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    City-led communications can help combat vaccine hesitancy, researchers find

    Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka said it will take an "all hands on deck" approach to overcome vaccine hesitancy, and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell highlighted the role popular sports teams can play.

    By Chris Teale • May 18, 2021
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    3x more US residents lack broadband access than FCC estimates: report

    Around 42 million people could not access high-speed internet in 2020, according to BroadbandNow, far above the 14.5 million estimated earlier this year by the Federal Communications Commission.

    By Chris Teale • May 14, 2021
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    Citizen Engagement

    With connection more important than ever, cities are tapping innovative tools and strategies to inform and engage their citizens and get feedback on their biggest concerns.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Airbnb teams up with relocation programs to lure remote workers

    Partnering with remote worker relocation programs from Arkansas to Michigan, the "Try Before You Buy" program is helping some cities attract talent throughout the country with discounted stays. 

    By May 14, 2021
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    Bird announces plans to go public, tees up expansion beyond scooters

    The micromobility company will list by year's end through a merger with Switchback II, a special purpose acquisition company. It follows Skip buyer Helbiz in taking the SPAC route.

    By Chris Teale • May 13, 2021
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    NYC removes EV exemption cap, blocking Revel ride-hailing service

    The Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Tuesday to remove the EV exemption for new for-hire vehicle licenses, which could have allowed the company to put 50 Teslas on city streets.

    By Chris Teale • Updated June 24, 2021
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    Automakers and universities team up to fix AV industry's talent gap

    Schools are evolving their courses to keep pace with autonomous vehicle technology changes and build the industry's pipeline of workers.

    By Chris Teale • May 3, 2021
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    NLC calls for engagement, proper training for facial recognition tech

    The report urges cities to limit the scope of the technology and have rigorous data standards to protect privacy, but opponents say that's not enough.

    By Chris Teale • April 29, 2021
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    Toyota to buy Lyft's AV division for $550M

    The acquisition of the ride-hailing company's Level 5 arm marks the first major deal for Toyota's new Woven Planet initiative, giving the company what it called a "dream team" for AV development.

    By Chris Teale • April 28, 2021
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    Verizon-backed accelerator taps emerging tech to support climate justice

    A new initiative aims to use 5G, big data and AI to help vulnerable communities build resiliency against the worst impacts of climate change. 

    By Chris Teale • April 26, 2021
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    Cleantech incubator part of Houston's goal to be 'energy transition capital'

    One year after the city unveiled its Climate Action Plan, the incubator said it has 30 startups ready to move into its 40,000-square-foot Greentown Labs space.

    By Chris Teale • April 23, 2021
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    Photos: How UPS eVTOLs could shake up logistics

    A small, electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically at distribution and sortation centers could speed deliveries.

    By S.L. Fuller • April 16, 2021
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    Virginia launches statewide IoT cybersecurity contest

    As some state and local governments look to actively bolster their IoT networks, Gov. Ralph Northam announced the competition to leverage in-state students and faculty at the Smart Cities Connect virtual conference Tuesday.

    By Chris Teale • April 14, 2021
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    Singapore tops global smart city rankings again, NYC leads US

    Meanwhile, Columbus, OH reached No. 11 in the Eden Strategy Institute's latest standings due to coordinated efforts with Smart Columbus.

    By Chris Teale • April 1, 2021
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    Satellite internet: digital divide solution or 'science experiment'?

    SpaceX and Amazon have said the technology can help rural America get online, but opponents say it's unproven and not worthy of federal investment.

    By Chris Teale • March 30, 2021
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    Auto leaders urge adoption of 'common language' for AV safety

    The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium — which counts Ford, Daimler and Lyft among its members — outlined performance metrics for developers to inspire public confidence in self-driving cars.

    By Chris Teale • March 29, 2021
  • The smart city tech most at risk for cyberattacks: report

    University of California at Berkeley researchers said certain traffic lights and emergency alert systems are among the most vulnerable. 

    By Chris Teale • March 26, 2021
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    Suburbs saw drastic changes to pedestrian activity in 2020: report

    As the rate of pedestrian activity outside city centers grew by 50% in some places, pedestrians just outside Orlando's city center were 19 times more likely to be hit by a driver, StreetLight Data reports. 

    By March 19, 2021
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    City leaders call for end to 'digital redlining'

    Nearly 100 elected officials and a swath of advocacy groups have urged the FCC to investigate the digital divide in communities of color nationwide. 

    By Chris Teale • March 17, 2021
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    Libraries to receive record federal aid to address digital divide

    The American Rescue Plan includes billions in eligible funding for libraries, which have been key partners to cities in providing internet access to patrons.

    By March 12, 2021
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    House Democrats' bill would invest $94B to expand broadband internet

    The LIFT America Act includes $80 billion to connect underserved areas in the U.S. and would provide $9.3 billion to make service affordable for all.

    By Chris Teale • March 12, 2021
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    The end of another Sidewalk Labs-linked project highlights smart city sticking point

    Portland Metro dropped its initiative with data platform Replica over privacy disagreements, a common obstacle that experts say local leaders can learn from.  

    By March 11, 2021
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    Cincinnati Innovation District serves as model for Ohio cities

    The innovation district, which just celebrated its first anniversary, has already inspired similar hubs in Columbus and Cleveland and has made headway on its goal to create $3 billion in economic impact.

    By Chris Teale • March 9, 2021
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    Archer to expand air taxi network to Miami

    Mayor Francis Suarez says the service, which is set to launch in 2024, will help people navigate water-locked areas and improve congestion. 

    By Chris Teale • Updated March 10, 2021
  • Postmates' robotics division splits off, becomes Serve Robotics

    Serve Robotics closed its first funding round, with participation by Uber, and will continue operating the autonomous delivery robots in cities as the market is expected to grow to $34 million by 2024. 

    By Emma Liem Beckett • March 4, 2021
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    Santa Monica, CA aims to create zero-emissions delivery zone playbook

    The city and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator's pilot seeks to support local climate goals while solving for curbside woes exacerbated by the pandemic's delivery surge.

    By March 3, 2021