With an intent of giving advanced robotics a colossal thrust, Verizon, a telecommunication giant in America, through its subsidiary Verizon Robotics Business Technology, has entered into a serious collaboration with Los Angeles Times ( a prominent newspaper in America) with the area of interest is how news is gathered, accessed and received by masses.
By coming together, the companies will look to flirt with certain digital ecosystems such as 4G connected drones and 5G paired ground robots and 3D modelled data along the vast pool to re-invent prime digital media with a strong focus on news reporting and story-telling.
Inherently, certain aspects have been identified to be the prime focus:
- A “see what the robot sees” experience when real-time video feeds will be delivered from the air and the ground, in high-definition, when premier robots will take to air and the ground,
- When tough areas would be accessed by fairy drones and the visual stream will be scheduled by cameras fitted thereupon,
- Multiple perspectives unfolded as digital twins models are created which would have visual and location suffix in news stories,
Elsie Neel, who works at Verizon in the capacity of senior vice president of new business incubation, reveals, “By combining Verizon’s network, edge computing and intelligent software technologies, with the innovative thinkers at the LA Times, we have the potential to transform the future of storytelling.
Verizon is working with partners to innovate in their respective industries and this collaboration is an example of how we are using technology to drive innovation in the industry. Through the work we are doing with the LA Times, people from all over the world could have an opportunity to feel like they are immersed in the stories of Southern California”.
Robotics, air borne as well as grounded are compatibly connected to technology teeming with data as is enabled by wireless networks of Verizon (4G LTE and 5G Ultra Wideband) to collect the news in tough areas.
Without the cloud of any doubt, such an initiative related to near real-time data will prompt Los Angeles Times to achieve new benchmarks in grabbing news stories and in disseminating them.
Chris Argentieri, who serves as president and is also COO to LA Times, reflects, “At the Los Angeles Times, we’re always looking for ways to get closer to the news, explain what it means and illustrate the vital stories of California.
This collaboration with Verizon will allow us to build on our expertise in video journalism, data visualisation and product design to create deeply immersive and immediate extensions of our reporting with their best-in-class technologies.
Certain measures have been initiated by the US state of Michigan which has made it a global hub for autonomous mobility. An aerial corridor has been devoted to fairy drones and then a road-expanse has been exclusive to facilitate charging the EVs (electric vehicles) to promote green transportation.
In short, the state is in hot pursuit of some lofty objectives and can be an example for the rest of the (insanely industrialized) America to follow.
As we all know Michigan is the state with Detroit as its major city which is regarded as the “city of cars” or “motor town” for decades now. In recent decades, industrial decay occurred but still, the city reigns in the perception as it houses offices of some mega automotive companies in the world: Mercedez-Benz America, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors and then dozens of component manufacturers also contribute to the industrial landscape of the city.
Now, now, now. By having its feet well-grounded into the whirlpool of advanced tech and on the back of supreme road infrastructure, local government now call upon experts from across the world to explore new possibilities that the State unfolds.
For this purpose, two senior executives from Michigan Economic Development Corporation, get unplugged before the media about their gameplan about electrified and autonomous transportation and how much thrilled they feel at the response given by companies that want to be part of this boom which will add to the economic glory and environmental protection.
Presenting some excerpts of the conversation which took place between Mr Abdul Montaqim from Robotics Automation and Trevor Pawl (chief mobility officer) and Charlie Tyson (technology activation manager) and is now hosted on YouTube here.
I’m the chief mobility officer of the State of Michigan and, as part of that role, I lead the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, which focuses on the future of transportation as it relates to automotive but also other modes of transportation.
So we do a lot of work stitching together public-private partnerships, we do a lot of work building Michigan’s mobility narrative, and we do a lot of work on the policy side, making sure that we have the right regulatory frameworks in mind that would allow for not just the future of mobility to occur on ground but also other dimensions like in the air.
Charlie Tyson: My title is technology activation manager, which is is something that’s super fun and something I’m passionate about. And really what that entails is working with companies globally and locally in Michigan to understand ways to help them connect with communities here in our state, to find ways to essentially improve the quality of life related to getting people to and from medical appointments, getting goods and vital medical supplies to people that may not have access to those goods.
So everything really revolves around how we move people and goods using technology and new mobility solutions and making sure that we engage communities to do so.