Learned more about meaning of data. Worked on my programming skills in the programming language Python. Improved filming skills.
Initially this project was planned to be a critical design piece attempting to interpret a statement about the future of the automobile industry in relation to software-based maps services. According to the German automakers, including the German mapping and location data provider HERE technologies, they have realised that making money with cars will not last long as a traditional business model. It is the car data coming from the user that promises lucrative and sustainable business, and thus, data becomes the new gold. My first thought was to build a car that drives only with incoming data from a cloud as fuel. However, I realised that the idea of a data-driven car might be problematic in terms of conceiving the idea’s intent. My second approach concentrates more on how to make this tracking technology visible for others. I ended up with a research document about the social standards of etiquette with smartphones and connected these two with each other.
Assembling the car was not the challenge. More so building the software that makes the "car engine" work. The software utilises an existing tracking program that I found on Github.
We were testing out the wifi coverage of smartphone devices in a rural area. This test gave us clues about how sensitive the driving robot car should be adjusted in regards to incoming Wifi signals.
Next step was to go out and find suitable locations for filming. The most difficult place to find was a church that tolerated filming while holding a ceremony.