How Panasonic Drives V2X for Connected Cars

Connected vehicles and infrastructure can make highways up to 80% safer. Better connections mean we all get through the day with greater ease and convenience. People receive the information they need, right when they need it. Cities adapt to the needs of citizens. V2X is a new concept but it’s cars talk to drivers and each other to avoid collisions. And planes keep pilots informed about the weather, and passengers in touch with their lives below.

Back in 2011, I went to an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) conference. We were in a symposium with other media taking about V2X back then. Now painted in the Street lines are sensors connecting to the car sensors and creating this insane amount of data to help save lives.

How Panasonic Drives V2X for Connected CarsPanasonic v2x sensors sense not just cars but people.

As Panasonic states V2X is the car to everything Meta Data related (or connected vehicle technology). While it’s not the most popular term yet, it will be.

As I’ve learned, Panasonic has a Connected Vehicle Demo Center that’s collecting travel data from various sources and then communicates that information across a “technological ecosystem”. So it’s not just about collecting the data. The secret sauce is then taking that ton of data and making it into “intelligent, actionable information for roadway operators and drivers.”

As I’ve learned, Panasonic has a Connected Vehicle Demo Center that’s collecting travel data from various sources and then communicates that information across a “technological ecosystem”. So it’s not just about collecting the data. The secret sauce is then taking that ton of data and making it into “intelligent, actionable information for roadway operators and drivers.”

In cars today, it will even sense people on sidewalks or at crosswalks.

V2X wireless communication makes moving vehicles and people visible. This technology enables vehicle to vehicle signals, vehicle to pedestrian communication and then takes all that information to make sure every car on the road knows about what’s going on. As Panasonic Staff told me personally, V2X will help prevent traffic accidents. To me: that’s how we do things to make traffic safe and focused on driving.

Panasonic Connected Vehicle Demo Center that’s collecting travel data from various sources and then communicates that information across a “technological ecosystem”. So it’s not just about collecting the data. The secret sauce is then taking that ton of data!

V2X States Prove It for a Nationally Connected System

There’s a reason seven of the top ten auto makers rely on Panasonic’s technology. As I wrote:

The Seattle Department of Transportation launched the New Mobility Playbook. As transportation becomes increasingly shared, active, self-driving, electric, and data-driven, Seattle is planning ahead to ensure that innovation contributes to a safe, equitable, sustainable city with a transportation system that serves everyone. The New Mobility Playbook includes a set of strategies that will position Seattle to encourage and guide innovation in transportation technology, reorganizing our streets to grow healthy communities and vibrant public spaces. Panasonic with USDOT and Colorado DOT are like Cowboys of the innovation toward pioneering the revolution of our driving experiences.

The Western movie playwright now cues in the Cowboy here to say:

Well my friends, Panasonic is a trailblazer for building connected transport and developing smart cities over there! No seriously, Panasonic is applying its heavy duty, smart automotive and traffic management tech and smarts to a connected transportation pilot in the United States and Colorado.

Panasonic Moves Us

Recently, I was briefed on how Panasonic teamed up with the United States and Colorado Department of Transportations to build a connected transportation program.

Well??

What does that mean?

As we drive or move along in newer cars, there are sensors all throughout cars which are brand new. So those cars are connected to the sensors on the road. If an accident happened 10 cars ahead, the driver is notified of that traffic data, indicating they need to slow the heck down! Even stop why don’t cha!!

That’ s real-time data being shared across all vehicles, infrastructure and people to improve safety and mobility on the road.

Connected Cars “See” Way Better in Bad Weather

So when do crashes mostly occur? Those lovely intersections where two or more roads cross. Then on any day or might someone (not mentioning names here!) drivers do things like turn the wrong way, crossing over or something else. This is a recipe for something to happen. I live near an intersection and there are always active accidents there.

Check out this great video from Panasonic showing you how Connected Cars work. It’s a cool video!

