#ThisWeekInData April 1, 2022

CITIES TODAY: MIT Study Suggests Cities Should Coordinate Ride-Hailing

Competition between ride-hailing companies creates additional traffic and clogs city streets, a new study from MIT found. However, the same study of taxi and ride-hailing data shows that coordination between companies (Uber, Lyft, etc.) can reduce traffic congestion.

 

NEW YORK TIMES: Can Controlling Vehicles Make Streets Safer and More Climate Friendly?

Sweden, a country that has historically led trends on vehicle safety, is now piloting geofencing programs to control vehicle speed within designated zones. Utilizing sensors and cloud technology, planners could enforce speed limits contributing to safer and more fuel-efficient driving.

 

CANARY MEDIA: How One California Transit Agency Electrified its Fleet 18 Years Ahead of Schedule

In Southern California, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority electrified its entire fleet in 2022, well before the 2040 deadline thanks to strong leadership and an innovative mindset. Beyond climate-change impacts, this fleet upgrade has also led to significant financial savings.

 

National Institute of Standards and Technology: NIST International Collaboration Develops New Framework for Smart Cities and Communities

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released a measurement framework to help city leaders measure just how smart their city is. This framework utilizes data collected in the city to assess not only performance but also how the smart technologies have furthered progress towards community priorities.

 

IOT WORLD TODAY: Ford Testing Smart Traffic Lights for Emergency Vehicles

Ford has been testing smart traffic lights that automatically become green when they see an emergency vehicle approaching. This technology could not only help emergency responders, but generally be used to ease traffic flows and increase road safety during emergencies.

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