Boston bans government use of facial recognition tech | Conn. to test automated buses next year | Wis. city, school district partner on wellness clinic
July 6, 2020
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Boston bans government use of facial recognition tech
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Boston has banned the use of facial recognition technology by government agencies, though police can still use evidence obtained via the technology so long as neither the city nor its officials generated or asked for that evidence. Several other Massachusetts cities have also banned the technology, which has come under criticism after studies found it is less accurate at identifying individuals with dark skin tones.
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Three 40-foot automated electric buses will run the roughly 9 miles from New Britain to Hartford, in Connecticut, in a test next year in which fares will be collected. The state Department of Transportation is using Federal Transit Administration money to automate public transport, and Robotic Research's AutoDrive will handle the buses' automated driving.
Full Story: ITS International online (UK) (6/30) 
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NYC buses now carrying more passengers than subways
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The coronavirus pandemic has helped push bus ridership in New York City past subway ridership for the first time in the 50-plus years the New York City Transit Authority has been tracking the figures. Other factors possibly contributing to the gain include the development of more efficient bus networks and a program giving buses priority at traffic lights.
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    Miami-Dade County has partnered with CoMotion to establish CoMotion LAB MIAMI with the goal of enhancing South Florida's mobility and transit. "We're the ideal location to develop everything from smart signal technology and ride-sharing apps to solar-powered water taxis, vertical take-off [vehicles] and landing systems that operate like flying cars," Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.
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