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Calming the Traffic on your Neighborhood Streets

In the last decade, when looking for housing, many people have participated in the “suburban sprawl.” They are willing to go further and further away from where they work in order to pay less to live. They spend hours of their day commuting back and forth in traffic. They are constantly looking for new shortcuts, a faster time, another way to make the drive seem shorter.  Read More

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Load up your car

There is nothing worse than having to travel during rush hour! Traveling during these times is chaotic and unpredictable. There have been attempts to determine the best possible solution to rush hour traffic with no clear answer. Cities have a potential solution to traffic, that is, congestion pricing through toll pricing or putting in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Read More

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What does it take to be a “Smart City?”

We live in a world where everything is said to be smart. We have “smartphones,” “smart watches” and “smart cars.” The obvious next step in the evolution of smart is a“Smart City.” We define them as “smart” because of what is behind them, the technology behind them that connects everything. People, sensors, the internet.

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Autonomous vs. Assisted Driving: A Fork in the Road?

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Drive-assist and autonomous cars have begun to emerge as very real possibilities for the market. Due to the thriving technology sector of transportation, we are being offered options that we have never had in the past. However, with great power comes great responsibility. The industry and its customers are now faced with the questions of “should we?” as opposed to “can we?”. We have the technological ability to do so much, but the world may not be ready.

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Smart Cities: Getting Stakeholders Involved

I remember sitting as a child and imagining what the future would look like. My vision was more along the lines of flying cars and no bedtime, but still… The technology industry is growing and developing solutions that would make that little girl jump for joy.

The name of the game today is connectivity and integration. Through the use of connected technology, it is widely believed that we will have the ability to fight the issues that face our world, such as global warming and human fatality. This wave of change has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is in the hearts of our cities.

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Vision Zero: A New Conversation

We hear about collisions all the time. They’re on the news, the radio, and on the streets of our cities. Fatal accidents happen frequently… and our reactions are usually quite similar.

“The driver was going too fast.” “The driver should have been more careful.” “The driver didn’t look before pulling out.”, we converse casually.

While yes, it is often human error that leads to the deaths of pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers, the mindset must be altered.

A New Conversation

Vision Zero isn’t about changing as drivers. It is about changing as communities. In Vision Zero, the blame for road collisions is shifting away from the drivers. The overall concept is that human error will always exist, so communities must instead find ways to protect vulnerable parties on their streets, such as children, motorcyclists, and older adults. Vision Zero also wants to help those who have historically been seen as the threat, like distracted or aggressive drivers.

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Speeding: Getting Us Nowhere Fast

Whether we’re rushing to work or soccer practice, we are all familiar with the sense of urgency affiliated with being late. It’s stressful, so we look for any way to ease that, even if we aren’t actually doing anything productive. This includes yelling at our children, sprinting around the house, and speeding to our destination. Each of these things is done out of panic, not logic.

I introduce you to the time old question: IS SPEEDING WORTH IT?

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Ride-sharing: Old Ideas, New Tech

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How many times have you thought “there just aren’t enough hours in the day”? I’m not sure about the average adult, but I promise you the average mother says this approximately 1000 times a week (or at least mine did). Trying to balance children and the rest of your life is no easy feat, so the moms of the world had to innovate. I present you with daycare and pre-made fruit platters. In fact, I propose that mothers created carpooling.

Whether this is true or not, it is highly probable. They needed a simple, collaborative and efficient way to get their children around. There was a network of parents and plenty of minivan seats to go around. Most millennials grew up carpooling with their friends, neighbours or teammates. Now we want to make our mothers proud in the only way we know how… add technology and scale up!

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Uber: A Matter of Convenience?

UberIt has been a busy morning. Coffee in hand, you rush to the door. Your foot catches on the edge of your new couch. The couch that sticks out just a little too far…

Three months ago, you were sure that nothing could be worse than that ratty old couch. It was falling apart and always smelled a little bit like feet, so you jumped at the online sale. The company delivered it to your door and took your old one away. It was an easy solution to a problem that had gone on for way too long. At least that’s what you had thought… until you tripped over it the first time…

Your perfect new couch doesn’t fit in your living room, but it was cheap and convenient so you bought it. That’s human nature. Convenience is a sneaky thing. So frequently, we sacrifice the smarter choice for the sake of making our day a little bit easier. Don’t want to make dinner? Take-out. Don’t feel like going to the gym? Sleep in. Don’t feel like taking the bus? Grab an Uber.

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