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Council Post: 14 'Smart City' Tech Features That Will Soon Change Urban Centers


As the Internet of Things continues to permeate more areas of modern life, we've begun to see the rise of the "smart city." These urban areas leverage IoT technology like sensors and beacons to collect data and better manage a city's resources, services and operations. This ultimately makes a city safer and can improve the quality of life for residents. Because this smart city technology is virtually invisible to those who aren't operating it, many outside of the tech industry may not realize the full impact IoT can have on urban life. Below, 14 experts from Forbes Technology Council explain some of the current and upcoming tech innovations that are changing the way cities function.

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University of Melbourne and Cubic test AI camera to improve road safety


The University of Melbourne and Cubic Transportation Systems have partnered to test how an artificial intelligence camera can be used to improve road user safety and traffic management. As part of the project, seven cameras will be installed at various intersections along Melbourne's Rathdowne Street, which is part of the Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES). AIMES, which is led by the University of Melbourne, was established in 2016 to live-test various transport technology on the streets of Melbourne in a bid to deliver safer and sustainable urban transport outcomes. The Gridsmart cameras, develop by Cubic, uses real-time computer vision to track and identify between different road users -- including cars, motorbikes, cyclists, and pedestrians -- while they pass into and through intersections. According to AIMES director at the University of Melbourne Majid Sarvi, being able to detect the different road users, especially "vulnerable" road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, will help determine how much green time individuals would need to cross an intersection safely.

New Google Maps feature will show routes to nearest public transport

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google Maps is working on a new feature that will show you how to reach the nearest public transport connection, according to new leaked screenshots. The new Maps filter will let users choose what mode of transportation they will be using at the very beginning of their daily commute, the screenshots show. Once rolled out, the feature will allow commuters to work out their preferred route to various transport connections, such as the train station, when they return to the workplace after the coronavirus pandemic. The screenshots also reveal an option to get more accurate Uber fares using data from Google Maps and a slightly new design for the Maps interface. 'Google Maps is working on route options with "Connections to Public Transit", such as car and transit, bicycle and transit, auto rickshaw, ride service [and] motorcycle and transit,' said Jane Wong, a Hong Kong-based hacker, tech blogger and software engineer, who leaked the screenshots.

Tesla may build 12-seat electric VANS that zip passengers at 127 mph through an underground tunnel

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tesla is developing its own electric van for zipping passengers through its underground'boring' tunnels. According to a report from The Mercury News, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority will work with Tesla - and its sister drilling company Boring Company - to develop a 12-seat electric van for transporting passengers through a nearly 3-mile tunnel. The vans will be used in a recently approved connector line between Rancho Cucamonga and the Ontario International Airport. Tesla may develop an electric van capable of caring passengers between a 3-mile underground tunnel connecting Rancho Cucamonga and the Ontario International Airport. in San Bernardino County. While plans originally called for specially designed cars, the $60 million project will use the vans instead to eventually carry 1,200 passengers per day or about 10 million per year according to The Mercury News.

Smart Infrastructure for Future Urban Mobility

AI Magazine

Real-time traffic signal control presents a challenging multiagent planning pro blem, particularly in urban road networks where, unlike simpler arterial settings, there are competing dominant traffic flows that shift through the day. Further complicating matters, urban environments require attention to multimodal traffic flows (vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, buses) that move at different speeds and may be given different priorities. For the past several years, my research group has been developing and refining a real-time, adaptive traffic signal control system to address these challenges, referred to as scalable urban traffic control (Surtrac). Combining principles from automated planning and scheduling, multiagent systems, and traffic theory, Surtrac treats traffic signal control as a decentralized online planning process. In operation, each intersection repeatedly generates and executes (in rolling horizon fashion) signal-timing plans that optimize the movement of currently sensed approaching traffic through the intersection.

UK Power Networks deploys AI traffic lights across UK to cut congestion - future Net Zero


UK Power Networks has successfully deployed its artificial intelligence (AI) 'smart' traffic lights in the UK. The smart system, called'autoGreen' makes automatic adjustments to traffic light signals in case of congestion, in order to allow maximum traffic flow during peak hours and while repair and installation work is being carried out. UK Power Networks trialled the system last year in Kent, before deploying it in the South East and East of England - it was noted to have brought down journey times by a'significant' margin, while also improving safety and air quality.

Conversational AI Can Supercharge Your Lead Conversion Process: Here's How


The road from marketing-qualified lead to sales-qualified lead can be a long one, and it's a road that seems to have more exits than on-ramps. But this process can -- and must -- be sped up to increase your lead conversion rate. Instead of hiring beyond your plans and budget, consider how automation and AI don't get tired, they can't have too much on their plate, and they never get frustrated in the face of failure. The lead often doesn't even realize they aren't communicating with a flesh-and-blood salesperson when they're speaking to conversational AI. Lead conversion stalls due to slow follow-up on qualified leads -- but conversational AI automation can always respond briskly no matter the volume of leads.

UK to combat air pollution with AI-powered traffic lights


The UK plans to tackle pollution with AI-powered traffic lights that delay the arrival of vehicles in toxic air hotspots. The system collects data on local pollution and traffic flows through roadside sensors, weather forecasts, and Bluetooth devices in cars. An algorithm then analyzes both live and historical data to predict where air pollution will spike within the next hour. When the system forecasts a sharp rise in toxic pollutants, the traffic light timings will automatically change. Drivers on their way to pollution hotspots will be held at red lights for up to 20 seconds longer than usual.

Intel Buys Moovit App for $900M to Boost Bet on Robotic Cars

U.S. News

Moovit, an 8-year-old company based in Israel, makes an app that compiles data from public transit systems, ride-hailing services and other resources to help its 800 million users plan the best ways to get around. Intel plans to combine Moovit with Mobileye, a self-driving car specialist that Intel bought for about $15 billion in 2017.