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Skip Descant

Staff 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 Sacramento.

Three companies have been selected for one-year pilot projects with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City to demonstrate the effectiveness of their products and services in the transit arena.
General Motors plans to invest heavily in EVs, creating some 4,000 new jobs and building new production facilities for the development and manufacturing of electric autos and their batteries.
With President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation struggling to gain traction in Congress, supporters are touting the benefits of driving electric, a transition boosted by the large climate change-focused package.
Clay Garner began working with San Jose in 2019 as a tech policy analyst. He replaces Jordan Sun as the city’s chief innovation officer and comes to the position with a commitment to digital inclusion.
Roughly half the funding from the federal infrastructure package will be dispersed through the U.S. Department of Transportation, handing the agency a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink the U.S. transportation system.
GILLIG and RR.AI have announced a partnership to develop driver assistance and autonomous operations features in next-gen electric buses, hoping to both expand and develop tomorrow’s transit vehicle market.
Three pilot projects using small electric shuttles in Austin, Texas, neighborhoods demonstrated various uses for the vehicles, which can provide last-mile service to transit as well as make transportation more equitable.
LA Secure, a new free app for riders of buses and trains across the Los Angeles Metro system alerts riders of malicious links, rogue Wi-Fi signals and other cybersecurity threats associated with using public transit Wi-Fi.
A new report by Otonomo took a look at how cities and states are (or aren't, more accurately) using connected vehicle data, finding that only a small fraction of transportation organizations use this data.
Private investment, coupled with an unprecedented level of public investment from the recently passed infrastructure law, has presented the right mix of ingredients for even more public- and private-sector collaborations.