Posts tagged ‘mobile’

Car Free Cities – An Interesting Option – Should Retirements Communities Adopt this Model

Read all about Car Free Cities. It is a viable and interesting option.

Should retirement communities adopt this model?

http://www.carfree.com/

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Brand New Future of Servicing of Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles are in. Very soon the roads will be flooded with economical personal transport. Electric Vehicles do not have to be serviced as frequently as the present internal combustion engined mobiles. Looks like the recommended frequency will be at least a year.

Now, I know dealers will try and get creative to get servicing to be a lucrative deal.

This is not going to happen with the predominance of social media. There will be a brand new way for servicing .

  • Faulty Modules will be exchanged for factory reconditioned modules.
  • There will b no such thing as a labor charge
  • There will be a fixed price including replacement by robots
  • Most problems can be diagnosed by wireless internet on a real time basis
  • Most components will be interchangeable between different makers
  • Online databases will keep track of changes
  • Online databases will give instant quotes on replacement items
  • Customers can also upgrade new module rather than change the whole mobile
  • Software changes to tablet PC’s can be downloaded for enhancements

Let me see what suggestions come from our readers

Smart Cities – Traffic Signal Timing – Benefit Study

We talked earlier about Smart Cities and benefits of traffic signal timing study and optimization. Kindly read the following link for a more detailed explanation of conducted studies.

It is done by SRINIVASA SUNKARI,P.E., is an associate research engineer at theTexas Transportation Institute in College Station,TX, USA, where he conducts research in traffic operations and intelligent transportation systems applications

http://www.spcregion.org/downloads/ops/Other%20Studies/BenefitsofRetimingTrafficSignals.pdf

Next is a link to RITA , Research and Innovative Technology Adminstration, Intelligent Transportation Systems. Quoting from their summary information below as a low hanging fruit strategy for Smart Cities

http://www.itsbenefits.its.dot.gov/its/benecost.nsf/SummID/B2007-00393

Optimizing traffic signal timing is considered a low-cost, high-benefit approach to reducing congestion. Signal timing strategies include the minimization of stops, delays, fuel consumption and air pollution emissions and the maximization of the traffic progression through the system.

Looks like it does not take much to make Smart Cities

Smart Cities – An introduction – IBM, MIT et al

What is a smart city? In essence this is a city which has efficient and innovative use of its people, infrastructure, transportation, energy, education and recreational with a view to having a safe and sustained environment.

Let us see what MIT is doing here in terms of transportation among others.

http://www.media.mit.edu/research/groups/smart-cities

Here is IBM’s take on it which is safe neighbor hoods, quality schools, affordable housing and traffic that flows

http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/sustainable_cities/ideas/

Let us take a simple example. That is the flow of traffic.

We live in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. I am still gainfully employed and as such make my daily commute of 10 odd miles to and back from my place of work.

The lanes are always crowded whether it is the morning or evening. My commute time is 30 minutes one way. The normal wait time at an intersection with lights is 1.5 to 2 minutes.

The irony is that the lanes are not crowded on the other side

I am not sure whether Fort Lauderdale can in any way be classified as a Smart City.

What would it take to make it a smart city?

Let us work in modules in this article to take the simplest area to “Smart”

We could collect traffic data and modulate the traffic signal timing. Let us see the gain here. We save in fuel cost and will increase out efficiency. This sounds so simple and I always wonder why we don’t do it. I am sure forward-looking cities are doing it.

I believe Smart Cities are doing it for in innovative ways

  • Parking
  • Transportation
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Manufacturing
  • Buildings
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Airports
  • Taxis

As usual I invite reader comments as we move on and explore other areas for making “Smart”

The pemmPOD evolves into a line following Personal Emotional Mobile

Guidance Module

The pemmPOD continue to evolve.

  • Conceptual specifications are complete
  • gemPOD the universal prime mover module is detailed
  • The universal interface is detailed in concept
  • The pemmPOD has internet connectivity for diagnostics
  • The final piece is the Intelligent Sensor Module or guidePOD
  • All of the above are in the posts under the pemmPOD category

The guidePOD or intelligent sensor module can be attached to the front, sides and the rear of the pemmPOD. This configuration will enable the pemmPOD to turn on cross sections using an intelligent mapping tool driven by GPS. The guidePOD will make the pemmPOD collission proof.

Many interesting options are available for batteries. I recently looked at a paper battery made by impregnating with nano ink in the MIT Tech Review. The thought now is the make the whole chassis as a battery. So it will be a power storage device as well as a component anchoring device.

One of the thoughts this time is to consider the options of having the pemmPOD as a service as opposed to a product. Community citizens would design the configuration of the pemmPOD with city colors or themes. The pemmPOD would roll in on call from an iPhone or iTouch like device. Routes would be set by docking the iPOD with the pemmPOD. Community citizens would be allowed a certain amount of free ride hours on the system. So in essence this would be a service design initiative.

Will continue to update on design features and the scope of the community line following pemmPOD project.

One interesting feature of the pemmPOD is that it can be operated by people of any type of disability or ability as it depends purely on intelligent auto piloting