Most drivers today depend on hand gestures, or “the wave,” to communicate with pedestrians and cyclists, as well as one another. However, as the industry continues to make strides toward an autonomous future, automakers will eventually need to find an effective way for their self-driving cars to tell walkers when it is safe or appropriate to cross the street.
Ford is already aware of this predicament and last month entrusted the help of Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to conduct an experiment to see how people would interact with a driverless vehicle.Read more
Finnish communications regulator Ficora has granted radio licences to VTT Oulu and Turku University of Applied Sciences to conduct IoT research and to test 5G services. In the 5GTN Plus research project funded by the innovation agency Tekes, VTT uses the 700 MHz frequencies mainly for IoT research and testing.Read more
Calgary is formally preparing a response to Amazon’s request for proposals for locating its second corporate headquarters and is hoping to get an edge through crowdsourcing its pitch.
Calgary Economic Development is putting together the bid for what Amazon calls HQ2 and has launched a website to help gather ideas from the public on how to best promote Calgary to the e-commerce giant.Read more
Starting in the summer, Josh Taron, associate professor of architecture and co-director of the Laboratory for Integrative Design, and his team of students in the Faculty of Environmental Design devised, built and erected Furbaniture for Walk21 Calgary, an international conference on walkability taking place in this city this week.
The pieces, which are intentionally designed to be higher than a bench and lower than a table, can fit together in different ways to “re-program” a street or other urban outdoor spaces. They can be configured to create parklets on streets, extend outdoor patios off restaurants and bars, create a pop-up street festival or any other one of a myriad of creative uses yet to be dreamed up.Read more
Mobile phone giants Orange have signed a lease for the installation of a future headquarters at Altarea Cogedim and Crédit Agricole Assurances’ Pont d’Issy project in France.
The 603,000 sq ft Bridge project site in Issy-les-Moulineaux is made up of land owned by Benson Elliot and Crédit Agricole Assurances, and the latest deal is part of revised plans for the site which originally was intended to contain two skyscrapers.Read more
TALLINN (ESTONIA): Estonia is keen to help India combat cyber-attacks by engaging with the South Asian country in joint drills and offering its cutting edge technical resources in the field at a time when cyber strikes across the globe are seen as dangerous to the stability of democracies and growth economies.
Tallinn, the capital of this tiny Baltic nation, may be famous for its medieval churches and quaint, cobble-stoned streets, but it is also home to the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, a leading international military organisation dealing with cyber conflicts.Read more
ARLINGTON (ABC7) — People in Arlington might remember doing a double take last month seeing what appeared to be a driverless car. But it turns out someone was behind the wheel in a very distinct and strange way.
Ford, which is partnering with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, posted a video on the study that took place.
You can see a man putting on a "seat suit" to conceal the driver and simulate a driverless car since the actual driverless car isn't quite ready for prime time.Read more
The Taoyuan government has signed an MoU with Microsoft Taiwan to recruit the latter's technological assistance to help the northern Taiwan city turn into a smart city.
Microsoft Taiwan will provide cloud computing platforms, big data analytics, AI (artificial intelligence) and MR (mixed reality) technologies. Microsoft Taiwan will offer BizSpark, a Microsoft program to help the city government operate startup business parks.Read more
Brantford's STEAM academy opens its doors to students today, and its first graduating class will leave with a high school diploma and a college certificate in hand.
The high school is run by Six Nations Polytechnique and is the first of its kind in Canada, principal Aaron Hobbs told The Morning Edition's host Craig Norris.Read more
Taiwan’s major urban areas are best suited for advancement as smart cities, Virginia-based public-private partnership MeriTalk reported.
World-famous for its PC and motherboard manufacturing industry, Taiwan is primed for piloting smart city programmes, according to Taiwanese officials who attended MeriTalk’s Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) expo in Washington DC.Read more