Connectivity and Internet of Vehicles in China: An exploration based on Zhihu and WeChat
Connectivity is one of the main current technological trends in the automotive area.
With its rapid digitalization, China is a major ‘testbed’ as well as a source of innovations in this field.
The present report uses data from the Chinese social web to find concepts and topics that dominate the Chinese discussion around connectivity and Internet of Vehicles (IoV; fTQ).
Our key observations are as follows:
• Whereas connectivity already rose around 2011-12 in OECD markets, its China journey started relatively late (2014). Thus, the current progress and penetration are all the more impressive and uncover an even greater potential for future development backed by numerous supporting measures by the Chinese government.
• Foreign and domestic brands and services are equally present in the data. Foreign brands dominate the car manufacturer area, whereas domestic Chinese brands are more present in the IT context. This balanced mix conveys the strength of local providers as well as the agitated landscape of international deals between car manufacturers and connectivity service providers.
• Major product aspects discussed in the area turn around smart and assisted functionality, safety and advancements in mobile internet technology.
• In a more strategic perspective, autonomous driving and its implications for the overall traffic system seems to be the leading concern. There are also numerous discussions about the underlying technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things.
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Anacode MarketMiner Simplifies China
via Automated Market Research
Anacode believes market research should be ready for the 21st century
That’s why we build MarketMiner, a text analytics software that cuts costs, time and complexity in market research – and gets you ready for taking better decisions based on the the authentic, intrinsic voice of your customers.
Anacode is driven by a team of professionals in the fields of NLP (Natural Language Processing), software development and China business. We develop advanced data and text analytics solutions which help Western, non-Chinese customers in their quest towards an independent and unbiased understanding of the Chinese market. Our technology comprises algorithms for data collection and analysis which extract fine-grained, statistically relevant insights from various types of customer and market feedback. By putting our technology at your service, we save you the cost, time and often frustration associated with field and desk research on the Chinese market.
In order to help you grow your China business, we offer technology-based solutions in the following areas:
MarketMiner is Anacode’s proprietary application for end customers who wish to get a solid understanding of the Chinese market. The backend performs a classical pipeline with three steps: online data collection, data analysis and aggregation. The frontend, designed in English, allows to formulate your research questions by products, product features and customer segments. The analysis and aggregation are fully transparent – you have the possibility to trace back your result via intermediate aggregation and analysis steps back to the raw data.
With the rise of Big Data, text analytics is showing a constant upheaval in the past years.
What is different about Anacode’s technology? Human language instead of words
All our development builds on a strong linguistic basis which includes carefully classified lexica and ontologies, linguistically annotated training data, full syntactic parsing as well as a logical interpretation language based on compositional semantics.
We KNOW what we analyze, and use this knowledge to create a linguistically adequate training space. The data mining algorithms achieve a higher accuracy than traditional approaches centered around simple collections of keywords.
Each version of the software treats a specific domain. We use language-specific grammars and specialized industry lexica to achieve an accurate analysis. At the same time, we build on principles of multilingual engineering so as to fully support the globalisation efforts of our clients. We know where to look for differences and similarities to streamline development while making appropriate customisations and thus maintaining a high per-case quality standard.
Depth of analysis
Our algorithms combine linguistic and statistical methods and thus allow to pull more detailed information from our data.
For example, traditional sentiment analysis positions an opinion on a positive/negative scale; thus, a sentence like “The seats are old-fashioned” will be analysed as a negative opinion.
MarketMiner decomposes and “explains” the statement by telling that it is the visual appearance of the seats which leads to a negative evaluation, and more specifically a negative evaluation in terms of fashionability.
Welcome to Anacode’s Chinese API!
Anacode’s Web&Text API offers data collection and analytics tailored to the Chinese web and language, allowing China-facing businesses to extract maximal value from customer and market feedback.
The API is perfectly suited for users who don’t speak Chinese and want a quick, hands-on start with “native” data. Get started with your own analytics pipeline in four steps:
Not sure how Anacode can help you leverage the power of Chinese data? Request a live demo – we will be happy to walk you through our API and guide you in its proper usage for your specific requirements.
Market research has long relied on reactive means of data gathering, such as questionnaires or focus groups.
With the wide-spread use of social media, millions of comments about customer opinions and feedback regarding products and brands are available.
