latest transportation, industrial, and smart city solutions. The headline act was the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit – a highly-customizable computer vision system designed to reduce accidents and fatalities in warehouses and shop floors. Other highlights included the VIA Mobile360 D700 Drive Recorder and the latest VIA Smart Facial Recognition system. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA showcases safety solutions at CIIF 2019→
Ridesharing companies and their drivers provide a convenient answer to some of the 21st century’s most pressing transport problems. With millions of worldwide users, Uber, Lyft, DiDi and their rivals provide a valuable service, but the disruptive nature of this service can present additional challenges relating to unprofessional, and even criminal behavior from a small minority of drivers. By investing in drive recording technology, ridesharing operators are far better equipped to protect passengers, drivers, and their reputation.
Like so many other disruptive technologies, it’s hard to imagine a world without ridesharing and ride-hailing companies like Uber. Founded in 2009, Uber has grown to account for a staggering 5.23 billion rides globally in 2018, with the company now operating in nearly 800 towns and cities worldwide. For millions of city-dwellers, Uber and its competitors have become a popular choice for commuters, beating more traditional transportation options in terms of convenience, value and integration with our increasingly digitized lives. Continue reading Why drive recorders can help improve ridesharing services→
One of our primary objectives with the VIA Mobile360 family is to create a range of commercial-grade systems and devices that make it easier for fleet operators to add intelligent driver assistance capabilities to their existing vehicles in order to enhance safety and efficiency.
For operators of buses, trucks, and heavy equipment such as excavators and cranes, we have been developing highly-integrated solutions such as the recently launched VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit that deliver an optimized blend of ADAS, 360-degree Surround View, DMS, and related technologies for the target application. On top of that, we also offer flexible hardware, software, AI, and cloud customization services to ensure that the installation meets the specific deployment needs of the customer. Continue reading Introducing the new VIA Mobile360 D700 commercial-grade drive recorder→
If you manage a delivery service, taxi company or a haulage fleet, your vehicles and drivers represent a considerable investment. As the demands on these services continue to change and evolve, it’s imperative that you do what you can to protect your investment and maximize the efficiency and performance of your operations. To this end, in-vehicle dual-cam drive recorders are fast becoming a must-have. Let’s explore how these technologies can deliver measurable benefits in terms of safety for your fleet and save you money in the process. Continue reading How dual-cam drive recorders can improve fleet safety and efficiency→