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Skip Descant

Senior Writer

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 Yreka, Calif.

Local purchase incentives are increasingly available for e-bikes as their popularity spreads nationwide. Meanwhile, proposed federal legislation would open up assistance to would-be e-bike riders.
Ferries and other heavy equipment in Alabama, California and other locations are making the switch to electric power, as the maritime industry looks for ways to break away from fossil fuel propulsion.
Cubic Transportation Systems and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, have partnered to form the Centre of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence and Smart Mobility to further develop AI and machine learning in traffic management systems.
Electric bus makers and other technology providers say they are ready to help school districts with grant applications and other planning details to ensure the fast and easy transition to e-buses.
A mode shift toward more sustainable transportation like micromobility and transit will take more than an app. It will require a reimagining of cities and how transportation infrastructure is prioritized.
The federal infrastructure package is making electric vehicle charging a reality — even in states with few registered EVs. In Montana, the need for this infrastructure is driven, in part, by tourism from other states.
Twelve companies have been selected to participate in the inaugural Smart Futures Lab at the University of Colorado, Denver. The companies bring a range of smart city and transportation expertise.
When it comes to transportation infrastructure, the street curb is increasingly viewed as a revenue source for cash-strapped public transit as it tries to recover from the lingering effects of pandemic ridership declines.
Several companies are announcing new operations related to electric car battery recycling and manufacturing, taking a lead in a nascent industry for the U.S.
New surveys from AAA and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety point to lukewarm consumer confidence in autonomous vehicles, while new research from the Urbanism Next Center suggest AVs could reduce the need for parking.