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Internet of People Observatory #1

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Hi, and welcome to the Internet of People Observatory. This is planned as a weekly newsletter to docu
 
September 20 · Issue #1 · View online
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Hi, and welcome to the Internet of People Observatory. This is planned as a weekly newsletter to document the transformation towards networks that we’re already observing. We’re keeping it rather short for starts, but hope you enjoy it either way.

Self-Driving
Germany is launching an ethics commission ahead of a potential legal framework allowing self-driving cars. At the same time, the US Department of Transport published guidelines for self-driving cars, telegraphing potential regulation legalizing autonomous vehicles on a federal level. It’s long been held that the adoption of Self-Driving cars is going to be primarily policy-driven, so these are welcome signals of fast-tracking regulation. But even a fast-track approach will draw out. It’s going to be interesting how regulation will differ between the US and Germany (which will likely serve as a framework for potential EU regulation.)
Furthering self-driving news, ARM just announced a specialized chip for self-driving. The Cortex-R52 will initially be manufactured by STMicro, and they estimate the market for custom silicon for autonomous vehicles to grow from $10bn now to $15bn in 2020. 
Amazon
Amazon launched the Dash Button which let’s you order consumables without having to touch a mouse or keyboard in Europe, to a predictable backlash from consumer rights groups. P&G tried the waters in this area a while ago, but ultimately gave up, because legal compliance stood in the way of a good UX. It’s going to be interesting how Amazon will react. 
More Amazon: The Echo is now available for pre-order in Europe, and the Echo Dot, a cheaper, speakerless, version came out in v.2 for a price tag of $50. Amazon is certainly doubling down on Home Automation around voice, and the purchase options of the Dot are interesting - you can buy it with Smart Plugs, Smart Thermostats or the Hue smart lights. But again, you can expect legal challenges in Europe, this time most likely around data protection and esp. consent for minors or house guests. 
Infra
The UK Digital Catapult Centre launched a free-to-use LoRaWan network covering London, essentially competing with TheThingsNetwork, a volunteer-driven infrastructure orgnisation. With TelCos buying up or investing in their own NarrowBand capabilities, those free to use alternatives present interesting business case challenges. Just ask the media how they compete with free.
Well, that’s it for this first edition.
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