Information Systems Integration – Messina

Eric R. Donohue

Auto Makers increasing partnerships as Future of Transportation Changes

As the future of transportation is rapidly approaching, auto makers are looking to alliances to secure their spot in the worl dof autonomous driving.  With autonomous vehicles, the the skillet needed to compete in this competitive environment is vastly different than the previous competitive skills that were key to be successful.  Taking the human out of the equation results in a very different product for transportation which requires a whole new strategy. Also, the self-driving venture is just too much for one company to do itself and without partnering many of these huge auto makers can not compete in the future. So as the future in the industry is moving away from actually building cars to focusing on the data, ride-hailing and connect car-services, the number of alliances is increasing.  From 2016 to 2017 there was an increase of 131 alliances to 271 partnerships involving self-driving cars.   The most recent partnership, between Honda and GM  which agreed to develop a fully automated car, with Honda committed to investing 2.75 billion in GM’s self-driving Cruise LLC over the next 12 years.  Also, Toyota has partnered with Uber and GM has partnered with Lyft to collaborate on self-driving technology. As the alliances are forming, it is also making way for newer competitors in the industry. Huge tech companies are increasing competition with auto makers to capture this huge opportunity. I think as time goes on and market share gets shifted, a lot of the iconic auto makers that had decades of success will no longer be able to compete in the changing industry.

Are days of QWERTY over?

QWERTY, the focal point of the keyboard that has been the very center of our input to interact with computer devices. For almost 40 years, computers have gotten more efficient and powerful while the input devices has stay largely the same.  As we move forward, many are arguing that the way we interact with our computers may not be the keyboard we have grown accustomed too. Our latest smart phones have taken the physical keyboard away and with good reason. The efficiency of touchscreens allows better screens with an better overall application. Now, the question is which input device will work for that certain application. Whether it be voice commands, touch typing with virtual reality, or AI heightened senses, they all have limitations that has affects the application. Having voice commands in an office setting would not be ideal or trying to teach people to learn a new method of typing is another huge barrier to newer input devices.  Although many of these input devices do have potential in the future I think it is a stretch to assume the QWERTY keyboard is going to get replaced. As new technologies get introduced into the marketplace there will have to be newer methods to interact with that technology. However, it is hard to assume that they will be eventually replaced with the keyboard being a huge part of input to our devices.

WSJ qwerty video

The Race for 5g



As the world enters into the new era of 5g the race to implementing the first full scale 5g network will give a huge advantage over global competitors. The two emerging leaders, the United States and China are battling to implement a superior 5g network and capture these system-wide benefits.  The previous implementation of 3g & 4g showed that the first country to do so gave their economies a huge advantage to develop applications for the future. For example, the Ubers and Netflixes of the world were a result of having a capable network infrastructure. Now with a network that is 100 times faster than 4g, and can allow a million connected devices in a kilometer compared to 1000, the potential is enormous. The system wide implementation of the 5g network is going to stretch across all aspects of society that will create numerous opportunities and advancements to really take society into the 21st century. Autonomous cars, remote surgeries through connected healthcare devices, and the so called “Internet of Things” can all be implemented because of 5g. The greatest thing and unknown about 5g is the innovative applications that currently do not exist because of the limitations a 4g network has. No one really knows the true potential that the ultra-fast 5g network can bring into our society, but it will be a privilege to be apart of it.