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Google partners with Aclima in mapping out air pollution levels on Google Earth

TNW: “Google has undertaken yet another initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. The company has teamed up with envirotech firm Aclima to measure air pollution levels in California and map out the findings on its Earth platform. The effort will see the two companies release hyperlocal air quality data for the regions of the San Fransisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Central Valley. To put this information together, the two companies covered more than 100,000 miles over the course of 4,000 hours using Google Street View cars…”

Evolving Law on Airport Implications by Unmanned Aerial Systems

National Academies: “TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 32: Evolving Law on Airport Implications by Unmanned Aerial Systems provides guidance to enhance understanding of the basic legal and operational issues presented by civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and evaluates best practices for managing these issues. The digest covers background on UAS uses,… Continue Reading

How National Governments Can Help Smart Cities Succeed

How National Governments Can Help Smart Cities Succeed By Joshua New, Daniel Castro, and Matt Beckwith, Center for Data Innovation. October 30, 2017. “Cities around the world are undergoing two important transformations. First, they are growing. For the first time in history, a majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Second, they are… Continue Reading

Global Traffic Scorecard – A Guide to Congestion in the US

“The INRIX 2016 Traffic Scorecard analyzed congestion in 1,064 cities — 240 in the U.S. — across 38 countries. The visualization below shows the ranking of the top 100 U.S. cities by the number of peak hours the average commuter spent in congestion. It also includes the economic cost of congestion per driver and the… Continue Reading

Here come the drones – by Executive Order!

FAA – “President Donald J. Trump directed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program implements a directive signed by President Trump today, and… Continue Reading

NBC – Tracking President Trump’s Visits to Trump Properties

NBC News investigative report: “President Donald Trump frequently uses his luxury properties for government business and leisure, prompting ethics concerns over a president appearing to promote his private enterprise at public cost. NBCNews.com and the NBC News White House unit are tracking Trump’s visits to his properties and golf courses since his inauguration…The president’s trips… Continue Reading

Pew Report – Automation in Everyday Life

Americans express more worry than enthusiasm about coming developments in automation – from driverless vehicles to a world in which machines perform many jobs currently done by humans “Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have the potential to automate a wide range of human activities and to dramatically reshape the way that Americans live and… Continue Reading

TransitScreen – real time display of transit options at your area

“At TransitScreen, we believe in giving people all the information they need to make more sustainable decisions. Sometimes, that means taking the bus or riding a bike. Other times, it means taking rideshare to get to a train station or using carshare to get around for the day…” Via Curbed – Can you get by… Continue Reading

America’s Best Cities for Public Transportation

24/7 Wall St: “In a report card assessing the nation’s infrastructure issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers, transit in the United States received a grade of D-. Despite increasing demand, much of the nation’s public transportation infrastructure is plagued by under investment and insufficient maintenance. The average vehicle used in public transportation is… Continue Reading

Guardian – Access denied: wheelchair metro maps versus everyone else’s

theguardianuk: “From Paris to New York, we’ve matched metro maps against versions that only include fully accessible stations. The results are discouraging – but are any cities doing it right?” “117 out of 472 New York subway stations are fully accessible.” Continue Reading

U.S. DOT Releases New Automated Driving Systems Guidance

“The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS):  A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States.  A Vision for Safety: 2.0 calls for industry, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates… Continue Reading

NYT – If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal

If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal – “Utrecht, the Netherlands’ fastest growing city, is one of the world’s most bike-friendly places in one of the world’s most bike-friendly countries… In a country where there are more bikes than people — 22.5 million vs. 18 million — daily usage has grown 11 percent in… Continue Reading