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Vehicle management can be costly. Think about the required upkeep of your own personal vehicle. Now imagine that same upkeep, but for an entire fleet of vehicles. IoT telematics is helping fleet management companies track their assets and keep drivers safe.

While the benefits of becoming a smart city are numerous, the processes involved can not only be quite daunting, but also potentially dangerous. City administrators must be familiar with the security risks that connected technologies can bring. One collaborative organization, the Global City Team Challenge, aims to assist. 

The presence of drones to conduct aerial photography and surveillance is increasingly becoming the new norm. This week, drones as well as IoT traffic cameras in Houston and the Gulf Coast were called into action. They provided an aerial assist in search-and-rescue operations, and they helped response teams more easily survey the flooding damage from the devastating Hurricane Harvey. 

Intel has teamed up with Toyota, Denso, Ericsson, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and NTT Docomo, to form the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium. The consortium was primarily formed to focus on finding solutions to the deluge of data that autonomous and connected cars will be generating in the years to come. 

Intel will run trials throughout North America, Europe and Mobileye’s home country of Israel to assess how self-driving vehicles perform in different environments.

Consumers are used to paying for what they want or need, but everyone still likes to get the best possible deal. This desire can be problematic when it comes to purchasing car insurance, as insurers rely on old-school underwriting practices, basing rates on factors such as age, gender and marital status. Now, powered by connected IoT devices, usage-based insurance (UBI) is leading the charge in revolutionizing how insurance rates are calculated.

Being on the road today is dangerous business. According to the National Safety Council’s estimates, motor vehicle deaths were up 6 percent last year, making 2016 the deadliest year on U.S. roads since 2007. These kinds of statistics are behind the push to get autonomous cars road ready, as driverless vehicles have the potential to decrease road fatalities and collisions. In the meantime, companies are using IoT technology to increase road safety in other ways. 

While personal driverless cars haven’t hit the public roadways yet, autonomous shuttles have, in a big way—popping up across the country and around the world. Hitting the ground running, these vehicles are paving the way for the transition to greater use of smart vehicles. 

From taking photos and delivering packages to improving agriculture practices or inspecting infrastructure, the possible applications for commercial drones is vast. As the skies get more crowded, NASA is stepping in to help build a system to manage drone air traffic. 

As urban cores continue to rapidly increase in population size, the necessity to meet the socioeconomic and health-related needs of residents becomes more urgent. Many urban regions are transitioning to a smart city and realizing both short- and long-term benefits. San Francisco Bay Area suburb San Leandro, CA, is making large investments in IoT and gigabit fiber to become a model smart city. 

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