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    Distribution Automation and the Smart Grid: Coming of Age with a New Set of Challenges

    By Girish Mhatre | July 31, 2014

    distribution The concept of applying computing technology to the electricity grid has fascinated the utility industry, since the 1960s. But now, with twin challenges looming — an aging infrastructure and the need to accommodate renewable sources — the subject of “Distribution Automation” has become an imperative. In this application note,  David Andeen, Strategic Segment Manager for Energy at Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., reviews three key areas: asset protection, security, and asset management.

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      Has Google overreached with the driver-less car?

      imgresGoogle’s utopian vision of a driver-less future appears to have run into its first roadblock: It’s not finding any takers in Detroit. Google needs Detroit, not just as a manufacturing partner for its self-driving car, but also for its expertise in distribution.

      Few doubt that the driver-less age is dawning and that it could change our lives in fundamental ways.

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        Telefonica connected car study predicts bumpy road ahead for 'mobility revolution' business models

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        As individuals and businesses became inter-connected, first via personal computer technology, then mobile phones and ultimately the internet, human connectivity and worker productivity went through an historic transformation. Now, embracing all of these enabling technologies, and more, the humble family automobile is on the threshold of a similar, epic transformation now playing out across the technology industry.

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          Uber's text-a-cab market disruption just the leading edge of a mobility revolution reshaping urban flows

          By Richard Wallace | July 14, 2014

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          Uber, the global text-a-taxi service and its urban clones, disrupts traditional taxi business models by using ambient network protocols to arrange ride sharing services that connect drivers and passengers in real-time – all via mobile phone apps.

          Uber is just one on many such new age network service providers that have evolved in recent years. disrupting unsuspecting, entrenched market stalwarts and putting technology and business development pressure on business model status quos linked to personal mobility, and the corner taxi.

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            New industries forming as software connects the car to the cloud, devices and other vehicles

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            There is a paradigm shift in the automotive industry today, from predominantly a mechanical driven to software driven vehicles. It is estimated by the Boston Consulting Group that by 2015, more than 60% of the new cars will be connected to the cloud, to users’ devices, to infrastructure, and to other cars! A typical premium-class car has more than 100 microprocessors and operates on more than 100 million lines of code.

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              Hyundai to use Android Auto for infotainment system in 2015 model year automobiles

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              Hyundai has announced it will use Android Auto as the open-source platform for its next generation in-car infotainment system. Android Auto will be optional in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata as well as several other Hyundai models in the 2015 model year, the automaker said the recent Google 2014 Global Developers Conference.

              Hyundai is a member of the Open Automotive Alliance, a consortium of automakers and aftermarket suppliers.

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                Senate bill would grant Wi-Fi access to the 5.9 GHz wireless spectrum for non-automotive applications

                Legislation introduced in the Senate recently could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices according to an article in auto news.com.

                Until now, automakers have had exclusive access to the 5.9 GHz wireless spectrum band to test and develop “connected car” technologies, which allow vehicles to communicate with other vehicles on the road and alert drivers of potential hazards to avoid crashes.

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                  IBM, Toyota to create new connected car services application development platform

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                  Toyota has selected IBM to create a new connected car application development platform for mobile app developers to begin building interactive apps for Toyota vehicles.The new platform will foster the creation of in-car services to improve the driver experience, IBM said. The project is part of Toyota’s new telematic service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.Toyota and IBM will work together to create an onboard devices and application development environment for Toyota Open Vehicle Architecture.