Downtown Tampa could soon see autonomous vehicles rolling through downtown streets. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority operations and safety committee unanimously approved moving forward with a one-year contract between the authority and vendor Beep Inc. to test autonomous vehicles (AVs) in downtown Tampa. While a few other communities around the country have AVs that run in designated lanes, this would be a major step forward for the autonomous vehicle movement in Hillsborough County, Florida.
If implemented, this plan would provide a new convenient method for residents to traverse downtown Tampa. AV shuttles would travel along the Marion Street transit corridor in downtown Tampa. They can hold up to eight people and travel up to 16 miles per hour.
The contract requires Beep to have a person in the AV to operate it manually if needed. Beep currently has a fleet of vehicles in Orlando, and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority recently partnered with the company to use autonomous vehicles to transport COVID-19 tests collected at a drive-thru location at the Mayo Clinic there.
Although the contract is fully funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, there was some hesitancy to move forward because COVID-19 has depleted foot traffic and the number of passengers using public transportation in downtown Tampa. This could cause the results of ridership for the AV service to be low. However, the pilot program could launch in early July and is expected to still be successful due to an analysis data from ridership demands in downtown Tampa.
As previously discussed on our AV blog, transit authorities will want to closely monitor the testing of AVs for public transportation purposes. Besides the obvious safety aspect of any such program, it is imperative to consider the labor implications. When a transit authority considers automation, a duty to bargain with labor over the decision to automate and a duty to bargain over the effects of the decision may arise. In fact, the Transportation Trades Department is already pushing to require transit agencies to provide employees with advanced notice of any planned deployment of automated vehicle technologies and the impact these technologies will have on their current workforce.
An employer contemplating automation changes in the future should look to negotiate provisions reserving such decisions to management when first negotiating or renegotiating its collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, employers should monitor the progress of AV services in order to ensure that their policies and procedures related to data privacy, confidential information, remote work, and workplace safety are adequately up to date to address potential issues that may arise due employees being able to work while traveling.
Increasing Stability of the Utopia P2P Network
The number of full nodes in the Utopia P2P ecosystem has passed the 30,000 mark.
This means that more than 30,000 nodes are working for the security and resilience of the network.
The number of full nodes within the Utopia decentralized ecosystem has reached 30,000 and is moving forward. This number is an indicator of the stability of internal processes and a guarantor of reliability.
Nodes in the blockchain have one of the most important roles – they are responsible for checking the legitimacy of blocks, approving transactions, and ensuring the smooth operation of the network. To a large extent, this responsibility falls squarely on the full nodes. In other words, the more nodes involved in supporting the network, the harder it is to trick, hack or crash the system. As a consequence, better connection quality, safer operations, cleaner and more honest mining.
When you install and run Utopia ecosystem mining bot, you automatically increase the number of nodes, thereby contributing to the stability of the network. Everyone involved in this process receives Crypton Cryptocurrency (CRP).
Crypton is the unique currency of the Utopia peer-to-peer network. Coin mining does not burden your PC and is eco-friendly as it is done through an ecosystem. All you need to mine is a computer and a bot installed.
By launching the app, you start receiving collective rewards every 15 minutes – that’s how long it takes to form a new block. Users also receive a Proof of Stake reward to their minimum monthly balance. CRP is already listed on a number of exchanges and is available for sale.
– Anyone can mine, send and receive Cryptons. Cryptocurrency mining is available to all Utopia ecosystem users. CRPs are provided for being on the network and. Mining participants are rewarded for supporting the ecosystem – forwarding packets and providing RAM for caching purposes,” according to 1984 Group, the developer of the Utopia P2P network.
At the time of writing, 4,672,181.975674 CRPs have already been mined by Utopia network users, with the total number of transactions steadily approaching 300,000.
The creators of Utopia Network have built an independent ecosystem, which doesn’t ask for your personal information even when you register and doesn’t track your activities or geolocation.
The server is basically not involved in data transfer and storage. The Curve25519, XSalsa20, and Poly1305 algorithms are used to encrypt, sign, and authenticate packets, objects, and peer-to-peer connections.
This way, you don’t have to worry about the security of your personal data and are free to use the Utopia ecosystem. In addition to in-network mining there are anonymous messenger, browser, email, and e-wallet. All functionality is focused on user anonymity and is available to all registered in the Utopia P2P decentralized network.
As far as we know, in the near future the developers will release an encrypted anonymous Utopia ecosystem app on IOs and Android.
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Investors must brace themselves as Bitcoin Cash goes downhill in the coming weeks
Though off to a strong start in September, Bitcoin Cash seemed to have taken its foot off the pedal. Caught between two corrective phases on 7 and 20 September, the price steadily declined after forming a local peak above $800.
