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Peggy started the show breaking down how distracted driving is affecting red-light infractions. Statistics involving fatalities and injuries are revealed along with how much of an impact cameras located at intersections is having at curbing these violations.

Anthony Foxx, secretary of transportation for the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, tells Peggy why distracted driving is a focal point of his department, the need for all states to adopt bans on texting while driving, and the importance of changing behaviors behind the wheel to prevent accidents.

Peggy opens up the show examining several myths involving distracted driving such as talking on a cellphone is no different than talking to a passenger, and drivers on cellphones have quicker response times than intoxicated motorists. Peggy looks into reasons and numbers related to the under reporting of accidents involving cellphones.

While neither is a good option, is it possible that driving under the influence is actually safer than distracted driving? Peggy delves into several studies done on the subject as well as several law enforcement efforts being used this month to crack down on distracted drivers.

Peggy begins the program by addressing the need for greater educational efforts in order to change distracted driving behaviors. She recommends seven steps ranging from a complete ban on handheld devices to better use of technology tools to new licensure requirements as ways of combating this problem.

Cellphone use is not the only form of distraction a driver deals with. Distractions have been around for as long as the automobile has been on the road. Peggy examines these everyday distractions as well as the result of a poll showing people not wanting certain social media included in their dashboards.

Peggy begins the program with news about Google’s second foray into the wearable arena with Android Wear as well as a new company called hereO and its device specifically targeted for young children. As the wearable market grows, many questions are being raised as to what direction are wearables headed and who will survive. Peggy examines factors that could make or break these market entrants.

As more devices get connected are we becoming more disconnected, especially with the data in our automobiles? The real question remains: who owns the data? Peggy addresses an effort to put the data in the hands of the vehicle owners and what that means in the debate on privacy.

Peggy begins the program talking up the news coming out of CeBIT surrounding Volkswagen Group’s innovative connected car plans involving automation, electric mobility, and connectivity. Retrofitting existing vehicles also caught her eye as technology turns mechanics into “invisible passengers.”

General Motors is in the midst of an auto recall, and company CEO Mary Barra is not backing down from taking action to correct missteps. Peggy looks at how Barra’s leadership should serve as an example of what all top leaders can aspire to be in the world of technology.

Peggy opens up the show talking about news coming out of the Geneva Auto Show, including Apple rolling out its new product, CarPlay; also, Peggy looks at both Spireon and Sprint working together, as well as Iridium and ZTR Control Systems matching up, to take on mission-critical enterprise communication needs.

It is time to take on the carriers, and Peggy lays out issues that companies like AT&T are having in customer service, education, and retention.

Peggy begins the show and highlights a few announcements from Mobile World Congress that she believes deserves a closer look.

 

Peggy closes out the show with a discussion on the healthcare industry's largest health IT educational program and exhibition center.

This edition of The Peggy Smedley Show begins with Peggy discussing Deutsche Telekom’s recent plan to create the "Smart City" as well as connected hospital workstations.

Nick Martin, Vice President, Innovation and Research & Development for UnitedHealthcare joins Peggy to talk about what his company has been doing recently to help solidify the relationship between consumers and providers.

Peggy updates listeners about the Sochi 2014 Olympic winter games app called "Wow." She will also highlight the first-ever self-learning eldercare solution to facilitate senior independence.

Terry Kurzynski, Founder and Senior Partner for HALOCK Security Labs returns to tell listeners about how consumer information can be at risk and the growing problem it is causing for M2M.

Chris Muench, president and CEO for C-Labs talks about how his company is addressing the smart home and home automation.

Peggy closes out her time at the Connected World Conference and tells listeners about all that happened throughout the course of the 12-day show.

The students from the University of Kansas talk to Peggy about their win in the Startup Competition.

John Carpenter, reporter for Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovations discusses with Peggy his thoughts on connectivity and what we can expect in the future.

Paresh Patel, founder of VendNext talks with Peggy about how we can become connected to vending machines and what we should expect to see.

Greg Thomas, design professor and director, Center for Design Research at the University of Kansas discusses the areas of research/development the CDR is engaged in.

Denis Mason, president, Kings III Emergency talks about how they took home the gold for the 2014 Connected World Awards.

Peggy takes some time to tell listeners about who took home the gold at the 2014 Connected World Awards.

Robert Mckeeman, chairman and CEO for Utility discusses what is new for connecting utilities and customers.

Jonathan Peachy, CEO for FiLIP Technologies talks about the development of the company and what is next in the future.

Gerard Cullen, CEO for Cellular Machines discusses with Peggy exactly how they became a finalist for the 2014 Connected World Awards.

Cynthia Daugherty, product manager for Aclara Technologies talks about utility communications infrastructure provided by Aclara.