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.
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.