Smart cities need more industry partnerships, less gadget worship

While a dizzying array of connected gadgetry is vying for room on city leaders’ wish lists, industry experts advise less focus on the technology itself and more on industry partnerships that can build out smart cities. At the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors held in Washington, D.C., Joanne Hovis, president of Maryland-based IT consultancy CTC […]

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U.S. federal self-driving guidelines coming soon…again

Federal guidelines for autonomous cars on public roads are in the works, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx provided some rough outlines on the focus points for rules and regulations. Speaking at the 2016 Automated Driving Symposium, Foxx told attendees that we need “to take the the safety aspects of this very seriously” and cautioned […]

Why Columbus won the DOT Smart Cities Challenge

Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, is rumored to have won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart City Challenge, receiving $40 million from the DOT, and $10M from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. — along with another $90 million pledged by private sector partners to change the mobility landscape of the city. “This funding is a […]

How San Francisco plans to win the DOT Smart Cities Challenge

The Smart Cities thing is getting big. How big? Big enough for the Federal government to take notice and even set aside $40 million in grant dollars to support one city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network. It’s the Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities […]

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US government may legalize autonomous cars by July

The current state of autonomous vehicles in the U.S. is fragmented. Some states allow testing and semi-autonomous driving, others are staunchly against Google, Uber, and even leading automakers like General Motors testing self-driving vehicles in their state. That may change in July, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes federal guidelines for autonomous […]

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Denver steers to final verdict in Smart City Challenge

Like its six other co-finalists, the City of Denver now awaits the final verdict in the Smart City Challenge, a U.S. Department of Transport initiative to create the first “smart city” that combines autonomous vehicles, connected devices, and smart sensors. The winner will receive $40 million in federal funding to build the smart city, along with an […]

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US DOT Smart City Challenge drives closer to finish line

Seven potential smart cities enter, but there can be only one. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) picks its winner from among the seven finalists for its Smart City Challenge. The final seven cities include Austin, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Colorado, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California. They were whittled down from 78 cities that […]

Smart city talk is cheap, but who will pay the bill?

While seemingly every major metropolis is keen to cozy up to the smart city moniker, many are leery of investing the big bucks until tangible benefits become clearer. An article by FCW raises the question of who will pay for the smart infrastructure of the future. And more pressingly, who will make the case to […]

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Should billions be invested for smarter US cities?

The US federal government should bust out the checkbook and invest billions in making its cities smarter, says the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in a new report.  advising the federal government to invest billions of dollars in smart city technology. The report, entitled “Technology and the Future of Cities,” outlines […]