Tag archives for smart cities
While sensors monitor pollution near the freeway, what gets sucked into a car's interior is another matter all together. And it's linked to heart disease, asthma and other respiratory disease for unlucky drivers.
As educated and highly skilled workers are returning to cities, the evidence suggests that large corporations are increasingly following them as well. McDonald's and GE are just a few recent examples.
A bad mix of ill-advised auto loans and empty promises from ridesharing companies could leave big-city transit infrastructure dangerously vulnerable across the U.S.
The concept of car ownership will change dramatically over the next 13 years, say California think tank RethinkX. By 2030, only 20 percent of Americans will drive cars -- if, of course, autonomous car technology can go mainstream.
Uber was quick to announce a new autonomous vehicles research center in Toronto; but the move north of the U.S. border may be because Uber has worn out its welcome just about everywhere else.
Columbia, South Carolina, is the latest U.S. city to promise a future running on 100 percent renewables. The shift is largely symbolic for now, but it shows how cities can drive climate action when the feds fall short.
Atlanta is the first city in the American South to pursue 100 percent renewable energy with an ambitious 2035 target.
A Virginia-based company says its "granny pods," or tiny homes for the elderly, offer a cheaper and more comfortable alternative to skilled nursing facilities.
Berlin’s transportation secretary is determined to make the city even more bicycle-friendly, saying: “Whoever drives a car in Berlin has too much time."
Will the smart cities of the future float? One California nonprofit partnering with French Polynesia says such communities could soon be the reality. But critics question the motive behind the development of offshore cities, fearing they could become tax havens for the rich.
A recent report assessed the risks the greater New York City region faces if sea levels rise by one, three or six feet. The shocking projections should spur local leaders and urban planners into more proactive action.
If your company has a new transportation, energy or “smart cities” technology and you need a living laboratory to test it out, consider Norway’s capital. Oslo’s latest budget seeks a clean-energy future while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent by 2020.