Bridge between Startups and Local Government [Interview with San Francisco’s Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath]

In 2014, under the leadership of former Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation created Startup in Residence, a program connecting startups and local government to make government more effective and responsive to residents. Startup in Residence (STIR) brings startups and local government together to develop targeted solutions to civic challenges […]

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Drive.ai and Lyft partner to test self-driving cars in Bay Area

Drive.ai and Lyft have announced a partnership to test self-driving cars in the San Francisco Bay Area. The trial will look into how Lyft can optimize the passenger experience, and expand Drive.ai’s technical capabilities with thousands of autonomous miles. Lyft has made a few big self-driving announcements in the past few months, including a research […]

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GM’s Cruise employees test autonomous ride-sharing app

Cruise Automation, the self-driving startup acquired by General Motors last year, is already operating an autonomous ride-sharing service in San Francisco for employees. The service, called Cruise Anywhere, works like the Uber or Lyft app. Users request a ride and the nearest available car starts to drive to the location. See Also: General Motors begins […]

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World Economic Forum opens “Industry 4.0” center in San Francisco’s Presidio

Can we call it “PresiDavos?” The World Economic Forum — best known for its annual who’s-who gathering of thinkers in Davos, Switzerland — opened its Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco this morning, a new space for accelerating technology and science associated with the current data-driven tech revolution. The center will be a meeting […]

San Francisco STIRs the startup pot for the third time

San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation has launched its third Startup in Residence (STIR) program, aimed at creating solutions to civil challenges. Over 16 weeks, startups and the government work together to build technology programs that address a range of challenges. This year, startups can apply for 20 challenges, which include safe and clean […]

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Uber self-drives over to Arizona after dumping California

After the public spat with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Uber has announced it will transfer its 16 self-driving cars from San Francisco to Arizona. The DMV revoked the registration of all Uber self-driving cars in the state two weeks ago, and called on the firm to file the correct permit. Uber argued that […]

Uber ends self-driving tests in San Francisco

Uber has halted its self-driving program in California, following regulatory pressure from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and state attorney general. It comes one week after the DMV revoked the registration of Uber’s 16 self-driving cars. The DMV said Uber had not filed the appropriate permit to test self-driving vehicles. See Also: In […]

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What is Ford’s strategy in its latest buying spree?

People may be wondering what is leading automotive giant Ford to acquire ride-sharing shuttle service Chariot. The app-based service is well suited to Ford’s mobility goals. It already uses Ford Transit Connect vans to shuttle people around the city and accelerates the company’s vision of a ride-sharing platform in major cities by 2021. See Also: Ford floors […]

Local smart city planners want big government to butt out

With federal and regional governments jumping on the smart cities bandwagon, industry pundits want big government to butt out and let local players work their magic. Morning Consult reported on a recent panel discussion at the Information and Innovation Foundation. During the discussion, many industry experts brought up the topic of government involvement in smart cities. […]

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 […]

San Francisco smart city proposal garners extra $150 million

Like its fellow competitor cities, San Francisco putting the final touches on its proposal for the U.S. Department of Transportation decides the winner of the Smart City Challenge, which will provide $50 million in federal funding to build a smart city. Unlike its fellow cities, though, it also has $150 million in pledged private sector […]

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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 […]

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Self-driving Chevy Bolt arrives in San Francisco

General Motors has arrived in San Francisco to test its own self-driving system, using a modified 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. It comes just weeks after GM’s $1 billion acquisition of Cruise Automation, a self-driving startup based in the testing city. Photos were published online showing two Chevrolet Bolt cars driving in San Francisco, both featuring sensors […]