Just as seat belts and stricter drunk-driving laws led to increased driver safety, advancing technology with autonomous cars could also reduce injuries and save lives, write Lee Vinsel and Constantine Samaras. Researchers claim road deaths could be reduced by up to one-third in the US if every car had adaptive cruise control, head-on collision technology and lane-departure warnings, which are planned for self-driving vehicles.
Netherlands-based Nedap is showcasing its new smart-parking technology at the European Parking Association Congress and Exhibition in Rotterdam. The wireless Sensit IR Flush Mount recognizes available parking spaces, the Sensit P-Guide app for Apple and Android smartphones provides motorists with parking information, and the Sensit Gateway is a mapping service for parking.
BlackBerry has entered a deal that will bring its QNX operating system to Delphi's Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning platform for connected cars. The operating system's features, such as anomaly detection and file encryption, will be paired with Delphi's middleware and algorithms to bolster security.
Amazon, Target and Macy's have announced significant hiring plans ahead of the holiday season. UPS says it will hire 95,000 people to handle holiday-related shipping, while FedEx will hire an additional 50,000 workers for the holidays.
Alibaba and JD.com have committed almost $330 million to improve parcel-delivery efficiency as the e-commerce giants prep for the upcoming Singles' Day event. Alibaba's logistic arm, Cainiao Network, is establishing 40,000 residential pickup locations across the region while JD.com is providing subsidies to its merchants to offset higher warehousing and distribution costs.
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf believes most future advancements will come from the automotive industry, and the company is looking to boost connectivity, electrification and computing for the industry. "The car is going through a massive wave of innovation," Mollenkopf noted.
Emotionally intelligent leaders set aside their egos to recognize weaknesses and work through them, writes LaRae Quy. Embrace the discomfort, practice and experiment, and hire smart people to fill in the gaps, she writes.
Good facilitators don't have to be formal leaders -- they just need to be able to bring people together to work toward solutions. There are many ways to facilitate effectively, including forgoing an agenda, using small groups to collaborate and providing more information in a written format than through speaking, Brandon Klein writes.
Astronaut Randolph "Komrade" Bresnik is onboard the International Space Station, and he has taken pictures of Boldt Castle, which is owned by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority. The bridge is located at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, crossing from New York state to Canada, and Boldt employee Shane Sanford said getting the bridge photographed from space is "pretty special."
A consultant is recommending that North Carolina buy out I-77 Mobility Partners when it completes construction of toll lanes on Interstate 77, a move that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The state could decide to keep the toll lanes, make them free, or reduce the number of tolled lanes in the expanded section.