By Data-Smart City Solutions • January 31, 2020

Fast Company: Mathematicians Have Solved Traffic Jams, And They’re Begging Cities To Listen

Modelling traffic is a complicated mathematical undertaking, but several mathematicians have new ideas that can improve traffic jams. These include having all drivers use the same navigation system, creating green lanes for electric cars, and modeling on digital twins. Mathematicians hope that these recommendations will be adopted by urban and transportation planners to alleviate urban congestion.


Apolitical: Behavioural Insights Can Engage New Citizens — Here's How

In the United Kingdom, new citizens now have more options to be involved with civic life, thanks to behavioral interventions that encourage them to register to vote, donate blood, and volunteer in their community. These interventions take place at citizenship ceremonies, and this article details the success of various methods and messengers that were tested at ceremonies across London.  


Telegraph Herald: Yelp Launches New Hygiene Alerts To Flag Restaurants In Chicago And LA With The Worst Health Inspection Results

Diners in Chicago and Los Angeles are better equipped to eat safe, sanitary food, thanks to a new feature on Yelp that flags restaurants with health inspection violations. This feature was piloted in San Francisco, and a Harvard Business School study found that the alerts decreased patronage at flagged eateries. Local governments make these scores publicly available, and Yelp uses this official data to label restaurants. 


Computer Weekly: Government Creates AI Playbook For The Public Sector

Artificial intelligence has many potential uses in the public sector, from infrastructure maintenance to driverless vehicles, yet there aren’t always clear guidelines on how to balance concerns around safety and privacy. But thanks to the UK Office for Artificial Intelligence and Government Digital Service, there is now a handbook for public sector officials that helps break down the potential uses and best practices for any agency that wants to incorporate AI into governance.  


Financial Times: Better Data Paves The Way For Improved Accessibility

As cities get smarter, people with disabilities can be challenged to navigate innovations that weren’t designed with them in mind. Integrating accessibility into tech procurement, gathering data on physical accessibility, and maintaining inclusive accessibility standards are all important steps that governments should take to make sure cities work for everyone. 


Center for Neighborhood Technology: What We Learned from Chicago’s E-scooter Pilot Program

Chicago just published the results of its four month e-scooter pilot, which tested how scooters could support the city’s public value goals of sustainability, equity, and safety. The analysis relied on both vehicle data and community engagement; issues of equity and sustainability showed gains in the initial pilot, compared with other cities and pre-pilot transportation data. These findings will be used to guide the city’s next pilot, to take place in summer 2020.