Columbus, Ohio's recently completed Smart Columbus program can serve as a model for cities eager to embrace smart transportation solutions, says program leader and civil engineer Mandy Bishop. Keys to the city's success include prioritizing resident engagement and helping engineers become fluent in new technology, Bishop said.
Cities across Europe are becoming greener and less car-centric. Carolin Werthmann explores several examples, including ambitious CO2-reduction goals in Vienna, the use of smart planning technology in Oslo and innovations being implemented in smaller German cities.
Las Vegas could use the fixed wireless network it built in December 2020 to become a smart city once the pandemic eases. Continued educational applications are part of the city's plans, which potentially also include sensors and telemedicine.
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AT&T will supply the 5G coverage for JBG Smith's smart city residential and commercial National Landing project in the Virginia suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., under a letter of intent between the companies. The partners intend for AT&T's network to underpin such offerings as self-driving vehicles, immersive entertainment and retail as well as support automation and environmental sustainability.
Public transportation, traffic management, automation and connectivity, and data management are the primary ways cities are using smart technology, the US Department of Transportation reports. The biggest challenges facing the 52 cities surveyed by the DOT include funding, finding mature technology and coordinating efforts across departments.
Self-driving Lyft cars are on track to hit the streets in Miami by the end of this year, the company announced. Ford Motor Co. is teaming with Argo AI and Lyft for the service, which will include a human backup driver behind the wheel of the Escape crossovers, as the ride-hailing company plans to scale up its autonomous offerings in other cities over the next five years.