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. 

If you take a good look around cities across the country, the rise in bike sharing offerings is plain to see. Self-checkout rentals are cropping up on the corners near universities, next to coffee shops, in public parking lots and more. Designed to make shorter trips more convenient, users can simply unlock and checkout a bike from a local docking station and return it to another at their desired destination. 

Urban cores across the United States are experiencing rapidly increasing population growth, as more people are moving away from rural areas into the city. This change in population demography has necessitated the importance of local partnerships among private companies, public agencies and solution providers to find automated technology solutions that can make urban living easier. One such rollout is in Miami-Dade, Florida, where the county government is installing CIVIQ Smartscapes kiosks, powered by Intel, to better connect the public to county services. 

While public transit is an integral part of many city-dwellers’ daily commute, the convenience and benefits of public transit often hit a dead end when it comes to reaching citizens that live in more suburban or sparsely populated areas. According to Pew Research, while some 21 percent of urban residents use public transit on a regular basis, only 6 percent of suburban residents do, followed by just 3 percent of rural residents. 

Putting Jim Hackett in the role of CEO of Ford puts the spotlight on the transition from vehicles being symbols of freedom to being symbols of connectivity, where data and services are more valuable than the vehicle itself.

The District of Columbia is a boomtown, with a population of 672,700 residents who share the metro area with 19 million annual visitors. The Urban Mobility Scorecard places Washington, D.C., as one of the most congested regions in the nation. In response, the District’s CTO, Archana Vemulapalli, has launched a handful of IoT pilots under the city’s Smarter DC initiative aimed at creating an efficient, connected capital.  

As more cities transition into megacities and the size of urban cores expands, traffic jams are becoming the new norm for commuters. But an unexpected and dangerous change is an increase in gang-related violence on big city freeways that results in multi-death shootings. With this information in mind, the California State Transportation Agency recently secured funding for a multi-agency coalition to address violence prevention and endangered motorists by installing a fleet of IoT technologies on selected San Francisco Bay Area highways. 

Intel partners advancing the development of autonomous cars add a global supplier.


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