Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Sacramento.
Experts at the MetroLab Network Annual Summit warned about the need for control of data-heavy public safety projects, while emphasizing the positive side of community engagement.
Research in Chamblee, Ga., is focused on how to make the rider experience on an autonomous shuttle an enjoyable one.
MetroLab, a network of 44 cities, five counties and 55 universities dedicated to growing partnerships to solve complex urban problems, has launched its next major initiative.
The 2018 MetroLab Network Summit in New Jersey is bringing university, city and tech leaders from around the country.
FlexLA is the new on-demand, micro-transit service for downtown Los Angeles.
Electric utilities in Ohio, New Jersey and Florida announced plans for the aggressive development of electric vehicle charging ports.
Officials in Fremont, which recently joined the Startup in Residence program, hope to utilize it and a recent Waze partnership to address significant traffic congestion caused by out-of-town commuters.
The city will also reduce the size of its vehicle fleet by 10 percent and is committed to eliminating all fossil fuel vehicles by 2030.
Veloz, an alliance of car makers, electric utilities and others, are launching a $4 million ad campaign in California to familiarize drivers with electric vehicles.
A coalition of thought leaders are behind an effort to focus the collective talent of industry, academia and the public sector to develop and meet smart cities goals.
Garrett Dunwoody, IT systems and technology manager for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in the San Francisco Bay Area, on his agency's unique connectivity challenges.
The city council unanimously approved its Fiber Optics Master Plan earlier this month.
Companies want to help cities enforce and regulate new mobility devices like e-scooters, bikes or car-shares by offering up real-time data.
Smart city accelerator US Ignite and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions are facilitating efforts to work through the barriers to smart city data sharing.
More than 450 tiny Bluetooth beacons make navigating Chicago's underground streets a snap.
The region's mass transit commission wants to spend $461 million to integrate the Clipper Card with private-sector mobility providers.
He will leave his role as Missouri's cybersecurity point man at the end of the month.
The Knight Foundation will provide more than $5 million across five cities to explore projects involving self-driving cars.
Cities across the country are moving to ensure e-scooters fill key goals around safety, mobility and equity before granting permits to operate.
Companies like ChargePoint and Tritium announce plans to expand and develop more charging infrastructure, which could boost the adoption of electric vehicles.
A recent study by the American Public Transportation Association found that the traffic fatalities fall the more residents rely on buses and trains.
Electric car enthusiasts, and anyone even mildly interested in electric vehicle technologies, will have a chance to check out the latest tech at some 290 events nationwide.
For all the talk around the effects ride-hailing is having on the transportation landscape, that actual impact of these services remains elusive.
Gov. Phil Murphy has tapped Carrie Parikh to serve as the state's chief data and privacy officer and chief operating officer for the Office of Information Technology.
Where charging happens and how convenient it is can be a significant determinant behind the decision to buy an electric car, researchers argue.
Smart Columbus and the Central Ohio Transit Authority have issued an RFP to develop a multimodal trip-planning platform to support ride-hailing and other transportation options.
Using new data collection and analysis tools, traffic safety engineers can improve highway design.
New York City selected the company ubitricity to develop a pilot project to allow electric vehicles the ability to plug into a streetlamp for recharging.
The city council in Arlington, Texas, approved a deal with Drive.ai to operate autonomous shuttles near AT&T Stadium.
A majority of the city's traffic signals are part of a network that uses predictive algorithms and other technology to send real-time information to drivers about signal wait times.
More than two dozen transit agencies have launched partnerships with transportation network companies, with varying degrees of success.
Lee Allen was named as the new chief information technology officer in late July.
The city will build its own fiber-optic infrastructure to boost economic development, improve city services and close a significant digital divide.
The state will spend $14 million over the next three years to further develop its electric vehicle charging infrastructure along major highways.
Riders will be able to use different modes of transport, from buses and trains to electric scooters and ride-shares, with a single payment system.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan established the Innovation Advisory Council, which will bring together tech leaders to explore new approaches to issues like homelessness and mobility.