So anything that can help drivers see pedestrians or other vehicles before an accident occurs can help reduce the danger of intersections and roadways in general. So with hundreds of billions of sensors on roads connected to cars connected to a big database is beyond Meta data for traffic management systems to allow cars to communicate with each other. That means highway infrastructure will keep our roadways moving smoothly. Now. There’s NOT anything wrong with that! Now they need to talk about better vehicle batteries to go hybrid, Plugin hybrid or all electric!

This post is paid for and sponsored by Panasonic USA on #PanasonicMovesUs

Prince Harry Got an Electric Vehicle for his Wedding to Meghan!

Now I’m certainly not one of the folk that woke up at 5:00 am to watch the Royal wedding. Sorry. No thanks. My wife woke up early to enjoy the festivities.

Yet, my heart felt warmed to hear that Prince Harry leased a £350,000 converted Jaguar to all Electric. Guess someone royal be looking at my book idea of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle!! Dope!

Here’s the tweet from Kensington Palace:

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Windsor Castle for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power #RoyalWedding⁠ ⁠

The Daily Mail:

The two left Windsor Castle in the light blue stunner as they headed to their reception at Frogmore House, a 17th-century venue in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday evening.

From Autoblog

Well over a billion people all over the world tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this morning, but now that it’s all said and done, it’s time to direct our attention to the car that the newly crowned Duke and Duchess of Sussex drove to their reception. The Jaguar E-Type Zero first debuted in September of 2017, but it’s getting a whole heck of a lot more press today than it did then. Welcome to the Royal Family, Jag.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex Image Credit: STEVE PARSONS via Getty Images

Innovative Solar-Plus-Sharp SmartStorage® Microgrids Installed in Santa Rita Union School District

Systems to provide grid outage protection and electricity savings at six schools

SALINAS, Calif. – May 14, 2018 – Generate Capital, MBL-energy, and Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group (Sharp) announced today that the solar PV plus SmartStorage® energy storage systems have been installed at six sites within the Santa Rita Union School District (SRUSD) in Salinas, California. The systems will provide up to seven hours of power at each school during a grid outage and will also offset the school’s energy and demand usage resulting in substantial savings on its utility bills. These innovative multi-campus systems will enable the schools to support the local Salinas community as Powered Emergency Response Centers in the event of disasters that cause prolonged outages.

The innovative project was envisioned by EcoMotion (an SRUSD consultant), developed by SolEd Benefit Corporation, engineered by Sharp and Black & Veatch, constructed and structurally engineered by MBL-energy, and financed by Generate Capital.

“The Santa Rita Union School District project creates a blueprint for schools, universities, hospitals, and other government and commercial facilities that need critical power availability during a grid outage, but also want to see utility bill savings during normal operations,” said Carl Mansfield, General Manager of Sharp’s U.S. based Energy Systems and Services Group. “These solar PV plus Sharp SmartStorage® systems are delivering both resilience and savings while also providing clean, renewable energy that doesn’t harm the environment.”

In total, the systems include one megawatt of solar PV that is integrated with 1.1 MWh of Sharp’s SmartStorage® behind-the-meter energy storage systems. In addition to the savings on expensive utility bills, the systems will also provide for the ability to regain power during a blackout as well as provide clean renewable energy.

The Santa Rita Union School District recently hosted a ribbon-cutting at the site facilitated by its consultant, EcoMotion. EcoMotion envisioned the project as a means of getting SRUSD the resiliency that it sought by combining batteries with ubiquitous solar power.

“California school districts face extremely challenging budgeting situations and any reduction in operational expenses can directly translate into money for teachers, books, or supplies,” said Dr. Shelly Morr, superintendent of SRUSD. “It is also important for our community that schools aren’t impacted by events such as power outages as this disrupts not just the school day, but parents having to leave work early or scramble to make other arrangements for their children. We’re excited to see these clean energy systems implemented on our school campuses.”

