Ryan McCauley is a staff writer for Government Technology magazine, and previously served as the publication's editorial assistant. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently lives in Davis, Calif., with his girlfriend and their dog — who dislikes most people.
The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.
Throughout the country, states are setting their own pace when it comes to autonomous vehicles. Where some choose to move quickly and aggressively, others opt for lighter legislative touches.
By looking at pilot programs across the country that seek to increase mobility options for low-income residents in rural areas, the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis worked to understand if these programs were feasible for more widespread adoption.
The the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero program calls on the public to help teach computers to recognize vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and any near-misses in the hope it can prevent deadly accidents.
The capital city of California is using its leverage as the backyard of state regulators and its willingness to form partnerships to get driverless vehicle manufacturers to the table.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee met to discuss more than a dozen pieces of proposed self-driving vehicle legislation and begin crafting the framework that will ultimately lead to bipartisan legislation that regulates self-driving vehicles.
During a panel at the Advanced Energy Economy’s Pathway to 2050 event, experts from the public and private discussed the impact technology will have on how energy is consumed over the course of the next 30 years.
The report, authored by San Franciscans for Municipal Fiber, argues that to properly address the digital divide and provide affordable, equitable Internet access, the city must begin building its own fiber network.
This week members of Congress released bipartisan legislative principles for self-driving vehicles that will guide any future laws.
Researchers from Ohio State University released a report chronicling how to best determine where charging stations can go to encourage electric vehicle adoption.
Resilience planning means a lot of things to different communities. In San Francisco, a panel of infrastructure and design experts shared their thoughts on how to combat increased flooding due to a rise in sea level.
As CIO of the tech-centric city, Gerull says she plans to provide the best services to residents as possible.
The Bay Area city is looking to implement several autonomous vehicle pilot projects on its streets to determine how the technology can be integrated into the entire transportation ecosystem.
Miami-Dade County, along with the City Innovate Foundation, is releasing a playbook for local governments that adds ride-hailing and bike-sharing to the mix in the quest for truly multi-modal mobility.
Snohomish County, Wash., is trying to figure out how best to use smart tech to serve very different populations.
New Jersey Chief Technology Officer Dave Weinstein spoke about the growing cyberthreat against the state, and how automation could help the resource-constrained state.
At the New Jersey Digital Government Summit, Chief Technology Officer Dave Weinstein said that the state needs to adopt a more unified identity in order to protect itself in the future.
Eric Boyette, a long-time public servant who was appointed as North Carolina's CIO on April 7, has solid plans to bolster the state's data resources and cooperative efforts.
Local government leaders discussed the current administration's trend toward financing infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships and eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds.
The former U.S. Secretary of Transportation joined other transportation leaders during Infrastructure Week to discuss the future of mobility and provide a few things to keep in mind.
Despite the abundance of data and analytics, cities often don't realize their possible uses.
Zombie software, or systems that have been maintained well past the expiration date, are just one symptom of outdated procurement processes for cities.
Recognizing the opportunity that technology-enhanced infrastructure presents is key to combating an inequitable and crumbling transportation system.
California's capital city released its demonstration partnership policy, which is applying the principles of agile software development to procurement processes.
The cities on opposite sides of the country are not sitting on the sidelines when it comes to Internet privacy — both are taking concrete steps to protect digital privacy rights.
The former CIO of Chicago will be a few miles away, working on laying the foundation for future partnerships among cities, universities and private industry.
Cities are speaking out against the recent FCC proposed rollback of regulatory power over Internet service providers. Boston, New York City, Seattle and San Francisco have all weighed in.
Plus, the Knight Foundation announces $1.2 million in funding for six cities to explore Internet of Things technologies, a Maryland county's Bicycle Stress Map serves as a template for others, and Boston stumbles upon inconsistencies with Web analytics.
The 2015 regulation that created more government oversight of Internet service providers is in danger of being repealed as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that the rules are onerous and stifle investment.
At a public hearing in Sacramento, the DMV heard comments from a wide range of stakeholders on the state's proposed autonomous vehicle rules.
As all the levels of government align to push California's capital to become the next hub of self-driving vehicles, the city is setting up standards and protocols to help developers figure out how to scale their technology.
Eliminating road deaths is a tall order, but cities nationwide are taking the challenge.
A report published by the National League of Cities breaks down the issues cities should be thinking about in anticipation of self-driving vehicles.
The combination of the gyroscope, GPS and accelerometer in all smartphones turns them into really powerful sensors.
The federal government regulates safety standards for vehicles. Should cybersecurity standards be treated differently?
The Department of Transportation's data exchange program has made hundreds of data sets available for city and state governments to analyze and utilize.
By distributing some of the burden for autonomous vehicles to connected infrastructure, we could see mobility-enhancing technology improve and come to market more rapidly.
Artificial intelligence holds the promise of rapidly altering existing industries, and transportation is not immune.
Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative created a checklist for cities to determine how well they factor in big data and performance management to effectively govern.
Seattle's Technology Matching Fund has opened applications for community organizations to apply for grants to help solve connectivity and digital literacy issues.
How will the sharing, electrification and automation of mobility affect transportation as we know it? The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies has launched a 3 Revolutions Policy Initiative that intends to find out.
Seattle's smart city coordinator will be someone who can help smart initiatives both internally and with outside partners, including the MetroLab Network and the University of Washington.