A pilot project in Tampa Bay, Fla., is using machine learning and artificial intelligence technology from Waycare to better manage traffic data and improve safety.
Location and other data collected from smartphones shows which rest stops are most popular along Interstate 95.
The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) project is looking for proposals for advanced communication technology on a citywide scale.
The $70 million program, in partnership with Panasonic, will deploy a 90-mile network that will generate vast amounts of vehicle data along I-70 from Golden to Vail.
A new report by the National Resources Defense Council calls for a multistate transportation collaborative to reduce congestion and pollution on the east coast. But it won't be cheap.
Nearly 2,000 vehicles and more than 100 intersections will be linked to demonstrate how real-time technology can manage traffic and improve safety.
Las Vegas is using a new machine learning platform to troubleshoot and predict IT system failures, getting the networks back online more quickly.
What started as a whimsical, almost gimmicky idea has become an integral part of connecting travelers to other modes of transportation
The Florida Department of Transportation is working to install sensors across the state’s 68 rest areas to take the guesswork out of parking for tired truckers.
Some 1,500 intersections in Los Angeles to get upgraded with new traffic signal equipment.
Digitally collected driving and vehicle data from police cars in the Pacific Northwest has led to fewer car accidents and costly lawsuits, all while promoting a culture of safety.
Electrify America is infusing $44 million into the state’s capital as part of the Green City partnership.
The state has nearly $11 million to spend on expanding its electric vehicle infrastructure, but exactly how that happens remains to be seen.
The seven new battery-electric powered buses will operate downtown and are expected to save the transit agency on fuel and maintenance costs.
Both cities expect to move forward quickly to test whether AV technology can work as public transit in an urban environment.
As part of a strategy to reverse declining ridership, the city is opening up its payment app to include a host of new features, including links to private ride-sharing services.
Johns Creek, Ga., and Raleigh, N.C., are using the Alexa Skill platform as a way to make open data information available.
A poll conducted by the Sierra Club with voters on the East Coast found bipartisan support for transit and other projects that would reduce air pollution and climate change.
According to a report by the Electrification Coalition, incentives and other public policy have led to increased sales of zero emissions vehicles.
Current and former policymakers recently gathered in Washington to discuss the far-reaching economic and technological impact of autonomous vehicles that could generate $800 billion annually in benefits.
A bus-rapid-transit route in the works along Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta is set to get signal prioritization and other improvements to improve the commute.
Taxi operators who opt to trade in their gas-powered vehicles for cleaner electric models could receive cash rebates under a new Smart Columbus program.
The 18-month program will use 200 streetlight sensors to study car, foot and bike traffic on three busy city streets.
Experts say local governments need to incorporate the self-propelled devices into their overall mobility plans, but there's no blueprint on how best to regulate them.
A program to alert individuals about upcoming court appearances in Nashville has shown positive results, especially among the homeless population.
The 2018 Emerging Trends in Parking report by the International Parking Institute points to a growing need to think of parking facilities as more than just places to park cars.
The request for proposal aims to land the city a private-sector partner to help it become the “smartest city in North America.”
The Metro Region Explorer has revealed shifts in demographics, housing and workforce, which could impact the region's transit needs and overall economy.
Improving consumer faith will be central to the success of self-driving vehicles — but so will building out more charging infrastructure.
As communities across the country charge ahead with smart city projects, California’s capital may hold the key to rolling out the high-capacity communications networks needed to support them.
Biking apps like Ride Report and Strava are being used by transportation planners to determine where biking infrastructure should be focused.
The California Energy Commission awarded nearly $1.8 million in funding from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to nine cities and organizations to develop strategic plans for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The Idaho Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment Committee will hold its first meeting May 30 to begin the process of creating a framework for autonomous vehicle use and testing.
ELIX Wireless will begin testing its wireless electric car-charging technology in California.
A survey from AAA found that nearly three-fourths of drivers are fearful of climbing into an autonomous vehicle.
A new survey of 1,000 U.S. residents explored how to lure riders onto public transit.
The Las Vegas suburb of 300,000 may use drones and other technologies as part of its smart city public safety initiative.