Generate Capital is a leading capital partner for solar-plus-storage innovators in the United States. With one of the largest behind-the-meter energy storage portfolios in North America, Generate Capital partners with project developers, technology vendors, and solution providers to build money-saving, environmentally beneficial infrastructure.

Sharp’s intelligent energy storage solution pairs with solar PV systems to work synergistically, reducing utility costs by pulling power from the SmartStorage® batteries rather than from the utility at the times of highest demand, an operation that is particularly well-suited for facilities where utility bills are often one of the highest expenses. In the case of a grid outage, Sharp’s software will then enable the transition to microgrid operation with only modest disruption to school operations. This capability helps shield the district from grid outages caused by rolling blackouts, brownouts, or severe weather events and minimizes disruptions to the school day for students, parents, and faculty.

Source: Generate Capital www.generatecapital.com, Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group https://www.sharpsmartstorage.com, Santa Rita Union School District, MBL-energy

FORMULA E AND MODIS LAUNCH SEARCH FOR BRIGHT INNOVATOR AS PART OF LIFE-CHANGING INTERNSHIP

Modis offering the chance to join ABB FIA Formula E Championship for six-month internship as Innovation Manager

‘IT IS GREAT TO PARTNER WITH MODIS ON THIS PARTICULARLY EXCITING INITIATIVE. I AM FULLY SUPPORTIVE OF FINDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF NEW TALENT. I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING THE APPLICANTS AND WELCOMING THEM TO THE ELECTRIC REVOLUTION.’

Alejandro Agag

Founder & CEO of Formula E

LONDON, UK (May 18, 2018) – The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has teamed-up with Modis – official partner for professional staffing and solutions for IT and engineering – to launch the search for an aspiring innovator to join the electric street racing series on a six-month internship.

The project – titled the Innovation Manager Challenge – was revealed today ahead of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix. Under the mentorship of Eric Ernst, Head of Technology at Formula E, the successful candidate will help implement and oversee a new software platform for the opening rounds of season five.

Both Formula E and Modis are particularly keen to hear from self-starters, drivers of change, problem solvers, and great communicators with a basic knowledge of computer science

If you think you have what it takes to excel in the world of e-mobility and highly-competitive motorsport – apply before July 1 via the Modis website at www.modis.com/innovation-manager

Applicants will be put through their paces with tests designed to measure numerical aptitude, logical thinking and behaviour heuristics. A shortlist of promising candidates will then be invited to participate in an interview stage, with the winner being announced on July 14.

They will get to work on September 1, with six months to develop and apply software used at official championship events. The internship will involve interaction with teams all over the world and hands-on experience at two race events

Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “It’s great to partner with Modis on this particularly exciting initiative. I’m fully supportive of finding the next generation of new talent and it’s fitting to collaborate with Formula E – the most competitive and accessible platform for innovation and advances in technology currently. I look forward to meeting the applicants and welcoming them to the electric revolution.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a smart, young innovator to shine in the highly-competitive world of e-racing and technology,” said Alain Dehaze, CEO of the Adecco Group – the parent group of Modis and the world’s leading HR solutions partner. “Talent, youth and technology make for a powerful combination in the world of work, and we can’t wait to see how the winner will help to take Formula E to the next level.”

Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing driver and eight-time podium finisher, said: “Every role in Formula E demands a mix of smart talent and technological know-how – and the Innovation Manager Challenge will be no different. I think this is a great opportunity for anyone starting their career in motorsport.”

Stay tuned on www.modis.com to explore opportunities to dive into the world of Formula E and Modis.

FE343 for immediate release 18 May, 2018

Green Home Improvement Investments

If you are planning to make some changes to your home, then green is the way to go. And if not, then it is time to consider some green home improvement as it is more than just making your home more comfortable, it is an investment and here is why.

Energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features are in significant demand in the construction industry. Changes like this will save you more money in the long run, and at the same time, the value of your home will increase. Competing with new homes on the market can be tough, so make sure your home is up to date with the latest green technology.