Andrew "Pete" Peterson is moving fast as the new CIO for Oakland, Calif., just the way he wants to.
The future of autonomous vehicles is directly tied to the cost-effectiveness of electric vehicles.
The California DMV has released the third iteration of regulations for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles on Friday, March 10.
Two shuttles will begin operating in a San Francisco Bay Area business park in order to test and provide data for autonomous shuttles.
Lidar uses 40 sensors strapped to a vehicle to collect 2,000 points of data per second, creating a visual representation of the streets.
Public agencies are finding that they must upgrade their digital service delivery to match users' expectations from the private sector.
In order to play offensively, managers and IT leaders must come up with a standardized code for how Internet-connected devices are set up.
Transportation is a rapidly evolving industry. The worst-case scenario is allocating millions to a resource that quickly becomes obsolete. Federal agencies play a vital role in helping cities hit the moving target.
The city and county of San Francisco released a citywide benchmarking report comparing itself to 16 other "peer cities" on factors like public safety, transportation, demographics and more.
How can cities continue their progress toward becoming smart when funding tied to a ballot measure fails?
The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report on how self-driving vehicles will interact with traditional drivers, and how states can ease the growing pains.
Each winning city will receive an individualized Readiness Workshop and host of tech tools to help further its efforts toward becoming a smart city.
The California DMV has made autonomous vehicle disengagement reports from Google, GM, Tesla and more available to the public.
Elaine Chao has been approved to serve as the next secretary of Transportation. How will she implement Trump's infrastructure agenda?
By creating easily accessible visual representations of data and building interactive models, engagement in infrastructure planning and disaster preparedness increases exponentially.
The designees will share testing data and research in order to advance driverless vehicle technology.
The coalition of state agencies and academic institutions will share insights and best practices while supporting research and testing for automated and connected vehicle initiatives.
Representatives from state and local governments convened to discuss tech trends they are preparing for in 2017, and some of the difficulties they face.
Widespread use of these technologies may still be a ways off, but early pilots have begun to hint at their vast potential in government.
The city has issued a request for information that seeks help in creating better, more efficient services utilizing technology.
Bringing together members from local, state and federal government, Sacramento announced its is open for business for autonomous vehicles.
The Austin City Council recently passed a resolution directing the city manager to form a Smart Cities Strategic Roadmap to guide the city's next phase of innovation.
The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics says public trust is a key ingredient to becoming an innovative city.
Data analytics goes hand in hand with IoT, but adding a sophisticated AI into the equation helps make recommendations that maximize available resources.
The Automation Proving Ground Pilot Program will help identify and designate specific facilities as qualified proving grounds that will safely test, demonstrate and deploy automated vehicle technology.
Due to the growth of connected cars, one Chicago-based startup is looking to enable emergency vehicles to notify drivers to get out of the way.
The Los Angeles Department of Human Resources is pushing the envelope of how technology is aiding service delivery for county residents.
During a federal public hearing, autonomous vehicle makers voiced recommendations for the structure and content that should be required in a safety assessment letter required for each highly autonomous vehicle system.
On the whole, autonomous robot delivery could significantly reduce a city’s traffic congestion, as a single robot takes as many as 10 cars off the road.
This year’s top digital cities know data demands are only going to grow, and they want to be prepared.
Kansas City, Mo., serves as a model for how municipalities can encourage innovation and reap the long-term benefits.
In North Carolina, data on citizens casting absentee ballots contains a host of personal identifiers and is readily available. But should it be?
The Smart Cities Council has opened up the application process for its Readiness Challenge Grant. Winners will receive a host of products and services, but even missing out on the prize holds value.
The self-driving vehicle industry has yet to displace drivers, and data from the Indeed Hiring Lab shows that high-income job creation in the industry is rising fast.
Oakley, Calif., is one small city trying to cash in on the explosion of smart city technology. Here's how they're doing it.
At the 10th annual summit, thought-leaders shared their perspectives on the future of infrastructure, civic technology and bridging the digital divide in cities worldwide.
At the CityLab 2016 Conference held by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute, city officials were in the spotlight sharing their efforts to create a more livable space for residents.
State transportation officials held a workshop to discuss the deployment of autonomous vehicles and the recent draft of regulations released by the DMV.
Through an international partnership, Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt is excited to exchange information, ideas and data to help make both states leaders in their respective countries.
That type of data made available by police and health departments leads to easy-to-implement solutions that work for everyone.
Our future roadways will consist of more than self-driving cars and smart traffic systems.
In a new way to encourage responsible driving, Boston released an app for residents to earn prizes for safe driving.
During a meeting of private industry and regulatory officials, the future of drones and the difficulties in regulating the technology was a hot topic.
A recent report details 13 steps necessary to ensure companies creating well-secured Internet of Things devices — steps that, when followed, will also protect government-procured devices from being exposed to breaches.
Results of the 2016 Digital States Survey indicate that the effort states are putting into innovation, collaboration and aligning their investments with citizens' priorities has never been higher.
This year’s best government websites shared in common a simple vision of user-centric content, a desire to iterate and collaborate more quickly than in years past, and to watch the market for the latest trends and standards.
In this year's survey, the Center for Digital Government recognizes 55 counties that understand technology's value, empower their tech leaders, and implement new ideas to make life better for those who live and work there.