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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. 

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. 

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