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    As cities add bus and bike lanes, traffic enforcement keeps them clear

    Automated cameras mounted on transit buses or fixed locations such as traffic signals can help catch violators and protect these priority lanes.

    By May 22, 2024
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    EPA to ramp up enforcement as most water utilities lack cyber safeguards

    The agency may take enforcement actions against water utilities that don't address cyber risks following months of attacks against drinking and wastewater treatment facilities.

    By David Jones • May 21, 2024
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    Smart Cities Technology and Data

    Local governments are increasingly turning to predictive analytics and other technologies to solve real-world problems like homelessness and preparing for an AI-driven future.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Heat resilience research centers unveiled by Biden administration

    Most governments have historically lacked “a comprehensive or coordinated set of strategies to deal with heat and its impacts,” a center lead said. Applications for communities to get involved will open later this year. 

    By May 21, 2024
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    NHTSA probes Waymo, Zoox over ‘unexpected’ self-driving behavior

    The robotaxi companies are facing investigations after their autonomous vehicles behaved erratically, causing collisions.

    By Haley Cawthon • May 21, 2024
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    Smart community technologies get USDOT grant funding opportunity

    Innovative and experimental projects that "solve real-world transportation problems" are eligible for the program, the Transportation Department said.

    By May 14, 2024
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    How will AI impact transportation? US DOT wants public input.

    The federal agency predicts that the deployment of AI tools and applications will impact virtually all aspects of transportation.

    By David Taube • Updated May 7, 2024
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    How tracking homelessness in real time ‘by name’ can guide local action

    Federally mandated annual “point-in-time” counts paint a picture of homelessness in broad strokes. But some communities are collecting information to understand what happens in between.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Navigating social media and free speech as a public official

    Separate accounts for personal and official use are the safest bet to avoid litigation in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision, one lawyer said.

    By Paige Gross • May 1, 2024
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    Air quality data is now widely available, but what should communities do with it?

    With air quality sensors now costing as little as $100, some communities are hoping for more federal guidance on how to use them to support decision-making and regulation. 

    By April 19, 2024
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    Boston teams with climate tech company to map floods as they happen

    The low-lying coastal city will use the technology to target alerts, evacuations and post-disaster resources to the neighborhoods that most need the support. 

    By April 16, 2024
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    Cruise robotaxis will return to Phoenix to collect mapping data

    It's the company's first deployment of vehicles on public roads since it recalled its robotaxis last fall.

    By Eric Walz • April 12, 2024
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    Elon Musk teases Tesla robotaxi

    The CEO’s announcement comes five years after he first told investors Tesla expected to put one million robotaxis on the road in 2020.

    By Haley Cawthon • April 11, 2024
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    Indiana DOT, Purdue collaborate on highway that charges EVs

    Researchers will embed coils in a quarter-mile stretch of concrete roadway to produce a magnetic field that can recharge vehicles while they drive.

    By Matthew Thibault • April 8, 2024
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    5 ways drone delivery providers are advancing in 2024

    While drones aren't filling the skies just yet, industry players are strengthening their capabilities and scaling their networks quickly.

    By Max Garland • March 29, 2024
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    Wireless charging for electric transit buses: Here’s how it works

    Inductive wireless charging avoids the power requirements of depot charging and can be more efficient and cost-effective, said an executive for a wireless EV charging supplier.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Waste reimagined: Using waste technology to transform communities for the better

    See how cities are using digital waste and recycling tools to engage residents for a greener future.

    March 25, 2024
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    Florida approves statewide AI traffic management by NoTraffic

    Smart sensors, artificial intelligence and cloud computing can help city leaders implement traffic policies and priorities, the developer says.

    By March 20, 2024
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    Bidirectional charging could unlock new potential for waste fleet electrification

    A recent pilot in the UK could lead to a future where electric trucks can feed energy back into the grid rather than just paying for it. But the U.S. market is still in the early stages of incorporating EV technology.

    By David Richardson • March 18, 2024
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    DoorDash adds AI to chat feature to detect harassment between workers and customers

    The delivery platform is replacing an old chat monitoring tool with SafeChat+, which can detect inappropriate content without specific keyword matching.

    By Aneurin Canham-Clyne • March 13, 2024
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    US reviewing security of connected vehicles linked to certain countries

    The proposed rulemaking aims to shield transportation from foreign national security threats connected to countries such as China, Iran, North Korea and Russia.

    By David Taube • March 12, 2024
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    Why Walmart sees drone delivery taking flight

    The retailer is expanding drone delivery to up to 1.8 million additional households, linking the option to stores across more than 30 towns and municipalities in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • March 11, 2024
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    Automated traffic enforcement is growing. How are cities using it?

    Cameras that cities use to catch drivers speeding, running red lights and blocking bus and bike lanes have “public perception and policy obstacles to overcome,” a safety official said.

    By March 11, 2024
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    Robotaxi expansion approved in California over local objections

    Waymo can begin operating driverless robotaxis immediately in Los Angeles and on the San Francisco peninsula following a March 1 decision by the California Public Utilities Commission.

    By March 5, 2024
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    Climate risk planning portal from Argonne National Lab gets new features

    The portal uses one of the world's largest supercomputers to model climate change hazards. Now, communities can use it to predict impacts on vulnerable populations and infrastructure.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Waymo updated its vehicle software after ‘rare scenario’ in Phoenix

    The action comes as federal regulators increase scrutiny of AV ride-hailing companies’ safety measures following a Cruise incident last fall.

    By Eric Walz • Feb. 20, 2024