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Getting Smart About Waste

With the advent of the Internet of Things, it may seem that technology can make virtually anything "smart." We hear regularly about intelligent transportation systems, electrical grids and vehicles. But what about waste? Can technology make waste smart?

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The Unsettled World of the Automobile

Planning for transportation and other infrastructure needs isn't easy under the best of circumstances. When you add in the escalating influence of smart technologies, it becomes even harder, so it's no surprise that 78 cities vied for funding in the federal government's transportation-focused "Smart City Challenge." For transportation planners, an increasingly important piece of the long-range-planning puzzle is the impact of ride-sharing and car-sharing services.

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The Accelerating Clean Power Disruption

In 21st-century America, technology and innovation are inseparably linked. Revolutionary technical advances raise expectations and, often enough, result in products and services that meet or exceed those expectations. Think of how smartphones have changed our lives.

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What It Means to Be a 'Smart City'

Like self-driving cars, "smart cities" are getting a lot of attention these days. And rightfully so, considering their broad range of potential benefits, from more sustainable use of resources and enhanced resilience to improved citizen engagement, urban mobility and public safety. Realizing significant improvements in even a few of these would make building out a smart city a worthwhile goal.

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Tailoring Our Transportation Systems for Self-Driving Cars

There are many compelling reasons to adopt connected and autonomous vehicle technology in our transportation systems. Safety is undoubtedly at the top of the list: Highway fatalities account for 93 percent of all U.S. transportation-related deaths and, as the Eno Center for Transportation points out, driver error is the main factor in over 90 percent of vehicle crashes. Vehicle automation technology, with its promise to greatly reduce crashes -- and even eliminate them completely -- would seem to be the ultimate safety solution.

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