1. LED lights

Phillips Endura LED

Changing the lighting in your home is the most straightforward energy-efficient home improvement which can be made. This is quick and easy to do yourself as all it takes is to replace the old light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs. Smart lights can also be installed.

2. Windows

Top Green Things for Windows, energy efficient windows

Energy star rated windows with high-efficiency will help you lower your energy bill. It is expected that your energy bill can become 12 percent lower.

3. Insulation

By sealing the air leaks in your home, you are reducing the need for heating and cooling which leads to a lower annual energy bill. Your energy bill can decrease by 10 percent if your home is adequately insulated in the right areas. Insulation can be placed in the attic and basement, and further installations can even be made throughout the house in the walls and floors if you wish to go that far. Remember that adding weather stripping and caulking will ensure the efficient work of the insulation installations, so make sure to plan a combo of these installations.

4. Front Door

Just like your windows, your front door can also be made energy-efficient. For example, old, wooden doors are not much energy-efficient, and you can replace them with secure steel doors. In this way, you are making your home more eco-friendly. Upgrading your front door which adds to the homes curb appeal can also attract potential buyers if you plan to sell the house.

5. Landscapin

Many homeowners see landscaping as a cosmetic appeal only, when in fact the right landscaping can add some green value to your home as well. Trees will provide shade while the overall landscape, including scrubs, trees, and flowers will help your home keep cooler during the summer. Nature offers a cooling breeze with the help of the landscape that reaches the house, allowing it to cool down.

6. Water Heaters

High Efficiency Water Boilers are a great way to save energy

Water heaters should not be older than ten years. If it is time to replace yours, then consider installing a tankless water heater which heats the water only when it is needed. In this way, you are not consuming energy while holding gallons of water at a set temperature for hours. These tankless water heaters do not use so much power and can save a lot of money in the long run, and you can even recoup the money spent on the tankless water heater.

7. Big Investments

If your roof is old and needs an upgrade, you should consider installing an eco-friendly roof. There is much eco-friendly roofing material available to choose from. Cool roofs, for instance, will help prevent the temperature rising in a home where the summer heat is high. By installing a cool roof or heat absorbing roof, you will cut down on your cooling bills. Therefore, you are saving money in the long run. Living roofs have many green factors, and they are physically green which can add some charm to your home. If you decide you want to live off the grid, then you can install solar panels which will let your home produce energy for you, depending on the area you live.

Final Thoughts

Making these green improvements to your home is indeed a significant investment. If you do not have the budget to do it all at once, it is best to start with the less expensive changes first. As you save money along the way, you can invest in more significant eco-friendly improvements. In time your home will be energy-efficient, and its value will rise for sure.

Author: Matthew James

Short bio:

Matt James is a freelance writer specialized in home improvement, smart technology, architecture & design. He has a love of outdoors and spending time with his dog Cooper. You can reach him on Facebook and Instagram.

Green Living with Dogs

Dog ownership comes with plenty of perks: Unconditional love, a reminder of the joys available in each moment, and a sense of purpose and companionship. Unfortunately, dogs also come with a host of needs—food, toys, gear—all of which have well developed consumer markets targeting dog owners.

Green dogs deserve the best

Those of us trying to live green are often forced to look at the additional consumption and waste of caring for our canine companions. However, with a little bit of thought and some planning, you can find plenty of opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle to make dog ownership more eco-friendly.

Reduce

Reduce Packaging

Greener pets and dogs

Most of us that are trying to live in a more eco friendly way are already well aware of the over-use of packaging in commercial goods. Sometimes the choice between alternative products that we need comes down to which one is responsibly packaged.

In the world of dogs, there are several ways to become more aware of packaging and reducing our consumption of this wasteful component rampant in our consumer driven society.

