5G Timeline for Vehicle Automation

illustration of cars on highway with signalsWhat you can expect and when.

By Rick Richardson

Wireless engineers, automakers and governments have spent years preparing for a future in which autonomous cars will communicate with each other and sophisticated transportation networks – an initiative known as “cellular vehicle to everything,” commonly abbreviated C-V2X.

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Now, the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) is offering a road map for mass deployments of automotive communications technologies, and its timeline includes several interesting dates that aren’t as far off as some people might have guessed.

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Alexa’s Moving into Your Next Apartment

Another step by Amazon into the service space.https://cpatrendlines.com/2020/09/23/alexas-moving-into-your-next-apartment/

By Rick Richardson

Amazon has become a ubiquitous part of the modern world, but now it may even make its way into rental properties.

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Amazon is unveiling a program to make it easy for landlords to include Amazon and Alexa-powered devices in rental units across the country, including the Echo Dot and other Amazon smart products.
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Global Tokenization Standards in the Works

illustrationMicrosoft, Nasdaq and others on board.

By Rick Richardson

Microsoft, IBM, Hyperledger and other technology and financial organizations have formed an alliance to develop global standards for tokenized ecosystems.

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Microsoft’s principal architect, Marley Gray, and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s former executive director, Ron Resnick, recently launched the InterWork Alliance (IWA), a nonprofit organization aimed at bringing global standards to the token-based ecosystem.
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Three COVID-19 Opportunities for Robots

Their perceived safety means the market is booming.

By Rick Richardson

A world where contactless and socially distant solutions are preferred has set the stage for robots to rise to the occasion.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has given way to an era of innovation as entrepreneurs develop tools and services to meet new needs. Though there might have been concerns about automation and the future of work before the current health crisis, the pandemic has shown how robots are benefiting us while the world grapples with the novel coronavirus.
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Can Google Kill the Business Card?

screenshot of people cardIndia is about to find out.

By Rick Richardson

Google might be about to disrupt the business card – and it’s starting with a trial in India.

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In a new blog post, the company announced it is rolling out its “people cards” across the country. It’s like a business card that will appear on top of Search when someone looks up your name. Google first began trialing the feature about six months ago, and it seems it’s finally ready to make it more widely available.
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One ‘Mega’ Data Breach Can Cost a Company $392 Million

Illustration of computer security threatsCompanies that have invested in automated technologies are coming out ahead.

By Rick Richardson

The average cost of a “mega” data breach has risen astronomically over the past year, and enterprise players impacted by such a security incident can expect to pay up almost $400 million.

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Data breaches are a commonplace occurrence now, and cyberattacks launched against companies have spawned a new cyber insurance industry, the emergence of regulatory and class-action lawsuits against firms that fail to protect data, and new laws – such as the EU’s GDPR – that can be used to impose heavy penalties against data controllers with lax security.
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FBI Warns of Back Doors in Chinese Tax Software

illustration with Chinese flag and keyboardThe health care, chemical and finance sectors are in particular danger.

By Rick Richardson

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has sent an alert last week U.S. companies about back-door malware that is silently being installed on the networks of foreign companies operating in China via government-mandated tax software.

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The back doors allow threat actors to execute unauthorized code, infiltrate networks and steal proprietary data from branches operating in China.
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Creative New Business Models and Strategies for the Virus Era

Great American Takeout logoSome of these might stick around even when they’re no longer necessary.

By Rick Richardson

The coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to get creative.

Whether through Zoom meetings, online fitness classes or takeout cocktails, companies in nearly every industry are pivoting to get through the crisis.

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But beyond short-term fixes, many innovative new strategies and business models have emerged that are likely to stick, even as many jurisdictions begin to reopen in some capacity.
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How Your New Car Could Double as a Doctor

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Monitor your heart rate? OK.

By Rick Richardson

No one disputes that cars, trucks and SUVs will become increasingly connected over the next decade. From Amazon Alexa compatibility to navigation-linked speed limiters, the list of internet-powered features you’ll one day use during your commute grows every year.

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Some technologies will make driving more convenient, especially when it becomes a tedious task. That, however, is just the start. Your car might save your life by becoming a doctor – no medical school training required.
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