Episode 75: What connected cars can learn from tractors

Nest is in the news again this week with a clarification on what its software engineers are really up to and new products. Its outdoor camera is launching as are thermostats in 3 new colors. It’s also unveiling a new software product that looks pretty cool. I’m still worried about the hardware innovation we can expect. Kevin and I also discuss Verizon’s new IoT network, leaked news of a new Wink hub and Kevin’s review of his Wink Relay light switch.

The new, Outdoor Nest Cam.
The new Outdoor Nest Cam.

I interview Cory Reed, senior vice president of intelligent solutions at John Deere, to discover what connected car executives can learn from the company that pioneered a self-driving tractor. Reed and I also discuss how John Deere thinks about connectivity adding value to the business and how it prices connected products. Also, farmers are pretty sophisticated consumers of technology.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Cory Reed, senior vice president of intelligent solutions at John Deere
Sponsor: Macadamian

  • Will LTE Cat M1 pose a threat to other IoT networks?
  • News from Nest
  • Kevin’s thoughts on the Wink Relay
  • How to think about building connected products from production to pricing
  • What John Deere can teach us about building autonomous cars

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Stacey Higginbotham

I am a journalist who has covered technology for over a decade at publications such as Fortune, PCMag, Gigaom, The Deal and BusinessWeek.

7 thoughts on “Episode 75: What connected cars can learn from tractors”

      1. No worries. Anything hue or Alexa i don’t miss. I’d like to hear more from developers behind or utilizing these super friendly IoT APIs like Philips, Amazon and Microsoft with its excellent Bot Framework.

  1. Hello, is there a real advantage on connecting the Wink hub through internet? And why wouldn’t you put the hub beside your router just because it doesn’t have an Ethernet port?

    1. This really depends on your Wi-Fi situation. If your ethernet port is in a basement closet, for example, you’d want your Wink more centrally located to make connecting with other radios easier. Having Wi-Fi adds costs but gives more flexibility. But, for folks who want more reliability Ethernet is probably the way to go.

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