Tech & Data


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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
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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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    Sweeping changes: How Rubicon is transforming urban street operations

    Efficient street sweeping is critical for maintaining cleanliness, runoff, and public safety.

    By Rubicon • Feb. 20, 2024
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    How 3 cities are improving snow removal with software

    More transparency, equity and efficiency come from systems that optimize and prioritize plows and provide real-time road data during winter storms, these cities say.

    By Paige Gross • Feb. 15, 2024
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    For faster emergency response, New York’s fire department looks to AI

    The FDNY is testing an artificial intelligence-driven project to help emergency vehicles avoid traffic and other roadblocks on the way to life-threatening emergencies.

    By Paige Gross • Feb. 13, 2024
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    For US aerial trams, the sky’s the limit

    Aerial cable cars remain rare for U.S. urban transportation, but cities and private groups see them as a novel solution to traffic woes.

    By Adina Solomon • Feb. 9, 2024
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    Senators introduce bill to prevent use of algorithms to raise rent

    The bill follows a series of lawsuits about whether property management software has allowed property owners to indirectly coordinate rent prices.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Feb. 8, 2024
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    Autonomous delivery bot company raises $90M, reaches $230M in total funding

    Starship Technologies will use the additional funding to expand operations, enter new markets and develop its AI technology.

    By Julie Littman • Feb. 7, 2024
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    New York City to pilot automated collection of large waste containers for high-density buildings

    Department of Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch described this as the biggest advance for local waste collection technology in decades as the city continues its push toward containerization.

    By Cole Rosengren • Feb. 6, 2024
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    China-linked hackers primed to attack US critical infrastructure, FBI director says

    The attacks could target infrastructure such as water treatment plants, oil and natural gas pipelines, transportation systems and the electric grid, warned top cybersecurity officials.

    By David Jones • Feb. 2, 2024
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    US cities’ outlook for 2024

    Cities are pushing ahead on innovative bids to build more sustainable, safe and equitable communities, but many of the roadblocks they face likely aren't going anywhere.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    GM CEO: ‘We are committed to Cruise’

    Despite investigations, ongoing safety concerns and a $2.7 billion loss last year for the robotaxi unit, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insists the “technology is sound.”

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    Drones are changing emergency response in this Pacific Northwest city

    Bellevue, Washington, has used drones to monitor crowd safety on Independence Day, locate a person fleeing arrest and photograph a car crash scene.

    By Paige Gross • Jan. 29, 2024
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    NOAA releases high-resolution land cover data to boost coastal climate resilience efforts

    The new data is 900 times more detailed than what the agency previously provided. Local leaders have asked for such data for years, but it is often prohibitively expensive, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said.

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    Google’s top AI tools for cities in 2024

    Tools that identify disaster risks and aim to reduce vehicle emissions were among those a top Google executive highlighted at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last week.

    By Paige Gross • Jan. 23, 2024
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    Smart city ‘sandbox’ lets San Antonio residents play with technology

    The community events collect public feedback on tech initiatives, provide access to tech-based community services — and make tech fun for kids, city officials say. 

    By Joan Mooney • Jan. 19, 2024
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    What’s next for mobility innovation? This venture capitalist has some ideas.

    Nicole LeBlanc, a partner at Toyota’s investment arm, Woven Capital, is optimistic about the talent and innovation coming to cities.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    6 trends that could shape US cities in 2024

    Cities will contend with a shifting transportation picture, increased urgency to act on climate change, and innovative policies and technologies to address longstanding concerns.

    By , , Jan. 17, 2024
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    What US cities could look like in 2024: 6 predictions

    Safer, greener communities with more housing, greater civic participation, and diversified downtowns are what these experts envision for the coming year.

    By the Smart Cities Dive Team • Jan. 2, 2024
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    Cities: Our time is now

    In recent years, cities have faced myriad challenges. Technological advancements in government operations and significant federal investment into cities are driving transformative change.

    Dec. 18, 2023
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    GM’s Cruise dismisses 9 top executives amid robotaxi safety probes

    The autonomous vehicle company believes new leadership is key to rebuilding trust after one of its robotaxis hit a pedestrian in October, according to a company memo viewed by Reuters.

    By Eric Walz • Dec. 15, 2023
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    ‘If we want smart cities, we have to give them data,’ IoT expert says

    Yale faculty member and AI, machine learning and IoT expert Andrei Khurshudov discusses the issue of privacy in smart cities and how AI can play a role in decision-making.

    By Paige Gross • Dec. 15, 2023
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    Ford, Resideo to study how EVs can power homes

    The automaker and smart home product company will test how Ford’s future electric vehicle batteries can reduce home energy costs.

    By Eric Walz • Dec. 12, 2023
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    Smart city collaborations: Lessons from North Carolina’s Research Triangle

    Tips on building trust, starting small and more from speakers at a recent summit, including a Dell Technologies industry workflow specialist and North Carolina State University’s director of cybersecurity practice.

    By Paige Gross • Dec. 8, 2023
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    Authorities raise alarm on cyber threats against water, other critical sectors

    Hackers affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are behind a series of attacks targeting devices used in U.S. water and wastewater facilities, according to federal agencies.

    By David Jones • Dec. 5, 2023