Moreover, BCH’s latest drawdown towards 38.2% Fibonacci level identified vulnerabilities in the market which could extend all the way back to July lows. With sentiment also expected to be sour due to a recent death cross, BCH bulls certainly faced a tall mountain to climb. At the time of writing, BCH traded at $549.2, down by 4.8% over the last 24 hours.
BCH Daily Chart
A near 16% decline from the 50% Fibonacci level pushed BCH to the all important 38.2% Fibonacci level. Back in late-June, BCH suffered a 31% sell-off after it pierced below the aforementioned level on the back of a descending triangle. Hence, to dissuade short-sellers from the market, BCH would need to keep its neck above the $540-mark.
However, certain factors in the market could not be overlooked. For instance, each of BCH’s indicators slipped below their equilibrium points for the first time in nearly 2-months, while a negative crossover between the 20-SMA (red) and 200-SMA (green) created some more uncertainties.
Even though corrective phases have been overserved previously in the market, BCH’s RSI held above it mid-line. This was not the case anymore after the RSI shifted below 45 and into bearish territory. In fact, the RSI was yet to touch the oversold territory, which meant that BCH could see some more losses rather than an immediate reversal. Such was the case with the MACD and Awesome Oscillator as well, which slipped below their equilibrium levels. If sentiment continues to be weak, the 23.6% Fibonacci level and $400 would come back into play.
Bitcoin Cash’s long term narrative took quite a hit after prices declined below the 50% Fibonacci mark. In fact, this also negated a bullish setup which was highlighted in an earlier article. BCH’s indicators also fell into bearish zones after this retracement. Considering these factors, BCH was open to a further sell-off towards the $400-mark in the coming weeks.
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Panther and Polygon Are Taking Privacy to New Heights in DeFi
September 21, 2021 – Midtown, Gibraltar
Panther Protocol creates private scalable infrastructure for smart contract platforms, DeFi and web 3.0, and is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Polygon, the layer 2 scaling solution often referred to as ‘Ethereum’s internet of blockchains.’
Panther Protocol, which is building their MVP on Polygon, aims to bring interoperable privacy and compliance-friendly selective disclosure mechanisms to the Polygon network.
Besides providing technical support, Polygon will help Panther collaborate with projects within its ecosystem in the development efforts of privacy features that empower end-users. It will also aid our mission in giving institutions and fintechs a clear path into private and compliant DeFi.
Polygon and Panther both acknowledge the value of privacy as a basic human right.
Panther leverages the zkSNARK technology to let users mint fully collateralized, privacy-enhancing zero-knowledge assets (zAssets) by depositing their digital assets from any blockchain into Panther vaults. They can then use zAssets across the DeFi ecosystem.
The MVP will allow the first Panther users to get acquainted with zAssets, which provide privacy by default while retaining DeFi composability. Minting zAssets can effectively be seen as a shielding mechanism and burning as unshielding.
It will be implemented via a small number of shielded privacy pools on Polygon, keeping balances of zAssets permanently backed 1:1 by native collateral in Panther vaults.
Expect to see in the Panther MVP
- Shielding and deshielding of assets the foundation for zAssets to function
- Private transfer of assets
- Voluntary full disclosure of selected transactions and their linkage
- Ability to interact with Panther via web wallet
- Panther vaults
Why launch the MVP on Polygon?
Panther decided to launch our MVP on Polygon (formerly known as Matic), while the $ZKP token will be launched on Ethereum and use Polygon’s interoperable capabilities to bridge tokens over.
The project chose Polygon because it has demonstrated its incredible technical capabilities, it has very low feeswhich will allow the proper shielding of zAssets, and of course because of its thriving and rapidly expanding DeFi ecosystem.
Oliver Gale, CEO of Panther Protocol, said,
“Polygon’s approach brings scalable, low-cost transactions to the Ethereum network as well as a burgeoning ecosystem of DeFi protocols already using their technology. Panther’s partnership will enable zAsset utility between all Panther users in a privacy-preserving, scalable and regulatory compatible fashionopening the doors for true institutional adoption and retail usage.”
Polygon is a protocol and a framework for building and connecting Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks.
Polygon aggregates scalable solutions on Ethereum, supporting a multi-chain Ethereum ecosystem and combines the best of Ethereum and sovereign blockchains into a full-fledged multi-chain system.
Polygon solves pain points associated with blockchains, like high gas fees and slow speeds, without sacrificing security.
About Panther Protocol
Panther is an end-to-end privacy protocol connecting blockchains to restore privacy in web 3.0 and DeFi while providing financial institutions a clear path to compliantly participate in digital asset markets.
Panther provides DeFi users with fully collateralized privacy-enhancing digital assets, leveraging crypto-economic incentives and zkSNARKs technology.
Users can mint zero-knowledge zAssets by depositing digital assets from any blockchain into Panther vaults. zAssets flow across blockchains via a privacy-first interchain DEX and a private metastate.
Panther envisions that zAssets will become an ever-expanding asset class for users who want their transactions and strategies the way they should always have beenprivate.
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