DHL to deliver parcels to your unattended car

Get a parcel delivered to your car boot. Safe, secure and yours.

“In May 2015 DHL Parcel, Amazon and Audi will team up to launch a Germany-wide pilot project for a brand new service that will allow car owners to use their cars as mobile delivery addresses for their parcel shipments. The three project partners have developed and tested their unique solution for car trunk delivery the past several months to ensure high security standards for both merchandise and automobiles. For the customer, the service is designed to be simple, transparent and easily manageable at all stages of the process – from order placement on, parcel transport by DHL, to delivery to the trunk of their Audi. ”

Press Release from DHL here.

Five Ways to Innovate Faster – HBR

  1. < 2 pizza team size
  2. Get out more often
  3. Measure inputs (learnings) not outputs (results)
  4. Funding tied to risk reduction not the calendar
  5. Ensure decision makers have the right experience to guide the team before the data are clear. Important new growth initiatives are typically overseen by a company’s top management. But if the intent is to search for a new business model, the company’s top team almost by definition lacks experience with it. Perhaps some members of the executive committee who have nurtured a new venture in the past should be involved. Augment them with outsiders who have spent enough time with start-ups to know how to grapple with uncertainty or with subject-matter experts who have spent enough time in a market to understand its nuances. Otherwise the need to invest in educating management will slow the team’s progress even more.”

Link to a Great short article from HBR.

Crowd sourced medical studies via iPhone App

Crowd sourced medical studies for larger sample sizes.

“The Parkinson’s app had 5,589 consenting users by Tuesday morning, according to Sage. Sherer said he didn’t know the cost of developing the app, but the foundation’s biomarker study, a traditional trial with almost 800 participants over five years, has cost about $60 million.”

“(Bloomberg) — Stanford University researchers were stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study using Apple Inc.’s ResearchKit, less than 24 hours after the iPhone tool was introduced.
“To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country,” said Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health. “That’s the power of the phone.”

3d printed car in it for the X Prize

The Urbee 2 is a car that has been printed via 3d technology. This Popular Mechanics article shares some information on the Urbee and 3D printers ability to print carbon fibre.

Impact will be on car body panels as spare parts. In Australia, manufacturers have great logistics systems to express spare parts around the country. The logistics cost is huge per unit.

What if the Geelong crash repair centre can print that bumper for the MY13 Corolla instead of getting it shipped from Sydney overnight?

Link to Popular Mechanics article


OBD-II Port opens up car connectivity to the world

Want to get a car connected to the cloud, to an app to a dealer or services provider?
Businesses like Delphi are already providing hardware and software solutions that can be leveraged for personal and commercial use. I can think of at least 20 ways to leverage this approach, what about you?

Read a little about Delphi
Article Update
Wired article on Delphi