Many local, and even some box chain stores sell consumables such as rawhide chew bones, antlers and even some dog treats in bulk bins that reduce packaging over buying them individually online.

Although the convenience of online shopping is something many busy folks appreciate, stopping in to support your local pet store offers the opportunity to reduce packaging from individually boxed and shipped items. It’s worth a few extra minutes on the ride home from work.

Cook at Home

Although commercial dog food companies would have you believe that anything but kibble made in a factory is poison to your dog, the truth is there are a wide variety of foods that are healthy additions to a balanced diet for your pooch.

By choosing to supplement your dog’s diet with some homemade treats, you are reducing packaging from commercial treats as well as giving him the benefit of whole food that has the nutritional boost of not being made to be shelf stable for 20 years.

Yes, some people food IS toxic to dogs, so make sure to do your research first.

If you are really feeling ambitious, check out raw food diets for your canines. Although it will add some work to your weekly routine, modern day raw food diets check all the boxes in terms of whole nutrition for your dog. Many holistic vets recommend a well balanced raw food diet over commercially prepared feed.

Green dog, doggie

Poop

The most unpleasant part of having a dog is following them around to collect poop. Let’s face it: It’s a humiliating job, but if you live in an urban environment, you don’t have a choice. However, this simple but degrading task does offer an opportunity to cut down on a major source of plastic consumption: The poop bag.

You may have already switched to “biodegradable” poop bags, but it is time to get realistic. These bags, and their stinky contents, need both sun and air to degrade and they will get neither once buried deep in a landfill.

Consider replacing the bag with a small pail instead. Grab some toilet paper for the walk and gather the poo in your pail. When you get home, flush it. Looking for some other ideas? Here is an article devoted to the subject.

Reuse

Container Toys

The next time you throw away a container of any kind, ask yourself first if this is a doggy toy in the making. By placing some of your pup’s kibble in any clean container and cutting some holes just big enough for the kibble to fall out when shaken or dropped, you have built a toy that will keep your dog engaged for hours.

Here is a fun version of the reused container toy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s24bXJN7bOw

Old Socks

There are not a lot of uses for old holey socks…but trust me…your dog is a fan. Don’t let them go to waste until they have lived a second life as a fun dog toy!

Here are two simple versions of sock toys your mutt will love!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bYXpzZScBk

T-shirt Toys

You are probably already doing your part by donating clothes that no longer fit with your personal style, or are a size that no longer works for you. Every old blazer or pair of slacks that someone buys at a thrift store is one less dollar thrown into the very wasteful and largely unethical mass production garment industry. Kudos to you!

However, those T-shirts you have that are now far too holey, ripped or stained to give away in good conscience have a variety of uses if you happen to have a dog.

First, clean t-shirts make excellent stuffing for DIY dog beds and plush toys. If you have a shredder on your hands, this is a far better solution than the poly-fill stuffing that is sold at craft stores.

Another excellent choice are braided dog tug toys. Jersey is a fantastic fabric for these fun and easy DIY dog toys!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o5rBbEKkFw

Recycle

Dog Food Bags

The trouble with bags of kibble is that they are mixed materials so they do not recycle in their current form. However, you can take them apart and the exterior paper layer is generally recyclable in the paper bin.

Dog Food Cans

Generally made of aluminum or steel, cans are usually recyclable as long as you take the time to clean them out and sort them properly. If you are unsure, check for the recycle label, or use a magnet. A steel can will attract the magnet, aluminum won’t.

Toys

If you have some old toys that your dog isn’t interested in, your first thought should be to donate them to a local rescue shelter or rescue organization. Many volunteer groups are doing great work in your area to help second chance dogs find fur-ever homes, and your toys can help support foster parents that take on the valuable service of providing temporary homes for hard to place dogs.

Go Green with Fido!

We hope this article has given you some food for thought when it comes to reducing, reusing, and recycling in terms of dog ownership. If you have some other great ideas, please feel free to share them in the comments section below!

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