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Technology Policy & Ethics – September 2018

Deep Learning: Is it the Main Challenge Behind Autonomous Vehicles Deployment?

By Fatima Hussain and Rasheed Hussain

There has been a growing interest in the field of intelligent transportation systems (ITSs) to improve road safety [1] and traffic management issues. ITS is realized through social interaction among vehicles which offers plethora of applications and services ranging from safety to information and entertainment (collectively referred to as infotainment). These applications on one hand guarantee safe driving, and on the other hand add value to our driving experience. Significant efforts have been made in the last decade by researchers from both academia and industry to realize the ITS through different communication paradigms such as vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications. ITS uses existing communication technologies such as Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC), WiFi, 4G/LTE, Bluetooth, WiMax, and so on.

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Consumers Drive Technological Change Within Energy System Transitions

By Veryan Hann

Energy systems in OECD countries are transitioning towards decentralization. This shift is due to energy policy and climate policy pressures, changing consumer preferences, and drive to decentralized generation and storage, and this transformation is also driven by technological advances such as the ‘internet of energy’ of which includes smart grids. This article offers an insight into this socio-technical change from a sociological perspective; the challenges for policy makers, and the challenges for energy networks, through the lens of an Australian smart grid pilot.

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