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Digital Policy Salon: Autonomy and Interconnection

Welcome to the eighth issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing. In today's technologies we see two
Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: Autonomy and Interconnection
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #8 • View online
Welcome to the eighth issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing.
In today’s technologies we see two parallel increasing trends: autonomy, and interconnection. Autonomy is visible in everything from our cars being able to self-drive to our e-commerce platforms auto-assigning prices to necessary goods: everywhere we look, machines appear to be governing themselves. Interconnection, however, is an equal and opposite force, as we often discuss the importance of communications, network infrastructure, interoperability, and data sharing, not to mention regulation and governance.
In this week’s issue we delve into these themes: read on to learn about a recent engagement session that ICTC held on interconnected “Smart Cities,” as well as an interview with a scholar who studies the autonomy, interconnection, and ethics of driverless cars. Our featured research this week is a new whitepaper that also highlights the aptly named Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and explores Canada’s readiness for this new technology. Along with two “what we’re reading” features that examine our ability to govern some of the world’s biggest tech companies, this issue delivers an array of ways to think about the technologies we interact with daily and their independent, and highly connected, qualities.
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Our Perspective
Let’s Talk Smart Cities: Ottawa
Interviews in the Field
Self-Driving Cars and the Politics of Innovation
Dr. Jack Stilgoe, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at University College London
Dr. Jack Stilgoe, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at University College London
What We're Reading
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Research Visualized
Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) require a stream of data to institute a proper protocol for roadway events, where information can originate from many sources, including roadside signs, radio stations, smartphone apps, etc.
C-V2X Communications Infrastructure - Source: Qorvo Inc. In ICTC & CAVCOE, "Advances in Connected & Autonomous Vehicles," 2020.
C-V2X Communications Infrastructure - Source: Qorvo Inc. In ICTC & CAVCOE, "Advances in Connected & Autonomous Vehicles," 2020.
Inte fretted r-vehicle communication allows for vehicles to exchange (possibly relay) information between one another about various environmental changes such as road hazards, weather conditions, traffic congestion, etc. Aside from supporting autonomous mobility, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) , a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, predicts that effectively applying vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications could potentially reduce and/or eliminate up to 80% crashes of any type from non-impairment. In CAV literature, there are two other forms of vehicle communication included in intelligent transportation systems: vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) and vehicle-to-network (V2N). All these communication mechanisms are collectively referred to as vehicle-to-everything (V2X). V2X heavily relies on wireless technologies. Dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) is a type of wireless technology developed for the automotive platform, specifically for use with CAVs.
Our Research
Advances in Connected & Autonomous Vehicles: Current State & Future Trends
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