Chattanooga's fiber network doesn't just provide broadband services to residents -- it also plays a big role in dozens of smart city projects around town, Chief Information Officer Brent Messer says. Gigabit fiber service is used for city projects such as public Wi-Fi, connected traffic signals and one of the country's largest open data portals.
Singapore has become a leading global smart city by acting quickly and strategically and looking for alternatives to traditional services, which bolsters tech innovation, Jason Shueh writes. The city's strategy also includes early investment in emerging technology, putting policies first and being transparent about data and privacy.
Verizon Communications and cities are finding the telecom's new "One Fiber" private/public initiative beneficial to both entities as the company plans to offer it to more localities beyond Boston and Sacramento, Calif. "The idea was [to ask] how do we become a partner to the city instead of just going in and trying to get the best rate possible?" Verizon's Hubert Riley said of the telecom's effort.
Mouser Electronics has planned a Shaping Smarter Cities videos series that will focus on how engineers and companies are helping cities become smarter. Mouser will work with engineer Grant Imahara to film five videos in smart cities around the world and will focus on topics such as smart city tech, the future of agriculture and augmented reality.
Alphabet's Waymo self-driving project could be worth $70 billion if it spins off into its own company, according to Morgan Stanley analysts. Waymo's self-driving system is more advanced than other platforms, analysts said, which is why its valuation is higher than Ford, Uber and Tesla.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week signed a bill that legalizes self-driving vehicles on the road provided the vehicle is insured and has a video recording device. The vehicles do not require a human driver, and manufacturers accept full liability for all accidents that occur.
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