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Electric vehicle charging infrastructure policy is stifling adoption: a UK case study

For over a century the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle has dominated the automotive marketplace, and despite the introduction of electric vehicles (EVs), their adoption remains painfully slow: EV market share in the UK currently stands at 1.7% of the total vehicle stock. A recent survey conducted by the UK Department of Transport found that cost, range anxiety, and unproven technology were significant barriers to adoption. However, the number one factor deterring drivers away from EVs is the ability to recharge.

Innovation Observatory recently spoke with Keith Johnson, the CEO at Urban Electric to discuss the common barriers with EV charging infrastructure in the UK today. Keith was previously the Manager Director at GoinGreen who brought to market the G-Wiz and has over 16 years of experience working in e-mobility and charging networks.

Siri, when will I be able to talk to you naturally?

Ask your digital assistant a question and if you are direct, concise and in possession of the right kind of accent, you may get a reply. Voice-activated assistants are still worlds away from the full-scale virtual companions Artificial Intelligence (AI) developers want them to be. Smart as they are, these devices keep on struggling with the complexity of human speech. So far, they remain limited to responding to simple requests related to performing mundane tasks or providing encyclopaedic knowledge.

Securing the Industrial IoT: What's going on?

Today's industrial technology settings have more interfaces than ever before, making industrial systems some of the most attractive targets for malware and ransomware attacks. Most of the top industrial IoT (IIoT) security concerns relate to this increasing openness – and the slow pace of industry’s response to it.

Five challenges to commercializing wearable and ingestible medical sensors

Wearable and ingestible sensor technologies are rapidly emerging and could shake up the medical industry. They transmit information on vital signs, like heart rate and blood pressure, to a device such as a smartphone, and can be used to monitor those with long-term health conditions ... but there are multiple obstacles to be overcome before these technologies are commercialized...

How healthy is energy harvesting in the medical field, and what’s the prognosis?

The only certain thing in electronics is that active devices need power; the rest is optional. There are several ways to provide power. For small devices, the most common currently is batteries, and they require changing or recharging ... But for the growing field of implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, battery replacement involves an invasive surgical procedure risking internal bleeding, inflammation and infection, all of which would be unnecessary if the promise of energy harvesting is realised...

There are a number of options to power medical devices through harvesting ambient energy sources in the human body such as heat, movement, or pressure.  Various research studies that we describe later show that the power that can be gleaned from energy harvesting devices is in the nanowatt to microwatt range, which would be enough to power a device. An increasing number of studies and experiments seem to confirm that energy harvesting can be a solution to provide that needed power.

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