By Data-Smart City Solutions • February 7, 2020

New York Times: Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

This article addresses how cities are adjusting to the sudden appearance of e-scooters and motorized bicycles (or micromobility), by using data. The LA transportation department created the Mobility Data Specialization (M.D.S.), an open-source software to collect a stream of data gathered by micromobility companies to better deal with issues like traffic congestion and building infrastructure. 

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership: Milwaukee’s Amani Neighborhood Uses Data to Target Traffic Safety and Build Trust

Residents in the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee utilized community engagement surveys and data to identify safety issues and build relationships with local law enforcement. The survey results showed that residents are more concerned about traffic safety, which resulted in more slow-down signs being placed in intersections.

Fed Scoop: GSA to use more bots in 2020 and emphasize AI expertise in PIF program

The General Services Administration (GSA) is expanding its use of automation in the federal government this year. The GSA will increase its use of robotic process automation (RPA), while also bolstering the Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program’s emphasis on artificial intelligence. 

Smart Cities World: London and Los Angeles Team to Tackle Critical Transport Challenges

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and London Mayor Sadiq Khan signed an agreement to team up and collaborate on creating solutions to critical transportation issues. Los Angeles and London will become “Innovator Cities” and will share best practices, ideas and innovative solutions to the world’s transport problems.

Government Technology: San Diego Expands Popular City Service Reporting App

Initially created in 2016, San Diego's smartphone tipster app Get it Done! is expanding the kinds of complaints people can report. Since its creation, use of the app has continued to rise. In addition to reporting potholes, graffiti, and abandoned cars, residents will now be able to report illegal encampments and illegal activity involving e-scooters.