However, before using this ‘wisdom of the crowd’ as a source for marketing research, several challenges have to be tackled: the sheer volume of posts, their unstructured format, and the dozens of different languages used on the internet. All of them make automated usage of this data challenging.
In this paper, we draw on dashboard design principles and follow a design science research approach to develop a framework for search, integration, and analysis of cross-language user-generated content.
With ‘MarketMiner’, we implement the framework in the automotive industry by analyzing Chinese auto forums.
The results are promising in that MarketMiner can dramatically improve utilization of foreign-language social media content for market intelligence purposes.
U.S. renewable energy has made impressive strides in recent years
“According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employs more people than coal, oil and gas combined.
Last year, solar power accounted for 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce, while fossil fuels combined employed 22 percent. The statistic will be welcomed with open arms by those trying to refute Donald Trump’s assertion that renewable energy projects are bad news for the U.S. economy.
Around 374,000 people were employed in solar energy, according to the report while generation through fossil fuels had a workforce of just over 187,000. The solar boom can be attributed to construction work associated with expanding generation capacity.
The report states that the employment gap is actually growing with net coal generation decreasing 53 percent over the last 10 years. During the same period of time, electricity generation through gas expanded 33 percent while solar went up by an impressive 5,000 percent.” — Niall McCarthy | Statista
Solar Power and Wind Power combine to provide 475,545 U.S. jobs — while Nuclear Power and Fossil FuelPower generation combine to provide only 255,293 U.S. jobs — but in recent years the Fossil Fuel industry gets 4 times more subsidy than Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy = Clean Air and Twice as many Jobs on 1/4 the Subsidy!
Here is a look at historical U.S. federal subsidies paid from 1918 to 2009 for various energy producers.
What Do Americans Think About Fossil Fuel vs. Renewable Energy?
Solar power and wind power (alone!) employ almost twice as many Americans as all nuclear and all fossil fuel power plants combined, but renewable energy gets only one-quarter of the subsidies in from 2010 onward.
Which might be a factor in the minds of Americans who look forward to renewable energy meeting their future energy demand.
Renewable Energy Continues to Grow in the U.S.
Despite the low subsidy amounts paid to renewable energy in the United States, non-hydropower energy continues on its growth trajectory and it’s now cheaper to build new solar capacity, than to build new coal capacity.
New Solar Now Cheaper Than New Coal
Costs for new solar power plants continue to plummet (without subsidy) vs. new coal power plants (with a small subsidy) is reflected in the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) per Kilowatt Hour price.
Billions of Gallons of Water Used Monthly by Conventional Energy
Many coal-fired power plants and several nuclear power plants produce well over 1000MW (1 GW) of electricity and it is easy to extrapolate their water usage.
For instance, a 1.6 GigaWatt(GW) coal-fired power plant (for the purposes of this discussion there’s a 1.6GW coal-fired power plant in Texas) uses 1,760,000 gallons of water per hour, while an equivalent-sized nuclear power plant uses 1,280,000 gallons of water per hour.
Meanwhile, a natural-gas-fired power plant producing the same 1.6GW of electricity would consume 480,000 gallons per hour, while a 1.6GW solar or wind power would consume zero gallons per hour.
Of course hydro-power does not consume any water during its decades of reliable power production, water merely falls through turbines and back into the river a bit further downstream — although during the construction of the dam, spillways, and hydro-electric turbine rooms, millions of gallons of water are used to make the concrete.
The Future of Energy in the United States
Renewable generation capacity expected to account for most 2016 capacity additions in the U.S.
The chart below shows just how much wind power in the United States has grown in recent years.
The chart below shows the expected growth of solar photovoltaic power in the United States (does not include solar thermal)
The chart below displays total utility-scale capacity additions from 2010 to 2016. For the third consecutive year, more than half of the capacity additions are renewable technologies, especially wind and solar.
From 2013 through 2040, U.S. electricity demand is expected to grow approximately 1 trillion kiloWatt hours(kWh) with natural gas and renewable energy showing steady growth, while coal-fired power generation and nuclear power show slight declines according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
If the United States converted their existing coal-fired power generation to natural gas by 2020, the U.S. could easily meet every international and domestic clean air target until 2050 as coal burns 10,000 times ‘dirtier’ (anthracite, or black coal) to 1,000,000 times ‘dirtier’ (lignite, or brown coal) when compared to natural gas.
