NXP and Google have partnered to integrate the chip maker's MIFARE transportation contactless payment system with Google Pay. Every city has its own needs, based in part on the region and country where it is located. Here are the main components to consider before adding smart city technology. For NXP, which could be acquired by Qualcomm, the move to partner with Google expands MIFARE, which is used in more than 750 smart cities around the world. Under the deal, Google will integrate NXP's new MIFARE 2GO cloud service with Google Pay to put contactless transportation credentials onto mobile devices and wearables.
But Uber and Google Waymo aren't the only ones racing to rethink the way humans zip around the planet. In the past year, a fresh set of federal guidelines unleashed the commercial potential of drones (with a few caveats). And the federal Department of Transportation pushed cities to plan for a world where congestion is worse, infrastructure's broken-er, and more people than ever before are trying to move around. So before you honk in the New Year, take a look back at the top five transportation moments of 2016.
There's no longer a need to switch between Google Maps and Uber when planning a trip. Google is adding a new Uber integration that makes it possible to get a fare estimate, book a ride, and pay without leaving the app, the company announced on its site Thursday. Even if the Uber app isn't installed, users will be able to access the ride sharing service by logging in or creating an account from within Google Maps, the announcement read. After the ride is booked, users can track their driver's location on the map or contact him or her from within the app as well. Those who frequent Google Maps will notice another change in the app's ride services tab as well, which has been redesigned to include a map view with various ride-booking options displayed underneath.