A Google sister company recently sought to integrate itself into Portland's parking and transit management. The proposal came shortly after Portland was in March named a finalist in the U.S. Transportation Department's Smart City Challenge, a competition for a 40 million federal grant that ultimately went to Columbus, Ohio. Google sibling Sidewalk Labs sent Portland and other finalist cities documents, obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive, that offer a rare look into the company's plans. It's also a glimpse at a future where cities are increasingly dependent on technology firms for services to help deal with urban congestion. Sidewalk was a partner in the competition and offered temporarily free use of its technology to the winning city.
The list of free parking options along the Las Vegas Strip just grew shorter. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has become the latest business to start charging for valet service. Signs at the Forum Shops announcing a $7 daily fee for valet parking quietly appeared in late July. Valet service used to be free for those who wanted to have a bite at Spago's or Sushi Roku, or window shop at Fendi or Tiffany's. The worst part is there's no self-parking alternative at the Forum Shops.
In what appears to be a win-win situation for all parties, the ministry of railways has begun allocating Uber and Ola with parking space outside some railway stations. Five stations in Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley, have provided ride-hailing services Ola and Uber with parking space and a point to pick up commuters, according to an official at the ministry who spoke with Infracircle. The cab companies, will in turn, pay the Indian Railways hundreds of thousands of dollars in a year. The Indian Railways, which governs the world's fourth largest railway system, expects to earn around Rs 70 million ($1.04 million) a year. IRCTC, a subsidiary of Indian Railways, will soon add Ola and Uber booking options to its flagship app, the official added.
A woman has been ordered by a sheriff to pay a private parking company £24,500 in unpaid charges. Carly Mackie ignored hundreds of penalty notices for parking at Dundee's Waterfront without a permit, claiming they were unenforceable. Ms Mackie said that she had a right to park in the area as she was living there at the time. Sheriff George Way said the charges were from a "valid contract" and she was liable for them. Vehicle Control Services (VCS) took the 28-year-old to court last year after she failed to pay £18,500 in private parking notices.
Governments are already using data and analytics in a number of ways to help them become better informed and provide superior services for their citizens. For both central and local governments, an increasing number of back end processing and citizen engagement opportunities are emerging for smart use of artificial intelligence and its many subfields. The biggest area for potential quick wins will be the vast processing that occurs in various administration tasks. This includes improving awareness of patterns in data, to create new theses and models. Bringing together data from different areas and using algorithms that learn, can create new insights.