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There is a saying “he/she has eyes in the back of his/her head”. This means as much as the ability to see what is happening behind you. With the advent of inexpensive cameras mounted in your car this is a reality. Look at dashcams from for instance Nextbase. Just put one in your car and you can record what is happening in front of you as well as behind you. When autonomous driving matures, we will see more and more cameras being mounted in a car together with all kinds of other technology.
The largest consumer electronics and business-to-business show CES was held early January and you will probably have heard about all of the new technology that was shown there. We have seen a roll up TV from LG, TVs that are able to display content in 8K (even though there is no content available), controversy about a robotics award that was granted and then retracted and more than 1200 startups displaying their products and services in Eureka Park. Fifty of them were Dutch and there were some very innovative products and solutions that they were showing.
If you want to go from A to B, you have a number of options. You can go by foot, bike, car or public transport. Of course, there are other modes of transportation like boats and planes but let’s imagine that you want to travel from Amsterdam to Rotterdam. You can go online to see what the possibilities for public transport are, times the trains go, if there might be a bus, taxi, flight or rideshare to get you on your journey. Just go to Google Maps and there you have it. But what if you actually want to get a bus, taxi or rideshare?
IoT, the Internet of Things, is a term that you must have heard about these last couple of years. Small sensors that are able to measure something and communicate their findings to a (central) server. To give you an example: the city of Utrecht (The Netherlands) has equipped recycling bins for glass and paper with sensors that will indicate that the bins are full. This does not only allow collection just in time (and therefor could save on cost) it also makes sure that people are able to throw away their recyclables and not leave them next to the bin (as some people unfortunately do). A very sensible use case for IoT. But not all of them make sense in my opinion!