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By Joan Torres

As airports become more than just transit hubs, they’re turning into microcosms that emulate smart cities like Hudson Yards in Manhattan – a mixed-used development that will have its own microgrid and system of sensors for monitoring its environment. What do future airports have to learn from its hyperconnected communications network?

Welcome to Hudson Yards, a mixed-use development on the West Side of Manhattan. Like many New York City neighborhoods, this one has residences, offices, shops, restaurants, bars and public spaces. And being in a part of the city that sees a frequent stream of out-of-towners (Penn Station) and international tourists (High Line), there’s even a 16-story climbable monument, which could rival the Statue of Liberty as an NYC icon on Instagram.

What makes Hudson Yards a neighborhood to watch is that it’s a testing bed for future smart cities. The 18-million-square-foot site will run on a microgrid powered by one cogeneration plant and its own system of se...

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Marc Van Steyvoort
2 days ago
Marc Van Steyvoort
Co-Founder at LABCITIES

Thsi weekend a self driving driving Uber car was in autonomous mode when the Volvo hit a woman, who was walking outside of the crosswalk. There was a vehicle operator inside the car at the time of the crash and the car was driving at 40 miles an hour, and it did not appear that the car slowed down as it approached the woman.

The woman died in the hospital.

Are we really ready for self driving cars ?

Jason Black
4 days ago
Jason Black
Project Manager

In 2021 the UK government intends the country to be well on its way to a driverless future.

No, not a cheap joke about Brexit — yesterday it announced a three-year regulatory review to “pave the way for self-driving cars”.

This follows the budget, in November, when the government announced a tranche of funding for technology innovations — including AI and driverless cars — and said it wants to establish a looser framework for testing self-driving vehicles “without a safety operator” with the stated aim of getting driverless cars on the roads by 2021.

The law review meshes with that goal, though the government is clearly giving itself a very tight timetable for resolving regulatory complications and passing the necessary legislation.

The myriad technological challenges of ensuring autonomous vehicles can operate safety and efficiently in all weather conditions are really just one portion of the challenge here.

Other major barriers include things like public acceptance of self-driving technology, and liability and insurance complications that arise once you remove human drivers from the mix — raising questions like how do you apportion blame when something goes wrong?

5 days ago
By Joan Torres

The “smart city” is still more of an aspiration than a reality, but many cities have initiated programs and projects. The projects themselves tend to lean toward technological outcomes such as energy efficiency, traffic and pedestrian flows, and so on. The public, to the extent that it is aware of the smart city at all, probably imagines the same.

But if our goal is for better cities—cities that are better for both people and nature—what can smart cities do for us? How can the technology of smart cities be specifically directed toward the creation of ecologically sophisticated cities that serve human well-being? Can the benefits they provide be distributed justly and equitably, for everyone and not just a few? Can the services they provide be about more than just technology?

How might we create cities that are not only smart, but wise?

last week
By Joan Torres

Smart city development has progressed over the past few years, with city leaders showing varying levels of interest -- and some hesitation because of the significant investments involved.

However, "2018 feels different," said Sameer Sharma, global GM of Intel's Smart Cities IoT group. "My forecast is that in 2018, you'll see some cities that will lead the pack by doing at-scale, real implementation."

With city leaders considering where and how to implement smart city technology, Intel and Juniper Research produced a report showing the measurable benefits citizens would see in their daily lives thanks to these investments.

The study looks at 20 cities around the world across four key innovation areas: Mobility, health care, public safety, and productivity. It measures the benefits of these technologies -- such as improved public health and safer streets -- in terms of the time it can save citizens.

All told, the study found that implementations across these four areas led to 125 extra hours per citizen, per year.