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Volkswagen-Mobileye-Champion: A Blueprint for Autonomous Vehicle Deployment?

In October 2018, Volkswagen, Mobileye, and Champion Motors announced a Joint Venture (JV) called “New Mobility in Israel” to deploy a fully driverless ride-hailing service in Israel, with development and limited rollout scheduled for 2019 followed by full operational deployment in 2022. Volkswagen will provide an electric vehicle platform into which Mobileye will integrate a “turnkey” autonomous platform consisting of the necessary hardware and software components to enable full automation, while Champion Motors will handle fleet management and maintenance.

The triangular partnership sets out a blueprint for how Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), autonomous platform developers, and fleet management providers can cooperate to bring autonomous vehicles to market and to pursue new revenue opportunities in the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) market.

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Emanuel Kolta
Emanuel Kolta
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China Won’t Be First to Deploy 5G, but Will Ultimately be the World’s Largest 5G Ecosystem

China has announced aggressive plans with the superfast "fifth generation" (5G) connectivity and has positioned the new cellular generation as a key pillar of its economic development initiatives. However, despite China’s vigorous pursuit to win the 5G race, it is U.S. operators who will actually deploy 5G before their Chinese counterparts, according to ABI Research.

“While they won’t be the first country to deploy 5G, once they do, China will be the world’s largest 5G ecosystem. At present, China has more than 160 cities with a population of more than 1 million and 15 cities with a population of more than 10 million,” said Emanuel Kolta, Research Analyst. “This will make China the biggest single mobile broadband market and the Chinese government aims to position 5G as a key technology in its industrial revolution strategy.” Read more

Don Alusha
Don Alusha
Senior Analyst

5G Slicing Will Be a US$66 Billion Market but First, Telcos Need to Recast Themselves

Physical industries are rapidly transforming on an unprecedented scale with digitization becoming a critical priority. End-to-end 5G network slicing is promised to be a growing part of that transformation but mobile service providers must change all aspects of their business before they address it. ABI Research forecasts that network slicing stands to create approximately US$66 billion in value for enterprise verticals including manufacturing, logistics, and transportation by 2026.

5G network slicing has become the focus of much attention in part due to its intrinsic ability to afford flexibility and dedicated resources tuned to different industrial use cases. Legacy networks and wired technology dominate in the fragmented industrial environment of today, a rigid arrangement that is not conducive to high productivity levels. “Industrial segments such as manufacturing, logistics, and automotive are pursuing digitalization and automation with vitality and substantial investments. 5G network slicing aims to serve as a stepping stone to drive productivity growth and enable the high-performance connectivity that underpins the dynamic, secure, and reliable interconnection of industrial systems and machinery,” said Don Alusha, Senior Analyst. Read more

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As Insurers Offer Discounts For Fitness Trackers, Wearers Should Step With Caution

NPR

This year, an estimated 6 million workers worldwide will receive wearable fitness trackers as part of workplace wellness programs. That's up from about 2 million in 2016, according to ABI Research, a market research firm.

Many of these voluntary programs offer workers free or discounted wearable trackers and annual financial incentives that range from about $100 to more than $2,000, depending on the company. Read the full article

West Virginia Says Mobile Voting via Blockchain Went Smoothly

Computer World

Michela Menting, digital security research director at ABI Research, said mobile voting applications have shortcomings involving both ease-of-use concerns and security fears. For one, not everyone has a top-of-the-line smartphone.

"Also, that hardware piece would need to securely store a hash of your biometric information in order to use the biometric modalities on the phone to verify your identity," Menting said via email. Read the full article

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