A new report by Shared-Use Mobility Center found that peak ridership with transportation network companies generally falls outside of traditional transit operating hours.
The state is exploring how AI and neural networks can help them forecast when vital infrastructure repairs are needed, years in advance.
The two cities have improved bus service at a time when transit ridership in the United States dropped 2.9 percent in 2017.
A new report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute surveyed users of ride-share services in four major metropolitan areas to gain insight into autonomous vehicle adoption.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has issued an RFP to develop an autonomous shuttle pilot program in the Providence region.
New lines have opened, or are in development, in 21 cities across the country.
A new tool is ready for cities of all sizes to better manage their recreation assets and help make public parks more accessible to citizens.
Three private-sector transit providers will show the city's transit agency how an on-demand, door-to-door transportation service should work.
San Mateo County, Calif., is set to lead a smart city project through a new IoT lab aimed at deploying the technology on a regional scale.
The topic of how to plan for autonomous vehicle deployment and use is beginning to come to the forefront for city planners in jurisdictions of all sizes.
Salt Lake City and New York City will serve as testbeds for next-generation wireless communication testing, a project led by the National Science Foundation.
About 250 attendees are expected at this year's second annual Smart Cincy Summit in Cincinnati.
The navigation app helps drivers avoid traffic — which can mean sending highway drivers into residential side streets.
Delivery trucks, car-charging ports and smart parking meters have triggered new challenges when it comes to using curbside space in cities.
The state has issued a new set of voluntary guidelines, with the expectation that the Legislature will formalize AV policies.
A memorandum of understanding with the Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF will facilitate how the city and university work together on smart transportation projects.
Boston, Austin and other cities are using Bluetooth and other digital aids to help blind and visually impaired riders better navigate their way to bus stops and train stations.
Twenty-two cities have been selected to participate in the second Smart Cities Collaborative, organized by Transportation for America, with the focus on mobility.
The municipality is the smallest and densest city in Southern California, making it an ideal test bed for the latest urban technologies.
Hannah has been serving as interim CIO since the departure of Bill Kehoe.
The forums, run by nonprofit US Ignite, will help cities in their efforts to scale smart urban projects from pilot to enterprise systems.
Companies have until mid-April to file proposals with the city of Atlanta to develop a wide-reaching smart cities infrastructure project.
In a partnership with Kansas City, some 5,000 smart, connected Avis rental cars will receive and send data related to parking, general information or events.
In his first few months on the job, Kehoe has been spending his time listening and learning about what it takes to lead an organization serving more than 10.1 million residents.
During the Smart Cities Conference in Kansas City, Mo., earlier this week, thought leaders broke down the issues facing technology deployments and the importance of bringing constituents along for the ride.
The high-speed network will be a public-private operation and will offer free service to any resident living below the federal poverty line.
Both cities are overhauling digital platforms and installing kiosks to bring intuitive, easy-to-use services to residents and businesses.
Panelists at the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo discuss the many ways cities are using data.
Director, Office of Public-Private Partnerships, Washington, D.C.
The third annual Smart Cities Connect Conference in Kansas City delivered an important message: become smart or be left behind.
Smart city projects, including electric vehicles, to be on display in new Smart Columbus Experience Center in Ohio.
An autonomous vehicle-related death in Arizona might lead some in government to pay closer attention to self-driving car testing and development.
To improve access in areas impacted by bus route reductions, officials are looking at an innovative method of connecting riders with their destinations.
A public-private collaboration is taking digital advertising screens and adding in pertinent travel information to improve the travel experience for the public.
Eight winning proposals to upgrade the New York City Subway received nearly $2.5 million in prize money.
The city of Atlanta and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority were awarded a $12.6 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to help fund a bus rapid transit route and the technology likely to come with it.
With a significant number of electric cars expected on the road by 2020, power supply researchers say now is the time for strategies that can balance power demands without a costly upgrade to the power grid.
The ride-hailing company will test its self-driving car technology at GoMentum Station, a government-managed proving ground for AVs and the largest of its kind in the country.