It goes without saying that if the United States replaced coal-fired power generation with renewable energy, it would surpass every U.S. international and domestic clean air target, lower U.S. heathcare and infrastructure spending by billions of dollars annually, save the U.S. billions of gallons of fresh water per month, provide millions of good-paying jobs for American workers — and prove the United States is still an exceptional power in the 21st-century. Not bad!
Advances in 3D Printed House Technology Allow One New House to be Constructed Every 24-Hours, 7 Days a Week
The global housing industry is about to hit a sea-change
It will surpass the scale of change seen during than the changeover from the log cabins of the early settlers to the ‘stick-frame’ residential building techniques we see today.
New homes will be created by one machine and one operator within 24-hours, and all of it will be done underneath a large, temporary tent which allows the all-concrete structure to be created (in virtual silence) in any weather conditions, and at any hour of the day or night.
By employing the ‘wall within a wall’ building technique, polyurethane expanding foam insulation can be sprayed into the void areas, allowing for a very high insulation factor in the exterior walls.
And a certain percentage of pulverized recycled material can be added to the concrete mixture, which helps to reduce the total amount of broken or cosmetically unfit masonry and ceramic that get placed in landfill sites.
“Nikita Chen-yun-tai, the inventor of the mobile printer and founder of Apis Cor said the all-concrete house can last up to 175 years and cost just $10,134 to build.” — The Telegraph
Once the walls are completed, the machine in lifted out via truck-mounted crane and driven to the next construction site where it can build another house in 24-hours.
Assuming sufficient demand, one machine and one operator could build 365 houses per year, and each one would be 100% flawless.
Of course, as with any home, the owner can choose their own flooring type, appliances, and fixtures.
Whether for residential homes, or for secure outbuildings for farmers, or for the mining industry that always needs sturdy buildings to store hugely expensive equipment, 3D printed buildings can offer a quick and permanent solution. Not to mention high insulation factors coupled with a high degree of security.
These 3D Printed Houses would be a natural choice to suit rapidly-developing nations. China alone, could probably use 10-million such buildings per year, especially in the rural farming or mining regions of the country.
And in Africa, all-concrete buildings with high insulation factors make for cool and inviting homes — or they can be located near farmer’s fields to offer shelter for hard-working farm labourers during the intense heat of the day.
Apis Cotr offices are located in Moscow and Irkutsk, Russia and in San Francisco, U.S.A. (Website)
Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter leases a 10-acre site to SolAmerica Energy for the next 25 years to harvest the power of the Sun
Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy, a leading solar, development and construction firm, launches a 1.3MW solar array on President Carter’s Farm in Plains, Georgia.
Former President Carter leased a 10-acre site in his hometown to SolAmerica for development of the 1.3 MW solar project, which will provide over 50% of the power needs of the City of Plains.
Carter, an early advocate and leader of the renewable energy movement during his tenure in the White House, commented;
“Rosalynn and I are very pleased to be part of SolAmerica’s exciting solar project in Plains. Distributed, clean energy generation is critical to meeting growing energy needs around the world while fighting the effects of climate change. I am encouraged by the tremendous progress that solar and other clean energy solutions have made in recent years and expect those trends to continue.”
President Carter created the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and signed the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURPA), which became catalysts for the advancement of renewable energy in the U.S.
Carter was also the first president to put solar panels on the White House.
SolAmerica executive vice president George Mori added,
“We are honored to work with President Carter and his family on this project in Plains, as President Carter’s leadership on renewable energy matters is well known and much appreciated in our industry.
Through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with Georgia Power, this project will help expand the growth of renewable energy assets in Georgia, while contributing to the overall economy of Plains.”
“There remains a great deal of untapped potential in renewable energy in Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. We believe distributed solar projects like the Plains project will play a big role in fueling the energy needs of generations to come.”
SolAmerica developed, engineered and installed the single-axis tracker solar array on Carter’s property. Over the next 25 years, the system is projected to generate over 55 million kilowatt hours of clean energy in Plains.
To contact SolAmerica to find out how they can help your farm, commercial, or residential property to save money on electricity costs and help you to become more energy independent, visit: SolAmericaenergy.com