3 ways cities can optimize self-driving car pilots: lessons from Boston


To understand the impact of AVs (autonomous vehicles) on the world’s cities, the World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group recently completed a three-year collaboration. We started by building a global community of AV-savvy executives from across the industrial spectrum, from automakers to software companies to insurance providers.

To ground our thinking in reality, we decided to collaborate with a real-world city to catalyse actual testing of AVs. Additionally, we wanted to understand how consumers are likely to adopt AVs and what the impact of AV adoption would be on city streets.

Boston emerged as the winner among ten applicant cities, and we kicked off our collaboration with Mayor Walsh and his transport team just under two years ago.

Source: 3 ways cities can optimize self-driving car pilots: lessons from Boston

The UK-EU relationship: the political consequences of mutual misunderstanding | EURACTIV.com


There has been no shortage of misunderstandings since the Brexit negotiations began.

In the discussions on the Withdrawal Agreement (WA), UK politicians have been accused of not understanding the customs union and single market, while trying to negotiate favorable future access.

On the other side, EU negotiators have been accused of not grasping the UK-wide political significance of the Northern Ireland backstop as currently phrased. This has led to tensions that have made the negotiations more difficult.

But how did these misunderstandings arise and can they be resolved?

Source: The UK-EU relationship: the political consequences of mutual misunderstanding – EURACTIV.com

Europe’s silent shift to self-employment | EURACTIV.com


In Europe, opportunities related to self-employed status are diversifying and the freelance model has become more attractive for more and more professions.

In contrast to traditional self-employed professions like doctors or lawyers, freelancers do not have a business background or licence, said Laetitia Vitaud, an expert on the future of work.

“They are not in a regulated profession. They choose to work directly with companies without becoming employees and refuse to be directly subordinated to them,” Vitaud told delegates at a EURACTIV event in Paris on 26 June.

Source: Europe’s silent shift to self-employment – EURACTIV.com

EU connected cars plan sparks national backlash | EURACTIV.com


Lobbyists from the car and telecoms industries have been lining up to promote their sides in the debate before the EU executive decides whether it will support the short-range Wifi-based vehicle-to-vehicle technology known as V2V, or cellular networks that are longer-range and will rely on fast 5G connections when those become available several years from now.

So far, the Commission’s plan to legislate on standards for what is built into cars has ignited fierce debate between companies that have a stake in the technologies, but it has not drawn much public attention.

But a handful of EU countries have stepped up their opposition to the legislation just a few months before it is scheduled to come out.

Source: EU connected cars plan sparks national backlash – EURACTIV.com

Ticket to copyright: Paul McCartney joins crowded fight over online rules | POLITICO


Paul McCartney is one of many celebrities to speak out about a reform that — if it passes — could end an era of light-touch copyright enforcement online, saddling firms like Google and Facebook with costly new duties to detect infringements and compensate license holders more systematically.

“Music and culture matter. They are our heart and soul,” McCartney wrote in his letter. “The proposed copyright directive … [will] help assure a sustainable future for the music ecosystem and its creators, fans and digital music services alike.”

Source: Ticket to copyright: Paul McCartney joins crowded fight over online rules – POLITICO

The US Postal Service is paying millions of dollars for accidentally putting a fake Statue of Liberty on its stamp | Quartz


Sculptor Robert Davidson gave the classic statue a fresh look, with softer facial features inspired by a photograph of his mother-in-law. And so when the US Postal Service featured the “mighty woman with a torch” on its 2011 Forever stamp, experts knew that the stamp depicted not the original statue, but Davidson’s creation.

Now a federal court has ruled that USPS must pay Davidson $3.5 million for its accidental copyright infringement.

Source: The US Postal Service is paying millions of dollars for accidentally putting a fake Statue of Liberty on its stamp — Quartz

AeroVironment, NASA JPL Team Up on Mars Helicopter Development Project | ExecutiveBiz

AeroVironment has collaborated with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop an unmanned helicopter platform as part of the Mars Exploration Program.

AeroVironment handed to JPL a landing gear prototype and rotor in May 2016 for integration with a JPL-built controller and then delivered subsystems last year for incorporation into engineering development models of the helicopter drone.

Source: AeroVironment, NASA JPL Team Up on Mars Helicopter Development Project | ExecutiveBiz

Why Your Brain Never Runs Out Of Problems To Find | GovExec.com


As we showed people fewer and fewer threatening faces over time, we found that they expanded their definition of “threatening” to include a wider range of faces.

In other words, when they ran out of threatening faces to find, they started calling faces threatening that they used to call harmless.

Rather than being a consistent category, what people considered “threats” depended on how many threats they had seen lately.

Source: Why Your Brain Never Runs Out Of Problems To Find – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

This Is the Best Time to Book Your Flight | Money


Based on their data, the best time to buy is roughly 70 days before departure.

It’s a pretty significant increase from last year’s study, when the site reported most inexpensive fares could be found 54 days in advance.

Source: This Is the Best Time to Book Your Flight, According to a New Study | Money

China presses Europe for anti-U.S. alliance on trade | Reuters


In meetings in Brussels, Berlin and Beijing, senior Chinese officials, including Vice Premier Liu He and the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, have proposed an alliance between the two economic powers and offered to open more of the Chinese market in a gesture of goodwill.

But the European Union, the world’s largest trading bloc, has rejected the idea of allying with Beijing against Washington, five EU officials and diplomats told Reuters, ahead of a Sino-European summit in Beijing on July 16-17.

Source: Exclusive: China presses Europe for anti-U.S. alliance on trade | Reuters