Big data is shedding new light on the time commuters spend going to and from work. The implications of these insights could be far-reaching – from city planning to worker happiness.
A bill in the Utah House would allow for fully autonomous vehicles to operate on highways — without human drivers.
The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority is launching multiple electric-vehicle charging stations in the region, a solar farm to power them and a car-share service.
The kiosk provides the city with a physical place that showcases how a smart city can assist different modes of transport using clean energy.
Four winning jurisdictions will receive grants to explore issues around mobility, equity and resilience.
The city has issued an RFI to test autonomous vehicle technology on a single street that has quickly grown congested with traffic.
With recently awarded grant funds in hand, the IoT Collaborative is taking aim at making the region smarter and more responsive with the help of two uniquely situated universities.
Transit ridership across the six-county Los Angeles metro region has been slipping since at least the last 15 years as more residents purchase cars. Experts think a mix of technology, public policy and planning could help the ridership numbers bounce back.
Arizona's 25-year highway plan to focus on preservation, safety and modernization.
The White House infrastructure plan would require significant local funding matches.
The intelligent use of rights-of-way is part of a collaborative effort to make cities of all sizes smarter.
The city has signed an agreement with Ericsson to overhaul the communications backbone for its traffic signalling network.
The RFP is the first step for the city in finding a partner that can “design, build, test and implement” the “backbone” operating system.
The city joins eight other jurisdictions vying for five grants that will support better livability, workability and sustainability.
The city will spend $15 million to deploy 4,000 sensor-equipped trash receptacles that will increase collection efficiency.
Global City Teams Challenge participants will focus on smart city solutions to common urban issues, with a strong eye toward developing comprehensive security systems to safeguard those projects.
Cincinnati is installing more than 20,000 feet of fiber communications in its central business district.
Nine sensors are set to be deployed across the University District in Spokane, Wash., where researchers have been studying air quality in an urban setting.
A survey released by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety found widespread unease by drivers with regards to autonomous vehicles.
Information from 250 sensors deployed across the state offers local leaders real-time flood forecasts via AI chat bots.
Illinois signed a deal with three vendors to make streetlight purchases cheaper and easier for local governments.
San Francisco sets parking rates on its 28,000 meters based on the demand throughout the day — rising during peak times and falling during lulls.
Several transit agencies are experimenting with service ideas that will pick you up from home, much like a taxi or ride-share service.
Transit and private-sector officials are staking out bus transit system upgrades next year.
The USC Marshall School of Business and Viterbi School of Engineering along with the city have formed the Intelligent Internet-of-Things Integrator, otherwise known as the I3 Consortium, in an effort to further collaboration related to IoT project testing and development.
Albuquerque, N.M., launched its new bus-rapid-transit line with a battery-electric bus, joining a growing movement nationwide to replace diesel or natural gas buses with emissions-free varieties.
Thomas Vaughn, who has served in the U.S. Army and Coast Guard, is the Florida Agency for State Technology's (AST) new chief information security officer.
Gainesville, Fla., has kicked off a three-year project allowing public access to free autonomous shuttles.
Indiana State Rep. Ed Soliday plans to file legislation in the next two weeks to propose a framework for testing autonomous vehicles in the state.
San Diego launches an ambitious $30 million smart city project to outfit 3,200 streetlights with sensors.
From transportation to digital equity, connected communities like Albuquerque, Columbus and Las Vegas keep citizen needs at the forefront.
Transit systems should continue to think creatively as they develop new systems to attract and retain riders, according to a new report from the National League of Cities.
After two years as chief technology officer in Washington, D.C., Archana Vemulapalli will return to the private sector.
Both Tempe and Chandler, Ariz., have become test beds for self-driving car technology.
Officials in Lexington, Ky. are finalizing plans with Internet and cable provider MetroNet to wire the city with high-speed fiber.
An eHighway test site in California has electric-hybrid trucks connecting to overhead power lines.
Cary, N.C., is testing smart parking sensors and other technology on its city hall campus to see how they work on a small scale.
