Transportation

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.
A proof-of-concept study from a Clemson researcher shows that a fully autonomous four-way traffic intersection is more efficient at letting traffic flow and could potential deliver 19 percent fuel savings by reducing automobile idle times.

Vehicles are becoming big, important IoT dots, and solutions need be developed quickly to enable the research and development required to make these dots autonomous. The Intel® GO™ platform offers hardware and software to help solution providers get started.

Transportation is a fundamental infrastructure system essential to ensuring today’s cities, and their residents’ lives, run smoothly. According to IT research firm IDC, global Internet of Things spending is expected to reach nearly $1.29 trillion over the next three years. And more than 10 percent of the $737 billion IoT spending in 2016 came from the transportation industry. 

Smart cities are looking at ways to improve shared open spaces for all constituents, including residents, tourists and local businesses. IoT-based technology company CityBeacon has found a way to bring air quality control, traffic monitoring, public safety surveillance and informational digital signage functions together into an integrated outdoor information portal, all powered by Intel® IoT processors.

A new report ranks connected pallets as the most promising greenfield IoT application enabled by LPWA (Low-power wide-area) cellular and non-cellular technologies.

Think back to the car you first drove. Chances are it was purely mechanical. Today, driving has never been better. Cars are equipped with automated safety features that help protect drivers and passengers.  However, as vehicles become more connected and automated, security is of greater concern.

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