Overall transit ridership in the United States has been in decline since 2014, due in large part to falling gas prices. But the increased use of ride-hailing apps, like Uber and Lyft, is also playing a part.
Five North American cities will be selected as Challenge Grant recipients by the Smart Cities Council, making them eligible for mentoring, products and services.
A new Web-based property data search tool in Philadelphia will bring zoning, assessment value, 311 reports and more under one application.
The county's transportation authority has announced an agreement with AAA and Toyota to test self-driving vehicles in California.
Valley Regional Transit in Boise, Idaho, has taken steps to improve its communications infrastructure, which has led to more on-time arrivals and perks for riders.
The new online version is interactive, alerting bikers to dangerous intersections and other features.
The nation's capital has become a test bed for the next-generation bike-sharing program, in which riders can find a bike to rent using an app and have it powered by an electric motor.
A city streetlight pilot program is packing a lamp with technology to aid communications, as well as charging ports for phones and cars.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has put forth new regulations that would allow for less restrictive testing and deployment of fully autonomous vehicles.
The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance aims to bolster technology industries and partnerships in the Denver metro region.
The Cincinnati International Airport installed a network of sensors, software and other equipment to help reduce security wait times, and it's getting positive results.
The Smart Cities Week conference runs through Oct. 5 in Washington D.C.
Timothy Blute is heading up NGA Future, a new initiative by the National Governors Association to explore how technology can be used throughout state government.
Autonomous vehicle technology was a key topic of discussion at the 50th annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The ConnectATL summit last week united elected, public and business officials discussing the future of transit, transportation and planning in the region.
The International Cycling Safety Conference in Davis, Calif., will explore how data from vehicles, smart and connected devices or sensors and other objects in the urban landscape can work to serve the needs and safety of cyclists.
City officials want to explore "smart cities" projects as a means of improving the overall quality of life, while trying to avoid technology for technology's sake.
Tech companies stress the notion that the market today is strong at the mid-size and small city levels.
National Drive Electric Week launches hundreds of events nationwide Sept. 9 to 17.
New legislation related to self-driving cars will likely reaffirm the federal government's role in regulating the safety of autonomous vehicles.
Audi's Traffic Light Information system available in Las Vegas and other U.S. cities.
Nationwide, some 3.8 million workers filled jobs like trucking, delivery or taxi industries in 2015. And these jobs could be impacted by self-driving technology, according to a U.S. Commerce Department study.
A survey released earlier this year looks at how smart cities projects are developing in smaller jurisdictions nationwide.
The San Joaquin Regional Transit District in California has launched the country's first battery-powered electric bus route.
States like New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Nevada are all open to continuing research in truck-platooning.
The Colorado Department of Transportation will use a self-driving Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV), as a barrier to protect highway workers.
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and the Smart City Works Actuator are seeking applications from entrepreneurs, startups and companies with emerging products that are designed to make cities smarter, more livable and more resilient.
The city is looking for 1,600 private vehicle volunteers for pilot program to measure safety features along the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.
The Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria's latest edition has new instructions for reporting the emerging sector of autonomous vehicles.
The hope is that the two-month test of smart city tech is successful and can be made available to other cities in the state.
Bellevue, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Newport News, Va.; and Montgomery County, Md., use their Global City Teams Challenge grant awards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to come up with smart tech systems that can be easily replicated.
Smart Columbus is getting serious about promoting electric vehicle use, starting with encouraging more charging locations.
The monitoring programs are part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart City Air Challenge — a 2016 competitive grant program that made $40,000 available to each community.
Smart Cities Guru founder Anil Ahuja has compiled a list of the top U.S. cities — from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles — that have found a way to combine technology and nature.
Public works and IT officials use traffic and other data to predict where the next pothole will form — allowing it to repair or resurface 35 to 45 miles of streets per year versus the previous 20 to 25 miles.
Third annual Gigabit City Summit is set to attract some 300 to 350 attendees ranging from public-sector CIOs, to entrepreneurs, to tech professionals in the private sector.
The sheriff's department has attached sensors to its officers' body armor that alert command officials and emergency services if an officer in the field is injured.